Experimental procedures for investigating the short-term affects of microgravity upon the bulk mechanical response of muscle tissue

Wheatley, Gareth (2001). Experimental procedures for investigating the short-term affects of microgravity upon the bulk mechanical response of muscle tissue B.Sc Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Wheatley, Gareth
Thesis Title Experimental procedures for investigating the short-term affects of microgravity upon the bulk mechanical response of muscle tissue
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2001
Thesis type B.Sc Thesis
Supervisor Dr. T. Steinberg
Total pages 55
Language eng
Subjects 09 Engineering
Formatted abstract

The following report documents the process by which the overall mechanical affect of microgravity upon muscular response can be experimentally determined. The original scope of the report was to experimentally investigate whether any noticeable affects occur, however, due to numerous technical and logistical problems; the experiments could not be performed by the deadline.

The report details the structure and operation of muscle tissue, together with the individual processes that may be affected by microgravity conditions to produce an overall change in the response of muscle to stimuli. Research performed suggests that the hypothesis that be tested is that microgravity conditions do not affect the overall response characteristics of the muscle tissue, as the processes involved are primarily diffusive, solid-particle reactions and electrochemical in nature, which are not highly gravity dependant.

Experimental apparatus and procedures are based upon those currently in use by Dr. T. Steinberg of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Dr. C. Franklin of the Zoology and Entomology Department.

Keyword Muscular response
Microgravity
Additional Notes * Mechanical Engineering undergraduate theses. 2001

Document type: Thesis
Collection: UQ Theses (non-RHD) - UQ staff and students only
 
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