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With its purchase of ANATECH Corp. in 2013, Structural Integrity Associates adds over 400 combined years of advanced expertise in Nuclear Fuels related services and Structural Engineering to its already diverse range of services. Our highly-trained consultants support projects with state-of-the-art methodologies to achieve continual improvement and project success. We believe that linking technical excellence with practicality provides the formula for effective, efficient and innovative solutions to the most complex problems within these industries and others.

Among the many services Structural Integrity offers clients in nuclear utilities, is assistance in design, development, and assessments for water chemistry and industrial water processes.

Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced in full-scale applications of chemical control programs, and processes such as ion exchange, filtration, membrane systems, chemical treatment, clarification and sedimentation, and deaeration.

Clear structured programs with accountability are prepared for each assignment. The programs define objectives, distinguish between essential and desirable, identify required resources, recognize human factors, and establish schedules. Mutual understanding of our commitment to objectives is considered essential. Therefore, special emphasis is placed on maintaining active and direct communications with clients.

Structural Integrity Chemistry (formerly Finetech) strives for excellence in communications, recognizing that concise exchange of ideas, data, results, conclusions, and recommendations are essential. Reports and executive presentations are carefully prepared and delivered.

We offer a variety of chemistry-related software and services to improve system performance that focuses on the priority of asset protection with an approach that simplifies existing processes for the client. In support of the industry effort for Delivering the Nuclear Promise (DNP), we evaluate existing approaches to water processing and make recommendations that quantify the cost and labor savings for clients to implement the recommendations.

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Soil Structure Interaction (SSI)

Soil-structure interaction (SSI) models the interdependency in behaviors of structures and their supporting/surrounding foundations. SSI occurs as a physical phenomenon for any structure-foundation system (under static or dynamic loading), but becomes particularly important when structures are massive, embedded within the ground, and/or founded on flexible subsurface materials (e.g., ranging from soft rock to soft soil).

Such conditions are encountered at a significant number of nuclear plant structures for various input load conditions (static case, seismic, aircraft impacts, explosions and fluid impacts, etc.). SSI analysis is most often employed in the dynamic case, where both kinematic and inertial interaction effects, as well soil nonlinearity (for shear moduli and damping) and motion incoherence are addressed for accurate/realistic assessment. Appropriate modelling of nonlinearity and incoherence effects often provides benefits of reduction of in-structure responses over significant ranges of vibration frequencies and input load intensities. Structural Integrity Associates performs SSI studies for the various static and/or dynamic load conditions, and employs industry accepted methods and software (e.g., SASSI, in the case of seismic loading). The scope of approaches employed by Structural Integrity for SSI includes deterministic and probabilistic methods, ranging from simplified to highly advanced.


Thermal Hydraulics

Thermal-hydraulic analyses of nuclear plant components and structures are used to determine loadings from fluid flow at various temperatures to support structural integrity evaluations.

Structural Integrity conducts a full array of steady-state and transient thermal-hydraulic analyses, using first principle methods, ANSYS CFX Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software or other specialized software, including proprietary codes. Examples of project experience involving complex thermal-hydraulic analyses include: (i) cold and hot fluid mixing at piping tee-junctions, (ii) interaction of reactor coolant system swirl penetration with cold in-leakage in attached branch piping, (iii) pressurizer surge line and vessel stratification during insurge and outsurge transients, and (iv) blow-down in a BWR annulus after a postulated recirculation line break.


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