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A Critical Comparison of Seismic Qualification Requirements for Safety Equipment in Various Codes and Standards

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F. G. Abatt, Milon Meyer

M & D Professional Services, Richland, WA

Quazi Hossain

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

Paper No. PVP2003-2112, pp. 127-132; 6 pages
  • ASME 2003 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Seismic Engineering
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, July 20–24, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4157-X
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


Evaluation of life safety risks to facility occupants, public, and the environment that may result from earthquake events involves both building structures and equipment supported from these structures. But, it is the seismic design of building structures that typically receive the bulk of the attention from the code committees of the national professional organizations and the regulatory authorities. For safety related equipment in nuclear facilities (e.g., Seismic Category I equipment in nuclear power plants and Seismic Performance Category 3 and 4 equipment in the Department of Energy facilities), the seismic design and analysis guidelines and acceptance criteria are well established. But, for Nonseismic Category equipment in nuclear power plants and Seismic Performance Category 1 and 2 equipment in Department of Energy facilities, these have not yet been developed to the same level of completeness and rigor. The code provisions and guidelines available today for these lower class/categories of equipment are briefly, but critically discussed here, along with a comparison of the results of the application of these code provisions.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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