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Nuclear

Protecting Nuclear Power Plants

Taylor Devices, Inc. is a leader in providing engineering and manufacturing to energy management problems since 1955. Whether it’s for equipment used on aircrafts, missiles, ships, submarines for the military, or satellites and spaceships for NASA, Taylor has developed an unsurpassed reputation for innovative and reliable products and shock mitigation systems. This also includes a full range of products used to help protect nuclear power plants such as precise machined springs, shock absorbers, fluid viscous dampers, tension and compression (TC) units, and more.  

Taylor Devices is AS9100 certified and has a proven track record of analyzing, designing, manufacturing, and testing to stringent requirements. While we pride ourselves on developing custom applications for any situation, we have also been able to standardize many of our products making them available more quickly and at a more competitive price. 

Whether you are looking to isolate reactors or entire buildings, protection for nuclear battery storage, or shock and vibration control during transportation, we can help. Our analytical services and modern production facilities will serve you with components and systems that possess the utmost performance, quality, and reliability.

 

Nuclear Capabilities

The graphic below highlights where Taylor products can be used to to protect nuclear power plants. Click each circle to learn more about the products and how they are used.

Nuclear Powerplant Rendering

Buffer

These end-stop bumpers absorb the energy of a moving crane, thereby protecting the crane, the building it may operate in, and personnel in the immediate area from damage caused by collision.

 

Tension and Compression Isolators

This device combines spring and damping elements with a centering mechanism. The strut remains rigid until an applied axial load exceeds a preset value, either in tension or compression.

 

Horizontal Dampers

These viscous dampers are attached to the reactor core in a horizontal position in order to provide shock and vibration protection. They are designed to protect critical equipment even in the harshest environments.

 

Snubbers

A damper with extremely restrictive orifices, these products are used to protect things such as large steam pipes by limiting relative motion between masses during a transient event, while providing free motion in the normal mode.

 

Vertical Dampers

These viscous dampers are attached under the reactor core in a vertical position to reduce vertical movements and provide shock protection.

Base Isolation

This system with fluid viscous dampers provides the best protection against seismic events. The entire system reduces dynamic displacement therefore reducing the size bearings, moat covers, and other items reducing overall costs.

 

Isolation System Platform

Using high-pressure actuators, machined springs, special elastomer springs and hermetically sealed shock absorbers, this platform is able to protect any load from sudden shock and vibrations.

 

Hexapod Platform

Using high-pressure actuators, machined springs, special elastomer springs and hermetically sealed shock absorbers, this platform is able to protect any load from sudden shock and vibrations.

 

Fluid Viscous Damper

Similar to shock absorbers in a car, fluid viscous dampers dissipate the energy placed on a structure by seismic events. Dampers increase structural damping levels to as much as 50% of critical, reducing stress and deflection.

 

PUMPKIN™ Mount

These 6DoF isolation mounts provide large deflection capability in a small footprint. The mounts can also be incorporated into a rail system for shock and vibration protection during transportation. Learn more about PUMPKIN™ Mounts here.

 

PUMPKIN™ Mount

These 6DoF isolation mounts provide large deflection capability in a small footprint. The mounts can also be incorporated into a rail system for shock and vibration protection during transportation. Learn more about PUMPKIN™ Mounts here.

 

Reactor Isolation

Building Isolation

Storage

Transportation

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Next Generation Nuclear Power Plants

While nuclear reactors have been around for decades, these power plants are gaining new attention as more and more countries aim to be carbon neutral. Unlike nuclear power plants of old, the focus has been on creating smaller microreactors, or Advanced Small Modular Reactors (SMRs). While they can’t generate as much power as full-size nuclear power stations, they can power millions of homes, and are especially useful in isolated areas. Many countries, including the United Kingdom and France, have already started plans to build these nuclear plants.

The United States has also begun a program of its own with heavy investments in research and development. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has teamed up with universities and industry leaders to head the development of a new generation of gas-cooled, accident-tolerant reactors to be built right here in the US.

While newer technology has made nuclear energy safer, extra precautions must be taken with these power plants, including disruptions from shock and vibrations. As long as these stations are well protected, they can provide safe, reliable, and clean energy.

 

READY TO GET STARTED?

Taylor Devices is excited to aid in the development of future nuclear power plants in the United States. Whether you are engineering new nuclear equipment for microreactors, nuclear batteries, or reactor transportation, we can help with your design on the next generation of power plants. Fill out this form to get in touch with our team today.

Relevant Literature

Nuclear Capabilities Brochure

Taylor Snubber Brochure

Taylor Snubbers

Seismic Dampers

Metal Bellows Dampers

Craig Winters

Program Manager – Structural Products

 

Responsibilities

  • Manages all aspects of Structural Projects along with providing full customer service/support.
  • Progresses damper projects from contract execution through completion and interactions throughout the life of any structural project.

Experience

  • 30 years Developing and Building the structural damper market, along with design, manufacturing, testing, and selling of fluid damper products.
  • Managed and supervised over 800 damper projects from inception to completion using specialized devices for structural control of civil engineering structures, including hundreds of applications to improve performance under wind, seismic, pedestrian and traffic shock or vibration, for numerous industrial and structural applications, found on/in buildings, bridges, stadiums, towers, hospitals and many other types of structures.
  • Directed and managed a national and international (world-wide) network of representatives, supporting them with business development, sales visits, technical support, advertising, promotion and general marketing efforts for their various marketplaces.
  • Provided Corporate Representation and Presentations at numerous conferences and meetings annually, including those held by SEAOC, ASCE, AIST, EERI, CTBUH, IBC, and many other international bodies.
  • Publications and Presentations include papers on structural design and control of building and bridge structures including response spectrum analysis/design.

Education

  • MS in Civil/Structural Engineering from University at Buffalo
  • BS in Civil Engineering from University at Buffalo
  • BS in Physics from Fredonia State University

Affiliations

  • SEAOC – Structural Engineers Association Of California
  • ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers
  • AIST – Association for Iron & Steel Technology
  • EERI – Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • CTBUH – Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Interests

  • Running 5k and Half-Marathons, Snow-Skiing, Boating and Slalom Waterskiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Kayaking and Canoeing, Camping, Sport-Bike (Motorcycle) Riding, and Craft-Beer “tasting”.  Winter weekends are spent coaching Downhill Ski Racing to youths.

Marcus Freeman

Technical Director

Responsibilities

  • Lead technical support efforts for structural engineers in areas of structural analysis with dampers, damper design, peer review and damper implementation (construction) for both new and retrofitted structures
  • Develop technical resources and guidelines for Taylor Damped Moment Frame design
  • Lead Research and Development efforts in advancing Damper implementation in building design

Experience

  • 8 years Structural Engineering design, analysis, and construction administration work with Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • Lead design engineer experience on high rise residential, convention center, and aviation buildings in high seismic location
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Washington
  • Proficient with the design and detailing of steel moment frames, brace frames, and shear wall systems

Education

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 2015 Specialization: Structures
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 2013

Affiliations

  • Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity Committee (NCSEA), Chair, 2021-present
  • SEAW Young Member Group, President, 2017-2018
  • NCSEA Susan Ann “Susie” Jorgensen Presidential Leadership Award – Nov 2023 Issued by National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA)

Interests

  • Travel, live music, wine and bourbon tasting, cooking, vinyl collecting

Anthony Tiapon

Senior Project Engineer

Responsibilities

  • Supports clients and engineers with damper design by answering technical questions, providing ETABS support and providing pricing.
  • Performs Non-linear Response History Analysis in ETABS for verifying damper designs.
  • Generates educational materials regarding damper design.

Experience

  • 6 years of structural engineering design work at CYS Structural Engineers, Inc.
  • Experience with seismic and wind design.
  • Structural design experience in retrofit, wood, and steel structures.
  • Registered Professional Engineering in California.

Education

  • B.S. in Architectural Engineering, California Polytechnical State University, San Luis Obispo – 2016

Affiliations

  • Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
  • National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA)

Interests

  • Running, working out, hiking, going to concerts and museums, spending time with my dog.
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Ben Covich

Senior Project Engineer

Responsibilities

  • Assists engineers and clients with damper design, technical support, and pricing.
  • Conduct Non-linear Time History Analysis to verify damper designs.
  • Manage building, bridge and other infrastructure projects from inception to hand off at production.

Experience

  • Design of damper systems using ETABs and Modal Strain Energy methods.
  • Base isolation design (Lead Rubber Bearings and Sliding Pendulum Bearings).
  • Managed full scale testing projects at UCSD for Lead Rubber Bearings and iRDT dampers.
  • Designed, project managed, and full scale tested 2D and 3D isolation platforms at The University of Nevada Reno (UNR).
  • Seismic design of shear wall, reinforced concrete and steel structures in New Zealand.
  • Auto CAD drafting
  • Qualified New Zealand Carpenter focusing on renovation of high end residential homes, Historic Buildings and large scale commercial projects.

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), B.E (Hons), The University of Auckland – 2018
  • New Zealand Diploma of Engineering, N.Z.D.E (Civil) – 2014
  • New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry – 2012
  • Seismic Isolation Course CEE729 at UNR – 2020

Affiliations

  • New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineers (NZSEE)
  • Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
  • National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Interests

  • Anything Motorsport, Midget Racing in California and maintaining a racecar (2023 USAC Western States – Rookie of the Year) Motorcross, BBQ, House Project, Travel

Nathan Canney

Director of Structural Engineering

Responsibilities

  • Train and manage structural engineering team at Taylor to assist engineers in analysis with dampers.
  • Educational outreach and support for structural engineers interested in using dampers for seismic or wind applications.

Experience

  • Structural engineering design work at Magnusson Klemencic Associates (2 years), CYS Structural Engineers, Inc.(3 years) and various internships at Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, MA Wright Engineering, and Forel/Elsesser Engineers, Inc.
  • Registered Professional Engineering in California
  • Experience in structural design for new construction and retrofits, steel, concrete, wood and masonry structures. Design experience for seismic and wind using US and international codes.
  • Faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Seattle University for four years, teaching undergraduate and graduate students courses including Statics, Mechanics of Materials, Residential Design, Ethics, Performance Based Earthquake Engineering and Building Systems.
  • Research focused on engineering education, engineering ethics and identity formation. Over 70 peer reviewed publications in conference proceedings and journals.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder – 2013
  • M.S. in Structural Engineering, Stanford University – 2010
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, B.S. in Applied Mathematics, Seattle University – 2006

Affiliations

  • Structural Engineers Association of Central California (SEAOCC)
  • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Interests

  • Woodworking, family time, cooking spectacular meals, backpacking, travel and photography.

Konrad Eriksen

Structural Products Sales Director

Responsibilities

  • Heads up the Structural Business Development Team.
  • Develops Damper projects in the building, bridge and infrastructure markets from concept design through to contract execution.

Experience

  • 35 year’s experience in selling, development and manufacturing of dampers and base isolation systems throughout the world.
  • Built and ran Base Isolation and damper manufacturing facilities in New Zealand and USA.
  • Built and ran a BRB manufacturing plant in USA, contracting to Nippon Steel.
  • Developed and patented 2D and 3D isolation systems for equipment and supercomputers.
  • Introduced, manufactured, and tested viscous dampers through a technology transfer with a Japanese partner for the CPMC Hospital, CA.
  • Designed and built test rigs and presses with up to 4400-ton capacity.
  • 10 years of commercial construction engineering in Wellington, New Zealand specializing in constructability challenges, foundation design, concrete durability.
  • Extensive background in rigging, erecting tower cranes and structural steel.  Designed and executed heavy lifts.

Education

  • Bachelor of Engineering (civil) Canterbury University, New Zealand

Affiliations

  • Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAOC)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Interests

  • Enduro motorcycling, restoring, building and riding Ducati motorcycles, playing guitar, fishing, shooting, hunting, woodworking.

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