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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0028 Biofluid Mechanics

MECH0028 Biofluid Mechanics

FHEQ Level:
6 (Undergraduate Yr 3)
Term 1
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
MECH0018 Fundamentals of Biomechanics

Taught By

Professor Stavroula Balabani (Module Coordinator):
Stavroula Balabani
Dr Ryo Torii:
Ryo Torii

Module Overview

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

  • MECH0018 Fundamentals of Biomechanics
  • MECH0028 Biofluid Mechanics
  • MECH0029 Solid Biomechanics

The module covers fundamental theories of fluid flows and transport phenomena relevant to biological and bioengineering applications and provides examples of these theories applied in practice.

The module introduce fundamental fluid mechanics concepts and reveals how fluid mechanics principles can be applied to flows in biological systems, with emphasis on blood flows. It introduces flow measurement and modelling techniques and their application in physiology and disease.

Topics Covered

  • Fluid mechanics fundamentals
  • Macrocirculation
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Microcirculation
  • Other important biological flows
  • Experimental (in vitro) and simulation (in silico) techniques

Learning Outcomes

Upon 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 leads).
  • 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.

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Practical laboratory classes


This module is assessed through a combination of unseen written examination and coursework exercises.

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