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Smoothed Particle Magnetohydrodynamics: A State of the Union
By Benjamin T. Lewis, Matthew R. Bate, Terrence S. Tricco
Published in Proceedings of the "11th international SPHERIC workshop" (Thursday, June 22, 2017)


Obtaining a stable magnetohydrodynamical (MHD) formalism in SPH - i.e. smoothed particle magnetohydrodynamics (SPMHD) - has proven remarkably difficult. To implement MHD requires two steps: a modification to the momentum equation and an induction equation, and both present challenges. We first provide an overview of how SPMHD is implemented, and then discuss how this implementation fails and the limitation of various corrective methods - with particular reference to the effects of particle disorder. Although there are many problems for which, with careful choice of corrective measures, good results can be obtained, we then show that, at the very limits of the state of the art, the ability to perform stable MHD calculations in SPH is curtailed by numerical issues.

CCRG Authors

Lewis, Benjamin