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Title: Disposal Engineering for HLW and Spent Nuclear Fuel.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), Fuel Cycle Technologies (NE-5)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the Univ. of New Mexico, Department of Nuclear Engr., ChNE 439/539 Guest Lecture held November 07, 2016.
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United States

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Hardin, Ernest. Disposal Engineering for HLW and Spent Nuclear Fuel.. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Hardin, Ernest. Disposal Engineering for HLW and Spent Nuclear Fuel.. United States.
Hardin, Ernest. 2016. "Disposal Engineering for HLW and Spent Nuclear Fuel.". United States. doi:.
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