Both broad and deep in coverage, Rubenstein shows that fluid mechanics principles can be applied not only to blood circulation, but also to air flow through the lungs, joint lubrication, intraocular fluid movement and renal transport. Each section initiates discussion with governing equations, derives the state equations and then shows examples of their usage. Clinical applications, extensive worked examples, and numerous end of chapter problems clearly show the applications of fluid mechanics to biomedical engineering situations. A section on experimental techniques provides a springboard for future research efforts in the subject area.

Key Features

  • Uses language and math that is appropriate and conducive for undergraduate learning, containing many worked examples and end of chapter problems
  • All engineering concepts and equations are developed within a biological context
  • Covers topics in the traditional biofluids curriculum, as well as addressing other systems in the body that can be described by biofluid mechanics principles, such as air flow through the lungs, joint lubrication, intraocular fluid movement, and renal transport
  • Clinical applications are discussed throughout the book, providing practical applications for the concepts discussed.


Undergraduate and graduate students in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1. Note to Students About the Textbook

1.2. Biomedical Engineering

1.3. Scope of Fluid Mechanics

1.4. Scope of Biofluid Mechanics

1.5. Dimensions and Units

Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics

2.1. Fluid Mechanics Introduction

2.2. Fundamental Fluid Mechanics Equations

2.3. Analysis Methods

2.4. Fluid as a Continuum

2.5. Elemental Stress and Pressure

2.6. Kinematics: Velocity, Acceleration, Rotation and Deformation

2.7. Viscosity

2.8. Fluid Motions

2.9. Two-Phase Flows

2.10. Changes in the Fundamental Relationships on the Microscale

2.11. Fluid Structure Interaction

Chapter 3. Conservation Laws

3.1. Fluid Statics Equations

3.2. Buoyancy

3.3. Conservation of Mass

3.4. Conservation of Momentum

3.5. Momentum Equation with Acceleration

3.6. The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics

3.7. The Navier-Stokes Equations

3.8. Bernoulli Equation

Chapter 4. The Heart

4.1. Cardiac Physiology

4.2. Cardiac Conduction System/Electrocardiogram

4.3. The Cardiac Cycle

4.4. Heart Motion

4.5. Heart Valve Function

4.6. Disease Conditions

Chapter 5. Blood Flow in Arteries and Veins

5.1. Arterial System Physiology

5.2. Venous System Physiology

5.3. Blood Cells and Plasma

5.4. Blood Rheology

5.5. Pressure, Flow, and Resistance: Arterial System

5.6. Pressure, Flow, and Resistance: Venous System

5.7. Wave Propagation in Arterial Circulation

5.8. Flow Separation at Bifurcations and at Walls

5.9. Flow Through Tapering and Curved Channels

5.10. Pulsatile Flow and Turbulence

5.11. Disease Conditions

Chapter 6. Microvascular Beds

6.1. Microcirculation


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