Flow, Turbulence and Combustion

, Volume 95, Issue 4, pp 583–619 | Cite as

A One-Equation Local Correlation-Based Transition Model

  • Florian R. Menter
  • Pavel E. SmirnovEmail author
  • Tao Liu
  • Ravikanth Avancha


A model for the prediction of laminar-turbulent transition processes was formulated. It is based on the LCTM (‘Local Correlation-based Transition Modelling’) concept, where experimental correlations are being integrated into standard convection-diffusion transport equations using local variables. The starting point for the model was the γ-Re θ model already widely used in aerodynamics and turbomachinery CFD applications. Some of the deficiencies of the γ-Re θ model, like the lack of Galilean invariance were removed. Furthermore, the Re θ equation was avoided and the correlations for transition onset prediction have been significantly simplified. The model has been calibrated against a wide range of Falkner-Skan flows and has been applied to a variety of test cases.


Laminar-turbulent transition Correlation Local variables 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florian R. Menter
    • 1
  • Pavel E. Smirnov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tao Liu
    • 2
  • Ravikanth Avancha
    • 3
  1. 1.ANSYS Germany GmbHOtterfingGermany
  2. 2.General Electric Company, Global Research Center, One Research CircleNiskayunaUSA
  3. 3.GE Aviation, GE India Technology CentreBangaloreIndia

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