LDG2: A variant of the LDG flux formulation for the spectral volume method The local discontinuous Galerkin (LDG) viscous flux formulation was originally developed by Cockburn and Shu for the discontinuous Galerkin setting and later extended to the spectral volume setting by Wang and his collaborators. Unlike the penalty formulations like the interior penalty and the BR2 schemes, the LDG formulation requires no length based penalizing terms and is compact. However, computational results using LDG are dependant of the orientation of the faces especially for unstructured and non uniform grids. This results in lower solution accuracy and stiffer stability constraints as shown by Kannan and Wang. In this paper, we develop a variant of the LDG, which not only retains its attractive features, but also vastly reduces its unsymmetrical nature. This variant (aptly named LDG2), displayed higher accuracy than the LDG approach and has a milder stability constraint than the original LDG formulation. In general, the 1D and the 2D numerical results are very promising and indicate that the approach has a great potential for 3D flow problems.