Turbulence Modeling for Aerodynamic Flows – Online Short Course (Started Oct 7, 2021) 7 October - 28 October 2021 Online

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Instructed by Dr. Florian Menter, Chief Scientist ANSYS Germany GmbH; developer of the widely used Shear-Stress Transport (SST) turbulence model.

  • From 7 October 2021 – 28 October 2021 (4 Weeks, 4 Lectures, 8 Hours)
  • Every Thursday at 1200-1400 Eastern Time (all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; course notes will be available for download)
  • A unique and rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s leading experts on turbulence modeling
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course


Whether for aircraft, vehicles, or wind turbines, aerodynamics is a critical aspect of improving energy efficiency. Aerodynamics is a complex science — calculations need to be performed with a high degree of precision and accuracy, since every 1 percent of change in aerodynamic drag or lift has enormous implications on machine performance. Aerodynamic simulation, therefore, requires accurate flow solvers, comprehensive turbulence models, and precise geometry handling.

This 8-hour online course will cover Turbulence Modeling for aerodynamic flows. It will start with an introduction to the challenges of turbulence simulation and the currently used modeling concepts. It will then proceed to provide deeper insight into the main modeling concepts used in today’s industrial/aeronautical CFD simulations, ranging from Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) to Scale-Resolving Simulation (SRS) techniques, like Large Eddy Simulation, and hybrid RANS-LES methods.

Though Ansys CFD software will be used in the course to illustrate example models, the course content will focus on generalized physical principles and applicable to all CFD users, regardless of your CFD software tool of choice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the fundamentals of Turbulence Modeling
  • Understanding the mathematical description of turbulent flows
  • Understand multiple types of advanced turbulent flow models.
Who Should Attend: The course is intended for engineers and physicists at all levels of expertise interested in turbulence modeling. The initial lectures will rehearse the basics of turbulence modeling and will then proceed to more advanced topics of interest also to seasoned CFD practitioners. The audience is expected to have basic knowledge of the subject.
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- AIAA Member Price: $595 USD
- Non-Member Price: $795 USD
- AIAA Student Member Price: $395 USD
Course Outline
  • Topic 1: Overview Turbulence Modeling
  • Topic 2: Introduction to Eddy-Viscosity Models
  • Topic 3: Near Wall Modeling
  • Topic 4: Advanced Eddy-Viscosity Models
  • Topic 5: RANS Modeling of Laminar-Turbulent Transition
  • Topic 6: Second Moment Closure
  • Topic 7: Large Eddy Simulation
  • Topic 8: Hybrid RANS-LES Models
  • Topic 9: Best Practice in Turbulence Modeling and Outlook
Classroom hours / CEUs: 8 classroom hours / .8 CEU/PDH

Course Delivery and Materials
  • The course lectures will be delivered via Zoom. You can test your connection here: https://zoom.us/test
  • All sessions will be available on-demand within 1-2 days of the lecture. Once available, you can stream the replay video anytime, 24/7. All slides will be available for download after each lecture.
  • No part of these materials may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted, unless for course participants. All rights reserved.
  • Between lectures, the instructor will be available via email for technical questions and comments.
Dr. Florian Menter is a world-recognized expert in turbulence modelling. He developed the widely used Shear-Stress Transport (SST) turbulence model, which has set a milestone in the accurate prediction of aerodynamic flows. He has also contributed to the formulation of one-equation turbulence models, advanced near-wall treatment of turbulence equations, transition modelling and unsteady flow models. He has been in charge of the turbulence modelling program at ANSYS for more than 15 years and has been involved in a wide range of industrial modelling challenges. He has published more than 50 papers and articles at international conferences and in international journals. Most recently, Dr. Menter has been involved in the implementation of new turbulence models for unsteady flow simulations, including Scale-Adaptive Simulation (SAS)and Embedded/Zonal LES models. These models are particularly relevant for the many industrial applications where time varying information is essential to the engineering outcomes (such as aerodynamics, acoustics, combustion, fluid-structure coupling, etc.).

Contact: Please contact Lisa Le or Customer Service if you have questions about the course or group discounts (for 5+ participants).