Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Walters, D. Keith

Committee Member

Hodge, B. Keith

Committee Member

Hughson, Montgomery C.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


This study reports the development and validation of a modified two-equation eddy-viscosity turbulence model for computational fluid dynamics prediction of transitional and turbulent flows. The existing terms of the standard k-w model have been modified to include transitional flow effects, within the framework of Reynolds-averaged, eddy-viscosity turbulence modeling. The new model has been implemented into the commercially available flow solver FLUENT and the Mississippi State University SimCenter developed flow solver U2NCLE. Test cases included flow over a flat plate, a 2-D circular cylinder in a crossflow, a 3-D cylindrical body and three conical geometries, which represent the nose-cones of aerodynamic vehicles such as missiles. The results illustrate the ability of the model to yield reasonable predictions of transitional flow behavior using a simple modeling framework, including an appropriate response to freestream turbulence quantities, boundary-layer separation, and angle of attack.