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Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Osborne Reynolds Day

Competition for new graduates and soon-to-graduate PhDs in Fluid Mechanics.

This year the competition goes ahead virtually via zoom conference on Friday 9th July 2021.

The Osborne Reynolds Day 2021 competition is moving virtual. The competitors are invited, as usual, to submit abstracts by email, in accordance with the instructions below.

  • The sequential two-stage process of initial and final selection will be conducted by senior academics.
  • The best (final) six contributors are invited to make presentations on zoom, leading to a winner and two runners-up. 
  • The three top presentations will then be put forward to the prestigious 2021 ERCOFTAC da Vinci competition as UK nominations. 
  • Three nominations for Osborne Reynolds Day 2020 were shortlisted for the da Vinci Competition 2020 and the winner was Dr P. M. de Oliveira of Cambridge University.
Osborne Reynolds
The Department of MACE is a successor of the department in which Osborne Reynolds (pictured) established himself as the nation's leading engineering fluid mechanicist.

The competition 

The 2021 Osborne Reynolds PhD competition offer prestigious awards that celebrate the quality of students and graduates who have been pursuing doctoral level research 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 schools of engineering, physics, mathematics or 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.

About Osborne Reynolds

The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at Manchester University is a successor of the department in which Osborne Reynolds, England’s first full-time professor of engineering, established himself over his 37-year career as the nation’s pre-eminent engineering fluid mechanicist.

In his honour and name, the Osborne Reynolds Day programme normally features presentations by some of the UK's brightest newly graduated and soon-to-graduate PhDs in fluid mechanics.


The 19th ERCOFTAC Osborne Reynolds Day 2021 programme to be held on Friday 9th July 2021 is now available.