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Title: Nuclear Engineering Primer for Non-Nuclear Engineers


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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Mummah, Kathryn. Nuclear Engineering Primer for Non-Nuclear Engineers. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1375157.
Mummah, Kathryn. Nuclear Engineering Primer for Non-Nuclear Engineers. United States. doi:10.2172/1375157.
Mummah, Kathryn. 2017. "Nuclear Engineering Primer for Non-Nuclear Engineers". United States. doi:10.2172/1375157.
title = {Nuclear Engineering Primer for Non-Nuclear Engineers},
author = {Mummah, Kathryn},
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doi = {10.2172/1375157},
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place = {United States},
year = 2017,
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