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New Seismic Design Criteria for Nuclear Facilities Now Available in Updated ASCE Standard 43

Parul Dubey on January 13, 2021 - in Buildings, News

Reston, Va. – Nuclear facilities need to have a much lower probability than conventional facilities of sustaining structural damage caused by earthquake, due to potential risk with nuclear hazards. The goal of the latest updated standard, Seismic Design Criteria for Structures, Systems, and Components in Nuclear Facilities (ASCE/SEI 43-19) is to ensure that nuclear facilities can withstand the effects of earthquake ground-shaking while retaining target performance goals.

Key topics in this standard include evaluation of seismic demand, evaluation of structural capacity, load combinations and acceptance criteria for structures, ductile detailing requirements, equipment and distribution systems, and seismic quality provisions. This new edition, which updates and replaces the previous edition of ASCE 43, includes a new chapter on the design of seismically isolated nuclear facilities, as well as provisions for prototype and production testing of isolators.

This is a primary reference for engineers and analysts involved in the design and assessment of new or existing nuclear structures, systems, or components. It can also be used for facilities handling explosives, toxic materials, or chemicals; for facilities where safety, mission, or investment protection is an explicit design goal.

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