Module Overview

Thermofluids for BioEngineering

The purpose of this module is to introduce the principles of Thermodynamics with particular reference the human body and the wider medical industry.

Module Code

THBE H3000

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


Temperature, pressure, Heat, Terminology and notation, Fluid properties and non-Newtonian nature of blood flow.

1st Law of thermodynamics

1st Law of thermodynamics as applied to the human body. Internal energy, Work, First law in operation, enthalpy, Standard state, Energy conservation in a living organism, food intake versus power output.

2nd law of thermodynamics

2nd law of thermodynamics, effects of friction , Entropy, Heat engines, Isothermal systems and process diagrams. Applications to humans

Work Flow and Heat transfer

Work Flow and Heat transfer; Heat transfer units, Work and heat transfer in a flow process. Conduction, Convection and radiation, Heat capacity, Energy consumption in the human body.

Air conditioning

Heat and humidity, wet and dry bulb temperatures, psychometric charts. Clean room technology

Physiological Reactions to climatic conditions

Physiological Reactions to climatic conditions, Thermoregulation of the Human body, physiological heat transfer, the metabolic heat balance, respiratory heat transfer, heat transfer as applied to human body. Indices of heat stress, Heat illnesses, Cold environments, Heat Tolerance and acclimatisation. Applications in industry and sports.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination70
Other Assessment(s)30