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Elements of Turbulence Modeling

This training course has been accredited by the NAFEMS Education & Training Working Group

Elements of Turbulence Modeling


Duration:0.5 days
Onsite Classroom
Tutor(s):Kamran Fouladi
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Learn how to apply turbulence modeling successfully.

Turbulence models based on Reynolds-Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) equations are the most common and practical approaches for turbulence simulation. Unfortunately, there is no single universally accepted turbulence model that works for all flows and all regimes. Therefore, users have to use engineering judgement to choose from a number of different alternatives since the accuracy and effectiveness of each model varies depending on the application.

This course provides the attendees with basic understanding of complexities in turbulence simulation and introduces them to most commonly used turbulence models with their advantages and limitations.

Course Program

  • Understanding turbulence
  • Turbulence energy cascade & vortex stretching
  • Turbulence scales
  • Turbulence generation and destruction
  • Discussion on DNS & LES
  • Turbulent stresses
  • RANS simulation
  • Turbulence modelling
  • First order models: One-equation & Two-equations models
  • Wall integration & wall function
  • Detached eddy simulation
  • Model comparison: advantages and disadvantages
  • Model Validations

Who Should Attend?

Engineers aiming to use CFD as a reliable predictive tool for complex flow problems.

Practising engineers who wish to learn more about how to choose and apply effective turbulence modelling in their CFD analysis.

Ideally, the participant should have some knowledge of Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis, but this is not essential.


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PSE Competencies addressed by this training course

IDCompetence Statement
CFDkn2State the Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes equations.
CFDkn6List in order of complexity the range of turbulence models for RANS modelling approaches.
CFDco4Explain why turbulence models are required and classify the range of models currently available.
CFDco5bReview the available turbulence models for RANS approaches and discuss their strengths, weaknesses and their applicability to a range of different flow conditions.
CFDco8Explain the difference between RANS and LES turbulence modelling approaches.