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Chemical Affinity Tensor in Coupled Problems of Mechanochemistry

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-53605-6_143-1



An expression of a chemical affinity tensor is given for a stress-affected chemical reaction, and a thermodynamically sound kinetic equation for a chemical reaction front propagation in a solid is formulated with a normal component of the chemical affinity tensor as a driving force.


Mechanochemical coupling – interconnections between chemical reactions and mechanical stresses – has been intensively studied, recognized, and well-documented during last decades. Note that two terms are used in the context of discussions of interconnections between chemistry and mechanics: mechanochemistry and chemomechanics. The word “mechanochemistry” refers to chemical reactions affected by mechanical actions, and it is often specialized for the reaction activated by grinding or ball-milling. Then...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering of Russian Academy of SciencesSt.PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic UniversitySt.PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.St. Petersburg UniversitySt.PetersburgRussia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Elena A. Ivanova
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Theoretical MechanicsPeter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic UniversitySt.PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering of Russian Academy of SciencesSt.PetersburgRussia