BME 378-0-01: Transport Fundamentals

Quarter Offered

Winter : MWF 10:00-10:50am ; Johnson
None : MWF 10-10:50 am ; Johnson


BME 270; Math 228; BME 377 recommended


Fundamental and biomedical applications of diffusive and convective heat and mass transfer.

Who Takes It?

Undergraduate with an interest in transport processes, particularly for tissue engineering, drug delivery and material science applications, who have already taken BME 270 (Introductory Fluids). BME 377 (Intermediate Fluid Mechanics) is recommended. Graduate students interested in this course should register for BME 478, formerly BME 450, that is co-taught with this course (but the homeworks and exams are slightly different).

What It's About

The overall goal of this course is to expose the student to the analytical techniques used to solve problems in mass and heat transfer. The approach to mass transfer and heat transfer is similar so the lectures will focus on mass transfer problems but we will solve a few heat transfer problem. We will try, in most cases, to show biological applications of the different methods.


  • Statistical Mechanics of Diffusion and Conduction
  • 1-D Diffusion and Conduction
  • Fins for Heat Transfer
  • Unsteady Diffusion and Conduction
  • Review of Fluid Mechanics; Poiseuille Flow
  • Navier-Stokes Equations
  • Convection
  • Full Mass and Heat Transfer Conservation Equations
  • Mass and Heat Transfer Coefficients/ Boundary Layers
  • Surface Tension
  • Osmotic Pressure
  • Blood Oxygenation in Lung Capillaries


  1. Johnson and Ethier, Problems in Biomedical Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena, Cambridge University Press.
  2. Truskey, Yuan, and Katz, Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems, Second Edition, Pearson Education, Inc.