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An Introduction to Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics

About the Course:

This course aims to provide an overview of the important problems in human circulatory system. The course would provide introduction to cardiovascular systems and important fluid flow problems in large arteries. The goal is to provide students with the necessary background to apply the knowledge of fluid mechanics to analyse the flow behavior in biological systems in general and human circulatory system in particular. It is hoped that with this course, the students would be able to develop a perspective towards the design and development of diagnostics and medical device development.

Intended Audience: 

UG and PG students of Chemical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering/Biotechnology


A basic course in fluid mechanics at UG level, A UG course in Mathematics covering Ordinary Differential Equations

Industries that will recognize this course:

GE Healthcare, Johnson and Johnson and other biomedical companies

Instructor Details:

Dr. Raghvendra Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. His research interest lies in understanding transport phenomena in complex systems. He has been teaching an elective course on Biofluid Mechanics for last two years.

Course Layout:

Week 1:
Introduction, Motivation, Organisation of Cardiovascular System
Week 2:
Blood: Its constituents and rheology
Week 2-3:
Blood Flow in Arteries-1: Hagen Poiseuille Flow, Flow Bifurcation, Flow in Curved tubes
Week 3-4:
Blood Flow in Arteries-2: Pulsatile Flow in Rigid Tubes, Womersley Solution
Week 4:
Blood Flow in Arteries-3: Wave Propogation in Blood Vessels

Suggested Reading: 
  1. Guyton, A. C. and Hall, J. E., A textbook of medical physiology, tenth edition, W. B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, PA.
  2. Chandran, B. K., Rittgers, S. E. and Yoganathan, A. P. “Biofluid Mechanics”, CRC Press, Second edition, 2012.
  3. Fung, Y. C., Biodynamic Circulation, Springer Science and Business Media, 2013.

Certification Exam:

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; 
  • Exam for this course will be available in one session on both 28 and 29 April.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of Best 3 out of 4 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT GUWAHATI. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.