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Yaseen Kajee, J-P. V. Pelteret and B. D. Reddy The biomechanics of the human tongue International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering 29

Version of Record online: 14 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cnm.2531

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A fully linearised, small-strain FEM model of active human skeletal muscle is demonstrated in the context of obstructive sleep apnoea research through modelling the behaviour of the human tongue. A realistic tongue geometry, derived from the Visible Human Project, is presented in conjunction with the underlying microscopic fibre data. A number of benchmark models are presented, after numerous scenarios involving deformation due to gravitational loading and active muscle contraction are discussed.

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