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Development of an Evaluation Method for Seismic Isolation Systems of Nuclear Power Facilities: Part 7 — Breaking Test Plan and Development of Test Machine for Full-Scale Lead Rubber Bearings

[+] Author Affiliations
Shinji Kosugi, Tetsuo Imaoka

Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd., Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan

Kenji Kanazawa

Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Akibo, Chiba, Japan

Hidekazu Tsudome

Hitachi, Ltd., Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, Japan

Nobuhisa Sato

Kajima Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Masakazu Jimbo

Toshiba Corporation, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

Kunihiko Sato

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

Yoshito Umeki

Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

Paper No. PVP2014-29009, pp. V008T08A016; 8 pages
doi:10.1115/PVP2014-29009
From:
  • ASME 2014 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 8: Seismic Engineering
  • Anaheim, California, USA, July 20–24, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4607-0
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME

abstract

This paper is a part of the series “Development of an Evaluation Method for Seismic Isolation Systems of Nuclear Power Facilities.” This part presents a break test plan and development of a test machine for a full-scale lead rubber bearing (LRB). Application of seismic base-isolation systems using LRBs of 1600 mm in diameter to reactor building has been considered for the purpose of enhancing seismic safety. It is important to obtain the ultimate properties of isolators in order to estimate the seismic safety margin of seismic base-isolated structures against a beyond design-basis earthquake events. Recent studies reveal that the scaled effect appears on the ultimate properties of seismic rubber bearings. However, because of the limitation of the loading capabilities of loading machines, the ultimate property of such a large scale LRBs has not been confirmed.

In this study, the break tests for LRBs of 1600 mm in diameter is planned on the basis of estimation that refers to previous studies on break tests for small-scale LRBs and natural rubber bearings. The world-largest class test machine is designed and constructed to conduct static break tests for the full-scale LRBs. Furthermore, the performance of the test machine is evaluated from test results including those for break tests.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME

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