Mass Transfer of Minor Components in a Propagating Crack

William H. Smyrl, John Newman

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The mass transfer of a dilute species in a liquid in a propagating crack is treated. The analysis includes the effect of convective flow of the liquid. The results of the calculations show that the crack tip is devoid of the minor species, and that the mass flux of this component is also negligible in this region. Therefore, minor components could not behave as “critical” species in such systems. Calculation of the flux distribution allowed the determination of the potential distribution in the crack.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1000-1007
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1974


  • convective diffusion
  • corrosion
  • molten salt
  • stress corrosion cracking


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