Optimization of CO2 production rate for firefighting robot applications using response surface methodology

M. T. Ajala, Md R. Khan, A. A. Shafie, M. J. E. Salami, M. I. Mohamad Nor, M. O. Oladokun, Wei Meng
2018 Cogent Engineering  
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doi:10.1080/23311916.2018.1555744 fatcat:xp7octb7fvg7zcp3wxmfxfizyu