The in vivo Mechanical Properties of Muscular Bulk Tissue

ARITAN S., Oyadiji S. O., Bartlett R. M.

Annual International Conference of the IEEE-Engineering-in-Medicine-and-Biology-Society, Minnesota, United States Of America, 3 - 06 September 2009, pp.5259-5260 identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/iembs.2009.5334084
  • City: Minnesota
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.5259-5260
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study was to characterize the bulk modulus properties of the upper arm under relaxed and controlled contraction which is defined as 25% of the maximum voluntary contraction. A new testing machine was designed to generate a continually increasing load on the upper arm and measure the load over time. The machine consists of a device which is effectively a cuff that applies controllable pressure on a 47 mm wide band of the upper arm. A set of four different constant strain rates was used to test the stiffness of the arm bulk tissue. The stress-strain test consisted of 0.5, 1, 2, and 4 mm.s(-1) constant strain rates. The stress-strain curves obtained show strongly non-linear response of the bulk tissue. The nonlinearity is evident that the stress strain curve for bulk tissue is time dependent.