United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Field Investigations for Foundations of Nuclear Power Facilities (NUREG/CR-5738)

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Manuscript Completed: September 1999
Date Published: November 1999

Prepared by:
N. Torres, J. P. Koester, J. L. Llopis

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
3909 Halls Ferry Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199

E. G. Zurflueh, NRC Project Manager

Prepared for:
Division of Engineering Technology
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

NRC Job Code W6453

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Abstract

This document provides a technical basis for revision of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulatory Guide 1.132, Site Investigations for Foundations of Nuclear Power Facilities, reflecting current and state-of-the-art techniques related to field site investigations. The report summarizes the processes of acquiring geological, geophysical, geotechnical, and other kinds of relevant information that may affect the construction or performance of a building or other engineered structure at selected sites. Guidance is presented for in situ site studies during the various stages of site characterization. Topics range from initial information gathering, literature review, and site reconnaissance investigations, to on-site testing and the collection and management of samples for laboratory testing. Specific laboratory tests and techniques for the engineering analyses of soils and specific requirements for liquefaction analysis are not addressed in this document but are covered in companion technical basis documents.

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