The seismic isolation technology is planned to introduce to the next generation’s fast breeder reactor (FBR) plants in order to reduce seismic load subjected to components. To grasp the ultimate behavior of a seismically isolated plant under extremely strong earthquake at a level beyond the design ground motions and to establish ultimate strength design methods of seismic isolators, we made a series of shaking table test with large test specimen of seismically isolated FBR plants. The ultimate behavior test was performed using one of the world largest three-dimensional shaking tables “E-Defense” of National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention of Japan to obtain ultimate behavior data of a technologically-feasible large scale model. Test specimen consists of concrete blocks, reinforced concrete walls and isolation layer with six laminated rubber bearing with lead plug (LBR). The gross mass of upper structure of the test specimen is about 600ton. The diameter of the LRB is 505mm that reduced prototype dimensions to about 1/3. In this study, the following three behaviors were assumed as the ultimate behavior of the seismic isolation system; 1) loss of response reduction function of the isolation system by hardening of rubber, 2) non-linear response behavior by the cracking of the concrete wall and 3) braking of the LRB. When the input acceleration level increased, the test specimen was designed to show the ultimate behavior in the above-mentioned order. The ultimate behavior test of the seismic isolation system was carried out on the condition of two input waves by using two test specimen sets of the same dimensions. In this paper, details of the test specimen including the LRB and loading conditions are described. Response behavior of the test specimen under design ground motions is also reported. The restoring force characteristics of the LRBs were stable. The response acceleration of a horizontal direction measured at the upper structure of the specimen was reduced. Prior to the ultimate behavior tests with strong input waves, the response reduction functions of the test specimen under design ground motions were confirmed.

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