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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0036 Biofluids and Medical Devices

MECH0036 Biofluids and Medical Devices

FHEQ Level:
7 (MSc)
Terms 1 and 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
Alternative Module Code:
This module is offered to Term 1 affiliate students under the code MECH0037

Taught By

Dr Gaetano Burriesci (Module Coordinator):
Gaetano Burriesci
Dr Ryo Torii:
Ryo Torii

MECHGB02 Biofluids & Medical Devices

The aim of this module is to apply the basic principles of fluid mechanics to the scientific understanding and modelling of fluid flow in physiological systems.

Most of the module is devoted to the study of the blood flow in the cardiovascular system, but other fluid flow systems in the body may be analysed.

The first part of the module provides an introduction to fluid mechanics and its application to physiological models, to the rheological properties of blood, and an insight of the cardiovascular system and its modelling.

The second part of the module aims at analysing the interaction between physiological flows and artificial systems, identifying the most important parameters to control in the design of medical devices.

Applications to cardiovascular implantable devices such as artificial heart valves are examined.

Emphasis is placed on a physical rather than mathematical understanding of the relevant phenomena, to allow a realistic appraisal of flow dynamics in the body. By the end of the module students will have a sound knowledge and understanding of fluid dynamics in physiological systems, and the interaction between physiological flows and medical devices.

Topics Covered

  • Cardiovascular physiology and disease
  • Fundamentals of fluid mechanics
  • Modelling
  • Cardiac fluid mechanics
  • Flow measurement techniques
  • Rheology
  • Medical devices

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials


This module is assessed entirely through an unseen written examination.

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