By: Eric Kjolsing
A 2016 project utilized a variety of Structural Integrity competencies to analyze a beyond design basis threat at an overseas nuclear power plant. The client was assessing a plant design and approached Structural Integrity to investigate local perforation and scabbing of a reinforced concrete wall due to hard missile impact. Perforation occurs when a missile fully penetrates and passes through a target while scabbing occurs when material is ejected from the back face of a target, potentially striking personnel and equipment inside the facility. The client also sought to reduce the volume of wall reinforcement, a potentially large cost savings, while still meeting the facility’s strict design criteria. The project is best described in four stages and took advantage of our AIA experience, finite element (FE) modeling expertise, and proprietary concrete constitutive model ANACAP.