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Title: Analysis of constituent redistribution in U-Pu-Zr metallic fuel.


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Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3115; JNUMAM; TRN: US0800787
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Journal Name: J. Nucl. Mater.; Journal Volume: 359; Journal Issue: 1 ; 2006
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United States

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Kim, Y. S., Hofman, G. L., Yacout, A. M., Nuclear Engineering Division, and A.M. Yacout. Analysis of constituent redistribution in U-Pu-Zr metallic fuel.. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2006.07.013.
Kim, Y. S., Hofman, G. L., Yacout, A. M., Nuclear Engineering Division, & A.M. Yacout. Analysis of constituent redistribution in U-Pu-Zr metallic fuel.. United States. doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2006.07.013.
Kim, Y. S., Hofman, G. L., Yacout, A. M., Nuclear Engineering Division, and A.M. Yacout. Sun . "Analysis of constituent redistribution in U-Pu-Zr metallic fuel.". United States. doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2006.07.013.
title = {Analysis of constituent redistribution in U-Pu-Zr metallic fuel.},
author = {Kim, Y. S. and Hofman, G. L. and Yacout, A. M. and Nuclear Engineering Division and A.M. Yacout},
abstractNote = {No abstract prepared.},
doi = {10.1016/j.jnucmat.2006.07.013},
journal = {J. Nucl. Mater.},
number = 1 ; 2006,
volume = 359,
place = {United States},
year = {Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2006}
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