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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH310P Biofluid Mechanics

This is the second module of the BioMechanics Minor which is a group of three modules

  • MECH210P Fundamentals of Biomechanics
  • MECH310P Biofluidics
  • MECH311P Solid Biomechanics

The module will cover:

  • Fundamental theories of fluid flows and transport phenomena relevant to
    biological and bioengineering applications
  • Examples of these theories applied in practice

In summary:

  • Viscous-driven flow (relevant to, for example, blood flow in small vessels,
    flow in porous materials (introduced as a constitutive relationship)
  • Application of Poiseuille flow models to microvascular networks (analogies
    with electrical circuits, and use of matrix methods for solving the system)
  • Inertia-driven flow (blood flow in large vessels, turbulence)
  • Rheology (of homogeneous materials, Newtonian & non-Newtonian
  • Cardiovascular fluid dynamics (includes elements relating to power:
    pressure, flowrate, energy)
  • Transport phenomena (advection/ diffusion problems, nutrient delivery to
    tissues, transport-related design issues for bioreactors)
Code: MECH310P
Alt Codes: None
Title: Biofluid Mechanics
UCL Credits/ECTS: 0.5/7.5
Start: September
End: April


  • MECH210P Fundamentals of Biomechanics

Method of Instruction

Whole-class lectures will be used to present standard theories of mechanics, using
examples from biomedical engineering to demonstrate their applicability to
biomechanics from the physiological perspective.

Students will participate in a small-group activity that will be assessed, for example
through a group presentation and peer-review.

Laboratory sessions will give students hands-on experience. These will be in small groups of no more than 6 students and will be assessed within the season.


  • Examination (3 hours) (75%)
  • Student-led presentations and quizzes (10%)
  • Lab participation (15%)

To pass this course students must:

  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all sections combined.

MECH310P Biofluid Mechanics

General Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Calculate flows of biofluids in physiological situations, including interactions
    with prostheses or medical devices (e.g. heart valve leaflets, pacemaker
  • Identify the important relationships between material properties and
    structural design for biomechanical applications, including flows of
    intravenously-administered fluids, and bioreactors.
  • Develop and solve models of blood flow in microvascular networks, and
    analyse how the network blood flow characteristics depend on the
    underlying network structure
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