Linking 1D stellar evolution to 3d hydrodynamic simulations

A. Cristini, R. Hirschi, C. Georgy, C. Meakin, D. Arnett, M. Viallet

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In this contribution we present initial results of a study on convective boundary mixing (CBM) in massive stellar models using the GENEVA stellar evolution code (Eggenberger et al. 2008). Before undertaking costly 3D hydrodynamic simulations, it is important to study the general properties of convective boundaries, such as the: composition jump; pressure gradient; and stiffness. Models for a 15M star were computed. We found that for convective shells above the core, the lower (in radius or mass) boundaries are stiffer according to the bulk Richardson number than the relative upper (Schwarzschild) boundaries. Thus, we expect reduced CBM at the lower boundaries in comparison to the upper. This has implications on flame front propagation and the onset of novae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-99
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • convection
  • hydrodynamics
  • stars: evolution
  • stars: interiors
  • stellar dynamics
  • turbulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science


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