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A Parametric Study of the Seismic Margins of Piping Components

[+] Author Affiliations
Wilfred D. Iwan

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Ching-Tung Huang

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan

Paper No. PVP2002-1255, pp. 353-362; 10 pages
  • ASME 2002 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes and Standards
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 5–9, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4650-4
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This paper presents an analytical study of frequency effects on seismic margins of piping components. The study is based on response data obtained as part of a joint Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and NRC Piping and Fitting Dynamic Reliability (PFDR) Program. The majority of the PFDR component tests were performed using a narrow-banded earthquake excitation input that was tuned to have a frequency slightly lower than the fundamental frequency of the test components. However, the natural frequency of a piping system in an actual plant may vary over a wide range. Therefore the seismic margins at off-resonance conditions are of importance. Two seismic margin definitions are examined. The primary objective of this study was to extrapolate the PFDR test margins to other frequency regions and to investigate the effects of various parameter changes on the margins.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Pipes



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