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The Degradation Evaluation of Reactor Pressure Vessel Materials due to Neutron Irradiation by Ultrasonic Characteristic Analysis

SamLai Lee, KeeOk Chang, ByoungChul Kim, KwunJae Choi, UnSik Gong
Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, 150Dukjindong, Yusonggu, Taejon, Korea.








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