[mesa-users] nova outburst

chenhl chlcrazyboy at gmail.com
Thu Oct 20 11:02:12 EDT 2016

Hi Bill,

Thanks a lot for your suggestion.

Actually, I have succeeded to construct multi-cycle novae with the
instruction you posted on the website.
But now I am interested in the mixing between the CO WD and the accreted
material. So it would be better to make
a naked WD model accreting solar composition material.  If I understand
correctly, I will get a WD model with
a He/H shell following your instruction.

I will try to change the accretion rate gradually, then we will see what I
can get.

Best wishes,
Hailiang Chen

On Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 2:53 AM, Bill Wolf <wmwolf at physics.ucsb.edu> wrote:

> Hi Haliang,
> I didn't run your model, but I suspect the first problem you're running
> into is shocking the WD with a relatively rapid mass change (0 -> 1e-8
> Msun/yr). Additionally, if you truly have a naked WD, transitioning
> instantaneously from a C/O composition at the surface to a solar
> composition material dramatically changes the structure and opacity near
> the surface.
> Try first accreting at a low (say, 1e-10) rate for ~100 years, then use
> the relax_mass_change controls to ramp things up to your desired rate.
> Other possibly useful suggestions for geting multi-cycle novae related to
> my nova paper are found here: http://mesastar.org/
> results/hydrogen-burning-on-accreting-white-dwarfs-
> stability-recurrent-novae-and-the-post-nova-supersoft-phase/
> technical-details. Getting novae to work in MESA has changed a bit since
> I wrote that, so you are likely to run into more challenges during mass
> loss.
> Good luck!
> Regards,
> Bill
> On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 7:28 AM, chenhl <chlcrazyboy at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I am trying to use MESA to construct multicycle nova outburst.
>> First, I made a naked CO WD without H/He shell on its
>> surface. Then I used wd2 test suite case and the naked WD model to simulate
>> the nova outburst. But the code stop running after several hundred models.
>> Because the timestep in the calculation is becoming smaller and smaller. At this
>> point, the WD does not accrete enough mass to ignite the H shell.
>> I have tried to use different naked WD models and some control parameters,
>> but it still doesn't work.
>> In the mailing list archives, there is a similar question but without answers.
>>  https://sourceforge.net/p/mesa/mailman/message/25662136/
>> If anyone has experience with this, I would appreciate it if you can give me
>> some suggestion. Thanks in advance.
>> Attached are the inlist file, WD model and output information of the
>> calculation. The MESA version is 4906.
>> Best wishes,
>> Hailiang Chen
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