quote: For instance, in March 2011, Japan suffered a 9.0-magnitude earthquake that damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, leading to a nuclear meltdown.
quote: The reactor would be fine if it were never put on the coast to begin with. This is the lesson to be learned.
quote: if the containment wasn't breached by the earthquake
quote: Tests verified that the model was able to predict stress distribution and internal temperature accurately. In one test, the shape-memory alloy loaded at a slow rate and had time to exchange heat produced with the ambient environment. It was able to show uniform stress. However, with more rapid loading, there was not enough time to exchange the heat and this led to non-uniform distribution of stress.