Post-Tensioned Concrete Nuclear Structures

by Glen A. Chauvin, (M.ASCE), Chief Struct.-Design Engr.; Sargent & Lundy, Engrs., Chicago, IL,
Robert J. Small, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Chief Struct.-Design Engr.; Sargent & Lundy, Engrs., Chicago, IL,
Adolf Walser, Struct. Engr.; Sargent & Lundy, Engrs., Chicago, IL,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 3, Pg. 401-414

Document Type: Journal Paper


The responsibilities of the architect, engineer, and the utility in selecting the type of containment for a nuclear steam supply are presented. The Atomic Energy Commission's role in the design and construction of a nuclear facility is described. Reasons are given for using prestressed concrete and the post-tensioning systems that are available in the United States, along with loading conditions and the analytical techniques used in design. Reasons for using the unbonded tendon, and construction details for a pressurized water reactor containment vessel and the prestressed concrete reactor vessel for a high temperature gas cooled reactor are included.

Subject Headings: Tension | Concrete | Concrete structures | Water supply systems | Prestressing | Prestressed concrete | Nuclear reactors | Architects | United States

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