A correlation based approach for estimation of the turbulence length scale lT at the inflow boundary is proposed and presented. This estimation yields reasonable turbulence decay, supporting the transition model in accurately predicting the laminar-turbulent transition location and development. As an additional element of the approach, the sensitivity of the turbulence model to free stream values is suppressed by limiting the eddy viscosity in non-viscous regions. Therefore a criterion to detect those regions, based only on local variables, is derived. The method is implemented in DLR’s turbomachinery flow solver TRACE in the framework of the k–ω turbulence model by Wilcox 1988 [1] and the γ–Reθ transition model by Langtry and Menter [2] in combination with a cross flow (CF) induced transition criterion after Müller [3]. The improved model is tested to the T161 turbine test case [4], [5] and validated at the Durham turbine Cascade [6] and an outlet guide vane for low pressure turbine configurations [7].

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