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Bio Fluid Mechanics March 04-09, 2011 At IIT Kanpur

Bio Fluid Mechanics March 04-09, 2011 At IIT Kanpur

Bio-fluid mechanics is the subject that studies a certain class of biological problems from a fluid mechanics point of view. Bio-fluid mechanics uses the general principles of fluid mechanics in dealing biological applications having fluid motion. The subject focuses on issues related to flow phenomenon of various fluid in human body. This subject also sees the applications in aerodynamics of insect flight, maneuvering and propulsion of various underwater creatures etc.

In recent years, there is a surge in research on bio-fluid mechanics to have clear understanding of the various flow phenomena within the human body as well as the fluid mechanics applications in other animals.

This course aims at exposing the participants to the fundamentals of fluid mechanics that can be applied to any biological systems having fluid flow whether it is human body or any other living creatures. The course is also designed to provide the participants with the knowledge of computations and experiments for understanding the flow behavior in a biological system. The focus will be partially on clinical applications such as blood flow through arteries and heart, ocular fluid dynamics, and emptying of stomach and the remaining course will be devoted to applications of fluid mechanics in insect flight aerodynamics for possible application in micro-air vehicle and related areas, maneuvering and propulsion of birds and underwater creatures.

Other than the dissemination of knowledge, the course also aims to highlight the importance and excitement of experimental and computational research on this topic by providing the participants glimpses of experimental and numerical facilities at IITK Kanpur. There will be practical sessions on the use of commercial fluid mechanics software in which the participants will be shown demonstration to solve a bio-fluid mechanical problem of using experiments as well as allowing them to perform some experiments.

Course contents

* Introduction of biological processes involving fluid mechanics.
* Review of fluid mechanics.
* Cardiovascular fluid mechanics.
* Numerical methods for biofluid mechanics.
* Experiments for biofluid mechanics.
* Blood rheology, microcirculation and cellular fluid mechanics.
* Flow inside a stomach and ocular fluid dynamics.
* Bio-locomotion.


This course is offered under the Continuing Education Program of IIT Kanpur and is sponsored by the Quality Improvement Program. The course is open for Mechanical Engineering faculty of Engineering Colleges, practicing engineers from Industry and scientists from R & D Labs.

The number of participants under the QIP sponsored category is limited to 30. In case of more applicants, the final selection criterion shall be decided by the organizers. Preference will be given to candidates who have a Master�s degree with specialization in an area relevant to the theme of the course. The above restrictions do not apply to applicants from Industry, R&D labs and self sponsored applicants.

Registration fees

For participants from QIP/AICTE approved colleges, there is no registration fee. They will be provided TA (AC-III) by the shortest route from the nearest railway station to Kanpur. Daily allowance (for boarding and lodging) will be paid to every participant from QIP/AICTE approved colleges as per the existing rules of CDTE/QIP for the period of the course. A caution deposit of Rs. 200 in the form of a DD should accompany the completed form. This will be refunded to those participants who attend the course.

For participants from industry/ R&D organization, the registration fee (non-refundable) is Rs. 6000/- (covers only course fees and course material).

All payments should be through DD drawn in favor of �Coordinator, Continuing Education Program, IIT Kanpur� payable at State Bank of India, IIT Kanpur Branch.

Important dates

Last date of receipt of application: January 02, 2011

Application in the prescribed format (you may photocopy the registration form) duly forwarded by the participant�s institution should reach the coordinators on or before January 02, 2011. The name of the selected candidates will be available in the homepage of the coordinators w.e.f. January 10, 2011. The Head of the Institution is requested to forward only one candidate for the course based on their preference.

Applications and DD should be sent to:

Arun K. Saha
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Kanpur, 208016.


Accommodation will be provided to all the participants from 03.03.2011 till 09.03.2011 in Visitor�s Hostel. The boarding and lodging charges will have to be borne by the participants (DA will be paid as per the existing rules of CDTE/QIP). Rooms at the Guest House are very reasonably priced.

Weather at Kanpur

The weather at Kanpur in first week of March will be pleasant. Day-time temperatures range from 26-31�C. The nights temperatures may be lower (12-17�C).

How to reach

Kanpur, a major city of Uttar Pradesh is well-connected by rail, road and air to all the parts of the country. The railway station is at a distance of about 18 km from the IITK campus. A regular auto-rickshaw (about Rs. 120) and taxi service (about Rs. 200) from the station are available.

Contact Us

If you need more information please contact the coordinator.
Arun K. Saha: Ph: 0512-259-7869, (
Fax: +91-(0512)-259-7408

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