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Design of Hazardous Mechanical Structures, Systems and Components for Extreme Loads

By
John D. Stevenson
John D. Stevenson
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Ovidiu Coman
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ISBN-10:
0791802426
No. of Pages:
300
Publisher:
ASME Press
Publication date:
2006

The primary purpose of the seismic design of high-hazard facilities is to construct them so that there is no excessive exposure as a result of radiation or toxic substance release to the public and collocated workers. A major earthquake in relatively close proximity to the site may cause major damage to conventionally designed industrial facilities. For this purpose, a more stringent seismic design is usually required than would be required for conventional facilities to minimize potential for loss of structural and leak-tight integrity. For conventional facilities, in some cases ensuring the operability and life safety of its occupants is usually the primary concern, while for high-hazard facilities the confinement of radiological or toxic substances is the primary concern.

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