CBEMS 124 Transport Phenomena in Living Systems (2013-2014)

CBEMS 124 Transport Phenomena in Living Systems

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for BME and ChE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 124 Transport Phenomena in Living Systems (Credit Units: 3) An introduction to transport phenomena in cellular and whole organ systems. Application of transport theory including advection and diffusion to the movement of molecules in biological systems, including the cardiovascular system (heart and microcirculation), and the lung. Prerequisite: CBEMS125A. Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:

General books on Momemtum, Heat, and Mass Transfer

Steven C. George
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

All students are expected to have had an undergraduate series in transport phenomena, and a firm grounding in elementary mathematics. No prior knowledge of biology or physiology is required.

Lecture Topics:
  • Momentum, Energy, and Mass transfer (Eqs. of Motion, Energy, and Continuity, Newton’s, Fourier’s, and Fick’s Law)
  • Blood Flow in Arteries: Background considerations, biorheology, non-Newtonian characteristics
  • Blood Flow in Capillaries: microcirculation: seepage flow, ultrafiltration
  • Airflow in the Lungs. gas flow in bifurcating airways, steady flow with and without axial diffusion
  • Gas Exchange in the Alveoli, Soluble Gas Uptake in the lungs
  • Diffusion across biological Membranes. free diffusion, facilitated diffusion, diffusion with chemical reaction , diffusion across lipid bilayers
  • Diffusion of Oxygen . With chemical reaction in the red cell; Through arterial wall (model for atherosclerosis)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Fortran, C+, Mathcad, or basic for solving ordinary and partial differential equations and parameter estimation

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

This course is designed to contribute to the students’ knowledge of engineering topics. The following considerations are included in this course: economic, environmental, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability.

Design Content Description


Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:

(1) final exam (30%)

(2) evaluation by your peers on your involvement in solving the problems (50%)

(3) evaluation by myself in your involvement in the class (20%).

The evaluation by your peers will involve each of you distributing “salaries” to everyone else in the group based on your perceived contribution to the solution (I’ll handout a salary distribution worksheet).

Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 11, 2013
Senate Approved:
March 19, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr