Graphite blocks are important core components of the high temperature gas-cooled reactor. As these blocks are simply stacked in array, collisions among neighboring components may occur during earthquakes or accidents. Thus, it is important to develop a reliable seismic model of the stacked graphite blocks and have them designed to maintain their structural integrity during the anticipated occurrences. Various aspects involved in modeling and calculating impact-contact dynamics can affect the resulting behavior of the graphite block. These include mesh size, time step, contact behavior, mechanical constraint formulation of impact-contact analysis, etc. This work is dedicated to perform comparative studies and the effects of these parameters will be identified. The insights obtained through these studies will help build a realistic impact-contact model of the graphite block, from which a lumped or reduced dynamics model will be developed for the seismic analysis of the reactor including these graphite components.

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