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30000010334237 TK9152.163 I54 2014 Open Access Book Book

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Developing sufficient energy resources to replace coal, oil andgas is a globally critical necessity. Alternatives to fossil fuelssuch as wind, solar, or geothermal energies are desirable, but theusable quantities are limited and each has inherent deterrents. Theonly virtually unlimited energy source is nuclear energy, wheresafety of infrastructure systems is the paramountconcern.

Infrastructure Systems for Nuclear Energy addresses theanalysis and design of infrastructures associated with nuclearenergy. It provides an overview of the current and future nuclearpower industry and the infrastructure systems from the perspectivesof regulators, operators, practicing engineers and researchacademics. This book also provides details on investigations ofcontainment structures, nuclear waste storage facilities and theapplications of commercial/academic computer software. Specific environments that challenge the behavior of nuclearpower plants infrastructure systems such as earthquake, blast, hightemperature, irradiation effects, soil-structure interactioneffect, etc., are also discussed.

Key features: ? Includes contributions from global expertsrepresenting academia and industry
? Provides an overview of the nuclear power industry andnuclear infrastructure systems
? Presents the state-of-the-art as well as the futuredirection for nuclear civil infrastructure systems

Infrastructure Systems for Nuclear Energy is a comprehensive,up-to-date reference for researchers and practitioners working inthis field and for graduate studies in civil and mechanicalengineering.

Author Notes

Thomas Hsu, University of Houston is Moores Professor of Civil Engineering in the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston. Professor Hsu has been Principal and Co-Principal Investigator on funded projects for over 30 years, and has received project funding amounting to over $3.5 million. He established the University of Houston's Structural Research Laboratory, and his research work has formed the basis for the shear and torsion design provisions in the American concrete Institute Building Code. He has won numerous awards for his teaching and research, and has authored or edited 4 books on reinforced concrete

Jui-Liang Lin, National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), Taiwan, is an associate researcher with NCREE, Taiwan

Chiun-lin Wu, National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), Taiwan, is an associate researcher with NCREE, Taiwan