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Development of an Evaluation Method for Seismic Isolation Systems of Nuclear Power Facilities: Part 2 — Application of CCFS Method to the Multiply Supported Systems

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Koichi Tai

MHI Nuclear Engineering Company, Ltd., Kobe, Japan

Keisuke Sasajima

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Hiroshima, Japan

Shunsuke Fukushima

Toshiba Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Noriyuki Takamura

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

Shigenobu Onishi

Chuba Electric Power Company, Nagoya, Japan

Paper No. PVP2014-28999, pp. V008T08A036; 9 pages
  • 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


This paper provides a part of series of “Development of an Evaluation Method for Seismic Isolation Systems of Nuclear Power Facilities”. Paper is focused on the seismic evaluation method of the multiply supported systems, as the one of the design methodology adopted in the equipment and piping system of the seismic isolated nuclear power plant in Japan.

Many of the piping systems are multiply supported over different floor levels in the reactor building, and some of the piping systems are carried over to the adjacent building. Although Independent Support Motion (ISM) method has been widely applied in such a multiply supported seismic design of nuclear power plant, it is noted that the shortcoming of ignoring correlations between each excitations is frequently misleaded to the over-estimated design.

Application of Cross-oscillator, Cross-Floor response Spectrum (CCFS) method, proposed by A. Asfura and A. D. Kiureghian[1] shall be considered to be the excellent solution to the problems as mentioned above. So, we have introduced the algorithm of CCFS method to the FEM program.

The seismic responses of the benchmark model of multiply supported piping system are evaluated under various combination methods of ISM and CCFS, comparing to the exact solutions of Time History analysis method. As the result, it is demonstrated that the CCFS method shows excellent agreement to the responses of Time History analysis, and the CCFS method shall be one of the effective and practical design method of multiply supported systems.

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