September 13, 2019

A Hybrid SSI Analysis Method for Embedded and Partially Bonded Rigid Foundations

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

CLASSI and SASSI are two sub-structuring approaches to analyze the phenomena of soil-structure interaction (SSI) with extensive applications in the nuclear power industry. Many similarities exist in the two methods; both approaches treat the SSI...

Markets:Nuclear
September 13, 2019

Seismic Fragility Evaluation of Metal Flat-Bottom Storage Tanks with Short Anchor Bolt Chairs

By: Abhinav Anup, Ho Jung Lee, Philip Hashimoto, Robert P. Kennedy

Seismic fragilities of anchored metal flat-bottom storage tanks are usually governed by tank overturning. Tank overturning capacity is typically influenced more by the hold-down strength of the anchors rather than the buckling strength of the...

September 13, 2019

Equipment Capacities from Earthquake Experience Data for Use in Fragility Calculations

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has recently researched the development of refined equipment capacities from earthquake experience data for use in fragility calculations, which is a key component of nuclear seismic probabilistic risk...

September 13, 2019

Risk-Consistent Vertical Ground Motion Spectra for Seismic Probabilistic Risk Assessment

Seismic Probabilistic Risk Assessment (SPRA) of nuclear power plants (NPPs) is typically performed using three major analysis components: probabilistic seismic hazard, seismic fragility, and plant response analyses. The seismic hazard output is...

September 13, 2019

Case Study Investigating Probabilistic and Deterministic Sampling Methods for Developing In-Structure Response Spectra: Phase II

By: Riccardo Cappa, Andrew Appelbaum, Frederic Grant

The goal of this ongoing, multi-phase research project is to assess the accuracy of simplified deterministic sampling methods used in practice to estimate seismic structural response compared to more rigorous probabilistic sampling approaches....

September 13, 2019

A Probabilistic Assessment of PWR SNF Rod Pinching Failure Considering Hydride-Related Cladding Embrittlement

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

A probabilistic assessment of the likelihood of PWR SNF rod failure considering hydride-related cladding embrittlement after dry storage cool-down of 300 years is presented. The investigated rod failure mechanism is cladding cracking caused by...

September 13, 2019

Numerical Simulation of a Transportation Cask and Transmissibility due to 0.3 M Drop

By: Ricardo Medina, Shokoufeh Zargar, Luis F. Ibarra

In the absence of experimental and measured data, a reliable numerical model is needed to predict the performance of fuel assemblies after extended storage, including acceleration and strain of fuel rods due to impact and vibration, and quantify...

Markets:Nuclear
September 13, 2019

Partial Correlation and Dependence Between Seismic Fragilities of Multiple Adjacent Structures with Significant Soil-Structure-Interaction Effects

By: Mohamed Talaat, Robert P. Kennedy

Seismic Probabilistic Risk Assessment (SPRA) of nuclear power plants (NPPs) is typically performed using three major analysis components: probabilistic seismic hazard, seismic fragility, and plant response. The fragility analysis develops...

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...

Markets:Nuclear
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...

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