Impact testing in VTT

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Structural integrity of nuclear power plant components and structures is of paramount importance in external hazard events for safe process shutdown. The purpose of the impact testing facility is to investigate experimentally the possible outcomes of airplane crash scenarios. For almost two decades, VTT has conducted impact tests with various projectiles and targets with the aim of perfectioning the testing equipment and measurement methods. The next phase in this upgrade process consists in a larger scale test facility, which will enable the study of geometric scale effects on impact tests. The fundamental research question that motivates this scale effect study is whether the research results obtained during decades of testing are still valid in a full scale airplane crash scenario. As a bonus, the new test facility can also be fitted to carry out inclined impacts and shock wave tests on concrete structures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransactions, SMiRT-26
Subtitle of host publicationStructural Mechanics in Reactor Technology
PublisherInternational Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology IASMiRT
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
Event26th International Conference of Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology, SMiRT 26 - Berlin/Potsdam, Germany, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 10 Jul 202215 Jul 2022


Conference26th International Conference of Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology, SMiRT 26


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