More than meat and a motor: The diverse biomechanical roles of skeletal muscle and their place in ‘semi-living’ machines

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The biomechanical roles of skeletal muscle and their tendons are diverse. Perhaps most intuitively, muscle is regarded as a biological ‘motor’ that provides the work required for accelerating the body and overcoming aero- and hydrodynamic forces. With detailed biomechanical analyses, more intricate roles of the muscle-tendon unit have been uncovered, ranging from energy recyclers, to shock absorbers and capacitors. The functional scope of muscle-tendon tissue makes it an attractive choice for exploring bio-machine integration. Research and cross-disciplinary collaboration at SymbioticA offers a testbed for scientific and artistic exploration into engineered muscle-tendon constructs and the broader philosophical debate surrounding their place in ‘semi-living’ machine systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-177
Number of pages2
JournalLeonardo
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 27 2015

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Hydrodynamics
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Energy
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