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SGS Provides Earthquake Tests in Korea
On April 1, 2010, SGS began performing earthquake tests on nuclear power plant products and components and electrical communication and railway systems in its laboratory in Korea, in response to the rapidly increasing demand for such tests worldwide. SGS is one of a very few companies in the world which offer earthquake testing services and the only private testing company with earthquake testing equipment in Korea. With two experts and four engineers, the SGS earthquake testing laboratory provides a value added service by contributing to the minimization of damage and risks in nuclear power plants as well as to the communication network in the event of an earthquake.
Located in Giheung, Korea, the laboratory has been designed to perform all types of earthquake tests on test samples such as nuclear power plant products and components as well as electrical communication and railway systems with the maximal weight of 3,000 kg and maximal size of 2500(w)x2500(D)x3000(H) mm.
During earthquake tests, SGS experts perform measurements of displacement of the test sample and bolt strain. Furthermore, SGS Korea conducts performance checks and structural integrity evaluations.
The earthquake test procedure comprises checking the performance of the sample, mounting the sample on the test equipment and performing a resonance search. Having completed these steps, the SGS team of experts conducts earthquake tests in accordance with IEEE 344, IEC 60068-2-57, IEC 60068-3-3 and NEBS(GR-63 CORE) international standards, identifies resonance and carries out performance checks again.
After completing the earthquake test, SGS provides a test report, which includes analyzed data such as Required Response Spectrum (RRS), Test Response Spectrum (TRS), frequency and acceleration, performance checklist and resonance search data. Moreover, SGS experts provide measured data for displacement of the sample during the test, a calibration report for the test equipment, measuring equipment, accelerometers, sensors and test results.
Accredited by the Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (KOLAS) with IEC international standard, the SGS earthquake test laboratory performs tests on nuclear power plant products and components and electrical communication systems. With two experts and four engineers, SGS meets the rapidly increasing demand for earthquake tests in nuclear power plants and for manufacturers of electrical communication and railway systems. The earthquake testing lab of SGS is one of very few of that kind in the world providing a value added service by contributing to the minimization of damage and risks in nuclear power plants in the event of an earthquake. In addition to that, SGS meets the demand for earthquake tests of electrical communication systems which have been mandatory in Korea since October 16, 2009.
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