A seismic isolation system composed of a thick rubber bearing and an oil damper has been developed for Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor. One of the advantages of the isolation system is the use of thick rubber bearings to ensure the longer vertical natural period of a plant, thereby mitigating seismic loads to mechanical components. Based on many previous studies, rubber bearing technology has progressed, but test data regarding the effect of aging is not sufficient. Moreover, there is no data on the limits of linear strain and breaking behavior for thick rubber bearings after aging. This paper focused on the aging properties of thick rubber bearings, such as basic mechanical properties and ultimate strength. An aging test of thick rubber bearings was conducted using 1/2-scale (800mm diameter) and 1/8-scale (200mm diameter) rubber bearings. Aging of the rubber bearings was reproduced using thermal degradation, in which the target of aging periods were 30 and 60 years. The hysteresis loops of the thick rubber bearings after aging were obtained through horizontal and vertical static loading tests, and the effects of aging were evaluated by comparison with the initial mechanical properties. In addition, for the purpose of further research, the effect of scale by aging was clarified to compare the mechanical properties between the 1/2-scale and 1/8-scale rubber bearings.
Development on Rubber Bearings for Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor: Part 4 — Aging Properties of a Half Scale Thick Rubber Bearings Based on Breaking Test
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Watakabe, T, Yamamoto, T, Fukasawa, T, Okamura, S, Somaki, T, Morobishi, R, Sakurai, Y, & Kato, K. "Development on Rubber Bearings for Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor: Part 4 — Aging Properties of a Half Scale Thick Rubber Bearings Based on Breaking Test." Proceedings of the ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Volume 8: Seismic Engineering. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. July 17–21, 2016. V008T08A033. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/PVP2016-63105
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