The Effects of Earthquakes on Power and Industrial Facilities and Implications for Nuclear Power Plant Design

Working Group on Past Behavior of the Committee on Dynamic Analysis of the Committee on Nuclear Structures and Materials of the Structural Division of ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-626-3 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-626-1 (ISBN-10), 1987, Soft Cover, Pg. 232

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book


Fifteen earthquakes, ranging from magnitude 5.2 to 8.4 on the Richter scale that have occurred in five countries since 1952, were studied. This report documents the performance of power and industrial facilities that were affected by these earthquakes. Considerable detail is provided in this document to illustrate the positive and negative aspects of the performance of power and industrial facilities. The characteristics of each earthquake are described, as well as soil conditions, the facility design criteria, and the performance of the facility during and after the earthquakes. The purpose of this project is to provide a better understanding of the seismic responses of nuclear power plant facilities and to provide data to allow improvements in seismic analysis, design, and reevaluation techniques for use in the future. This data provides information which highlights design and analysis areas of facilities which need greater attention and also those areas such as piping where reduced conservatism may be considered.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Industrial facilities | Nuclear power | Earthquakes | Building design | Seismic design | Earthquake magnitude scale | Seismic tests


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