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    Dear Group,

    Thanks to all of those who replied to my original posting (see below). Here is
    the summary of your responses.

    Part of the problem seen with the force-velocity curve when modeling eccentric
    components is a mathematical one. The eccentric hyperbola has an asymptote,
    which changes to infinity. "One solution would be to extend the hyperbola to
    infinity with a linear slope, this however increases force with velocity but
    the muscles usually don't operate at that high velocities that this would
    matter." (Harald Boehm, German Sport University) Furthermore, “The
    Force-Velocity curve is then limited to a value of about 1.2 to 1.8 times the
    force.” (At Hof, Ton van den Bogert
    ( ) also added that, “In simulation work (with Van Soest)
    they used a muscle model in which the eccentric force-velocity curve at large
    stretching velocities approached a straight line with non-zero slope. This is
    done because in forward dynamics you need to have a velocity at each level of
    force. You can't have a horizontal
    asymptote. You can make the slope of the line arbitrarily small but not zero.”

    All of the responses included references that addressed this topic and they
    are listed below. Again, thanks for the information.


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    Edman, K. A. P., and Hwang, J. C. (1977). The force-velocity relationship in
    vertebrate muscle fibers at varied tonicity of the extracellular medium.
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    Eisenbeg, E., Hill, T. L. and Chen, Y. (1980). Crossbridge model of muscle
    contraction: Quantitative analysis. Biophys. J., 29, 195-227.

    Ford, L. E., Huxley, A. F., and Simmons, R.M. (1977). Tension responses to
    sudden length change in simulate frog muscle fibers near slack length. J.
    Physiol., 269, 441-515.

    Gordon, A. M., Huxley, A. F., and Julian, F.J. (1966). The variation in
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    Herzog, W. (2001). History dependent force properties of skeletal muscle: in
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    Mueller, H. Gerber and A. Stacoff). Zuerich: Lab. Biomechanics, ETH Zurich

    Hill, A.V. (1938). The heat of shortening and the dynamic constants of muscle.
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    Hof, A. L., 1990. Effects of muscle elasticity in walking and running. In: J.
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    Hof, A. L. (2001). Muscle mechanics and neuromuscular control. ( Keynote
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    Hof, A. L., Zandwijk, J. P. v. and Bobbert, M. F. ,2001. Mechanics of human
    triceps surae muscle in walking. running and jumping. Acta Physiol. Scand. in

    Huxley, A. F. (1957). Muscle structure and theories of contraction. Prog.
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    Huxley, A. F. (1974). Muscular Contraction. J. Physiol., 243, 1-43.

    Huxley, A. F., and Simmons, R. M. (1971). Mechanical properties of the
    cross-bridge of frog striated muscle. J. Physiol., 218, 59-60P.

    Jewell, B. R., and Wilkie, D. R. (1958). An analysis of the mechanical
    components in frog’s striated muscle. J. Physiol., 143, 515-540.

    Julian, F. J., and Moss, R. L. (1980). Sarcomere length-tension relations of
    frog skinned muscle fibers at lengths above the optimum. J. Physiol., 304,

    Mackean, D. G, (1962). Introduction to Biology. Murray, London.

    McMahon, T. A. (1984). Muscles, Reflexes, and Locomotion. Princeton University
    Press, Princeton, N.J.

    Nigg, B. and Herzog, W. (1994). Biomechanics of the musculo-skeltal system.
    Chichester: John Wiley & sons.

    Squire, J. (1981). The Structural Basis of Muscular Contraction. Plenum Press,
    New York.

    Zandwijk, J. P. v., Bobbert, M. F., Harlaar, J. and Hof, A. L. ,1998. From
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    for triceps surae. Biol. Cybernetics 79, 121 - 130.


    Dear Group

    I am a graduate student at the University of Tennessee in biomechanics. I am
    currently working on my thesis. I am trying to develop a muscle model for the
    triceps surae muscle-tendon complex applied to landing. I am using Maarten
    Bobbert's paper as a guide. However I am having difficulty with the eccentric
    component of the model. When graphing out the Force-velocity curve much like
    Nigg and Herzogg did in their book, the eccentric component of the graph is
    quite strange. Thus, my question and call for help is to anyone who could
    me a lead on some literature dealing with this problem.



    Kurt Clowers
    The University of Tennessee
    1914 Andy Holt Drive
    Knoxville, TN 37996

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