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This is the second edition of CSA N289.3, Design procedures for seismic qualification of nuclear power plants. It supersedes the previous edition, published in 1981 under the title Design Procedures For Seismic Qualification of CANDU Nuclear Power Plants. The title has been changed to reflect a scope change, from addressing only CANDU® reactors to including any nuclear power plant.
Note: CANDU (Canada Deuterium Uranium) is a registered trademark of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL).
Standards in the CSA N289 series of Standards are developed in response to a recognition by the utilities and industries concerned with nuclear facilities in Canada of a need for the documentation of standards applicable to the seismic design and qualification of nuclear structures, systems, and components (SSCs) of nuclear power plants. Although the CSA N289 series of Standards includes regulatory requirements in addition to those of a technical nature, users of this Standard should recognize that it has the force of law only when adopted by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) or the appropriate regulatory body (in countries other than Canada).
The purpose of this Standard is to provide requirements that ensure that the nuclear SSCs are designed and seismically qualified in a manner using analytical techniques that meet a quality and standard commensurate with the safety principles necessary to comply with the Canadian nuclear safety philosophy.
The CSA N289 series of Standards consists of five Standards. Some of the objectives of each Standard are summarized as follows:
a)CSA N289.1-08, General requirements for seismic design and qualification of CANDU nuclear power plants — to provide guidelines for identifying structures and systems requiring seismic qualification based on nuclear safety considerations
b)CSA N289.2-10, Ground motion determination for seismic qualification of nuclear power plants — to determine the appropriate seismic ground motion parameters for a particular site
c)CSA N289.3-10, Design procedures for seismic qualification of nuclear power plants — to provide design requirements and methods
(i) for determining the engineering representation of ground motion, ground response spectra, and floor response spectra for use in the design and seismic qualification of SSCs; and
(ii) for performing seismic qualification of specified SSCs by analytical methods
d)CSA CAN3-N289.4-M86 (R2008), Testing procedures for seismic qualification of CANDU nuclear power plants — to provide design requirements and methods for seismic qualification of specific components and systems by testing methods and
e)CAN/CSA-N289.5-M91 (R2008), Seismic instrumentation requirements for CANDU nuclear power plants — to establish the requirements for seismic instrumentation and for seismic-related inspection of structures and systems before and after a seismic event.
Users of this Standard are reminded that the design, manufacture, construction, commissioning, operation, and decommissioning of nuclear facilities in Canada are subject to the provisions of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and its Regulations. Thus, requirements additional to those specified in this Standard may be imposed by the CNSC.
This Standard was prepared by the Subcommittee on Design Procedures for Seismic Qualification of Nuclear Power Plants, under the jurisdiction of the Technical Committee on Seismic Design and the Strategic Steering Committee on Nuclear Standards, and has been formally approved by the Technical Committee.
CSA Group wishes to thank the following members who developed the amendment to this Standard: TSC Chair G.S. Stoyanov (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission); TSC Vice-Chair N.M. Aly (Ontario Power Generation); T.S. Aziz (TSAziz Consulting Inc.); W.M. Chan (Technical Standards & Safety Authority); K.M. Chaudhry (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission); A. Dar (Bruce Power); R. Jategaonkar; L. Li (Ontario Power Generation); W. Liu (China General Nuclear Power Group); H. Min (Hatch Ltd.); L.T. Nguyen (Babcock & Wilcox Canada Ltd.); A. Saudy (AMEC Foster Wheeler); S.A. Usmani (AMEC Foster Wheeler), Chair of the N289 TC; and W. Xie (University of Waterloo).
This Standard specifies the requirements, criteria, and methods of analysis for:
a)determining the design response spectra and ground motion time-histories to be used in the analysis
b)establishing design criteria for SSCs, and supports that require seismic qualification and
c)performing seismic analyses, including the effects of the soil-structure-interaction.
This Standard applies to structures, systems, and components (SSCs) in nuclear power plants that require seismic qualification by analytical methods (see CSA N289.1). This Standard may also be applied to SSCs that might not require explicit seismic qualification as deemed appropriate by the owner/licensee or by authorities having jurisdiction.
This Standard may be applied, as appropriate, to other nuclear facilities under the jurisdiction of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.
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