Simulations of Colliding Winds in Massive Binary Systems with Accretion

Amit Kashi, Amir Michaelis

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We run numerical simulations of massive colliding wind binaries, and quantify the accretion onto the secondary under different conditions. We set 3D simulation of a LBV-WR system and vary the LBV mass loss rate to obtain different values of wind momentum ratio η. We show that the mean accretion rate for stationary systems fits a power law (Equation presented)acc ∝ η-1.6 for a wide range of η, until for extremely small η saturation in the accretion is reached. We find that the stronger the primary wind, the smaller the opening angle of the colliding wind structure (CWS), and compare it with previous analytical estimates. We demonstrate the efficiency of clumpy wind in penetrating the CWS and inducing smaller scale clumps that can be accreted. We propose that simulations of colliding winds can reveal more relations as the ones we found, and can be used to constrain stellar parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-158
Number of pages15
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
StatePublished - 21 Nov 2020


  • (stars:) binaries: general
  • accretion, accretion disks
  • stars: Wolf-Rayet
  • stars: mass-loss
  • stars: massive
  • stars: winds, outflows


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