BIOE 3400: Biotransport Phenomena

Designation:    Required
Description:    The quantitative description of momentum transport (viscous flow) and mass transport (convection and diffusion) in living systems. Application of engineering methods to model and quantify aspects of bioengineering systems.
Prerequisite:    MATH 2860 or 3820; BIOE 2100
Textbook:    Basic Transport Phenomena in Biomedical Engineering 
R.L. Fournier 
Taylor & Francis
Objectives:    To apply mass and heat transport principles to biological systems 
To solve problems related to mass and heat transfer 
To use computational tools to solve problems
Topics:    Intro to Mathcad 
Physical Properties of the body fluids and the cell membrane, Chapter 1 
Solute transport in biological systems, Chapter 2 
Physical and flow properties of blood, Chapter 3 
Oxygen transport in biological systems, Chapter 4 
Pharmacokinetic analysis, Chapter 5 
Extracorporeal devices, Chapter 6
Schedule:    3 - 50 minute lectures per week
Contribution:    Engineering topics
(a)    An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b)    An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c)    An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(e)    An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(k)    An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
(8b)    The capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology
(8c)    The ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems
Prepared by:    Scott Molitor ( and Tammy Phares (
Last Updated: 6/27/22