BME 150 Biotransport Phenomena (2014-2015)

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: BME 60C and Math 3A and Math 3D. Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering: Premedical majors have first consideration for enrollment. Only one course from BME 150, CBEMS 125C may be taken for credit. (Design units: 0)

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

Recommended Textbook:
  • Vocabulary list (posted on website)
  • Appendix A from Transport Phenomena, Bird, Steward and Lightfoot, 1960 (1st ed.)
Steven C. George
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC e.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of conservation of mass and energy. (EAC a, EAC e)

2. Demonstrate an understanding of constitutive laws that describe energy and mass flux. (EAC a, EAC e)

3. Demonstrate and understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of energy and mass transport (diffusion and forced convection). (EAC a, EAC e)

4. Demonstrate the skill to apply conservation and constitutive laws of energy and mass to quantitatively characterize mass and energy flux in biological/biomedical systems. (EAC a, EAC e)

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:
  • Midterm I: 25%
  • Midterm II: 25%
  • Final Exam: 49%
  • Course survey: 1%
  • 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

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
March 11, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr