Laying the foundations for future specialists in applied fluid dynamics

Laying the foundations for future specialists in applied fluid dynamics

Enabling the growth of a new generation of specialists in flow, turbulence and combustion, ERCOFTAC promotes the joint efforts between leading research organisations and industry. With the advent of the global economy, increasing knowledge transfer through a shared vision drives strategic collaboration and enables innovation, recognised by ERCOFTAC and its partners. 

Providing a platform for the most talented individuals, ERCOFTAC Pilot Centres across Europe are invited to nominate outstanding research studies of PhD students or recent graduates for the annual da Vinci award. In existence since 2006, five finalists throughout Europe are selected to present research on flow, turbulence and combustion to a panel of distinguished international judges. Specialists within the field of applied fluid dynamics gather to hear industry updates and a presentation from the winning candidate at the ERCOFTAC Autumn Festival. 

For the 2014 award, the five finalists shortlisted represented Italy, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany. David Standingford, Lead Technologist, CFMS, commented, “The quality and depth of research presented by candidates was outstanding again this year.”

Representing the University of Cambridge, UK, Duncan Hewitt was the confirmed winner for his paper on  ‘Convection in Porous Media, and Implications for CO2 Sequestration’. Prof. Anthony Hutton, Airbus UK and chairperson of the ERCOFTAC Knowledge Network Committee commented, “This is a true reflection of the strength of both academic quality and industrial focus for flow, turbulence and combustion research for Europe.”

The ERCOFTAC UK Pilot Centre also runs the annual Osborne Reynolds Research Student Award, which recognises the quality of UK researchers studying fluid dynamics, acoustics, combustion or turbulence. The 2014 winner of 12th Osborne Reynolds Research Student Award was Joanna Brunker, Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London (UCL) who was one of 3 finalists put forward by the UK committee for the 2014 da Vinci award. Simon Weeks, Chief Technology Officer, Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) commented, “The UK has a long history in the development of fluid dynamic technologies. This research is important to aircraft design and performance whilst supporting skills development for UK plc.”

The ERCOFTAC Autumn Festival is taking place on 15th -16th October 2015 in Vinci, Italy. The 13th Osborne Reynolds Research Student Award will be held in June 2015 at the University of Manchester and the UK Industry Day will be held on 9th July 2015 at the Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS). For more information visit  


The European Research Community On Flow, Turbulence And Combustion (ERCOFTAC) was created in 1988 with the aim of promoting joint efforts of research institutes and industries who are active in all aspects of Flow, Turbulence and Combustion. With the objective of exchanging technical and scientific information concerning basic and applied research, and the development, validation and maintenance of numerical codes and databases, ERCOFTAC membership is open to all research groups from academic and government to industrial organisations worldwide.

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The Aerospace Technology Institute exists to protect, exploit and position leading advanced UK capabilities, preserving design and manufacturing jobs in the UK.

Within the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) world-class academics and industry experts drive the UK’s intellectual leadership in aerodynamics, propulsion, aerostructures and advanced systems supported by a small team of staff. ATI is currently a ‘virtual’ centre, in that it does not as yet host onsite research and development projects.

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About CFMS

The Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS) provides access to an on demand high performance computing cluster, which enables organisations to predict and analyse the behaviour of new systems and products under development using advanced simulation tools.

CFMS provide a neutral area for larger and smaller companies to collaborate and use these tools to examine their technologies while in the design phase, delivering significant time and cost savings.

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