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Title: Reliable Seal Performance Using Glass-Ceramic Composites.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the UNM Research and Creativity Symposium held April 3, 2007 in Albuquerque, NM.
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Corral, Erica L., Loehman, Ronald E., and Mclemore, Kira. Reliable Seal Performance Using Glass-Ceramic Composites.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Corral, Erica L., Loehman, Ronald E., & Mclemore, Kira. Reliable Seal Performance Using Glass-Ceramic Composites.. United States.
Corral, Erica L., Loehman, Ronald E., and Mclemore, Kira. Thu . "Reliable Seal Performance Using Glass-Ceramic Composites.". United States. doi:.
title = {Reliable Seal Performance Using Glass-Ceramic Composites.},
author = {Corral, Erica L. and Loehman, Ronald E. and Mclemore, Kira},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}

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