Seismic proof test of a reinforced concrete containment vessel (RCCV) – Part 1: Test model and pressure test

Hirama, Toshihiko(1); Goto, Masashi(2); Shiba, Keiji(3); Kobayashi, Toshio(4); Tanaka, Ryozo(3); Tsurumaki, Shizuo(5); Takiguchi, Katsuki(6); Akiyama, Hiroshi(7)

A 1/8-scale model was constructed of a reinforced concrete containment vessel (RCCV) used in the latest advanced boiling water reactors (AWBR). Shaking table tests were conducted on it with input motions corresponding to or exceeding a design earthquake assumed for a real Nuclear Power Plant. The objectives of the tests were to verify the structural integrity and the leak-proof functional soundness of the RCCV subjected to design earthquakes, and to determine the ultimate strength and seismic margin by an excitation that led to the model’s collapse. The model, the test sequence and the pressure and leak test results were addressed in Part 1. The shaking table test method, the input motions and the test results, including the transition of the model’s stiffness, natural frequencies and damping factors and the effects of vertical input motions and internal pressure on the model’s characteristics and behavior, the load-deformation, the ultimate strength, the failure mode of the reinforced concrete portion and the liner plate are described here. The seismic safety margin that was evaluated by the energy input during the failure test to a design basis earthquake will be described in Part 3. The analytical results of simulation using the multi-lumped mass model will be described in Part 4.

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