Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    Mar 26, 2023  
Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MAE 4651 - [Biofluid Mechanics]

Fall. Not offered: 2021-2022. Next offered: 2022-2023. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: ENGRD 2020  and MAE 3230  or equivalents, or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to: M.E. seniors. Satisfies M.E. senior design requirement. Senior design report required.


The transport of energy, mass, and momentum is essential to the function of living systems. Changes in these processes often underlie pathological conditions. This course covers the understanding and analysis of micro-macroscopic fluid flow phenomena within the human body and the relation between fluid flow and physiological processes. The topics covered in this course span from cellular level to organs under healthy and diseased conditions.

Outcome 1: Introduce and practice the use of the fundamental engineering principles and mathematical basis of fluid mechanics in human body.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to identify the fluid flow and transport in human body, and to formulate the governing conservation equations, and solve basic engineering biofluidic problems.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to understand and correctly identify modeling assumptions used to solve various biofluidic problems.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to analyze if Biofluid mechanics a cause or an outcome of a disease and where the analysis might involve approximations and empirical approaches; for example, arterial flows and boundary layer flows.

Outcome 5: Students will be able to formulate an ordered approach to problem solving towards designing an alternative system to circumvent disease.

Outcome 6: Students will be able to integrate and interpret biological data and mechanical engineering concepts.

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