Mind-Set Required to Ensure Structural Integrity (Design Constraints)

  • Naoto KasaharaEmail author
  • Hiroyuki Ohshima
Part of the An Advanced Course in Nuclear Engineering book series (ACNE, volume 8)


The assurance of structural integrity, as discussed in this chapter, is a prerequisite for ensuring safety, and it forms the primary constraint for achieving reliability and economy. This chapter first introduces the mind-set for ensuring the structural integrity of nuclear reactors in general and then discusses the load characteristics under the design conditions unique to FRs, such as high temperature and low pressure, and their related damage/failure modes. It also discusses thermal load and seismic design as measures for maintaining the structural integrity against the damage/failure modes.


Thermal Stress Failure Mode Thermal Load Reactor Vessel Creep Strain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Japan Atomic Energy AgencyIbarakiJapan

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