Design, construction and performance evaluation of a submersible pump with numerical experimentation

Engin, Ertan
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Citation Formats
E. Engin, “Design, construction and performance evaluation of a submersible pump with numerical experimentation,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2005.