29 Nov Blast Vulnerability Assessment and Design of Physical Security Protection for Nuclear Facilities
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requires the assessment and implementation of physical measures to protect nuclear facilities against various malevolent threats. The regulations require evaluation of structures and security protection measures to prevent and/or minimize loss of containment, facility functionality, equipment fragility, and human vulnerability against explosive and ballistic threats.
• Vulnerability of structures and components to blast effects (vehicle borne, water borne, and satchel threats)
• Breach analysis for satchel charge threats
– Containment structures
– Evaluation to prevent entrance through openings
• Evaluation of vehicle barriers for vehicle ramming and explosive threats
• Design of overhead threat protection systems
• Ballistic threat evaluation
• Evaluation of defensive fighting positions
• Human vulnerability
• Disruption of functionality
– Fragility of equipment
– Protection of piping and equipment against cutting threats (e.g., shape charges)
• Consultation with onsite security to evaluate countermeasures for Force-on-Force exercises – customized to facility functionality and vulnerabilities.
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