E3S Web Conf.
Volume 180, 20209th International Conference on Thermal Equipments, Renewable Energy and Rural Development (TE-RE-RD 2020)
|Number of page(s)||12|
|Section||Thermal Equipments and Processes|
|Published online||24 July 2020|
Seismic qualification by analysis of a nuclear class horizontal pressure vessel
Constanta Maritime University, Faculty of Naval Electromechanics, Department Electromechanics, 104 Mircea cel Batran Street, 900663 Constanta, Romania
2 Nuclear Power Plant Cernavoda-Romania
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
The seismic qualification for the structural strength it is an issue for the assessment of the seismic safety of the Nuclear Power Plants. The qualification for seismic events in nuclear industry  includes the assessment of the structural integrity and fitness for operability during and after an earthquake. Such qualifications are done for various safety and non-safety equipment among which the pressure vessels are of a paramount importance. The seismic qualification is done either directly on prototypes or scaled prototypes (mock ups) or via analytical methods like analysis with finite elements. In any case the model should accurately represent the actual performance of the component or structure when it is subjected to the prescribed effects. The goal of this article is to underline the procedure to be followed for nuclear industry horizontal pressure vessels in order to obtain sound and credible results for equipment seismic qualification by using the unique analysis features of ANSYS 19. A seismic qualification analysis is carried out for the horizontal pressure vessel. The seismic event is overloading the anchoring system beyond the ultimate strength of the material. The zone where these big stresses fields are calculated is at the anchors level. The vessel as designed failed to be qualified for the seism excitations imposed to the model. In order to have the vessel qualified the anchoring way should be redesigned. By comparing the overall calculated equivalent stresses with the tensile yield strength we may pull the conclusion that the original structure design will fail. Instead the new redesigned anchoring system with 8 extra-anchors will stand.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2020
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