Cutting With High-Pressure Ammonia Jets for Demilitarization of Chemical Weapons

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Mohamed Hashish

Flow International Corporation, Kent, WA 98032 e-mail: Mhashish@flowcorp.com

Paul L. Miller

Gradient Technology, Blaine, MNe-mail: Miller@Gradtech.com

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 124(4), 487-492 (Nov 08, 2002) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1400755 History: Received February 27, 2001; Revised May 22, 2001; Online November 08, 2002
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