The role of structural materials in the vulnerability of nuclear power plants

Luigi Debarberis, Antonio Ballesteros, Alexander Kryukov, Milan Brumovsky, Kaisa Simola

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Recently questions and debates are appearing with regard to the vulnerability of the NPPs and their possible exposure to external threats; like for example terrorist attacks involving few individuals able to by-pass security and introducing small charges of explosive inside or near-by such containments. The role of the structural materials is in these situations very important for the safety of the NPP. The response of the structures is discussed and reviewed in this paper. Although the main focus is on structural integrity, the paper also discusses the overall risk assessment of terrorist attacks presenting the link between structural analyses and plant risk analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCountering Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism
EditorsSamuel Apikyan, David Diamond
Place of PublicationDordrecht
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4020-4921-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-4897-5, 978-1-4020-4920-0
Publication statusPublished - 2006
MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material

Publication series

SeriesNATO Security through Sciences Series B: Physics and Biophysics


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