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Storage of elastic strain energy in muscle and other tissues


Storage of strain energy in elastic materials has important roles in mammal running, insect jumping and insect flight. The elastic materials involved include muscle in every case, but only in insect flight is the proportion of the energy stored in the muscle substantial.

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Alexander, R., Bennet-Clark, H. Storage of elastic strain energy in muscle and other tissues. Nature 265, 114–117 (1977).

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