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The containment system is an essential component of nuclear power plants and its behaviour plays an important role in the evaluation of accident consequences of pressurised water reactors. This reports illustrates the analytical methods for the simulation of the thermohydraulic loads and the experimental background to support these methods. The national rules and practices applied within the EC member countries to determine the local and global design loads are compared. For thermohydraulic load prediction only small differences have been found, particularly in the required safety addition factors covering the uncertainties of the predictive analytical simulation procedures. Comparison of design loads shows in general that analytical methods are comparable throughout the EC member countries and, with regard to their determination, warrant to a large extent an equal degree of conservatism.

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Authors: KARWAT H, Technische Universität München, D-8046 Garching bei München (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12251 EN (1989) FS, 100 pp., ECU 8.75
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-0605-8;CD-NA-
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