Hydrodynamic Drag in Cosmological Simulations Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We present a study of hydrodynamic drag forces in smoothed particle simulations. In particular, the deceleration of a resolution-limited cold clump of gas moving through a hot medium is examined. It is found that the drag for subsonic velocities exceeds that predicted by simple physical approximations. This is shown to be a result of the hydrodynamical method which encourages the accretion of particles from the hot medium onto a shell around the cold clump, effectively increasing the radius of the clump. For sonic and supersonic velocities, the drag is shown to be dependent on the effective cross section of the clump. The consequences for cosmological simulations are discussed.

publication date

  • November 2001