Shaking Table Experimental Programme

Luiza Dihoru, Adam J Crewe, Colin Taylor, Tim J Horgan

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The graphite components in AGR cores are subject to degradation processes that are predicted to lead to greater numbers of weakened and cracked components. The reactor core models used to assess the tolerability of the cores to seismic events need to represent higher levels of degradation. A shaking table programme has commenced, with the primary goal to provide experimental validation of the existing AGR core models. This paper presents the proposed rig work with main aspects of physical model design, rig manufacturing and dynamic testing being addressed. The candidate instrumentation systems and the relevant rig outputs are also described.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModelling and Measuring Reactor Core Graphite Properties and Performance
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
ISBN (Print)978-1-84973-390-8
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

This book presents the proceedings from the third in a series of meetings addressing graphite used in operation of gas-cooled nuclear reactors. The book aims to detail information on the experience and achievements of operation in extending the life of nuclear gas-cooled power stations, particularly in the UK, beyond their design life and thus mitigating the generation of CO2 by energy generators. Covering four broad themes: mechanistic; statistical; empirical; and, plant performance, this book should appeal to a broad range of readers from policy makers to reactor operators.


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