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Title: SNS RFQ Cooling Water Chemical Treatment


The purpose of this document is to describe the chemical treatment protocol for the cooling water used with the installed RFQ (the Berkeley RFQ) so it can be adopted it for a new RFQ (the SNS RFQ).

  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
KC0402010; ERKCSNR; SNS-RAD-MS-TR-0011, R00
DOE Contract Number:
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States

Citation Formats

Magda, Karoly. SNS RFQ Cooling Water Chemical Treatment. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1344273.
Magda, Karoly. SNS RFQ Cooling Water Chemical Treatment. United States. doi:10.2172/1344273.
Magda, Karoly. Wed . "SNS RFQ Cooling Water Chemical Treatment". United States. doi:10.2172/1344273.
title = {SNS RFQ Cooling Water Chemical Treatment},
author = {Magda, Karoly},
abstractNote = {The purpose of this document is to describe the chemical treatment protocol for the cooling water used with the installed RFQ (the Berkeley RFQ) so it can be adopted it for a new RFQ (the SNS RFQ).},
doi = {10.2172/1344273},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2017}

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