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Modelling skeletal muscle fibre orientation arrangement

Lu, Y. T., Zhu, Hanxing ORCID:, Richmond, Stephen ORCID: and Middleton, John 2011. Modelling skeletal muscle fibre orientation arrangement. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering 14 (12) , pp. 1079-1088. 10.1080/10255842.2010.509100

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Skeletal muscle tissues have complex geometries. In addition, the complex fibre orientation arrangement makes it quite difficult to create an accurate finite element muscle model. There are many possible ways to specify the complex fibre orientations in a finite element model, for example defining a local element coordinate system. In this paper, an alternative method using ABAQUS, which is combination of the finite element method and the non-uniform rational B-spline solid representation, is proposed to calculate the initial fibre orientations. The initial direction of each muscle fibre is specified as the tangent direction of the NURBS curve which the fibre lies on, and the directions of the deformed fibres are calculated from the initial fibre directions, the deformation gradients and the fibre stretch ratios. Several examples are presented to demonstrate the ability of the proposed method. Results show that the proposed method is able to characterise both the muscle complex fibre orientation arrangement and its complex mechanical response.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: skeletal muscle, fibre arrangement, FEM, NURBS solid, ABAQUS, UMAT
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1025-5842
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 10:02

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