SC Solutions, together with other nuclear industry leaders and engineers from around the world joined together at the 26th SMiRT conference, held in Berlin/Potsdam, Germany from July 10 – 15, 2022. There, SC Solutions engineers contributed to new ideas for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology. Over the course of five days, SC staff presented several papers on topics such as advancements in modeling of seismic phenomena and correlation between simulation and test with a focus on driving innovation for safe, reliable, and efficient nuclear energy. SC’s presentations were:
- Julio Garcia presented Simulation of Soil Structure Interaction Supporting Seismic Shake Table Tests of a Full-Scale Dry Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel, which presents a phased approach for evaluating nonlinear seismic behavior and case study of a seismic response simulation of one ISFSI on soil conditions representative of Central and Eastern US which is used to generate and assess the SSI input motions for shake table testing and simulate the seismic cask behavior.
- Natalie Doulgerakis presented Software Commercial Grade Dedication Guidance for Nonlinear Seismic Analysis, which discusses the software commercial grade dedication process and how the developed guidance therein can support advanced reactor design in a technology neutral form to support designers of all advanced reactors and other nuclear facilities.
- Payman Tehrani presented Seismic Evaluation of Water Storage Tanks Considering Soil-Structure-Fluid Interaction Effects, which proposes a framework for performance-based seismic assessment of coupled soil-structure-fluid systems via integrated 3D finite element (FE) analysis.
- Norman Abrahamson presented Modeling of Vertical Component Ground Motion for Soil-Structure-Interaction Analyses, which develops a method to generate appropriately adjusted input motions, such that the resulting vertical-component coherency is consistent with the coherency from dense array recordings of earthquakes.
- Derrick Watkins presented Investigating the Shear Performance of Steel-plate Composite Walls Under Impact Loads, for which Dr. Ahmed Elhattab was lead author and which presents results of an analytical study investigating the shear performance at connections in SC structures for high-speed impact loading.
SC Solutions enjoyed once again being part of SMiRT and is very proud to be contributing to the advancement of the nuclear industry. We look forward to continuing to participate in open and collaborative discussions at forums like SMiRT 26. More information about the SMiRT 26 conference can be found here: https://www.smirt26.com/