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Title: Neutronic, thermal-hydraulic, and structural analyses of the electron target for an accelerator-driven subcritical system.


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Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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TRN: US1005345
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Conference: 8th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications and Utilization of Accelerators (AccApp'07); Jul. 30, 2007 - Aug. 2, 2007; Pocatello, ID
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United States

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Sofu, T., Gohar, Y., Belch, H., Zhong, Z., Naberezhnev, D., and Nuclear Engineering Division. Neutronic, thermal-hydraulic, and structural analyses of the electron target for an accelerator-driven subcritical system.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Sofu, T., Gohar, Y., Belch, H., Zhong, Z., Naberezhnev, D., & Nuclear Engineering Division. Neutronic, thermal-hydraulic, and structural analyses of the electron target for an accelerator-driven subcritical system.. United States.
Sofu, T., Gohar, Y., Belch, H., Zhong, Z., Naberezhnev, D., and Nuclear Engineering Division. Mon . "Neutronic, thermal-hydraulic, and structural analyses of the electron target for an accelerator-driven subcritical system.". United States. doi:.
title = {Neutronic, thermal-hydraulic, and structural analyses of the electron target for an accelerator-driven subcritical system.},
author = {Sofu, T. and Gohar, Y. and Belch, H. and Zhong, Z. and Naberezhnev, D. and Nuclear Engineering Division},
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place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}

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