A question which has not been addressed so far in the analysis of the twisting motion of the heart, relates to the existence of any advantages in energetic expenditure due to differential contractile properties across the wall of the ventricles. The question is addressed in this paper by a highly simplified analytical model of the ventricular cavity, based on a cylindrical geometry and set in the context of the linear theory of elasticity; however, the anisotropy of contraction is also taken into account. It is concluded, that when oppositely directed spirals of fibres in the internal and external layers of the cylinder keep the torsion within suitable limits, i.e. mimicking the biological context, a smaller energetic expenditure is related to a transmural pattern of contraction which is not uniform, and presents a larger epicardial contraction. (C) 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
Advantages in the torsional performances of a simplified cylindrical geometry due to transmural differential contractile properties / Nardinocchi, Paola; Puddu, Paolo Emilio; L., Teresi; V., Varano. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MECHANICS. A, SOLIDS. - ISSN 0997-7538. - STAMPA. - 36:(2012), pp. 173-179. [10.1016/j.euromechsol.2012.03.001]