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Technical Basis for Proposed ASME Section XI Code Case on Beyond Design Bases Earthquake

[+] Author Affiliations
Paul R. Donavin

DTE Energy, Newport, MI

Ramiz Gilada

Luminant Power, Glen Rose, TX

Harry Gustin

Structural Integrity Associates, Centennial, CO

Truong Vo

Virginia Power, Glen Allen, VA

Raymond Pace

Altran-North America, Burlington, MA

Paper No. PVP2016-63827, pp. V01AT01A006; 6 pages
  • ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 1A: Codes and Standards
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 17–21, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5035-0
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


This paper will provide the bases for the requirements in the Beyond Design Basis Events (BDBE) evaluation performed in accordance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC), Section XI, Code Case (CC). The CC provides rules to facilitate the affected components Return to Service (RTS) after a BDBE magnitude Earthquake. The paper describes the bases for the examination of Reactor Coolant Pressure Boundary (RCPB) Structures, Systems and Components (SSCs) for determining the actual seismic loading and magnitude. The implications of the examination data based on design allowable stress values. The pipe loads determined shall be used to calculate stresses on the pumps and valves.

The paper also describes the methodology for seismic events lasting longer than 100 cycles.

The Cumulative Usage Factor (U) due to the event is calculated from individual cycles as; U = U1 + U2 + U3 + ... + Un. Aftershocks are accounted for in the methodology. Fatigue usage from the event that increases the total U to a value greater than 0.8 shall be included as high risk location(s) in the ASME BPVC, Section XI, Inservice Inspection (ISI) Program.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Design , Earthquakes



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