BME 150 Biotransport Phenomena (2012-2013)

BME 150 Biotransport Phenomena

(Required for BME and BMEP.)
Catalog Data:

BME 150 Biotransport Phenomena (Credit Units: 4) Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer, similarities in the respective rate equations. Emphasis on practical application of fundamental principles. Prerequisite: Math 3D or equivalent. Only one course from BME 150, CBEMS 125C may be taken for credit. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470501979.

Recommended Textbook:
  • Truskey, G.A., Yuan, F., and Katz, D.F., Transport Phenomena In Biological Systems, Pearson Prentice Hall Bioengineering, 2nd edition, 2009, ISBN# 10-0131569880
  • Incropera, F., DeWitt, D., Bergman, T., Lavine, A., Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, John Wiley & Sons, 2007, ISBN# 10-0-471-45728-0 (old or new editions acceptable)
  • Fournier, R.L., Basic Transport Phenomena in Biomedical Engineering, Taylor & Francis, 2nd edition, 2006, ISBN# 10-1591690269
Bernard Choi
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC c, EAC g, EAC h, EAC i, EAC j, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the conservation of heat and mass plus the associated constitutive laws (EAC a)

2. Demonstrate knowledge of constitutive data unique to living systems including their magnitude and scale (EAC a)

3. Describe which laws and data are relevant to a specific biological system and process (EAC a)

4. Demonstrate how to apply these laws of the solution of biological problems (EAC a, EAC c, EAC h)

5. Develop/refine effective general engineering problem definition and solving skills leading to adaptive expertise (EAC a, EAC c, EAC g, EAC i, EAC j, EAC k)

6. Develop skills to disseminate information in both written and oral communications (EAC g)

Prerequisites by Topic

Differential equations, basic programming skills (preferably in MATLAB) will be taught, but prior coursework will be very helpful

Lecture Topics:
  • MATLAB programming principles
  • Conservation principles
  • Heat transfer processes (diffusion and convection).
  • One-dimensional, steady state diffusion.
  • Two-dimensional, steady-state diffusion.
  • Transient diffusion.
  • Numerical methods to calculate diffusion fields
  • External flow.
  • Internal flow.
  • Diffusion mass transfer.
  • Physical properties of the body fluids and the cell membrane.
  • Diffusion with convection.
  • Conservation relations.
  • Physical and flow properties of blood
  • Fluid flow in circulation and tissues
  • Oxygen transport
  • Transport in the kidneys
  • Drug transport/pharmacokinetics
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Microsoft Excel and MATLAB for calculating solutions to assigned homework problems and challenge-based project, word processing to generate reports, student-specified software for optional presentations

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Biomedical Engineering Topics.

Design Content Description

Quantitative modeling of student-specified biotransport problem (100%).

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 10%
  • Biotransport challenge project 40%
  • Midterm: 50%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

February 6, 2012
Senate Approved:
November 12, 2009
Approved Effective:
2010 Spring Qtr