Construction of FFTF Containment Vessel and Lock

by Robert N. Lebre, Product Mgr., Nuclear; Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Oak Brook, Ill.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 2, Pg. 325-334

Document Type: Journal Paper


A general exploration of the design considerations, construction techniques, and test procedures utilized in the erection of a 135-ft (41-m) diam x 186-ft 4-in. (56-m) high full-pressure free-standing steel containment vessel and 25-ft (7.6-m) diam equipment airlock for the Fast Flux Test Facility at Richland, Wash. The use of special erection equipment such as a large capacity guyed derrick is described in this article. Also included is a summary of the unique operating characteristics of the 25-ft (7.6-m) diam equipment airlock.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Containment vessels | Construction equipment | Steel construction | Building design

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