American Society of Civil Engineers


Base Isolation in the Design and Construction of Power Plant Structures


by Nishikant R. Vaidya, (P. C. Rizzo & Associates Inc, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

pp. 1-15

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics
Abstract: This technical paper summarizes the results of some of the recent studies performed to assure technical feasibility in isolating safety-related nuclear power plant structures. The particular application of the base isolation concept discussed here has undergone extensive licensing considerations in France, South Africa, and Iran. It has been deemed sound and a viable means to reduce the earthquake effects on structures and equipment.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Base isolation
Elastomer
Nuclear power
Seismic design

Author Keywords:
NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
STRUCTURAL DESIGN - Foundations
BASE ISOLATED STRUCTURE - BEARING PADS - TANGENTIAL HORIZONTAL MOTION