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Provide models and simulations to study hand contact modeling and comparing the Hunt-Crossley and Elastic Foundation contact models.


This work strives to build upon the current contact modeling literature by filling a gap in upper-extremity musculoskeletal modeling of hand contact mechanics. Notably, we examine how two common contact models (Hunt-Crossley and Elastic Foundation) can be used to represent the fingerpad. To evaluate the use of Hunt-Crossley and Elastic Foundation contact models in a low-force environment (i.e. the fingerpad), we developed a musculoskeletal model and performed a sensitivity analysis of key model parameters.

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