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Application of analysis for assembly of integrated components to steel member connections towards seismic safety assessment of plant structures

Nishida, Akemi; Murakami, Takahiro*; Satoda, Akira*; Asano, Yuya*; Guo, Z.*; Matsukawa, Keisuke*; Oshima, Masami*; Nakajima, Norihiro

Exhaustive studies on external events that may pose a threat to the structures of nuclear facilities and evaluations of the structural integrities are critical to safety. One of the components that greatly influence the behavior of the plant structure is the connection of structural members. In particular, the modeling of the connections has relied on empirical methods, and been conservatively designed and evaluated by considering them as pinned or rigid connections. Therefore, in this research, we have aimed to develop a connection modeling method that reproduces more realistic behavior by utilizing a three-dimensional model of the connection. As the first step of this research, we planned to determine the stiffness of the connections of steel structural members. The results confirmed that the connection can be regarded as a partially-restrained connection depending on the connection specifications of the structure, and the prospects for realistic stiffness evaluation of the connection were determined.

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