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Title: ASSESSMENT OF SEISMIC ANALYSIS METHODOLOGIES FOR DEEPLY EMBEDDED NPP STRUCTURES.

Several of the new generation nuclear power plant designs have structural configurations which are proposed to be deeply embedded. Since current seismic analysis methodologies have been applied to shallow embedded structures (e.g., ASCE 4 suggest that simple formulations may be used to model embedment effect when the depth of embedment is less than 30% of its foundation radius), the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sponsoring a program at the Brookhaven National Laboratory with the objective of investigating the extent to which procedures acceptable for shallow embedment depths are adequate for larger embedment depths. This paper presents the results of a study comparing the response spectra obtained from two of the more popular analysis methods for structural configurations varying from shallow embedment to complete embedment. A typical safety related structure embedded in a soil profile representative of a typical nuclear power plant site was utilized in the study and the depths of burial (DOB) considered range from 25-100% the height of the structure. Included in the paper are: (1) the description of a simplified analysis and a detailed approach for the SSI analyses of a structure with various DOB, (2) the comparison of the analysis results for the different DOBs betweenmore » the two methods, and (3) the performance assessment of the analysis methodologies for SSI analyses of deeply embedded structures. The resulting assessment from this study has indicated that simplified methods may be capable of capturing the seismic response for much deeper embedded structures than would be normally allowed by the standard practice.« less
Authors:
; ; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. (BNL)
  2. (US NRC).
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
15016719
Report Number(s):
BNL--NUREG-74701-2005-CP
R&D Project: Y-6718 (15325); 40-100-1060; TRN: US0503095
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-98CH10886
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 18TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STRUCTURAL MECHANICS IN REACTOR TECHNOLOGY (SMIRT 18), BEIJING (CN), 08/07/2005--08/12/2005; Other Information: PBD: 1 Jul 2005
Research Org:
BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY (US)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE/NRC (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; BNL; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; PERFORMANCE; REACTOR TECHNOLOGY; SAFETY; SOILS; SPECTRA UC-500