Analysis of Numerical Algorithms for Computing Rapid Momentum Transfers between the Gas and Dust in Simulations of Circumstellar Disks

O. P. Stoyanovskaya, E. I. Vorobyov, V. N. Snytnikov

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Abstract

Approaches used in modern numerical simulations of the dynamics of dust and gas in circumstellar disks are tested. The gas and dust are treated like interpenetrating continuous media that can exchange momentum. A stiff coupling between the gas and dust phases is typical for such disks, with the dust stopping time much less than the characteristic dynamical time scale. This imposes high demands on the methods used to simulate the dust dynamics. A grid-based, piecewise-parabolic method is used as the basic algorithm for solving the gas-dynamical equations. Numerical solutions obtained using various methods to compute the momentum exchanges are presented for the case of monodisperse dust. Numerical solutions are obtained for shock tube problem and the propagation of sound waves in a gas–dust medium. The studied methods are compared in terms of their ability to model media with (a) an arbitrary (short or long) dust stopping time, and (b) an arbitrary dust concentration in the gas (varying the dust to gas mass ratio from 0.01 to 1). A method for computing the momentum exchange with infinite-order accuracy in time is identified, which makes it possible to satisfy the conditions (a) and (b) with minimal computational costs. A first-order method that shows similar results in the test computations is also presented. It is shown that the proposed first-order method for monodisperse dust can be extended to a regime when the dust is polydisperse; i.e., a regime represented by several fractions with different stopping times. Formulas for computing the gas and dust velocities for polydisperse dust with each fraction exchanging momentum with the gas are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-468
Number of pages14
JournalAstronomy Reports
Volume62
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

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