Guidelines for the Development of Natural Phenomena Hazards Design Criteria for Surface Facilities

by Thomas A. Nelson, Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab, Livermore, United States,
Quazi A. Hossain, Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab, Livermore, United States,
Robert C. Murray, Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab, Livermore, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamic Analysis and Design Considerations for High-Level Nuclear Waste Repositories


This paper discusses the rationale behind the guidelines, criteria, and methodologies that are currently used for natural phenomena hazard design and evaluation of DOE nuclear and non-nuclear facilities. The bases for the performance goals and usage categories specified in UCRL-15910 are examined, and the sources of intentional conservatism in the analyses, design, and evaluation methods and criteria are identified. Outlines of recent developments/changes in DOE Orders related to Natural Phenomena hazard mitigation are also presented. Finally, the authors recommend the use of DOE methodologies as embodied in UCRL-15910 for design and evaluation of surface facilities of the high level nuclear waste repository site.

Subject Headings: Building design | Natural disasters | Dynamic loads | Structural design | Federal government | Radioactive wastes | Waste disposal | Recycling

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