[mesa-users] running WR models

Roni Waldman roni181066 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 12 09:21:29 EST 2013

Hi Ehsan,
Thanks for your advice.
As you can see from the attached plot, there is no density inversion.
The red line is the run without mass loss close to the initial epoch of the
The green, blue, and cyan lines are different epochs (in this order) in the
problematic run, with mass loss.

As opposed to the issue discussed by Matteo, the envelope in my case is

I'll appreciate any additional thoughts.


On Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 8:14 PM, Ehsan Moravveji <e.moravveji at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Roni,
> It is tough to judge without looking at a single graph from internal
> structure of your runs, like e.g. logRho and logPgas in the outer 5% radii
> of the star.
> But, my first guess is that at this high luminosity you have the density
> inversion near the surface.
> That thing is a rather hard job for MESA to do (If I am not wrong), and
> limits your time step.
> Matteo recently reacted to a similar thread (again if your problem is
> this):
> http://sourceforge.net/p/mesa/mailman/message/31562327/
> Best
> Ehsan.
> On Nov 11, 2013, at 5:17 PM, Roni Waldman wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am trying to evolve WR models, which I produce by mass transfer in
> binary evolution of massive stars.
> After the hydrogen envelope of the primary is lost, and no more mass
> transfer occurs, I continue running the primary as a single star.
> The primary is at this point, e.g. M~5 Msun, R~3 Rsun, L~10^5 Lsun, core
> He burning, with a mass loss rate ~10^-6 Msun/yr.
> Problem is the time steps are really small, order of 1 yr and decreasing.
> If I shut down mass loss time steps are normal (10^3 yr).
> Does anybody have experience with a similar case?
> Roni
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