Volume 575, March 2015
|Number of page(s)||15|
|Section||Numerical methods and codes|
|Published online||04 March 2015|
General relativistic hydrodynamics on overlapping curvilinear grids
1 Laboratory for Scientific Computing, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE, UK
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2 Department of Mathematical Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180, USA
Received: 20 October 2014
Accepted: 25 December 2014
Aims. We investigate the use of some high-resolution shock-capturing schemes on curvilinear grids in the context of general relativistic hydrodynamics (GRHD). We aim to demonstrate that these can be used to evolve accurately fluid flow onto a black hole.
Methods. We describe a numerical scheme which applies high-resolution shock-capturing schemes and the curvilinear overlapping grids methodology to the evolution of the equations of GRHD.
Results. We apply our scheme to the problem of Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton accretion onto a black hole. We validate our approach against an exact solution of the problem and against previous numerical results. Our approach allows for the incident wind to be at any angle to the spin-axis of the Kerr black hole, and also allows the flow density to be perturbed upstream. We give an illustration of the effects of these perturbations on the resulting flow-field.
Key words: methods: numerical / accretion, accretion disks / hydrodynamics / shock waves
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