CONVERGE Academic Competition
CONVERGE Academic Competition
November 22, 2021 - June 30, 2022

The CONVERGE Academic Program is thrilled to announce the 2022 CONVERGE Academic Competition! This competition will put your engineering skills to the test and allow you to show off your simulation prowess. 

The academic competition is open to current undergraduate and graduate students. Using our CONVERGE CFD software, participants will design and run a novel simulation. CONVERGE is a general-purpose computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code that can be used to model a wide array of applications, from engines to pumps to wind turbines. You can check out our website to get a feel for the kinds of applications CONVERGE is used for, but we encourage you to get creative and consider other applications as well. If your engineering problem involves fluids, there’s a good chance you can simulate it with CONVERGE!

Final project submissions will be judged by a panel of experts on a variety of criteria, such as how well your simulation reflects the real world, the engineering knowledge demonstrated by your case, and the novel contribution of your project to the engineering community. You can enter your simulation to be judged in one of four categories: reacting flow and chemistry, conjugate heat transfer (CHT), multi-phase flow, or fluid-structure interaction (FSI).

Student resources including detailed scoring information, a competition FAQ, submission instructions, and an example submission can be found on Box.

Key Dates

Applications open: November 22, 2021

Applications close: March 18, 2022 (or when competition capacity is reached)

Project submissions due: May 30, 2022

Winners announced: July 1, 2022

Why Participate?

The top three undergraduate submissions and the top three graduate submissions will each win a cash prize*: 

  • 1st place: $2,000

  • 2nd place: $1,000

  • 3rd place: $500

In addition to the cash prize, participating in the CONVERGE Academic Competition provides a host of other benefits:

  • Free access to CONVERGE CFD software

  • Gain experience with a CFD code used widely in industry

  • Leave with a project you can add to your portfolio and showcase during job interviews

  • Notable submissions may be featured on our website, YouTube, or social media channels, reaching a broad audience of engineers

  • Acquire a deeper understanding of CFD, engineering, and design

  • Obtain research results you can use to submit an abstract for the next CONVERGE User Conference and other relevant conferences

  • Receive a certificate of completion

    *Prize money may be subject to taxes. Students are responsible for reporting prize money and paying associated taxes in accordance with the law in their jurisdiction.

    Participant Expectations
    • Participants must be current undergraduate or graduate students**

    • Students must complete the application using their university email address

    • Projects must be submitted by individuals, not groups

    • Participants cannot be immediate family members of Convergent Science employees or competition judges
    • Simulations must be performed with CONVERGE CFD software

    • Simulations should be original to this competition—do not submit work you have previously done or are currently doing for your undergraduate/graduate program, an internship, etc.

    • CONVERGE licenses created for the competition cannot be used for commercial work

    • Students’ final projects must be submitted by May 30, 2022 and meet our submission requirements (found in the Submission Instruction document on Box) in order to be considered

    **Students who reside in countries that are restricted by U.S. export or ITAR regulations are not eligible to participate in the CONVERGE Academic Competition.

    How To Participate

    To apply for the 2022 CONVERGE Academic Competition, click the Register button and fill out the application. In the application, you’ll be asked to provide a brief abstract outlining your preliminary project idea and to specify which category you think your project best fits into. Please note that you are allowed to change your project during the competition and submit your final project under a different category than you specify in your application.

    Within one week of submitting your application, a Convergent Science team member will let you know if your application has been accepted. Once your application has been accepted, you will receive a CONVERGE license so you can begin working on your project.

    There are a limited number of competition spots available, so applications will be accepted either until February 28, 2022 or until we reach capacity—whichever comes first. If you are interested in participating in the competition, we recommend submitting an application as soon as possible.