BME 377-0-20: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics

Quarter Offered

Fall : MWF 10:00-10:50 ; Johnson


BME 270 or consent of instructor


Fundamental concepts of fluid dynamics. Kinematics, mass and momentum balances, constitutive relations. Navier-Stokes equations and methods of solution. Scaling techniques.

Who Takes It

Undergraduate with an interest in transport processes and tissue engineering who have already taken BME 270 (Introductory Fluids). It is highly recommended that student take this course before taking BME 350 (Transport Fundamentals: Biomedical Mass and Heat Transfer). This is also a useful introductory course for graduate students with no background in transport.

What It's About

The overall goal of this course is to increase your knowledge of fluid mechanics with a special emphasis on learning the ability to solve problems. Thus, while new material will be covered, there will also be a focus on learning how to solve biomedical engineering problems using techniques that you have already been introduced to. All students will complete the course with a new-found confidence in problem solving.


  • Reynolds Transport Theorem
  • Conservation Laws
  • How to Solve Problems
  • Inviscid Flow and Bernoulli
  • Viscous Flow
  • Navier-Stokes Equations
  • Low Reynolds Number Flow
  • Lubrication
  • Unsteady Flows
  • Dimensional Analysis


  1. James A. Fay, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, MIT Press, 1994
  2. Mark Johnson and C Ross Ethier, Problems in Biomedical Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena, Camridge University Press.