Indexed on: 21 May '10Published on: 21 May '10Published in: Journal of Applied Mechanics and Technical Physics
A model for the saturation of the surface layer of a thin metal plate with an impurity from the environment under uniaxial mechanical loading is proposed and investigated. The effect of stresses and strains on the diffusion process is analyzed. It is shown that, first, due to the deformation of the crystal lattice of the base, stresses that occur in local volumes lead to a change in the diffusion activation energy; second, stresses influence impurity transfer (this effect is similar to mass transfer by pressure diffusion in liquids). The joint effect of the two types of influences of stresses and strains on the behavior of the system at various geometrical and physical sample parameters is numerically investigated.