Experimental and Monte Carlo methods for burn up assessment of spent fuel elements

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Experimental and Monte Carlo methods for burn up assessment of spent fuel elements. / Borella, Alessandro; Carchon, Roland; van der Meer, Klaas.

Management of spent fuel from nuclear power reactors : proceedings of an International Conference held in Vienna, Austria, 31 May–4 June 2010. Vienna, Austria, 2015. p. 24-34.

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Borella, A, Carchon, R & van der Meer, K 2015, Experimental and Monte Carlo methods for burn up assessment of spent fuel elements. in Management of spent fuel from nuclear power reactors : proceedings of an International Conference held in Vienna, Austria, 31 May–4 June 2010. Vienna, Austria, pp. 24-34, International Conference on Management of Spent Fuel from Nuclear Power Reactors, Vienna, Austria, 2010-05-31.

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Borella, A., Carchon, R., & van der Meer, K. (2015). Experimental and Monte Carlo methods for burn up assessment of spent fuel elements. In Management of spent fuel from nuclear power reactors : proceedings of an International Conference held in Vienna, Austria, 31 May–4 June 2010 (pp. 24-34).

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Borella A, Carchon R, van der Meer K. Experimental and Monte Carlo methods for burn up assessment of spent fuel elements. In Management of spent fuel from nuclear power reactors : proceedings of an International Conference held in Vienna, Austria, 31 May–4 June 2010. Vienna, Austria. 2015. p. 24-34

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Borella, Alessandro ; Carchon, Roland ; van der Meer, Klaas. / Experimental and Monte Carlo methods for burn up assessment of spent fuel elements. Management of spent fuel from nuclear power reactors : proceedings of an International Conference held in Vienna, Austria, 31 May–4 June 2010. Vienna, Austria, 2015. pp. 24-34

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