15. Code for Concrete Containments
Arthur Eberhardt received his Ph.D. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1972. He is a senior structural consultant to Sargent & Lundy, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. His areas of specialty include design of concrete containments and other concrete and steel nuclear plant structures. He has worked on projects associated with more than 14 nuclear power plants. Dr. Eberhardt has served on ASME B&PV Code Committees for more than 27 years. He is Past Chair of the Joint ACIASME Committee on Concrete Components for Nuclear Service (also known as ACI Committee 359), which is responsible for the ASME Section III, Division 2 Code for Concrete Containments. He is also a member of the ASME Section III Committee on Construction of Nuclear Facility Components, a contributing member of the ASME Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards, and a member of the ASME Section III Subgroup on Editing & Review.
Christopher Jones received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2011. He is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Prior to joining the Faculty at K-State, Dr. Jones was previously employed at Sandia National Laboratories in the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Programs Center. His research interests include characterization of cementitious and other structural materials, computational simulation and credibility, and concrete durability. Dr. Jones is a member of the Joint ACI-ASME Committee on Concrete Components for Nuclear Service.
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This chapter describes the bases and provisions of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code for Concrete Containments. It describes the concrete containment general environment, types of existing containments, future containment configurations, and background development including the regulatory bases of concrete containment construction code requirements. The chapter addresses reinforced-concrete containment behavior under internal pressure and temperatures of up to about 100°C. The discussion presented includes a comparison between prestressed and deformed-bar concrete reinforcements, the effects of elevated temperature on concrete, and the effect of radial and tangential shear in containment shells. It explains the analysis, design, and testing of concrete containment structures and provides information on the organization of the Concrete Containment Design Code contained in the Code Section III, Division 2, Subsection CC. The chapter summarizes the following requirements for concrete containments: general and specific construction or placement requirements for concrete, including the fabrication and placing requirements for steel reinforcement systems and the fabrication and welding requirements for liners; requirements for nondestructive examinations, procedure qualifications and evaluations; requirements for qualification and certification of nondestructive personnel; and general requirements for containment structural integrity test. The major areas to be considered in the future revisions of the Code are also highlighted in this chapter.on and certification of nondestructive personnel; and general requirements for containment structural integrity test. The major areas to be considered in the future revisions of the Code are also highlighted in this chapter.
John D. Stevenson was the original author of this chapter and updated it for the second edition. The third edition was updated by Joseph F. Artuso, Hansraj Ashar and Barry Scott. The fourth edition was updated by Arthur Eberhardt, Michael Hessheimer, Ola Jovall and Clayton Smith. The fifth edition was updated by Arthur C. Eberhardt, Clayton T. Smith, Ola Jovall and Christopher A. Jones. The current online edition was updated by Arthur C. Eberhardt and Christopher A. Jones.