Dissipation stress-energy tensor is a symmetric tensor of the second valence (rank), which describes the density and flux of energy and momentum of dissipation field in matter. This tensor in the covariant theory of gravitation is included in the equation for determining the metric along with the gravitational stress-energy tensor, the acceleration stress-energy tensor, the pressure stress-energy tensor and the stress-energy tensor of electromagnetic field. The covariant derivative of the dissipation stress-energy tensor determines the density of dissipation force acting on the matter and retarding the movement of flows of matter relative to each other.
The dissipation stress-energy tensor is relativistic generalization of the three-dimensional viscous stress tensor used in fluid mechanics.
For relativistic description of the equations of motion of viscous and heat-conducting medium in the book  is used the four-dimensional viscous stress tensor:
where is the coefficient of common (shear) viscosity, is the 4-velocity with contravariant index, is the 4-velocity with covariant index, is the coefficient of bulk viscosity (or "second viscosity"), is the metric tensor, is the speed of light.
The form of the tensor is of the requirements imposed by the law of entropy. This tensor is defined in such a way that in the reference frame in which the moving element of the matter rests, tensor and reset. This means that the energy of the element of matter in the comoving frame must be calculated by other physical variables that are not related to the viscosity as in the absence of dissipative processes. As a result, the condition is superimposed at the tensor:
The tensor is a part of energy-momentum tensor of matter with pressure and it takes into account the viscosity:
here , is the energy density of matter without pressure.
The equation of motion of matter with pressure and viscosity is obtained from the vanishing of the covariant derivative of the energy-momentum tensor of matter:
A significant drawback of the tensor is that it is not derived from the principle of least action, and therefore can not be used, for example, to calculate the metrics in the system. In addition, in the general case the tensor components and can not zeroed in the comoving frame, because the environment is moving relative to the element of matter and energy dissipation process is not terminated.
In covariant theory of gravitation (CTG) dissipation field is considered as 4-vector field consisting of scalar and 3-vector components, and is a component of general field. Therefore in CTG the dissipation stress-energy tensor is defined by the dissipation field tensor and the metric tensor by the principle of least action: 
where is a constant having its own value in each task. The constant is not uniquely defined, and it is a consequence of the fact that the dissipation in liquid medium may have been caused by any reasons and both internal and external forces.
In the weak field limit, when the space-time metric becomes the Minkowski metric of special relativity, the metric tensor becomes the tensor , consisting of the numbers 0, 1, –1. In this case the form of the dissipation stress-energy tensor is greatly simplified and can be expressed in terms of the components of the dissipation field tensor, i.e. the dissipation field strength and solenoidal dissipation vector :
The time-like components of the tensor denote:
1) The volumetric energy density of dissipation field
2) The vector of momentum density of dissipation field where the vector of energy flux density of dissipation field is
The components of the vector are part of the corresponding tensor components , and the components of the vector are part of the tensor components , and due to the symmetry of the tensor indices .
3) The space-like components of the tensor form a submatrix 3 x 3, which is the 3-dimensional stress tensor, taken with a minus sign. The stress tensor can be written as
where the components the Kronecker delta equals 1 if and equals 0 if
Three-dimensional divergence of the stress tensor of dissipation field connects the dissipation force density and rate of change of momentum density of the dissipation field:
where denote the components of the three-dimensional dissipation force density, – the components of the energy flux density of the dissipation field.
The principle of least action implies that the 4-vector of dissipation force density can be found through the dissipation stress-energy tensor, either through the product of dissipation field tensor and mass 4-current:
Equation (1) is closely related with the dissipation field equations:
In the special theory of relativity, according to (1) for the components of the dissipation four-force density can be written:
where is the 3-vector of the dissipation force density, is the density of the moving matter, is the 3-vector of the mass current density, is the 3-vector of velocity of the matter unit.
In Minkowski space, the field equations are transformed into 4 equations for the dissipation field strength and solenoidal dissipation vector :
In the covariant theory of gravitation the dissipation stress-energy tensor in accordance with the principles of metric theory of relativity is one of the tensors defining metrics inside the bodies by the equation for the metric:
where is the coefficient to be determined, , , , , are the stress-energy tensors of the acceleration field, pressure field, gravitational and electromagnetic fields, dissipation field, respectively, is the gravitational constant.
The equation of motion of a point particle inside or outside matter can be represented in tensor form, with dissipation stress-energy tensor or dissipation field tensor :
where is the acceleration tensor, is the gravitational tensor , is the electromagnetic tensor, is the pressure field tensor, is the dissipation field tensor, is the charge 4-current, is the density of electric charge of the matter unit in the comoving reference frame, is the 4-velociry.
Time-like component of the equation (2) at describes the change in the energy and spatial component at connects the acceleration with the total force density.
Time-like component in (2) can be considered as the local law of conservation of energy and momentum. In the limit of special relativity, when the covariant derivative becomes the 4-gradient, and the Christoffel symbols vanish, this conservation law takes the simple form: 
where is the vector of the acceleration field energy flux density, is the Heaviside vector, is the Poynting vector, is the vector of the pressure field energy flux density, is the vector of the dissipation field energy flux density.
According to this law, the work of the field to accelerate the masses and charges is compensated by the work of the matter to create the field. As a result, the change in time of the sum of tensor components with energy density in a certain volume is possible only due to the inflow of energy fluxes into this volume.
The integral form of the law of conservation of energy-momentum is obtained by integrating (2) over the 4-volume to accommodate the energy-momentum of the gravitational and electromagnetic fields, extending far beyond the physical system. By the Gauss's formula the integral of the 4-divergence of some tensor over the 4-space can be replaced by the integral of time-like tensor components over 3-volume. As a result, in Lorentz coordinates the conserved 4-vector equal to zero may be obtained:
Vanishing of the 4-vector allows us to explain the 4/3 problem, according to which the mass-energy of field in the momentum of field of the moving system in 4/3 more than in the field energy of fixed system.