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Title: Characterizing the Viscoelastic Behavior of PDMS/PDPS Copolymers.


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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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Small, Mark E. Characterizing the Viscoelastic Behavior of PDMS/PDPS Copolymers.. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Small, Mark E. Characterizing the Viscoelastic Behavior of PDMS/PDPS Copolymers.. United States.
Small, Mark E. Thu . "Characterizing the Viscoelastic Behavior of PDMS/PDPS Copolymers.". United States. doi:.
title = {Characterizing the Viscoelastic Behavior of PDMS/PDPS Copolymers.},
author = {Small, Mark E.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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