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Title: Smart Grid Design Development and Cyber Security for Small Modular Reactors.


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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 CyberCon 2.0 held April 27-28, 2017 in Farmington, NM.
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United States

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Rodriguez, Salvador B. Smart Grid Design Development and Cyber Security for Small Modular Reactors.. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Rodriguez, Salvador B. Smart Grid Design Development and Cyber Security for Small Modular Reactors.. United States.
Rodriguez, Salvador B. Sat . "Smart Grid Design Development and Cyber Security for Small Modular Reactors.". United States. doi:.
title = {Smart Grid Design Development and Cyber Security for Small Modular Reactors.},
author = {Rodriguez, Salvador B.},
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year = {Sat Apr 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Sat Apr 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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