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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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BE 3500 - Bio-thermal-fluid Transport I

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This is the first of a two-part series of courses in bio-thermal fluid transport. Specific topics that are covered include thermodynamics, including property determination, phase diagrams, first and second law applications and efficiency calculations; psychrometrics; mechanical energy balance and the Bernoulli equation; and introductory topics in fluid mechanics. (prereq: TBD)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Define thermodynamics and give examples of problems that can be solved using thermodynamic principles
  • Determine the properties of pure substances using property tables, property diagrams and software
  • Use the phase rule to determine the number of degrees of freedom for a non-reacting mixture at equilibrium
  • Use phase diagrams, property tables, and software to determine the phases present in a mixture, their relative abundances and the properties of the mixture
  • Determine whether the ideal gas equation of state is appropriate for a given system
  • Determine the properties of pure ideal gases and mixtures of ideal gases
  • State the First Law of thermodynamics and apply it to solve closed system engineering problems and analyze and design steady flow devices relevant to biomedical engineering
  • State the Second Law of thermodynamics and use it to determine limits for thermodynamic cycles and assess performance of steady flow devices
  • Use psychrometric analysis to define the vapor content of atmospheric air and apply this to air conditioning processes
  • Solve fluid flow problems involving the mechanical energy balance and Bernoulli equations
  • Define viscosity and describe Newtonian fluid behavior
  • Calculate vorticity for a flow field and describe its significance

Prerequisites by Topic
  • College level general biology for life science majors
  • College level Newtonian physics for engineers
  • Single variable integration

Course Topics
  • Thermodynamic definitions; pressure definition and manometry; energy definition and modes of energy transfer (7 classes)
  • Properties of pure substances; phases and property diagrams; using property tables and software to determine properties; determination of phase; applying the ideal-gas equation of state (5 classes)
  • Boundary work, closed system energy balance, specific heats (4 classes)
  • Conservation of mass, flow energy, energy balance application to control volumes and steady flow devices (4 classes)
  • Thermodynamic cycles and the second law of thermodynamics; irreversibilities; Carnot cycles and Carnot efficiency (4 classes)
  • Entropy; isentropic efficiency for steady flow devices (3 classes)
  • Gas mixtures; psychrometrics and analysis of air conditioning processes (3 classes)
  • Mechanical energy balance and Bernoulli equation; energy grade lines (3 classes)
  • Introduction to fluid phenomena; fluid kinematics (4 classes)
  • Exams (3 classes)

Jeffrey LaMack

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