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Title: High-order shock-fitted detonation propagation in high explosives

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Journal of Computational Physics
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Journal Volume: 332; Journal Issue: C; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2018-01-12 09:29:38; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9991
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United States

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Romick, Christopher M., and Aslam, Tariq D. High-order shock-fitted detonation propagation in high explosives. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/
Romick, Christopher M., & Aslam, Tariq D. High-order shock-fitted detonation propagation in high explosives. United States. doi:10.1016/
Romick, Christopher M., and Aslam, Tariq D. Wed . "High-order shock-fitted detonation propagation in high explosives". United States. doi:10.1016/
title = {High-order shock-fitted detonation propagation in high explosives},
author = {Romick, Christopher M. and Aslam, Tariq D.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1016/},
journal = {Journal of Computational Physics},
number = C,
volume = 332,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Wed Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2017}

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