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Containment Structures of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants: Background, Regulations, Codes and Standards, and Other Considerations

H. Ashar
H. Ashar
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Numerous studies have been conducted at Sandia National Laboratories and around the world to examine the severe accident behavior of containments through containment structural testing and modeling. Large-scale testing has been conducted on both prestressed concrete containments as well as on various steel shell designs. Since the containment includes the entire pressure boundary and not just the steel or concrete shell, some additional testing has been conducted on components (e.g., bellows, hatches). One of the goals of these test programs was to provide data for the calibration of computational models. Therefore, the accompanying computational analyses efforts for a number of...

6.1 Introduction
6.2 Early Estimates of Containment Structural Response to Severe Accidents
6.3 Large-Scale Containment and Component Testing
6.4 Containment Severe Accident Modeling and Insights
6.5 Effects of Containment Degradation on Its Severe Accident Response
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