A modified form of Wilcox’s low-Reynolds-number k-ω model (Wilcox, 1994) is proposed for predicting recirculating flows. The turbulent diffusion for the specific dissipation rate, ω, is modeled with two parts: a second-order diffusion term and a first-order cross-diffusion term. The model constants are re-established. The damping functions are redevised, which reproduce correct near-wall asymptotic behaviors, and retain the mechanism describing transition as in the original model. The new model is applied to channel flow, backward-facing step flow with a large expansion ratio (H/h = 6), and recirculating flow in a ventilation enclosure. The predictions are considerably improved.

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