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For solutions it is known that the mass flux depends on the concentration gradient. However, according to the phase-space kinetic theory, there may also be a dependence on the velocity gradient as well (which cannot be allowed in the thermodynamics of irreversible processes [5a]).

(3.14)

That is, we now have to deal with second-order diffusion tensor, , that includes velocity gradients as well as the concentration gradient. For a steady shear flow, , and a dilute solution of Rouse chains, the diffusion tensor is given by:

(3.15)

As a result of the tensorial nature of , the diffusion flux is not in the same direction as the concentration gradient.

Another result that can be obtained from the phase-space kinetic theory is the general expression for the diffusion fluxes in a multicomponent mixture of polymers. For this situation, we have found that there is a relation, similar to the Maxwell-Stefan relations:

(3.16)

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