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2022-2023 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 25, 2024
2022-2023 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
Biomedical Fluid Mechanics is an upper-level undergraduate and graduate course designed for students that have already had some undergraduate exposure to fluid mechanics through a biotransport, transport or similar course. The course studies how momentum (i.e. fluid flow) principles arise and are applied to biomedical flow systems. The course is not exhaustive but focuses instead on systems in which 1) the application of fluid mechanics enhances understanding of the underlying biomedical process; and/or 2) the biomedical process itself teaches an important and sometimes novel fluid mechanical principal. The principal means of analyzing biomedical fluid mechanics in this course will be through the application of differential mass and momentum balances. These principles will be applied to take the student from a qualitative understanding to a quantitative understanding of a biomedical flow process. The course will primarily study principles of fluid mechanics in the cardiovascular system, including arterial flow and pressure and microcirculatory flow. Non-Newtonian blood rheology and flow will also be covered. Students also will have the opportunity to propose biomedical flow processes that may be relevant to their research projects (e.g. respiratory, ocular, micro-devices). Prerequisite: undergraduate fluid mechanics or transport.
Academic Career: Graduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Grad Letter Grade

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