The feasibility of modern technologies for reinforced concrete containment structures of nuclear power plants

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dc.contributor.author Czerniewski, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-01T20:58:31Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-01T20:58:31Z
dc.date.issued 2009-05-01T20:58:31Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/1354
dc.description.abstract This report explores the requirements for the design and analysis of concrete containment and shows how newer material technologies such as self-consolidating concrete (SCC) and fiber reinforcement could assist in the constructability and durability of new nuclear power plant facilities. SCC for example, enables concrete to flow in the forms around the reinforcement and provides a more uniform adhesion with the reinforcement. Additionally, fiber reinforcement in the concrete mix increases bonding capability, thus making the concrete less likely to fracture. In particular, the ease of constructability benefits offshore floating nuclear power plants and preapproved modular power plants. To differentiate, the offshore plant would employ the assembly line to make all the plants the same while the modular plant, designed to be used anywhere, is not site specific and is typically smaller. Regarding research method, the report starts with the history of the nuclear industry in the United States, including the last nuclear power plant constructed, clarifying that nuclear energy was first harnessed for a submarine propulsion system before being employed to generate electricity. After these early endeavors, two major accidents, Three Mile Island (March 28, 1979) and Chernobyl (April 26, 1986), provided information regarding the lack of safety of nuclear power plant design and operation. Since the containment building is the focus of this report, recognizing the loads and the load combinations for design was the next step in research. Following that, the next step was to determine the design considerations and analyze the containment structure. New material technologies clearly have opened the door to new construction techniques, and the combination of new materials and methods offers structural engineers opportunity to build inherently safer nuclear power plants. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Nuclear power plant en
dc.subject Containment en
dc.subject Design loads en
dc.subject Reinforced concrete en
dc.title The feasibility of modern technologies for reinforced concrete containment structures of nuclear power plants en
dc.type Report en
dc.description.degree Master of Science en
dc.description.level Masters en
dc.description.department Department of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science en
dc.description.advisor Kimberly W. Kramer en
dc.subject.umi Engineering, Civil (0543) en
dc.subject.umi Engineering, Nuclear (0552) en
dc.date.published 2009 en
dc.date.graduationmonth May en


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