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A day in the life of the nuclear community
The November issue of Nuclear News is focused on the individuals who make up our nuclear community.
We invited a small group of those individuals to tell us about their day-to-day work in some of the many occupations and applications of nuclear science and technology, and they responded generously. They were ready to tell us about the part they play, together with colleagues and team members, in supplying clean energy, advancing technology, protecting safety and health, and exploring fundamental science.
In these pages, we see a community that can celebrate both those workdays that record progress moving at a steady pace and the exceptional days when a goal is reached, a briefing is delivered, a contract goes through, a discovery is made, or an unforeseen challenge is overcome.
The Nuclear News staff hopes that you enjoy meeting these members of our community—or maybe get reacquainted with friends—through their words and photos.
Robert Spears, Swetha Veeraraghavan, Justin Coleman
Nuclear Technology | Volume 205 | Number 9 | September 2019 | Pages 1205-1218
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2019.1584492
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Seismic analyses of nuclear facilities require the use of validated numerical models that can realistically reproduce the response of soils during earthquakes. The nested surface nonlinear, hysteretic soil constitutive model is one of the soil constitutive models that is widely used because of (1) its lower number of free parameters compared to other nonlinear soil constitutive models and (2) the ease of calibrating these parameters using the commonly available soil data, i.e., G/Gmax and damping curves, as a function of shear strain. This material model is available in the commercial finite element software packages LS-DYNA and Abaqus as well as in the open source finite element tool Mastodon. The purpose of this study is to estimate the parameters required for this material model from the soil data available for the Lotung site and to demonstrate that this nonlinear soil constitutive model used in a time domain, finite element analysis can reasonably reproduce the actual measured soil motions recorded at Lotung during the LSST07 event on May 20, 1986. Results are presented from all the three software packages mentioned above using the same material model.