### Abstract

The object of this series of studies is to develop a highly accurate statistical code for describing the planetary accumulation process. In the present paper, as a first step, we check the validity of the method proposed by Wetherill and Stewart (1989) by comparing the results obtained by their method with the analytical solution to the stochastic coagulation equation (or to a well-evaluated numerical solution). As the collisional probability A(ij) between bodies with masses of im_{1} and jm_{1} (m_{1} being the unit mass), we consider the two cases: one is A(ij) Proportional to i x j and another is A(ij) Proportional to min(i, j)(i(1/3) + j(1/3))(i + j). In both cases, it is known that runaway growth occurs. The latter case corresponds to a simplified model of the planetesimal accumulation. We assumed that a collision of two bodies leads to their coalescence. Wetherill and Stewart's method contains some parameters controlling the practical numerical computation. Among these, two parameters are important: the mass division parameter δ, which determines the mass ratio of the adjacent mass batches, and the time division parameter ε, which controls the size of a time step in numerical integration. Through a number of numerical simulations for the case of A(ij) = i x j, we find that when δ ≤ 1.6 and ε ≤ 0.03 the numerical simulation can reproduce the analytical solution within a certain level of accuracy independently of the size of the body system. For the case of the planetesimal accumulation, it is shown that the simulation with δ ≤ 1.3 and ε ≤ 0.04 can describe precisely runaway growth. Because the accumulation process is stochastic, in order to obtain reliable mean values it is necessary to take the ensemble mean of the numerical results obtained with different random number generators. It is also found that the number of simulations, N(c), demanded to obtain the reliable mean value is about 500 and does not strongly depend on the functional form of A(ij). From the viewpoint of the numerical handling, the above value of δ(≤ 1.3) and N(c)(~ 500) are reasonable and, hence, we conclude that the numerical method proposed by Wetherill and Stewart is a valid and useful method for describing the planetary accumulation process. The real planetary accumulation process is more complex since it is coupled with the velocity evolution of the planetesimals. In the subsequent paper, we will complete the high-accuracy statistical code which simulate the accumulation process coupled with the velocity evolution and test the accuracy of the code by comparing with the results of N-body simulation.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 205-217 |

Number of pages | 13 |

Journal | Earth, Planets and Space |

Volume | 51 |

Issue number | 3 |

Publication status | Published - 1999 |

Externally published | Yes |

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*Earth, Planets and Space*,

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**High-accuracy statistical simulation of planetary accretion : I. Test of the accuracy by comparison with the solution to the stochastic coagulation equation.** / Inaba, Satoshi; Tanaka, Hidekazu; Ohtsuki, Keiji; Nakazawa, Kiyoshi.

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T1 - High-accuracy statistical simulation of planetary accretion

T2 - I. Test of the accuracy by comparison with the solution to the stochastic coagulation equation

AU - Inaba, Satoshi

AU - Tanaka, Hidekazu

AU - Ohtsuki, Keiji

AU - Nakazawa, Kiyoshi

PY - 1999

Y1 - 1999

N2 - The object of this series of studies is to develop a highly accurate statistical code for describing the planetary accumulation process. In the present paper, as a first step, we check the validity of the method proposed by Wetherill and Stewart (1989) by comparing the results obtained by their method with the analytical solution to the stochastic coagulation equation (or to a well-evaluated numerical solution). As the collisional probability A(ij) between bodies with masses of im1 and jm1 (m1 being the unit mass), we consider the two cases: one is A(ij) Proportional to i x j and another is A(ij) Proportional to min(i, j)(i(1/3) + j(1/3))(i + j). In both cases, it is known that runaway growth occurs. The latter case corresponds to a simplified model of the planetesimal accumulation. We assumed that a collision of two bodies leads to their coalescence. Wetherill and Stewart's method contains some parameters controlling the practical numerical computation. Among these, two parameters are important: the mass division parameter δ, which determines the mass ratio of the adjacent mass batches, and the time division parameter ε, which controls the size of a time step in numerical integration. Through a number of numerical simulations for the case of A(ij) = i x j, we find that when δ ≤ 1.6 and ε ≤ 0.03 the numerical simulation can reproduce the analytical solution within a certain level of accuracy independently of the size of the body system. For the case of the planetesimal accumulation, it is shown that the simulation with δ ≤ 1.3 and ε ≤ 0.04 can describe precisely runaway growth. Because the accumulation process is stochastic, in order to obtain reliable mean values it is necessary to take the ensemble mean of the numerical results obtained with different random number generators. It is also found that the number of simulations, N(c), demanded to obtain the reliable mean value is about 500 and does not strongly depend on the functional form of A(ij). From the viewpoint of the numerical handling, the above value of δ(≤ 1.3) and N(c)(~ 500) are reasonable and, hence, we conclude that the numerical method proposed by Wetherill and Stewart is a valid and useful method for describing the planetary accumulation process. The real planetary accumulation process is more complex since it is coupled with the velocity evolution of the planetesimals. In the subsequent paper, we will complete the high-accuracy statistical code which simulate the accumulation process coupled with the velocity evolution and test the accuracy of the code by comparing with the results of N-body simulation.

AB - The object of this series of studies is to develop a highly accurate statistical code for describing the planetary accumulation process. In the present paper, as a first step, we check the validity of the method proposed by Wetherill and Stewart (1989) by comparing the results obtained by their method with the analytical solution to the stochastic coagulation equation (or to a well-evaluated numerical solution). As the collisional probability A(ij) between bodies with masses of im1 and jm1 (m1 being the unit mass), we consider the two cases: one is A(ij) Proportional to i x j and another is A(ij) Proportional to min(i, j)(i(1/3) + j(1/3))(i + j). In both cases, it is known that runaway growth occurs. The latter case corresponds to a simplified model of the planetesimal accumulation. We assumed that a collision of two bodies leads to their coalescence. Wetherill and Stewart's method contains some parameters controlling the practical numerical computation. Among these, two parameters are important: the mass division parameter δ, which determines the mass ratio of the adjacent mass batches, and the time division parameter ε, which controls the size of a time step in numerical integration. Through a number of numerical simulations for the case of A(ij) = i x j, we find that when δ ≤ 1.6 and ε ≤ 0.03 the numerical simulation can reproduce the analytical solution within a certain level of accuracy independently of the size of the body system. For the case of the planetesimal accumulation, it is shown that the simulation with δ ≤ 1.3 and ε ≤ 0.04 can describe precisely runaway growth. Because the accumulation process is stochastic, in order to obtain reliable mean values it is necessary to take the ensemble mean of the numerical results obtained with different random number generators. It is also found that the number of simulations, N(c), demanded to obtain the reliable mean value is about 500 and does not strongly depend on the functional form of A(ij). From the viewpoint of the numerical handling, the above value of δ(≤ 1.3) and N(c)(~ 500) are reasonable and, hence, we conclude that the numerical method proposed by Wetherill and Stewart is a valid and useful method for describing the planetary accumulation process. The real planetary accumulation process is more complex since it is coupled with the velocity evolution of the planetesimals. In the subsequent paper, we will complete the high-accuracy statistical code which simulate the accumulation process coupled with the velocity evolution and test the accuracy of the code by comparing with the results of N-body simulation.

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