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Effect of 3-D initial imperfections on the deformation behaviors of head plates subjected to convex side pressure

Yada, Hiroki; Ando, Masanori; Tsukimori, Kazuyuki; Ichimiya, Masakazu*; Anoda, Yoshinari*

Containment vessel (CV) of nuclear power plants is an important structure to prevent radioactive release, however, the safety margin of the CV against pressure are not numerically clarified. The head plate structure is included in CV boundary of fast reactor. In order to develop the evaluation method of the ultimate strength of the head plate structure at beyond the specified limit, pressure failure tests and finite element analysis (FEA) of the head plates subjected to convex side pressure were performed. In the test of the relative thin thickness head plate, non-axisymmetric deformations was observed in post buckling behavior and failure pressure was lower than other cases. To evaluate non-axisymmetric deformations in the test, FEA using 3-D solid model constructed by precise dimensions of the test specimen, moreover, FEA using simplified model with uniform or non-uniform thickness were performed. Through analyses, the feature of the post buckling behavior was discussed.

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