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Seismic evaluation of lead caves using no-tension discrete model with interface elements

Description: This paper investigates quasi-static behavior of lead cave walls radiation shields made by stacking lead bricks. The bricks have high stiffness, whereas the joints are weak and incapable of supporting tension. Global behavior of this kind of wall is strongly influenced by size friction coefficient of the brick elements. The general finite element code ANSYS was used for the analysis of the lead caves. A series of 2-D models that spanned the range of height-to-width aspect ratios of the cave wall were constructed. Two types of contact elements were incorporated in the model. The point-to-point contact element was used to represent contact in the horizontal direction. This element permits either compression in the direction normal to the surfaces or opening of a gap. The point-to-surface contact element was chosen to represent contact in the vertical direction. This element allows sliding in addition to the compression or gap formation normal to the surface. A series of static analyses were performed for each model. A l-g. vertical acceleration representing gravity was applied. The lateral acceleration was increased until the solution would not converge. This acceleration is defined as the critical lateral acceleration. This was achieved with a set of load steps with increasing lateral load. The critical acceleration was found to depend on the wall aspect ratio. For a wall with an aspect ratio up to three, the maximum acceleration is above the required 0.1 g. The wall failure mechanisms were also identified based on the numerical results. The two failure modes are the rotation and loss of interlocking among the blocks or silding of upper layers of the wall.
Date: July 1, 1995
Creator: Khaleel, M.A.; Deibler, J.E. & Koontz, D.A.
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Independent review of Oak Ridge HCTW test program and development of seismic evaluation criteria

Description: Many of the existing buildings at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant are steel frame construction with unreinforced hollow clay tile infill walls (HCTW). The HCTW infill provides some lateral seismic resistance to the design/evaluation basis earthquake; however acceptance criteria for this construction must be developed. The basis for the development of seismic criteria is the Oak Ridge HCTW testing and analysis program and the target performance goals of DOE 5480.28 and DOE-STD-1020-94. This report documents and independent review of the testing and analysis program and development of recommended acceptance criteria for Oak Ridge HCTW construction. The HCTW test program included ``macro`` wall in-plane and out-of-plane tests, full-scale wall in-plane and out-of-plane tests, in-situ out-of-plane test, shake table tests, and masonry component tests.
Date: May 1, 1995
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TRILIN: a computer analysis of the transient response of elastic structures

Description: The computer code TRILIN employs a force method that uses prismatic beam- type elements and discrete masses for the analysis of the transient response of linearly elastic, three-dimensional, frame-type structures subjected to arbitrary loading conditions. Each beam element is capable of resisting tension, bending, and torsion. A global stiffness matrix is obtained by inverting the flexibility relationships. Modal superposition is used to solve the governing equations. (auth)
Date: October 26, 1973
Creator: Miller, A.B.; Weston, A.M.; Hallquist, J.O. & Bernreuter, D.L.
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Lessons Learned- The Use of Formal Expert Elicitation in Probablistic Seismic Hazard

Description: Probabilistic seismic hazard analyses provide the opportunity, indeed the requirement, to quantify the uncertainties in important inputs to the analysis. The locations of future earthquakes, their recurrence rates and maximum size, and the ground motions that will result at a site of interest are all quantities that require careful consideration because they are uncertain. The earliest PSHA models [Cornell, 1968] provided solely for the randomness or aleatory variability in these quantities. The most sophisticated seismic hazard models today, which include quantified uncertainties, are merely more realistic representations of this basic aleatory model. All attempts to quantify uncertainties require expert judgment. Further, all uncertainty models should endeavor to consider the range of views of the larger technical community at the time the hazard analysis is conducted. In some cases, especially for large projects under regulatory review, formal structured methods for eliciting expert judgments have been employed. Experience has shown that certain key elements are required for these assessments to be successful, including: (1) experts should be trained in probability theory, uncertainty quantification, and ways to avoid common cognitive biases; (2) comprehensive and user-friendly databases should be provided to the experts; (3) experts should be required to evaluate all potentially credible hypotheses; (4) workshops and other interactions among the experts and proponents of published viewpoints should be encouraged; (5) elicitations are best conducted in individual interview sessions; (6) feedback should be provided to the experts to give them insight into the significance of alternative assessments to the hazard results; and (7) complete documentation should include the technical basis for all assessments. Case histories are given from seismic hazard analyses in Europe, western North America, and the stable continental region of the United States.
Date: May 10, 2006
Creator: Coppersmith, K.J.; Perman, R.C. & Youngs, R.R.
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Modification of the Colony Tower for the RIO BLANCO detonation

Description: The tower is a 180-ft tall steel-frame experimental oil shale processing retort structure with heavy process equipment on various levels. The structural response of the tower to the ground motion from Project Rio Blanco is analyzed and the necessary structural modifications described. (TFD)
Date: April 30, 1974
Creator: Blume, J.A.; Lee, L.A.; Freeman, S.A. & Honda, K.K.
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Quantification of seismic liquefaction risk

Description: Explicit goals of acceptable risk for natural phenomena hazards (earthquake, extreme wind, and flood) have been established by the Department of Energy (DOE) 1994. Closely associated to the earthquake risk is the issue of seismically-induced liquefaction. Because deterministic methods currently available to answer the question to whether a site is liquefiable or not are incapable of providing a clue as to the likelihood or risk of liquefaction, the application of the criteria to a given facility requires that alternative evaluation techniques be formulated. This paper describes the application to a nuclear facility of a newly developed probabilistic methodology which rigorously accounts for geotechnical and seismologic uncertainties. The results of the analyses are compared with the acceptable levels of risk presented by DOE. This comparison is used to emphasize the power of the methodology as a tool in the decision-making processes.
Date: February 29, 1996
Creator: Arango, I.; Ostadan, F.; Lewis, M. R. & Gutierrez, B. J.
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Application of bounding spectra to seismic design of piping based on the performance of above ground piping in power plants subjected to strong motion earthquakes

Description: This report extends the potential application of Bounding Spectra evaluation procedures, developed as part of the A-46 Unresolved Safety Issue applicable to seismic verification of in-situ electrical and mechanical equipment, to in-situ safety related piping in nuclear power plants. The report presents a summary of earthquake experience data which define the behavior of typical U.S. power plant piping subject to strong motion earthquakes. The report defines those piping system caveats which would assure the seismic adequacy of the piping systems which meet those caveats and whose seismic demand are within the bounding spectra input. Based on the observed behavior of piping in strong motion earthquakes, the report describes the capabilities of the piping system to carry seismic loads as a function of the type of connection (i.e. threaded versus welded). This report also discusses in some detail the basic causes and mechanisms for earthquake damages and failures to power plant piping systems.
Date: February 1, 1995
Creator: Stevenson, J.D.
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Evaluation and analysis of the performance of masonary infills during the Northridge earthquake

Description: Observations were made of the behavior of masonry infills in structural frames during the Northridge earthquake, and an analytical technique was developed for analyzing infilled frame structures. Infills near the epicenter suffered significant damage, but in several cases contributed to the seismic resistance and life safety performance. Older infill buildings in downtown Los Angeles experienced intensity of shaking similar to that expected in central/eastern United States earthquakes. The infills experienced some cracking, but otherwise complemented the lateral resistance of the weak building frames. This suggests infill frame buildings in moderate seismic zones may provide at least life safety functions without the need for expensive retrofit. A developed analytical technique was used to analyze two buildings for which the observed behavior and records from the Northridge earthquake were available. The analytical technique was based on using a piecewise linear equivalent strut for the infill. Parameters for the strut were obtained by examining the results of a wide variety of experimental infill tests. The strut method is easy to incorporate in standard linear analyses, and converges quite rapidly. The strut method was applied to two structures that had records from the Northridge earthquake. Very favorable comparisons between the analytical method and observed response were obtained. Recommendations were made concerning evaluation of the vulnerability of infills to earthquakes, and the construction of infills.
Date: February 1, 1996
Creator: Bennett, R. M.; Fischer, W. L.; Flanagan, R. D. & Tenbus, M. A.
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A report on the seismic capacity of the General Laboratory and Administration Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Description: A seismic analysis of the General Laboratory and Administration Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory is performed. The analyses are performed in detail for one portion of the building and then qualitatively extrapolated to other portions of the building. Seismic capacities are evaluated based on two sets of acceptance criteria. The first is based on Code-type criteria and is associated with a low probability of failure. This capacity is found to be in the 0.04--0.06 G ZPA range (the free field seismic motion is defined with a NUREG 0098 response spectrum). The second capacity is based on much less conservative criteria such as might be associated with a high probability of failure. This capacity is found to be about 0.15 G. Finally structural modifications are proposed that would increase the low probability of failure capacity to 0.15 G ZPA. These modifications consist of steel double angle braces or concrete shear walls placed at some of the frames in the building.
Date: January 1, 1995
Creator: Miller, C.A.; Costantino, C.J.; Zhu, Y.; Wang, Y.K.; Shteyngart, S.; Xu, J. et al.
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