October 17, 2019

Using Computer Automation to Simplify Seismic Evaluation of Existing Buildings

Several commercially available software packages automate the structural design process for new buildings, allowing engineers to deliver projects with unparalleled efficiency. These software packages contain structural engineering standards (e.g...

October 17, 2019

San Francisco Nonductile Concrete Buildings Part I: Building Inventory

By: Keith Palmer, Pearl Ranchal, Kari Klaboe, Duke Crestfield, Stephen Kadysiewski, Laurence Kornfield, Robert Kraus

Over the years, there has been much focus within California on seismically vulnerable building types, with the ultimate goal being to reduce life safety risks, improve community resiliency, or achieve a balance of both objectives. In San...

September 26, 2019

Combating Condensation at the National Air and Space Museum

By: Brian Rose, Richard Renaud

This article discusses the condensation analysis and CFD modeling that SGH performed for the ongoing revitalization project at the National Air and Space Museum.

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September 26, 2019

Energy, Hygrothermal, and Freeze-Thaw Considerations for Insulating Mass Masonry Walls

This paper discusses energy modeling and previous research regarding freeze-thaw masonry deterioration to challenge common assumptions about the benefits and risks of insulating masonry walls.

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September 13, 2019

Case Study: Cable Tray Seismic Fragility Evaluation Involving Ductile Failure of a Cold-Formed Steel Section in Flexure

This paper presents a case study for a recent seismic fragility evaluation of cable trays at a nuclear power plant in the United States. The evaluation was initiated due to the presence of non-serrated strut nuts in cable tray supports throughout...

September 13, 2019

Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall Capacity Advances

Seismic PRAs have become more common in the nuclear power industry following the Fukushima accident caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In order to provide best estimates of the risk, the seismic fragilities should be as realistic as...

September 13, 2019

Nonlinear Response of a Structure with Significant Soil-Structure Interaction Effects for Application to Seismic Fragility Evaluation

By: Philip Hashimoto, Juan Jimenez-Chong, David Nakaki, Robert P. Kennedy

An important element of structure seismic fragility evaluation for seismic probabilistic risk assessment is determination of the inelastic energy absorption factor. This factor accounts for a structure’s ability to withstand earthquake...

September 13, 2019

Seismic Soil-Structure Interaction Analysis of an Embedded Structure with Partially Bonded Side-Soil

By: Cameron Samuelson-Sanford, Juan Jimenez-Chong, Mohamed Talaat, Philip Hashimoto, David Nakaki, Oleg Maslenikov, James J. Johnson

Seismic soil-structure interaction (SSI) analysis is performed for an embedded structure with partially bonded side-soil in support of the seismic probabilistic risk assessment of a nuclear power plant. Adjacent buildings with shallower embedment...

September 13, 2019

Effects of Boundary Conditions on PWR SNF Rod Stiffness and Stresses Under Pinching Loads

By: Ricardo Medina, Elmar Eidelpes, Luis F. Ibarra

The effects of rod boundary conditions (BCs) on the stiffness and cladding stresses of pressurized water reactor (PWR) spent nuclear fuel (SNF) rods under pinching loading are investigated. Pinching may occur at the assembly spacer grids during...

September 13, 2019

Seismic Fragility af Anchored Flat-Bottom Storage Tanks on Ring Foundations

By: Abhinav Anup, Philip Hashimoto, Robert P. Kennedy

Seismic fragility evaluations of anchored flat-bottom storage tanks typically follow the approaches outlined in EPRI (1991) and EPRI (1994a), which are intended for tanks founded on rigid mat foundations. Direct application of these approaches is...