JDR Vol.5 No.6 pp. 712-719
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2010.p0712


Accidental Drop Load Effects on Buried Structures

Mehdi S. Zarghamee and Keng-Wit Lim

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. Engineering Mechanics and Infrastructure Division, 41 Seyon St., Building 1, Suite 500, Waltham, MA 02453, USA

April 29, 2010
October 13, 2010
December 1, 2010
steam generator replacement, drop load analysis, impact, stress wave propagation, structural evaluation, soil-structure interaction, soil damping, finite element analysis

The finite-element model we propose to analyze the dynamics of accidental drop loads on critical buried structures during steam generator replacement includes representation of drop objects, impacted structures, soil media through which stress waves travel, and buried structures. Analysis accounts for the nonlinear effects of large deformation, steel plasticity and buckling, concrete cracking and crushing , and stress wave damping through soil. Stress and strain in buried structures is used to evaluate the condition of buried structures such as buried prestressed concrete and ductile iron pipelines and reinforced concrete structures housing critical components subjected to accidental drop loads during steam generator replacement near nuclear reactors operations.

Cite this article as:
Mehdi S. Zarghamee and Keng-Wit Lim, “Accidental Drop Load Effects on Buried Structures,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.5, No.6, pp. 712-719, 2010.
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