Design of the Shippingport Reactor Plant Container

by J.J. Niland,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1959, Vol. 85, Issue 9, Pg. 53-64

Document Type: Journal Paper


Reactor plant container is single volume, multiple chambered pressure vessel, enclosed in concrete; stipulation of external secondary shielding dictated use of cylinders in partially buried enclosures; heavy internal loads supported by vessels, temperature and pressure movements, and fuel handling considerations complicated structural design; pressure vessel aspects of design; container required 2200 tons of steel.

Subject Headings: Pressure vessels | Container shipping | Concrete | Cylinders | Thermal loads | Load factors | Temperature effects | Energy consumption

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