A mechanical model of the biceps brachii muscle

  • M. Gatti
  • P. Pascolo
  • N. Rovere
  • M. Saccavini
Conference paper
Part of the CISM Courses and Lectures book series (CISM, volume 473)


This contribution deals with the development of mechanical model of the biceps brachii muscle. In order to account for the finite speed of propagation of the activation pulses, the model has been conceived as an assembly of contiguous discrete elements, each one excited independently and defined accordingly to the Hill’s muscular model and the Huxley’s sarcomer assumptions. The proposed model has been verified with reference to experimental data gathered during in vivo laboratory experiments.


Motor Unit Isometric Contraction Biceps Brachii Contractile Element Muscular Fiber 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Hill AV (1938). The heat of shortening and the dynamic constants of muscle. In Proceedings of the Royal Society Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Huxley AF (1957). Muscle structure and theories of contraction. In Progress in Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Julian FJ (1969). Activation in a skeletal muscle contraction model with a modification for insect fibrillar muscle. In Biophys. Journal Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Wong AYK (1971). Mechanics of cardiac muscle, based on Huxley’s model: mathematical simulation of isometric contraction. In Journal of Biomechanics Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Wong AYK (1972). Mechanics of cardiac muscle, based on Huxley’s model: simulation of active state and force-velocity relation. In Journal of Biomechanics Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Redaelli A, Pietrabissa R (1997). A structural model of the left ventricle including muscle fibres and coronary vessels: mechanical behaviour in normal conditions. In Meccanica Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Cheng EJ, Brown IE, Loeb GE (2000). Virtual muscle: a computational approach to understanding the effects of muscle properties on muscle control. In Journal of Neuroscience Methods Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Farina D, Muhammad W, Fortunato E, Meste O, Merletti R, Rix H (2001): Estimation of single motor unit conduction velocity from surface electromyogram signals detected with linear electrode arrays. In Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Merletti R, Rainoldi A, Farina D (2001). Surface electromyography for noninvasive characterization of muscle. In Exercise and Sport Review Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Wien 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Gatti
    • 1
  • P. Pascolo
    • 1
  • N. Rovere
    • 1
  • M. Saccavini
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratorio di Meccanica FunzionaleUniversity of UdineUdineItaly
  2. 2.Istituto di Medicina Funzionale Riabilitativa‘Gervasutta’ HospitalUdineItaly

Personalised recommendations