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Comments on the seismic safety of nuclear power plants in Eastern Europe

Abstract

After the break-up of the Soviet Union, ten countries in Eastern Europe inherited Soviet-designed nuclear power plants which were constructed without adequate provisions to resist earthquake-generated lateral forces. An earthquake at their locations could seriously damage these plants and could result in Chernobyl-like consequences on the environment. There is an ongoing program to reinforce these plants using conventional piecemeal methods. A newly developed seismic protection strategy called 'base isolation' or 'seismic isolation', widely used in the United States to retrofit existing buildings, is recommended as an economical, technically superior, and more effective solution - where applicable - to make these nuclear power plants capable of resisting seismic forces. (author)
Authors:
Tarics, A G; [1]  Kelly, J M; [2]  Csorba, E M [3] 
  1. 29 Winward Road, Belvedere, CA 94920 (United States)
  2. Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  3. Technical University Vienna, Vienna (Austria)
Publication Date:
Mar 01, 2001
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-TECDOC-1202
Reference Number:
EDB-01:031205
Resource Relation:
Conference: SMiRT-14 post conference seminar no. 16 on seismic evaluation of existing nuclear facilities, Vienna (Austria), 25-27 Aug 1997; Other Information: 7 refs, 10 figs, 1 tab; PBD: Mar 2001; Related Information: In: Seismic evaluation of existing nuclear facilities. Proceedings of the SMiRT-14 post conference seminar no. 16, 467 pages.
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; BUILDINGS; EARTHQUAKES; EASTERN EUROPE; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; RETROFITTING; RISK ASSESSMENT; SEISMIC EVENTS; SEISMIC ISOLATION
OSTI ID:
20146804
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 1011-4289; TRN: XA0100510012652
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 181-194
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Tarics, A G, Kelly, J M, and Csorba, E M. Comments on the seismic safety of nuclear power plants in Eastern Europe. IAEA: N. p., 2001. Web.
Tarics, A G, Kelly, J M, & Csorba, E M. Comments on the seismic safety of nuclear power plants in Eastern Europe. IAEA.
Tarics, A G, Kelly, J M, and Csorba, E M. 2001. "Comments on the seismic safety of nuclear power plants in Eastern Europe." IAEA.
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title = {Comments on the seismic safety of nuclear power plants in Eastern Europe}
author = {Tarics, A G, Kelly, J M, and Csorba, E M}
abstractNote = {After the break-up of the Soviet Union, ten countries in Eastern Europe inherited Soviet-designed nuclear power plants which were constructed without adequate provisions to resist earthquake-generated lateral forces. An earthquake at their locations could seriously damage these plants and could result in Chernobyl-like consequences on the environment. There is an ongoing program to reinforce these plants using conventional piecemeal methods. A newly developed seismic protection strategy called 'base isolation' or 'seismic isolation', widely used in the United States to retrofit existing buildings, is recommended as an economical, technically superior, and more effective solution - where applicable - to make these nuclear power plants capable of resisting seismic forces. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {2001}
month = {Mar}
}