The mathematical modeling of the contraction of a muscle is a crucial problem in biomechanics. Several different models of muscle activation exist in literature. A possible approach to contractility is the so-called active strain: it is based on a multiplicative decomposition of the deformation gradient into an active contribution, accounting for the muscle activation, and an elastic one, due to the passive deformation of the body. We show that the active strain approach does not allow to recover the experimental stress–stretch curve corresponding to a uniaxial deformation of a skeletal muscle, whatever the functional form of the strain energy. To overcome such difficulty, we introduce an alternative model, that we call mixture active strain approach, where the muscle is composed of two different solid phases and only one of them actively contributes to the active behavior of the muscle.
|Titolo:||Activation of a muscle as a mapping of stress–strain curves|
|Autori:||Riccobelli, D.; Ambrosi, D.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.eml.2019.02.004|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|