2016 Volume 14 Issue 11 Pages 691-705
Based on a review from a view point of multi-scale perspective, it is concluded that possible mechanisms of natural frequency change of concrete structures under an ordinary drying condition are reduction of Young’s modulus of concrete and stiffness reduction of reinforced concrete member due to shrinkage-induced cracking. Both two mechanisms can be provoked by drying, which is natural environmental condition for all the building structures. This natural frequency change is important for the integrity analysis of nuclear power plants because seismic response change and sympathetic vibration between structure and installed implementations are expected. In addition, to understand the mechanism this mechanism should contributed to post-earthquake integrity evaluation which is necessary to efficient and continuous operation of nuclear power plants. The lost parts of scientific knowledge and needs of experimental data for whole picture of this natural frequency change have been pointed out.