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Journal Articles

Crack growth evaluation for cracked stainless and carbon steel pipes under large seismic cyclic loading

Yamaguchi, Yoshihito; Katsuyama, Jinya; Li, Y.; Onizawa, Kunio

Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, 142(2), p.021906_1 - 021906_11, 2020/04

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Engineering, Mechanical)

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Result of seismic motion observation from ground surface to 500m depth at Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory and its detailed analysis

Matsui, Hiroya; Watanabe, Kazuhiko*; Mikake, Shinichiro; Niimi, Katsuyuki*; Kobayashi, Shinji*; Toguri, Satohito*

Dai-47-Kai Gamban Rikigaku Ni Kansuru Shimpojiumu Koenshu (Internet), p.293 - 298, 2020/01

Japan Atomic Energy Agency has been observed seismic motions induced by earthquakes, at ground surface, galleries at 100m, 300m and 500m depth of Mizunami underground research laboratory for over 10 years. The results suggested that the amplitude of the seismic motion decreases with depth as the previous study on crystalline rock at Kamaishi mine indicated. Detailed analysis on the observed seismic motions shows that the Fourier amplitude and the phase difference of the earthquake occurred near epicenter correspond with the one calculated by one-dimensional multiple reflection theory.

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Development of seismic counter measures against cliff edges for enhancement of comprehensive safety of nuclear power plants, 10; Avoidance of cliff edge for reactor vessel

Yamano, Hidemasa; Nishida, Akemi; Choi, B.; Takada, Tsuyoshi*

Proceedings of 25th International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT-25) (USB Flash Drive), 10 Pages, 2019/08

The objective of this study is to assess cliff edge effects, which are greatly important for nuclear power plants. Through assessments of failure probabilities (fragility), this study examined seismic margins of simulated two kinds of thin- and thick-walled reactor vessels by using response waveforms of the reactor building with/without a seismic isolation system obtained by seismic response analyses. The fragility analyses showed that the seismic isolation technology largely reduced the structural response effects nearly twice as much as that of the non-isolated plant. In focusing on uncertainty of response factor of components, the seismic isolation plant has a significant margin compared to the non-isolated plant even if factors from 0.5 to 2.0 are taken into account. This study concluded that the seismic isolation technology is effective to avoid cliff-edge effects.

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Support for the development of remote sensing robotic system using a water tank installed in the Naraha Remote Technology Development Center

Nishimura, Akihiko; Yoshida, Minoru*; Yamada, Tomonori; Arakawa, Ryoki

Proceedings of International Topical Workshop on Fukushima Decommissioning Research (FDR 2019) (Internet), 3 Pages, 2019/05

JAEA support the development of remote sensing robotic system in the Naraha Remote Technology Development Center. A water tank is used as a mockup facility of nuclear reactor vessel. A compact seismic vibrometer based on an optical fiber interferometer is applied. A specially designed robotic system is also tested for installing the sensor unit. The experiment is prepared to clarify the transfer function of the water tank, using vibration noise of ground motion.

Journal Articles

Crack growth prediction for cracked dissimilar metal weld joint in pipe under large seismic cyclic loading

Yamaguchi, Yoshihito; Katsuyama, Jinya; Li, Y.

Proceedings of 2018 ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference (PVP 2018), 8 Pages, 2018/07

In order to assess the structure integrity of cracked pipes considering occurrence of large earthquakes, crack growth evaluation method for cracked pipes is important. In present study, evaluation method of crack growth by seismic loading was proposed for a dissimilar metal weld joint of nickel based alloy through experimental study using small specimens. Then, validation of the proposed method was performed through crack growth tests by using dissimilar metal weld pipe with circumferential through-wall crack. The predicted crack growth values were in good agreement with the experimental results and the applicability of the proposed method was confirmed.

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Investigation of crack growth evaluation method under seismic loading by considering effects of load history

Yamaguchi, Yoshihito; Katsuyama, Jinya; Li, Y.

Yosetsu Kozo Shimpojiumu 2017 Koen Rombunshu, p.21 - 27, 2017/12

no abstracts in English

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Uncertainty assessment of structural modeling in the seismic response analysis of nuclear facilities

Choi, B.; Nishida, Akemi; Muramatsu, Ken*; Takada, Tsuyoshi*

Transactions of 24th International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT-24) (USB Flash Drive), 10 Pages, 2017/08

In order to clarify the influence of the modeling method on the result of seismic response analysis of nuclear facility, seismic response analysis using various simulated input ground motions was carried out and the uncertainty of response results were statistically analyzed. In particular, we focused on the difference of the response due to the structural modeling method (a conventional sway-rocking model and 3D FE model), and the relations among the input level, floor position, and response results were described and discussed.

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A Sensitivity analysis for construction of the seismic response analysis model of a nuclear reactor building by using a three-dimensional finite element model

Choi, B.; Nishida, Akemi; Nakajima, Norihiro

Kozo Kogaku Rombunshu, B, 63B, p.325 - 333, 2017/03

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency promotes research and development of three-dimensional vibration simulation technologies for nuclear facilities. In this paper, we report a seismic response analysis of the Tohoku Pacific Coast Earthquake using three-dimensional models of the High-Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR) building. We conducted a sensitivity study using input parameters with uncertainty. Furthermore, we examined the variation of the seismic response results against the input parameters.

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Impact hammer test of ITER blanket remote handling system

Noguchi, Yuto; Maruyama, Takahito; Ueno, Kenichi; Komai, Masafumi; Takeda, Nobukazu; Kakudate, Satoshi

Fusion Engineering and Design, 109-111(Part B), p.1291 - 1295, 2016/11

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:69.72(Nuclear Science & Technology)

This paper reports the impact hammer test of the full-scale mock-up of ITER Blanket Remote Handling system (BRHS). Since the BRHS, which is composed of the articulated rail and the vehicle manipulator which travels on the rail deployed in the vacuum vessel, is subjected to the floor response spectrum with 14 G peak at 8 Hz, evaluation of dynamic response of the system is of essential importance. Recently impact hammer testing on the full-scale mock-up of the BRHS was carried out to verify the finite element method seismic analysis and to experimentally obtain the damping ratio of the system. The results showed that the mock-up has a vertical major natural mode with a natural frequency of 7.5 Hz and a damping ratio of 0.5%. While higher structural damping ratios is predicted in a high amplitude excitation such as major earthquake, it was confirmed that the experimental natural major frequencies are in agreement with the major frequencies obtained by elastic dynamic analysis.

Journal Articles

A Parametric study for the seismic response analysis of a nuclear reactor building by using a three-dimensional finite element model

Choi, B.; Nishida, Akemi; Nakajima, Norihiro

Proceedings of 24th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-24) (DVD-ROM), 7 Pages, 2016/06

Research and development of three-dimensional vibration simulation technologies for nuclear facilities have been promoted in the Center for Computational Science and e-Systems of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). A seismic intensity of upper 5 was observed in the area of High-Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR) at the Oarai Research and Development Center of the JAEA during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. In this paper, we report a parametric study of seismic response analyses of this earthquake using three-dimensional finite element models of the HTTR building with various uncertainty parameters (e.g. soil-structure interaction effects, soil properties). By examining the variation of the response result against the uncertainty parameters, we obtained a knowledge, which is essential for constructing a valid three-dimensional finite element model.

Journal Articles

Seismic analysis of the ITER blanket remote handling system

Noguchi, Yuto; Maruyama, Takahito; Takeda, Nobukazu; Kakudate, Satoshi

Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-23) (DVD-ROM), 9 Pages, 2015/05

This paper reports the seismic analysis of the ITER Blanket RH system (BRHS) during blanket module handling operation. Since the BRHS, which is composed of the articulated rail and the vehicle manipulator, which travels on the rail deployed in the vacuum vessel in the toroidal direction, has various configurations and the rail system has flexibility, evaluation of dynamic response of the system is of essential importance. Via parameter sensitivity study on position and posture of the vehicle manipulator, the most unfavorable configuration for each component of the BRHS has been specified by the modal and spectrum analyses with the global BRHS FE model. Then using the quasi-static equivalent loads on the individual components obtained by the global BRHS seismic analysis, the structural verifications of the structural members of the BRHS have been carried out with detailed partial FE models. The system seismic resistance of the BRHS to a safe shutdown earthquake was confirmed.

Journal Articles

Integrity check of Tokai Reprocessing Plant after the Tohoku Region Pacific Coast Earthquake

Nakano, Takafumi; Sato, Fuminori; Shirozu, Hidetomo; Nakanishi, Ryuji; Fukuda, Kazuhito; Tachibana, Ikuya

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi, 57(1), p.14 - 20, 2015/01

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Seismic capacity evaluation of a group of vertical U-tube heat exchanger with support frames for seismic PSA

Watanabe, Yuichi*; Muramatsu, Ken; Oikawa, Tetsukuni

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 235(23), p.2495 - 2512, 2005/12

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:80.67(Nuclear Science & Technology)

This paper presents an evaluation of seismic capacity of a group of vertical U-tube type heat exchangers(HXs) with support frames for residual heat removal systems of BWRs for seismic Probabilistic Safety Assessment in Japan. The median capacity was evaluated by a time history response analysis with a detailed model for a representative HX selected from four HXs. The logarithmic standard deviation(LSD) for uncertainty due to lack of knowledge was evaluated with consideration of the variabilities in three influential parameters, i.e., diameter of anchor bolt, weight of HX and position of center of gravity of HX. The dominant failure mode of HXs was the failure of anchor bolts of lugs mainly due to shearing stress. The capacity expressed in terms of zero period acceleration on the foundation of HX was evaluated to be 4,180 Gal(4.3 g) for median, LSD for uncertainty due to randomness was 0.11 from the variability in material property and LSD due to lack of knowledge was 0.21 to 0.53 depending on combination of the variability in design parameters to be considered.

JAEA Reports

User's manual of a computer code for Seismic Hazard Evaluation for Assessing the Threat to a facility by Fault Model; SHEAT-FM

Sugino, Hideharu*; Onizawa, Kunio; Suzuki, Masahide

JAERI-Data/Code 2005-008, 95 Pages, 2005/09


To establish the reliability evaluation method for aged structural component, we developed a probabilistic seismic hazard evaluation code SHEAT-FM (Seismic Hazard Evaluation for Assessing the Threat to a facility site; Fault Model) using a seismic motion prediction method based on fault model. In order to improve the seismic hazard evaluation, this code takes the latest knowledge in the field of earthquake engineering into account. For example, the code involves a group delay time of observed records and an update process model of active fault. This report describes the user's guide of SHEAT-FM, including the outline of the seismic hazard evaluation, specification of input data, sample problem for a model site, system information and execution method.

JAEA Reports

User's manuals of probabilistic fracture mechanics codes PASCAL-SC and PASCAL-EQ

Ito, Hiroto*; Onizawa, Kunio; Shibata, Katsuyuki*

JAERI-Data/Code 2005-007, 118 Pages, 2005/09


As a part of the aging and structual integrity research for LWR components, new PFM (Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics) codes PASCAL-SC and PASCAL-EQ have been developed. These codes evaluate the failure probability of an aged welded joint by Monte Carlo method. PASCAL-SC treats Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) in piping, while PASCAL-EQ takes fatigue crack growth by seismic load into account. The development of these codes has been aimed to improve the accuracy and reliability of analysis by introducing new analysis and methodologies and algorithms considering the recent development in the fracture machanics methodologies and computer performance. The crack growth by an irregular stress due to seismic load in detail is considered in these codes. They also involves recent stress intensity factors and fracture criteria. In addition, a user's friendly operation of a GUI (Graphical User Interface) which generates input data, supports calculations and plots results is introduced. This report provides the user's manual and theoretical background of these codes.

Journal Articles

Seismic simulations for performance based monitoring of frame structures

Atanasiu, G. M.*; Hazama, Osamu; Guo, Z.; Yagawa, Genki*

Proceedings of 2nd International Conference Lifetime Oriented Design Concepts (ICLODC 2004), p.449 - 458, 2004/03

Some strategies in monitoring the structural seismic performance for a class of RC multistory buildings using linear and nonlinear dynamic analysis. New concepts and visions, considering the seismic input models based on probabilistic hazard level, will be presented. Numerical simulations of RC structures with different topologies are carried out as case studies, to search for a suitable strategy of seismic monitoring based on structural performance. For comparison, equivalent single degree of freedom models are also taken into account. The seismic input is based on the 1994 Northridge earthquake acceleration time histories. For comparison, the unscaled Kobe ground motion were also considered as input.

Journal Articles

Design and evaluation methodology for seismic base isolation of nuclear components by probabilistic approach

Tsutsumi, Hideaki*; Ebisawa, Katsumi*; Yamada, Hiroyuki*; Shibata, Katsuyuki; Fujimoto, Shigeru*

Nippon Zairyo Gakkai JCOSSAR 2003 Rombunshu, p.829 - 836, 2003/11

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

R&D of seismic emergency information transmission system

Ebisawa, Katsumi; Kuno, Tetsuya; Shibata, Katsuyuki; Oi, Masahiro*; Horiuchi, Shigeki*; Abe, Ichiro*; Tsuzuki, Kazuhisa*

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai Wabun Rombunshi, 1(2), p.177 - 190, 2002/06

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

The Arrangement of the seismic design method of the underground facility

Tanai, Kenji; Horita, M.*; *; Goke, Mitsuo*

JNC-TN8410 2001-026, 116 Pages, 2002/03


Earthquake resistance for the underground structure is higher than the ground structure. Therefore, the case of examining the earthquake resistance of underground structure was little. However, it carries out the research on the aseismic designing method of underground structure, since the tunnel was struck by Hyogo-ken Nanbu Earthquake, and it has obtained a much knowledge. However, an object of the most study was behavior at earthquake of the comparatively shallow underground structure in the alluvial plain board, and it not carry out the examination on behavior at earthquake of underground structure in the deep rock mass. In the meantime, underground disposal facility of the high level radioactive waste constructs in the deep underground, and it carries out the operation in these tunnels. In addition, it has made almost the general process of including from the construction start to the backfilling to be about 60 years (Japan Nuclear Fuel Cycle Development Institute, 1999). During these periods, it is necessary to also consider the earthquake resistance as underground structure from the viewpoint of the safety of facilities. Then, it extracted future problem as one of the improvement of the basis information for the decision of the safety standard and guideline of the country on earthquake-resistant design of the underground disposal facility, while it carried out investigation and arrangement of earthquake-resistant design cases, guidelines and analysis method on existing underground structure, etc.. And, the research item for the earthquake resistance assessment of underground structure as case study of the underground research laboratory.

JAEA Reports

A Procedure for the determination of scenario earthquakes for seismic design based on probabilistic seismic hazard analysis

Hirose, Jiro*; Muramatsu, Ken; Okumura, Toshihiko*; Taki, Satoshi*

JAERI-Research 2002-009, 220 Pages, 2002/03


This report presents procedures for the determination of Scenario Earthquakes for seismic design based on Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis (PSHA). Recently PSHA was recognized as an important basis to identify dominant earthquakes predicted to threaten the site in future. The identified earthquakes are called Probability-Based Scenario Earthquakes (PBSEs). The concept of PBSEs originates from the studies of US NRC and Ishikawa & Kameda. The objective of this study is to formulate the procedures to determine the PBSEs and, through this application, to demonstrate the feasibility of the application to seismic design. This report consists of three parts, namely, procedures to compile analytical conditions for PBSEs, an assessment to determine PBSEs for a model site using the Ishikawa's concept and examination of uncertainty involved in analytical conditions. The results imply that the procedures based on the Ishikawa's concept is a useful evaluation technique to determine scenario earthquakes for seismic design considering uncertainty involved in analytical conditions.

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