Base Isolation in the Design and Construction of Power Plant Structures

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics


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.

Subject Headings: Base isolation | Power plants | Construction management | Structural safety | Feasibility studies | Developing countries | Foundation design | Nuclear safety | France | Europe | South Africa | Africa | Iran | Middle East | Asia

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