Approach to Developing a Ground-Motion Design Basis for Facilities Important to Safety at Yucca Mountain

by J. L. King, Science Applications Int Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


The DOE has proposed a methodology for developing a ground-motion design basis for prospective facilities at Yucca Mountain that are important to safety. The methdology utilizes a quasi-deterministic construct called the 10,000-year cumulative-slip earthquake that is designed to provide a conservative, robust, and reproducible estimate of ground motion that has a one-in-ten chance of occurring during the preclosure period. This estimate is intended to define a ground-motion level for which the seismic design would ensure minimal disruption to operations; engineering analyses to ensure safe performance in the unlikely event that the design basis is exceeded are a part of the proposed methodology.

Subject Headings: Ground motion | Building design | Safety | Radioactive wastes | Seismic design | Load and resistance factor design | Geology | Earthquakes | Nevada | United States

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