Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union

Contributed Papers

3D SPH simulations of grain growth in protoplanetary disks

Guillaume Laibea1, Jean-François Gonzaleza1, Laure Foucheta2 and Sarah T. Maddisona3

a1 Université de Lyon, Lyon, F-69003, France; Université Lyon 1, Villeurbanne, F-69622, France; CNRS, UMR 5574, Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 46 allée d'Italie, F-69364 Lyon cedex 07, France email:,

a2 Department of Physics, ETH Zurich, CH-8093 Zurich, Switzerland email:

a3 Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, PO Box 218, Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia email:


We present the first results of the treatment of grain growth in our 3D, two-fluid (gas+dust) SPH code describing protoplanetary disks. We implement a scheme able to reproduce the variation of grain sizes caused by a variety of physical processes and test it with the analytical expression of grain growth given by Stepinski & Valageas (1997) in simulations of a typical T Tauri disk around a one solar mass star. The results are in agreement with a turbulent growing process and validate the method. We are now able to simulate the grain growth process in a protoplanetary disk given by a more realistic physical description, currently under development. We discuss the implications of the combined effect of grain growth and dust vertical settling and radial migration on subsequent planetesimal formation.


  • planetary systems: protoplanetary disks — hydrodynamics — methods: numerical