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Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Biological Muscle – A Simple Model Approach

  • Syn Schmitt
  • Daniel Haeufle
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Abstract

Macroscopic muscle models allow for a detailed analysis of the mechanic and thermodynamic function of biological muscles. Here we summarize results from various simulation studies which emphasize the extraordinary design features of biological muscles. Discussed are the benefits resulting from (1) wobbling masses and the muscles soft-tissue inertia effects, (2) biological damping, (3) internal mass distribution, (4) stabilising properties of active muscles in upright stance and periodic hopping, (5) reduced control effort due to these stabilising effects. We present approaches to systematically transfer these results to technical actuators and exploit these properties in the next generation of functional artificial muscles.

Keywords

Muscle Model Artificial Muscle Contraction Dynamic Muscle Property Technical Actuator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Syn Schmitt
    • 1
  • Daniel Haeufle
    • 1
  1. 1.University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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