Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 1–5 | Cite as

On the significance of fiber branching in the human myocardium

  • P. F. NiedererEmail author
  • P. P. Lunkenheimer
  • C. W. Cryer
Original Paper


Myocardial tissue exhibits a high degree of organization in that the cardiac muscle fibers are both systematically aligned and highly branched. In this study, the influence and significance of fiber branching is analyzed mathematically. In order to allow for analytic solutions, a regular geometry and simplified constitutive relations are considered. It is found that branching is necessary to stabilize the ventricular wall.


Fiber Orientation Fiber Direction Parallel Fiber Cardiac Muscle Fiber Fiber Architecture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. F. Niederer
    • 1
    Email author
  • P. P. Lunkenheimer
    • 2
  • C. W. Cryer
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Zurich and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)ZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Experimental Thorax, Heart and Vessel SurgeryUniversity Hospital MünsterMünsterGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Numerical MathematicsUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany

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