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Flow Visualization Competition

Flow visualization has a long tradition in fluids engineering, from Leonardo Da Vinci's sketches of flowing water, through well-publicized images of canonical flows in many facilities over the past century, to the modern-day quantitative flow visualization techniques in experimental and computational fluid dynamics. While the capabilities of the technology and techniques at our disposal have increased greatly, the challenge remains to process and represent data in the most meaningful way, to help gain physical insight that will lead to progress in the field.

2020 Flow Visualization Competition Categories

The ASME Fluids Engineering Division is soliciting submissions to its Flow Visualization Competition. The competition has two categories:

  • Flow Visualization Images (Topic 2-11) for still images or computer generated images for flow visualization.
  • Flow Visualization Video (Topic 2-12) for videos of fluid flow either experimental or computer generated.

Experimental and computational entries are accepted to each category.

Entry Requirements

  1. Submit by the Abstract due date to Topic 2-11 for Images or Topic 2-12 for Videos. After the abstract is accepted use the paper number and first authors’ last name to identify the entry.
  2. Submit by the draft paper due date a Written Summary describing the entry that includes one or more images with accompanying text that describes the images or video and how they were obtained.
  3. Submit the electronic images and video entries for judging via link by February 24, 2020.

Flow Visualization Images Category

This category is for still images or computer generated images for flow visualization.

The author will "present" the images at a special session. Currently the time limit for presentation is expected to be 10 minutes.

If you wish you may submit the images in a poster format (this format is not required for judging or for presentation). The maximum poster size should be 4 ft H x 3 ft W (1.2m H x 0.9m W).

In addition, you may bring a printed copy of your poster to the Conference for display. The printed poster is not required for judging. Only the images provided via link will be judged. To display a poster at the conference please inform us via email ( and by April 20, 2020 to ensure that a poster presentation board is reserved for your display.

Flow Visualization Video Category

This category is for videos of fluid flow either experimental of computer generated. Provide a link to your video for judging.

Video specifications: suggested length 2 minutes (120 seconds) and not to exceed 4 minutes, preferred high definition recording UHD (3840x2160), QHD (2560x1440) or FHD (1920x1080), also acceptable is 720p. Video format: *.mp4 or *.mov. The size of the video should not exceed 500 MB.

Competition and Awards

An FED panel will select outstanding entries, based on: (1) visual appeal of the images or video, (2) originality of the work, (3) effort and difficulty in obtaining the results, and (4) quality of the description of the flow visualization and physical insight.

The best three entries in each category will receive a cash prize and a certificate. Prizes for the top three winners in each category are as follows: $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, $200 for 3rd prize. Competition participants must be present at FEDSM2020 awards ceremony to collect the prize.

Submission of entries and deadlines

Please submit your entries by February 24, 2020.

Appearance Release (Copyright) form is required from each participant.

Each submission will have an Abstract (submitted by the abstract deadline) and a Summary (submitted by the draft paper submittal deadline). The Summary should describe the entry.

For the final submission upload all images/poster or video files that can be accessed by the Flow Visualization Competition and Prize organizers and reviewers. Please also upload them at the same time. All files should be finalized (i.e. not drafts), if by chance you have a necessary change, you can reload your information with a note that it is a revision to the previous submission.

All files for judging should be named with the same root name.

For videos:

  • "FEDSM2020-XXXXX-video-YourLastName-summary.pdf",
  • "FEDSM2020-XXXXX-video-YourLastName.mp4", etc.

For images:

  • "FEDSM2020-XXXXX-image-YourLastName-summary.pdf".
  • "FEDSM2020-XXXXX-image-YourLastName-image.pdf".

If there are multiple authors, add "_et_al" after the first author's last name.