Bellefonte Primary Containment Structure

by James H. Olyniec, (M.ASCE), Supervisor; Office and Civ. Engrg. Unit., Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, Tennessee Valley Authority, Hollywood, Ala.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 4, Pg. 679-694

Document Type: Journal Paper


Construction of the reactor building primary containment structure at the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant involved several specialized construction techniques. This two unit plant is one of the nine nuclear units at six different sites now under construction by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The post-Tensioned, cast-in-place interior steel lined containment structure is unique within TVA. Problems during construction were identified at weekly planning meetings, and options were discussed. Close coordination between craft supervisors and on-site engineering personnel drew together hands-on experience and technical background. Details of the construction techniques, problems, and solutions are presented.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Construction sites | Steel structures | Federal government | Tension | Cast in place | Construction management | Tennessee | United States

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