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Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Probabilistic Safety Assessment & Management (PSAM)

Michael G. Stamatelatos
Michael G. Stamatelatos
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Harold S. Blackman
Harold S. Blackman
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Loss of coolant accidents (LOCA) have been an issue of concern since the very beginning of the commercial nuclear power industry. Designing against the possibility of such an accident has been codified into the federal regulations governing the operation light water reactors. However, concern has been raised about the justification for requiring licensees to spend significant resources on an issue that (at least in the case of large LOCAs) appears to be of such a small likelihood as to be relatively risk insignificant. Before any rational decisions can be made about the value of regulations aimed at the risk posed...

Assumptions and Observations
Total LOCA Frequency Estimate
LOCA Frequency Allocation by LOCA Size
Comparison of LOCA Frequencies
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