Structural aspects of the Chernobyl accident
On April 26, 1986 the world's worst nuclear power plant accident occurred at the Unit 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in the USSR. This paper presents a discussion of the design of the Chernobyl Power Plant, the sequence of events that led to the accident and the damage caused by the resulting explosion. The structural design features that contributed to the accident and resulting damage will be highlighted. Photographs and sketches obtained from various worldwide news agencies will be shown to try and gain a perspective of the extent of the damage. The aftermath, clean-up, and current situation will be discussed and the important lessons learned for the structural engineer will be presented. 15 refs., 10 figs.
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- Report Number(s):
- UCRL-98542; CONF-8810184-1
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- Resource Relation:
- Conference: Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC '88), Kailua-Kona, HI, USA, 4 Oct 1988; Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products
- Research Org:
- Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; CHERNOBYLSK-4 REACTOR; MELTDOWN; BWR TYPE REACTORS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; CONTAINMENT BUILDINGS; DECONTAMINATION; DESIGN; EMERGENCY PLANS; FISSION PRODUCT RELEASE; MANAGEMENT; PWR TYPE REACTORS; RADIOACTIVE EFFLUENTS; REACTOR COMPONENTS; REACTOR SAFETY; ACCIDENTS; BUILDINGS; CLEANING; CONTAINMENT; ENRICHED URANIUM REACTORS; GRAPHITE MODERATED REACTORS; LWGR TYPE REACTORS; MATERIALS; POWER REACTORS; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; REACTOR ACCIDENTS; REACTORS; SAFETY; THERMAL REACTORS; WASTES; WATER COOLED REACTORS; WATER MODERATED REACTORS 220900* -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Reactor Safety; 210300 -- Power Reactors, Nonbreeding, Graphite Moderated; 210100 -- Power Reactors, Nonbreeding, Light-Water Moderated, Boiling Water Cooled; 210200 -- Power Reactors, Nonbreeding, Light-Water Moderated, Nonboiling Water Cooled
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