Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Fluids within the human body are more complex that those studied in general fluid mechanics. Through this course students will gain a deeper appreciation of those complexities and methods for their analysis. A range of biological fluid process phenomena such as pulsating flows, viscosity changes vis a vis shear rates and diffusion processes of gases/liquids will be presented enabling students to discuss these complexities across different professional boundaries.

Natural biomaterials have a set of properties that are both complex and diverse that require a level of knowledge before embarking on interfacing synthetic elements either internally or externally.

Students will examine a range of different natural and synthetic material properties to build a robust working knowledge in this area. By developing this engineering appreciation of both synthetic and material materials in the context of bio applications and compatibilities, students will be better positioned to contribute to the design of external and internal prosthesis.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss the complexity and differences of biofluids in comparison to simple fluids.

2. Evaluate different materials for specific internal and external use situations.

3. Explain different manufacturing processes relating to synthetic materials.


  1. Review of Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluid and their respective properties
  2. Complexities and properties of various Biological fluids, and shear effects on biologic fluids.
  3. Diffusion mechanisms i.e. active and passive diffusion.
  4. Properties (strength, limitations, adhesion, stiffness, density, conductance, fracture toughness, and bio-compatibility) of a range of materials (metals, ceramics, composites, resins, bones and cartilage).
  5. Function and application of shape memory alloys.
  6. Production processes for common items, such as forging, extruding, casting, additive and subtractive production, and composite layup processes.

Assessment items

Report: Report 1

Report: Report 2

Report: Report 3

Written Assignment: Written Assessment

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

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