Seismic Response Analysis of Nuclear Power Plant Structures and Equipment due to the Pohang Earthquake

포항지진에 대한 원자력발전소 구조물 및 기기의 지진응답분석

  • Eem, Seung-Hyun (Structural and Seismic Safety Research Team, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) ;
  • Choi, In-Kil (Structural and Seismic Safety Research Team, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute)
  • 임승현 (한국원자력연구원 구조지진안전연구실) ;
  • 최인길 (한국원자력연구원 구조지진안전연구실)
  • Received : 2018.02.19
  • Accepted : 2018.03.14
  • Published : 2018.04.30


The probabilistic seismic safety assessment is one of the methodology to evaluate the seismic safety of the nuclear power plants. The site characteristics of the nuclear power plant should be reflected when evaluating the seismic safety of the nuclear power plant. The Korea seismic characteristics are strong in high frequency region and may be different from NRC Regulatory Guide 1.60, which is the design spectrum of nuclear power plants. In this study, seismic response of a nuclear power plant structure by Pohang earthquake (2017.11.15. (KST)) is investigated. The Pohang earthquake measured at the Cheongsong seismic observation station (CHS) is scaled to the peak ground acceleration (PGA) of 0.2 g and the seismic acceleration time history curve corresponding to the design spectrum is created. A nuclear power plant of the containment building and the auxiliary buildings are modeled using OPENSEES to analyze the seismic response of the Pohang earthquake. The seismic behavior of the nuclear power plant due to the Pohang earthquake is investigated. And the seismic performances of the equipment of a nuclear power plant are evaluated by the HCLPF. As a result, the seismic safety evaluation of nuclear power plants should be evaluated based on site-specific characteristics of nuclear power plants.


Pohang earthquake;Nuclear power plant;Floor response spectrum;Seismic analysis


Supported by : 한국에너지기술평가원(KETEP)


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