U.S. Reactor Containment Technology: a Compilation of Current Practice in Analysis, Design, Construction, Test, and Operation, Volume 1 Page: VII
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GUIDE TO THE USE OF THIS REPORT
In order to make use of the information that may be found in this
report, not only should the specific purposes be known but also the sub-
jects that are excluded. For the purposes to stand out clearly, it is
pertinent to note that this report does not propose to
1. evaluate the safety of specific systems for specific applications,
2. present information on the design, integrity, or performance of
the primary system,
3. discuss extensively the behavior of fission products after leaving
the reactor-containment system (see Sec. 4.5.1),
4. establish criteria by which containment systems must be designed,
fabricated, tested, and operated.
On the other hand, it is the purpose of this report to
1. describe the containment features of existing reactor installa-
2. describe some of the calculational techniques that have been
employed to determine fluid dynamics and radiological loads on
3. present experimental data pertinent to items 1 and 2,
4. describe pertinent details of the design, construction, and test
of containment systems,
5. present existing data on the cost of containment systems,
6. review the current research and development pertinent to the
Pertinent matters of significant interest to the containment de-
signer and fabricator or to the plant operator concerning the containment
system have been considered in this report. Thus it is concerned not
only with the design of the many existing containment systems but also with
how and why these designs were developed and why particular containment
systems appear more suitable in certain reactor systems for certain appli-
cations. The capabilities and limitations of the various containment sys-
tems and also the accidents for which the containment is provided are dis-
cussed. The existing regulatory requirements that must be met at a par-
ticular place and time are cited. Unfortunately, none of these requirements
are fixed and it is not possible to speak in absolute terms except with
regard to what has been done. The information presented provides a point
of departure for more advanced designs, improved engineered safeguards,
and possibly even changes in the siting requirements.
Chapters 2 through 6 set forth the salient basic information regard-
ing containment requirements for particular reactors and sites. Chapter 2
gives the pertinent regulations and existing criteria. Chapter 3 discusses
the nature and scope of the accidents that are examined for every reactor
in order to identify the accident that is considered the maximum credible
for that reactor and which in turn determines the containment requirements.
Chapter 4 gives the amounts and nature of the fission products that must
be contained. Chapter 5 discusses the energy that the containment system
must be designed to cope with. Chapter 6 gives a summary of the special
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Cottrell, William B. & Savolainen, A. W. U.S. Reactor Containment Technology: a Compilation of Current Practice in Analysis, Design, Construction, Test, and Operation, Volume 1, report, August 1965; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc101033/m1/7/: accessed March 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.