Mechanical & Materials Engineering


MECH492 : Biofluids



Dr. R. SellensMcLaughlin Hall, Room 209 Rick.Sellens@queensU.ca(613) 533-6760

Course Description

This course presents some of the applications of fluid mechanics in human biomechanical systems. The course centres on the human circulatory and respiratory systems. Topics covered will include: blood flow in the heart, arteries, veins and microcirculation; air flow in the lungs and airways; mass transfer across the walls of these systems. Experimental tools for use in biomedical applications will be emphasized. (0/0/0/42/0)

PREREQUISITES: MECH215MECH341, or permission of the instructor

Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners should be able to:

1. Simplify and Solve Navier Stokes equations for pulsatile flow;
2. Model flow performance of circulatory and respiratory system elements with integral block elements;
3. Solve block models for transient performance in the circulatory and respiratory systems;
4. Explain flow characteristics in the circulatory system and respiratory systems;
5. Explain applications and limitations of various measurement systems and CFD in biofluids applications;
6. Critically assess and report on the state of the art in a chosen area of biofluid mechanics

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities

3 lecture hours + 1 tutorial hour per week. Please refer to SOLUS for times and locations.


Required textbook: Applied Biofluid Mechanics, Lee Waite and Jerry Fine, McGraw Hill, 2007