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PROBABILISTIC SITE IDENTIFICATION ANALYSIS USING NUPEC RECORDED FREE FIELD MOTIONS.

Description: THIS PAPER DESCRIBES A PROBABILISTIC SITE IDENTIFICATION ANALYSIS PERFORMED BY BNL, USING THE FREE FIELD EARTHQUAKE MOTIONS RECORDED AT THE NUPEC TEST SITE. THE BNL ANALYSIS WAS INTENDED TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE SOIL PROPERTIES FOR THE TEST SITE TO BE USED FOR SSI ANALYSES. THE FREE FIELD DATA WERE PROVIDED BY NUPEC. THE METHODOLOGY EMPLOYED IN THE BNL PROBABILISTIC ANALYSIS OF SITE IDENTIFICATION INCLUDES THE MONTE CARLO PR...
Date: August 4, 2002
Creator: XU,J.; COSTANTINO,C.; HOFMAYER,C.; MURPHY,A. & KITADA,Y.
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BNL PREDICTION OF NUPECS FIELD MODEL TESTS OF NPP STRUCTURES SUBJECT TO SMALL TO MODERATE MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKES.

Description: As part of a verification test program for seismic analysis codes for NPP structures, the Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation (NUPEC) of Japan has conducted a series of field model test programs to ensure the adequacy of methodologies employed for seismic analyses of NPP structures. A collaborative program between the United States and Japan was developed to study seismic issues related to NPP applications. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and its contractor, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), are participating in this program to apply common analysis procedures to predict both free field and soil-structure Interaction (SSI) responses to recorded earthquake events, including embedment and dynamic cross interaction (DCI) effects. This paper describes the BNL effort to predict seismic responses of the large-scale realistic model structures for reactor and turbine buildings at the NUPEC test facility in northern Japan. The NUPEC test program has collected a large amount of recorded earthquake response data (both free-field and in-structure) from these test model structures. The BNL free-field analyses were performed with the CARES program while the SSI analyses were preformed using the SASS12000 computer code. The BNL analysis includes both embedded and excavated conditions, as well as the DCI effect, The BNL analysis results and their comparisons to the NUPEC recorded responses are presented in the paper.
Date: August 17, 2003
Creator: XU,J.; COSTANTINO,C.; HOFMAYER,C.; MURPHY,A. & KITADA,Y.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

PROBABILISTIC SITE IDENTIFICATION ANALYSIS USING NUPEC RECORDED FREE FIELD MOTIONS.

Description: THIS PAPER DESCRIBES A PROBABILISTIC SITE IDENTIFICATION ANALYSIS PERFORMED BY BNL, USING THE FREE FIELD EARTHQUAKE MOTIONS RECORDED AT THE NUPEC TEST SITE. THE BNL ANALYSIS WAS INTENDED TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE SOIL PROPERTIES FOR THE TEST SITE TO BE USED FOR SSI ANALYSES. THE FREE FIELD DATA WERE PROVIDED BY NUPEC. THE METHODOLOGY EMPLOYED IN THE BNL PROBABILISTIC ANALYSIS OF SITE IDENTIFICATION INCLUDES THE MONTE CARLO PROCESS IN CONJUNCTION WITH EQUIVALENT LINEARCONVOLUTION ANALYSES FOR GENERATING A LARGE NUMBER OF SITE PROFILES FOR USE IN CONVOLUTION STUDIES FROM WHICH MEAN ESTIMATES OF RESPONSE CAN BE GENERATED. THE RANDOM VARIABLE SELECTED TO CHARACTERIZE THE SITE PROFILE IS THE SHEAR WAVE VELOCITY IN EACH SOIL LAYER OF THE SITE PROFILE. A LOGNORMAL DISTRIBUTION WAS ASSUMED WITH THE STANDARD DEVIATION DETERMINED FROM AVAILABLE SITE DATA AND APPLICABLE REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS. THE CONVOLUTION ANALYSES WERE PERFORMED USING AN APPROPRIATE SOILDEGRADATION MODEL AN D THE OUTCROP INPUT MOTIONS GENERATED FROM THE RECORDED IN ROCK MOTIONS. THE BNL ANALYSIS PRODUCED RESULTS IN TERMS OF THE MEAN, MEDIAN AND VARIOUS FRACTILES OF FREE FIELD SOIL PROPERTIES AT THE TEST SITE, AND THE CORRESPONDING SURFACE RESPONSE SPECTRA, WHICH ARE PRESENTED IN THIS PAPER.
Date: August 4, 2002
Creator: XU,J.; COSTANTINO,C.; HOFMAYER,C.; MURPHY,A. & KITADA,Y.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

PREDICTION OF NUPECS MULTI-AXIS LOADING TESTS OF CONCRETE SHEAR WALLS.

Description: The Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation (NUPEC) of Japan is performing multi-axis loading tests of reinforced concrete (RC) shear wall models. The project, which includes both static and dynamic cyclic tests, started in 1994 and is scheduled to be completed in 2004. The static tests are performed on single elements, box type and. cylindrical type structures. Both unidirectional and multidirectional loads are placed on the models during the static test phase. The dynamic tests will be performed on a shaking table for both the box type and cylindrical type structures. As part of collaborative efforts between the US and Japan the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) are participating in the multi-axial cyclic static loading tests and the shaking table tests. The multi-axis loading tests are unique and will provide significant insights into the effect of out-of-plane loads on the capacity of shear wall structures. Current analysis methods use simplified assumptions and do not specifically take this effect into account. Since the fragility levels of RC shear walls are key elements in a seismic PRA of a nuclear plant, it is important to verify the methodology for determining these levels. The NUPEC tests will provide valuable data for this purpose. Pre-test predictions of the box type structure's response to the multi-axis static loading are discussed in this paper. The tests were performed by NUPEC between June and August 2000. Two models are used to make these predictions. The first is au engineering model typical of those used in current design analyses. The second is a finite element model of the structure utilizing the ANSYS computer code. In both cases cyclic load behavior into the inelastic range is considered.
Date: March 22, 2001
Creator: Miller, C.; Hofmayer, C.; Wang, Y.; Chokshi, N.; Murphy, A. & Kitada, Y.
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IDENTIFICATION OF FREE-FIELD SOIL PROPERTIES USING NUPEC RECORDED GROUND MOTIONS.

Description: Over the past twenty years, the Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation (NUPEC) of Japan has conducted a series of field model test programs to investigate various aspects of soil-structure interaction (SSI) effects on nuclear power plant structures, including embedment and dynamic structure-soil-structure interaction (SSSI) effects. As part of a collaborative agreement between the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and NUPEC, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) performed a numerical analysis to predict the free field soil profile using industry standard methods and the recorded free field responses to actual earthquake events. This paper describes the BNL free-field analyses, including the methods and the analysis results and their comparison to recorded data in the free field. The free-field soil profiles determined from the BNL analyses are being used for both the embedment and SSSI studies, the results of which will be made available upon their completion.
Date: March 22, 2001
Creator: Xu, J.; Costantino, C.; Hofmayer, C.; Murphy, A.; Chokshi, N. & Kitada, Y.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department