Seismic Design Criteria for Hydroelectric Plant

by Marian Pona, (F.ASCE), Chf.; Power and Pumping Plants, Civ. Design Sec., Div. of Design and Constr., California State Dept. of Water Resour., Sacramento, CA,
A. B. Arnold, Supervising Engrg. Geologist; Div. of Design and Constr., California State Dept. of Water Resour., Sacramento, CA,


Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 2, Pg. 305-315


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: On the basis of the latest study and research in the field of seismology and earthquake resistant design, new criteria are used to design and construct a safer power plant. Devil Canyon Power Plant is located in the immediate vicinity of two major faults in California, i.e., the San Andreas Fault and the Santa Ana Fault. Earthquake acceleration response spectrum curves are used to define more accurately loads exerted on the structure during a major earthquake. Also, special design considerations are enumerated.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Seismic design | Seismic tests | Hydro power | Earthquakes | Geological faults | Field tests | Safety | Canyons | North America | California | United States

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