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Title: Computational Exploration of Polyurethane Foam Yield and Failure Surfaces.


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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 ASME Summer Mechanics Conference held June 3-7, 2007 in Austin, TX.
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Neilsen, Michael K., Lu, Wei-Yang, Kraynik, Andrew M., and Scherzinger, William M. Computational Exploration of Polyurethane Foam Yield and Failure Surfaces.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Neilsen, Michael K., Lu, Wei-Yang, Kraynik, Andrew M., & Scherzinger, William M. Computational Exploration of Polyurethane Foam Yield and Failure Surfaces.. United States.
Neilsen, Michael K., Lu, Wei-Yang, Kraynik, Andrew M., and Scherzinger, William M. Tue . "Computational Exploration of Polyurethane Foam Yield and Failure Surfaces.". United States. doi:.
title = {Computational Exploration of Polyurethane Foam Yield and Failure Surfaces.},
author = {Neilsen, Michael K. and Lu, Wei-Yang and Kraynik, Andrew M. and Scherzinger, William M.},
abstractNote = {Abstract not provided.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Tue May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2007}

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