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Title: New Source Model for Chemical Explosions


With sophisticated inversion scheme, we recover characteristics of SPE explosions such as corner frequency f c and moment M 0, which are used to develop a new source model for chemical explosions.

  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Technical Report
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United States

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Yang, Xiaoning. New Source Model for Chemical Explosions. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1345925.
Yang, Xiaoning. New Source Model for Chemical Explosions. United States. doi:10.2172/1345925.
Yang, Xiaoning. Fri . "New Source Model for Chemical Explosions". United States. doi:10.2172/1345925.
title = {New Source Model for Chemical Explosions},
author = {Yang, Xiaoning},
abstractNote = {With sophisticated inversion scheme, we recover characteristics of SPE explosions such as corner frequency fc and moment M0, which are used to develop a new source model for chemical explosions.},
doi = {10.2172/1345925},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Mar 03 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Fri Mar 03 00:00:00 EST 2017}

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