University of Wisconsin Madison
Biofluidics (B M E 505) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
  • 1
    Define the rheological characteristics of blood
  • 2
    Compare and contrast non-Newtonian models for blood rheology
  • 3
    Formulate the pressure drop in across an atherosclerotic artery at a range of blood flows
  • 4
    Model steady and unsteady flow in elastic and collapsible vessels
  • 5
    Describe the design requirements for kidney dialysis machines
  • 6
    Derive the "cube law" based on the minimization of pumping power
  • 7
    Design a tubing network to perfuse a vessel with known pressure and shear
  • 8
    Analyze the physics of fluid flow in a physiological or pathological state
B M E 505 ( 3 Credits )
Introduction to blood rheology, blood flow dynamics in arteries, capillaries and veins, airflow in the lungs, and other physiological flow phenomena. Healthy and diseased states will be considered. Special topics may include ocular flow dynamics and electro-chemical-fluidics in cartilage.
EMA 201; EMA 202 or ME 240; Physiol 335; or cons inst
College: College of Engineering
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Course Coordinator
Text book, title, author, and year
An Introduction to Biomechanics: Solids and Fluids, Analysis and Design. Humphrey, Jay and Delange, Sherry. 2004
Supplemental Materials
The physics of pulsatile flow by M. Zamir 
Required / Elective / Selected Elective
Selected Elective
ABET Program Outcomes Associated with this Course
Program Specific Student Outcomes
(1) Understanding of biology and physiology as related to biomedical engineering needs.
(2) Ability to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), sciences, and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology and to model biological systems
Brief List of Topics to be Covered
Rheology; blood constitutive behavior. Viscous fluid flow between flat plates; joint lubrication. Viscous fluid flow in tubes; blood flow in arteries and veins. Inviscid fluid flow; air flow in the lung. Diffusion and mass transport; gas exchange in the lungs and filtration in the kidneys.
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