Impulsive Loading Analysis and Design Procedures for Nuclear Power Plant Facilities

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Title: Impulsive Loading Analysis and Design Procedures for Nuclear Power Plant Facilities

Author(s): Rahmat Rabizadeh and Branko Galunic Rahmat Rabizadeh and Branko Galunic

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 175

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 41-52

Keywords: ductility; explosions; nuclear power plants; structural design; tornadoes

Date: 12/1/1998

Abstract:
Nuclear newer plant structures, systems and I components may be subject to a variety of impulsive loads caused by accidental explosions and or high energy pipe ruptures. Examples of such loads are jet impingement, reactor vessel sub-compartment pressurization, pipe whip restraint reaction and blast pressure. Various US NRC Regulatory Guides and Standard Review Plans specify required loads and provide acceptable methods for structural design. The design of concrete structures, subject to impulse and impact loads is governed by the ACI-349 Code. Acceptable analysis techniques vary from simplified quasi-static methods for single degree of freedom systems, to detailed computer analysis techniques accounting for material and geometric non-linearities. This paper reviews briefly the impulsive loads and the procedures for analyzing a n d designing structures found in nuclear facilities.