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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.

The Osborne Reynolds Day and competition 2022 is moving back to in person event (subject of any possible governmental guidelines on to control any new variants of Covid-19). It will be held on Friday 1 July 2022 in our state of the art Engineering and Material Science Campus which is the largest in UK, the Manchester Engineering Campus.

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. The best three presentations will be selected to represent the UK nominations at the ERCOFTAC 'da Vinci Competition 2022, in France.

It is a great honour to report that our three nominations for the last two years, 2020 and 2021, were shortlisted for da-Vinci Competition and the winners were one of our UK-nominations.

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

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 mechanists.

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 competition

The 2022 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.

Nomination Procedure

  • Competitors should still submit via email their abstracts to Professor Matthew Juniper and Dr Adel Nasser.
  • These abstracts will be reviewed by at least two specialists in Fluid Dynamics in the theme of the paper.
  • The selection panel will then nominate the best three to represent the UK at the annual ERCOFTAC da Vinci competition to be held during the ERCOFTAC Autumn Festival, 6-7 October, in France. The winner will be awarded the 2022 da Vinci Medal, a certificate, and a cash prize of 1000 euros. The other four finalists will receive certificates and medals. All expenses of the winner will be funded by ERCOFTAC.
  • The deadline for submission of summaries is Friday 8 April 2022 (5:00 pm).
  • The final selection of the six 2022 Osborne Reynolds Day presentations will be made by Monday 9 May 2022.
  • The Osborne Reynolds winners and UK nominations to the da Vinci event will be notified within a few days thereafter a few days after the Osborne Reynolds event on Friday 1 July 2022.

How to enter

  • To enter the 2022 competitions candidates should submit, as sole authors, a three-page summary, 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 prepare their summaries carefully, as these are the principal means by which their work is assessed by the selection panel.

Who can enter?

The competition is opened to:

  • Current PhD‐registered students at a UK university.
  • Doctoral graduates from a UK university who graduated since June 2021.


All submissions should be sent directly to: