Transport Phenomena in Physiological Systems



Lindsay FitzpatrickBioSci 613-533-6000 ext. 78963



Course Description

This course is an introduction to the area of mass, momentum and heat transfer processes in physiological systems. In this course the student will appreciate the role of transport phenomena in the function of organs and organ systems in the body and develop the skills necessary to analyze models of biological transport processes in the context of the design of biomedical devices. (0/0/0/42/0) 

PREREQUISITES:  CHEE 223 and CHEE 330, or permission of the department


Objectives and Outcomes

Specific course learning outcomes include:

CLO1 Identify transport properties and analyze the mechanisms of molecular momentum, energy and mass transport. KB-ES-TrPh (d)
CLO2 Select, locate and orient coordinate systems for transport phenomena problems (including rectangular and curvilinear). KB-ES-TrPh (d)
CLO3 Formulate the differential forms of the equations of change for momentum, heat and mass transfer problems for steady-state and unsteady flows. KB-ES-TrPh (b)
CLO4 Create original solutions to fluid flow, heat transfer and mass transfer problems

KB-ES-TrPh (a)
KB-ES-TrPh (b)
KB-ES-TrPh (c)
KB-ES-Biochem (b)

CLO5 Develop original solutions to fluid flow in compliant and oscillatory systems

KB-ES-TrPh (a)
KB-ES-TrPh (b)
KB-ES-TrPh (c)
KB-ES-Biochem (b)

CLO6 Create original solutions to combined fluid flow and heat transfer, heat and mass transfer and fluid flow and mass transfer problems.

KB-ES-TrPh (a)
KB-ES-TrPh (b)
KB-ES-TrPh (c)
KB-ES-Biochem (b)

CLO7 Understand and appreciate physiology of the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and renal systems and how they can be modeled. KB-ES-Biochem (b)

This course develops the following attributes at the 4th year level:

Knowledge Base, Engineering Science (KB-ES): BioChem (b) Applies foundations of science, materials science, and engineering in biological, physiological, pharmaceutical and/or environmental problems or processes. TrPh (a) Formulates and applies integral mass, momentum and energy balances to do engineering calculations. TrPh (b) Formulates and applies differential mass, momentum and energy balances to do engineering calculations. TrPh (c) Analyzes convective transport of fluids in closed conduits and external flows. TrPh (d) Identifies mechanisms of momentum, heat and mass transfers and formulates and applies appropriate constitutive models to describe fluid behaviour. 

Relevance to the Program

This course applies knowledge developed in the prior transport courses CHEE 223, CHEE 224 and CHEE 330 to problems that deal with physiological systems.  This course complements and expands knowledge developed in CHEE 340, Biomedical Engineering, and equips the students who follow the Biochemical Engineering option with knowledge that is essential in the understanding of transport processes in physiological systems.

Course Structure and Activities

3 lecture hours + 1 tutorial hour per week.  Please check SOLUS for times and locations


Recommended Textbook:  Roselli and Diller, Biotransport: Principles and Applications

Other useful resource: Transport phenomena in biological systems, George A. Truskey, Fan Yuan, David Katz, 2004. On hold in the E&S Library.

All course lecture slides, assignments and tutorials will be posted on online.