Volume 421, Number 3, July III 2004
|Page(s)||783 - 795|
|Published online||29 June 2004|
The cellular burning regime in type Ia supernova explosions
II. Flame propagation into vortical fuel
Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, 85741 Garching, Germany
2 Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, 85741 Garching, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Universität Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
Corresponding author: F. K. Röpke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 8 April 2004
We investigate the interaction of thermonuclear flames in Type Ia supernova explosions with vortical flows by means of numerical simulations. In our study, we focus on small scales, where the flame propagation is no longer dominated by the turbulent cascade originating from large-scale effects. Here, the flame propagation proceeds in the cellular burning regime, resulting from a balance between the Landau-Darrieus instability and its nonlinear stabilization. The interaction of a cellularly stabilized flame front with a vortical fuel flow is explored applying a variety of fuel densities and strengths of the velocity fluctuations. We find that the vortical flow can break up the cellular flame structure if it is sufficiently strong. In this case the flame structure adapts to the imprinted flow field. The transition from the cellularly stabilized front to the flame structure dominated by vortices of the flow proceeds in a smooth way. The implications of the results of our simulations for Type Ia Supernova explosion models are discussed.
Key words: stars: supernovae: general / hydrodynamics / instabilities / turbulence
© ESO, 2004
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