Despite all the efforts being put into expanding renewable energy sources, large–scale power stations will be essential as part of a reliable energy supply strategy for a longer period. Given that they are low on CO2 emissions, many countries are moving into or expanding nuclear energy to cover their baseload supply. Building structures required for nuclear installations whose protective function means they are classified as safety–related, have to meet particular construction requirements more stringent than those involved in conventional construction.
This book gives a comprehensive overview from approval aspects given by nuclear and construction law, with special attention to the interface between plant and construction engineering, to a building structure classification. All life cycle phases are considered, with the primary focus on execution. Accidental actions on structures, the safety concept and design and fastening systems are exposed to a particular treatment. Selected chapters of the German concrete yearbook “Beton–Kalender” are now available in English. The new English BetonKalender Series delivers internationally useful engineering expertise and industrial know–how from Germany. The Beton–Kalender was founded in 1906 in Berlin, and very soon after it has become a “bible” for construction engineers. Its founder Fritz von Emperger (1862–1942) thought that it should support the annual progress of the new building method with ferro–concrete structures “until its tempestuous development would be brought to the end”. But, with exception 1945–50 it is published annually until today.