Collisional disruption of planetesimals in the gravity regime with iSALE code: Comparison with SPH code for purely hydrodynamic bodies

Ryo Suetsugu, Hidekazu Tanaka, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Hidenori Genda

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Abstract

In most of the previous studies related to collisional disruption of planetesimals in the gravity regime, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) simulations have been used. On the other hand, impact simulations using grid-based hydrodynamic code have not been sufficiently performed. In the present study, we execute impact simulations in the gravity regime using the shock-physics code iSALE, which is a grid-based Eulerian hydrocode. We examine the dependence of the critical specific impact energy QRD * on impact conditions for a wide range of specific impact energy (QR) from disruptive collisions to erosive collisions, and compare our results with previous studies. We find that collision outcomes of the iSALE simulation agree well with those of the SPH simulation. Detailed analysis mainly gives three results. (1) The value of QRD * depends on numerical resolution, and is close to convergence with increasing numerical resolution. The difference in converged value of QRD * between the iSALE code and the SPH code is within 30%. (2) Ejected mass normalized by total mass (Mej/Mtot) generally depends on various impact conditions. However, when QR is normalized by QRD * that is calculated for each impact simulation, Mej/Mtot can be scaled by QR/QRD *, and is independent of numerical resolution, impact velocity and target size. (3) This similarity law for QR/QRD * is confirmed for a wide range of specific impact energy. We also derive a semi-analytic formula for QRD * based on the similarity law and the crater scaling law. We find that the semi-analytic formula for the case with a non-porous object is consistent with numerical results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-132
Number of pages12
JournalIcarus
Volume314
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 1

Keywords

  • Cratering
  • Impact processes
  • Planetary formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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