0421 Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

  • Renate Sachse, Technical University of Munich
  • Elisabeth Jensen, Technical University of Munich
  • Rainer Burgkart, Technical University of Munich
  • Sami Haddadin, Technical University of Munich
  • Oliver Röhrle, University of Stuttgart
  • Wolfgang A. Wall, Technical University of Munich

Computational models of biomechanical systems offer huge potential and promise great progress in many relevant aspects - covering the whole spectrum from early diagnosis to therapies - and will be crucial on the path towards truly personalized medicine. One field that has not received enough attention so far in the computational mechanics community is musculoskeletal biomechanics. This is surprising, given the large number of unsolved issues related to the locomotor system in sports, robotics, and medicine (again ranging from diagnosis, via surgery planning to optimized therapies that are more based on science than on "art"). Of course, a number of fantastic models already exist in this area- many based on multibody dynamics - but many questions still cannot be appropriately addressed for physiological, much less for pathological, conditions. A major challenge here is to depict the complex interplay of various relevant components, such as muscles, bones, ligaments, articular cartilage, etc.

In this minisymposium, we aim to generate a fruitful interdisciplinary exchange as well as to synergize various aspects related to musculoskeletal models. Therefore, we welcome contributions from all topics in the context of musculoskeletal biomechanics. These may range from material/muscle models of any scale up to entire models of musculoskeletal systems. In the spirit of interdisciplinarity, this minisymposium will cover continuum mechanics-based finite element models as well as multi-body models with potential applications in biomedicine, such as therapy planning or prosthetics, but also in biomimetics, sports and robotics.

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