This paper describes the results of static loading tests using a half-scale thick rubber bearing to investigate ultimate properties application for a sodium-cooled-fast-reactor (SFR). Thick rubber bearings which have a rubber layer that is roughly two times thicker in comparison with existing rubber bearings have been developed by the authors to ensure seismic safety margins for components installed in the reactor building, and to reduce the seismic response in the vertical direction as well as the horizontal direction. The thick rubber bearings, 1600 mm in diameter at the full scale, have been designed to provide a rated load of about 10,000 kN, at the compressive stress of 5.0 MPa, with a horizontal natural period of 3.4 s and a vertical natural period of about 0.133 s. The restoring-force characteristics, including variations, and breaking points, for the thick rubber bearings have not been cleared yet. These validations are essential from the point of view of probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) for a base-isolated nuclear plant as well as a verification of the structural integrity of the thick rubber bearings. The purpose of this paper is to indicate the variation of the stiffness and damping ratios for restoring force characteristics, and the breaking strain or stress, as ultimate properties through static loading tests using half-scale thick rubber bearings. In addition, an analytical model for the thick rubber bearings which is able to express the nonlinear restoring force, including the breaking points, is presented.

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