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Reactor Pressure Vessel Modification Approaches

[+] Author Affiliations
Ronald J. Payne, Stephen Levesque

AREVA Framatome ANP, Lynchburg, VA

Paper No. PVP2005-71697, pp. 41-47; 7 pages
  • ASME 2005 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 6: Materials and Fabrication
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, July 17–21, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4191-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3763-7
  • Copyright © 2005 by Framatome ANP


Stress corrosion cracking of Alloy 600 has lead to the modification and replacement of many nuclear power plant components. Among these components are the Bottom Mounted Nozzles (BMN) of the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV). Modifications of these components have been performed on an emergent basis. Since that time, Framatome ANP has developed state-of-the-art modification methods for the repair of BMNs using the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) managed Materials Reliability Program (MRP) attributes for an ideal repair as a basis for evaluation of modification concepts. These attributes were used to evaluate the optimal modification concepts and develop processes and tooling to support future modification activity. This paper details the BMN configurations, modification evaluation criteria, several modification concepts, and the development of the tooling to support the optimal modification scenarios.

Copyright © 2005 by Framatome ANP
Topics: Reactor vessels



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