Numerical analysis of a projection-based stabilization method for the natural convection problems

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Citation Formats
A. B. Çıbık, “Numerical analysis of a projection-based stabilization method for the natural convection problems,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2011.