KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 1651–1661 | Cite as

Finite Element Analysis and Test Study on Restraint of High-energy Pipe Whip in Conventional Island

  • Ling-yun Peng
  • Yu-ke Deng
  • Hua-ting ChenEmail author
  • Ying-jie Kang
  • Xiang-xiu Li
Structural Engineering


The effects of high-energy pipe whipping after rupturing are very important in an AP1000 nuclear power plant’s conventional island and restraints of pipe whipping should be considered in the design. It is the first time in the country when reinforced concrete shear walls are used as restraint services. In this paper, the behaviors of walls and restraint services subjected to pipe whipping are analyzed through static and dynamic methods in the finite element software (ABAQUS), in which all kinds of nonlinearities are considered. In addition, a test study on the restraint of pipe whipping is conducted. The results show that the wall and the restraint service can prevent pipe whipping effectively under the design load, and anchor plates arranged around the wall opening can improve the local concrete compression performance of concrete to reduce the damage of concrete. Meanwhile, the study also provides the valuable reference for wall designing to prevent from pipe whipping.


AP1000 conventional island high-energy pipe restraint of pipe whip ABAQUS test study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ling-yun Peng
    • 1
  • Yu-ke Deng
    • 1
  • Hua-ting Chen
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ying-jie Kang
    • 1
  • Xiang-xiu Li
    • 3
  1. 1.Beijing Key Lab of Earthquake Engineering and Structural RetrofitBeijing University of TechnologyBeijingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Earthquake Resistance, Earthquake Mitigation and Structural Safety, Ministry of EducationGuangzhou UniversityGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.Institute of GeophysicsChina Earthquake AdministrationBeijingChina

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