A nonlinear rheological model for active and passive skeletal muscle

David T. Corr, Ray Vanderby, Thomas M. Best

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Anexisting rheological model of skeletal muscle (Forcinito et al., 1998) was modified with a nonlinear Maxwell fluid element to provide a phenomenological model capable of analyzing the strain-stiffening behavior typically found in passive, and occasionally observed in active, skeletal muscle. This new model describes both active and passive muscular behavior as a combination of the behavior of each model component, without requiring prior knowledge of the force-length or force-velocity characteristics of the muscle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-263
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Biomechanics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Phenomenological modeling
  • Soft tissue mechanics
  • Strain-stiffening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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