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Calculating Nuclear Power Plant Vulnerability Using Integrated Geometry and Event/Fault-Tree Models

Douglas E. Peplow, C. David Sulfredge, Robert L. Sanders, Robert H. Morris, Todd A. Hann

Nuclear Science and Engineering / Volume 146 / Number 1 / January 2004 / Pages 71-87

Technical Paper /

Since the events of September 11, 2001, the vulnerability of nuclear power plants to terrorist attacks has become a national concern. The results of vulnerability analysis are greatly influenced by the computational approaches used. Standard approximations used in fault-tree analysis are not applicable for attacks, where high component failure probabilities are expected; two methods that do work with high failure probabilities are presented. Different blast modeling approaches can also affect the end results. Modeling the structural details of facility buildings and the geometric layout of components within the buildings is required to yield meaningful results.

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