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Title: Examining the accuracy of astrophysical disk simulations with a generalized hydrodynamical test problem [The role of pressure and viscosity in SPH simulations of astrophysical disks]

Here, we discuss a generalization of the classic Keplerian disk test problem allowing for both pressure and rotational support, as a method of testing astrophysical codes incorporating both gravitation and hydrodynamics. We argue for the inclusion of pressure in rotating disk simulations on the grounds that realistic, astrophysical disks exhibit non-negligible pressure support. We then apply this test problem to examine the performance of various smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) methods incorporating a number of improvements proposed over the years to address problems noted in modeling the classical gravitation-only Keplerian disk. We also apply this test to a newly developed extension of SPH based on reproducing kernels called CRKSPH. Counterintuitively, we find that pressure support worsens the performance of traditional SPH on this problem, causing unphysical collapse away from the steady-state disk solution even more rapidly than the purely gravitational problem, whereas CRKSPH greatly reduces this error.
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  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1538-4357
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Journal Name:
The Astrophysical Journal (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: The Astrophysical Journal (Online); Journal Volume: 831; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1538-4357
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Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; accretion; accretion disks; hydrodynamics; methods: numerical
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