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Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Osborne Reynolds Day

Friday 7th July 2023

The 2023 ERCOFTAC Osborne Reynolds Day, hosted by the School of Engineering at The University of Manchester, will feature a presentation competition for recent doctoral graduates and soon-to-graduate PhD students in the field of fluid mechanics. Competitors are invited to submit abstracts by email, according to the instructions below.

Following review of the submissions, the authors of the best six abstracts will be invited to make presentations at the Osborne Reynolds Day. The winner and two runners-up will receive cash prizes, and they will be put forward as the UK's nominations to compete in the 2023 ERCOFTAC da Vinci Competition.

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 mechanists.

Osborne Reynolds

Osborne Reynolds was England’s first full-time professor of engineering at The University of Manchester, where he established himself, over a 37-year career, as the nation’s pre-eminent engineering fluid mechanicist.

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


The 2023 Osborne Reynolds PhD competition offers 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 turbulent, 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.

Who can enter

The competition is open to:

  • Current PhD‐registered students at a UK university
  • Doctoral graduates from a UK university who graduated after June 2022

All UK universities are eligible whether or not they are a member of ERCOFTAC.

How to enter

To enter the 2023 competitions, candidates should submit, as sole authors, a three-page summary of their research, which should be structured as follows.

  • Title of the work
  • Name, affiliation, and email address
  • Name of supervisor(s)
  • List of 5 keywords characterizing the work
  • Research objectives, route, methodology, main results and achievements
  • Up to three publications considered by the writer to best represent the work

The summary should be in a single-column format and the typeface should be no smaller than 11pt. Blank lines should separate sections, headings, figures, captions and title.

The inclusion of relevant graphical material is strongly encouraged, and associated captions should be clear and explicit, in line with standard practice in high-quality journals. Emphasis should be given to novelty and originality of the findings, and their relevance to engineering practice, if appropriate. Candidates are urged to prepare their summaries carefully, as these are the principal means by which their work is assessed by the selection panel.

The summary should be sent, via email, to Dr Nick Daish and Dr Adel Nasser by 5:00 pm on Monday 10th April 2023.

Selection procedure

Each summary will be reviewed by at least two senior academics who are specialists in the subject of the research. The papers will be ranked by the review panel and the selection of the top six made by Monday 15th May 2023. The authors will be invited to present their work in the Osborne Reynolds Day competition.

The presentations at the Osborne Reynolds Day will be assessed by a panel of judges, who will select one overall winner and two runners-up. All finalists will receive individual certificates of their contribution to Osborne Reynolds Day 2023 and the top three presentations will receive cash prizes. They will also be put forward as the UK’s nominations to compete in the 2023 ERCOFTAC da Vinci competition, which this year will take place on 12th October at the ERCOFTAC Autumn Festival in Liège, Belgium.


Please email Dr Nick Daish for any queries regarding the competition, or Dr Adel Nasser for anything else concerning the Osborne Reynolds Day.