[PPS03-P20] Heat conduction in highly porous aggregates
Keywords:comet, dust aggregate, thermal conductivity, planetesimal
We investigated the thermal conductivity of fluffy dust aggregates. We used the snapshot data of N-body simulations of static compression in the periodic boundary condition (Kataoka et al. 2013) and determined the temperature structure and heat flux of the porous dust aggregates using the method of Sirono (2014).
We derived an empirical formula for the thermal conductivity through the solid network as a function of the filling factor of dust aggregates (Arakawa et al. 2017). The results reveal that the thermal conductivity through the solid network is approximately proportional to the square of the filling factor. For the case of dust aggregates with the filling factor in the range of 0.1−0.5, our results are consistent with the experimental data of Krause et al. (2011). For highly porous aggregates whose filling factor is lower than 0.1, it is revealed that the thermal conductivity through the solid network is significantly lower than previously assumed. In light of these findings, we will reexamine the thermal histories of small bodies.