Osborne Reynolds Day

15th ERCOFTAC Osborne Reynolds Day, Manchester University, Friday July 14th, 2017

2nd Call for submissions to:

Osborne Reynolds Oral and Poster PhD Competitions

These competitions offer prestigious awards that celebrate the quality of research by PhD students and graduates across the broad domain of fluid mechanics,including turbulence, multi‐phase, stratified and free‐surface flows, convective transport processes, combustion and acoustics. Entries are welcome from engineering, physics, mathematics and environmental sciences.

PhD students or recent graduates from ALL UK universities are eligible to enter, whether or not their host university is a member of ERCOFTAC.

Entry to both competitions is open to:

  • Current PhD‐registered students at a UK university
  • Doctoral graduates from a UK university who graduated since June 2016

How to enter the competition

To enter the competitions, candidates should submit, via email, a 3‐pagesummary of their research (10 point Arial font or similar), including key objectives, methodology, results and conclusions with key figures to:

with copies to:

The deadline for the submission of summaries is April 21st, 2017 (5.00pm). 

All entrants are advised to focus equally on novelty, clarity of arguments and presentational style, all of which will be assessed as the basis for choosing the finalists. Entrants will be notified of the result of the selection process by June 12th, 2017.

How to register for the event

Registration for the event is free via the Eventbrite portal. 

Further Details of Applications Process

Entrants should indicate whether they wish to be considered for the Oral Competition, the Poster Competition, or both – in order of preference (although no entrant will be selected for both the competitions). 

  • For the Oral Competition, up to seven finalists will present their research. The winner will receive the Osborne Reynolds Prize of £500, with the second‐ and third‐placed finalists receiving £200 and £100, respectively. Three finalists will be selected as the UK entrants for the Europe‐wide 2017 ERCOFTAC da Vinci Award, held later in the year. 
  • For the Poster Competition, up to 25 finalists will be invited to prepare A0 posters that will be viewed by those attending the event during the buffet‐lunch and refreshment breaks. Those presenting the best three posters will each receive £100. All poster finalists will be required to deliver a 1-minute, 2-slide poster pitch immediately before the lunch break. Guidelines for the poster layout and the master format for the poster pitch can be found by clicking the blue links. Those chosen to present posters must attend the event in person to respond to questions. 
  • All finalists will receive a certificate of participation in the Osborne Reynolds Day, 2017.
  • It is expected that most presenters will be able to recover their travel costs through their PhD project accounts or other sources. Where this is not possible, ERCOFTAC‐UK will assist those whose participation necessitates a round‐trip of more than 100 miles. Once the submission has been accepted for inclusion in the Osborne Reynolds Day, informal applications may be made to Dr. David Standingford, briefly setting out the case for travel support.

Other Highlights of Osborne Reynolds Day

The following Keynote Lectures will be given: 

  • Dr. C. Alberto Figueroa. Senior Lecturer in Computational Modelling, Kings College London. Research theme: Bio-medical fluid mechanics
  • Dr. Sylvain Lardeau. Principal Developer Siemens (CD-Adapco). Research theme: Turbulence modelling - industrial applications

Prof. Brian Launder will deliver a short talk on the life of Osborne Reynolds to open the OR day proceedings. An end‐of‐event reception will provide an opportunity for informal discussions among participants and for viewing Osborne Reynolds’ artefacts and correspondence held by the University of Manchester.

Joining Instructions:
Detailed joining instructions will be sent to all attendees closer to the day, but if you wish to book travel, please be advised that the conference venue, George Begg building - School of MACE, will open for arrival & coffee at 9:15am. The venue is a short 10-mins walk from both the Manchester Piccadilly and the Oxford Road railway stations.

All enquiries should be sent to Imran Afgan. Further details and the registration procedure for the event (for both competitors and other attendees) will be announced at a later date. 

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