United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Laboratory Investigations of Soils and Rocks For Engineering Analysis and Design of Nuclear Power Facilities (NUREG/CR-5739)

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Manuscript Completed: October 1999
Date Published: January 2000

Prepared by:
T. Holmes, J. P. Koester

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 technical bases for revision of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulatory Guide 1.138, Laboratory Investigations of Soils for Engineering Analysis and Design of Nuclear Power Plants, reflecting current and state-of-the-art techniques related to laboratory testing of soils. The report summarizes the processes required in a laboratory testing program. Topics range from storage, selection, and handling of test specimens, to static and dynamic testing methods and equipment. Specific requirements for liquefaction analysis and field site investigations are not addressed in this document but are covered in companion technical bases documents.

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