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Title: Origin of grain orientation during solidification of an aluminum alloy

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Acta Materialia
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Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: C; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-10-03 22:22:14; Journal ID: ISSN 1359-6454
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United States

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Wei, H. L., Elmer, J. W., and DebRoy, T. Origin of grain orientation during solidification of an aluminum alloy. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2016.05.057.
Wei, H. L., Elmer, J. W., & DebRoy, T. Origin of grain orientation during solidification of an aluminum alloy. United States. doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2016.05.057.
Wei, H. L., Elmer, J. W., and DebRoy, T. Mon . "Origin of grain orientation during solidification of an aluminum alloy". United States. doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2016.05.057.
title = {Origin of grain orientation during solidification of an aluminum alloy},
author = {Wei, H. L. and Elmer, J. W. and DebRoy, T.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1016/j.actamat.2016.05.057},
journal = {Acta Materialia},
number = C,
volume = 115,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Mon Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 2016}

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