Analysis of the force-sharing problem using an optimization model

Rachid Ait Haddou, A. Jinha, W. Herzog, P. Binding

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In biomechanics, one frequently used approach for finding a unique set of muscle forces in the 'force-sharing problem' is to formulate and solve a non-linear optimization problem of the form: min φ (f) = Σ(f ii) α subject to Af = b and f ≥ 0. Solutions to this problem have typically been obtained numerically for complex models, or analytically for specific musculoskeletal geometries. Here, we present simple geometrical methods for analyzing the solution to this family of optimization problems for a general n-degrees-of-freedom musculoskeletal system. For example, it is shown that the moment-arm vectors of active (f i > 0) and passive (f i = 0) muscles are separated by a hyperplane through the origin of the moment-arm vector space. For the special case of a system with two degrees-of-freedom, solutions can be readily represented in graphical form. This allows for powerful interpretations of force-sharing calculated using optimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-122
Number of pages12
JournalMathematical Biosciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004


  • Agonist
  • Antagonist
  • Force-sharing
  • Movement control
  • Muscle
  • Optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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