Session Start Date

5-6-1984

Abstract

Many of the nuclear power plants under operation or construction use earth dams to impound cooling water for the safe shutdown of the plants in an emergency. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission reviews the licensee s design and analysis of the dams associated with the nuclear plants. An example of an earth dam includ1ng its unusual design features such as a high phreatic surface and a zoned blanket dra1n, safety analyses, and performance monitoring is given. Where well established procedures have been properly implemented during design, analysis, and construction and when supported by field monitoring and periodic inspections, the dams have not only performed adequately, but have enhanced public confidence in their integrity and in the overall safety of the associate power plants.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

First Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

5-6-1984

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1984 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Earth Dams at Nuclear Power Plants

Many of the nuclear power plants under operation or construction use earth dams to impound cooling water for the safe shutdown of the plants in an emergency. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission reviews the licensee s design and analysis of the dams associated with the nuclear plants. An example of an earth dam includ1ng its unusual design features such as a high phreatic surface and a zoned blanket dra1n, safety analyses, and performance monitoring is given. Where well established procedures have been properly implemented during design, analysis, and construction and when supported by field monitoring and periodic inspections, the dams have not only performed adequately, but have enhanced public confidence in their integrity and in the overall safety of the associate power plants.