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Title: Si3N4/SiC Nanocomposites from Precursor Derived Ceramics.


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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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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the NM Tech MSE Seminar held February 22, 2017 in Socorro, NM, United States.
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Strong, Kevin. Si3N4/SiC Nanocomposites from Precursor Derived Ceramics.. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Strong, Kevin. Si3N4/SiC Nanocomposites from Precursor Derived Ceramics.. United States.
Strong, Kevin. Wed . "Si3N4/SiC Nanocomposites from Precursor Derived Ceramics.". United States. doi:.
title = {Si3N4/SiC Nanocomposites from Precursor Derived Ceramics.},
author = {Strong, Kevin},
abstractNote = {Abstract not provided.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2017}

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