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A 12 MM/S RMS Screening Vibration Velocity for Pipes Using ANSI-OM3 Standard and Regulatory Design Rules

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Sébastien Caillaud, Yannick Pons, Pierre Moussou

Electricité de France, Clamart, France

Michaël Gaudin

Electricité de France, Villeurbanne, France

Paper No. PVP2005-71014, pp. 339-347; 9 pages
  • ASME 2005 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 4: Fluid Structure Interaction
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, July 17–21, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4189-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3763-7
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


ASME ANSI-OM3 standard is dedicated to the assessment of piping vibrations for nuclear power plants. It provides an allowable zero-to-peak velocity, which is derived from a stress/velocity relationship, where corrections factors (C1 , C2 K2 , C3 , C4 and C5 ) and an allowable stress σal are introduced. In the ANSI-OM3 standard, the C4 correction factor depends on the pipe layout and on its boundary conditions, and is calculated for a few cases. In a former work, it was proposed to extend this factor to a larger number of pipe setups. Besides, the correction factor C1 , which stands for the effect of concentrated mass, is established on a given set-up: a clamped-clamped straight pipe span on its first vibrating mode. C1 is then supposed to be conservative on any piping layout. Finally, allowable velocities derived from the ANSI-OM3 stress/velocity relationship may be very conservative. One way to reduce this conservatism is to introduce regulatory design rules. For a larger set of pipe geometries, a new set of C1 and C4 correction factors are computed using weight and pressure designs. Using these numerical results, allowable velocities can be calculated. Then, we propose here to check if a screening vibration velocity of 12 mm/s rms is fulfilled. For the 181 geometries on 3708, which do not meet the criterion, a seismic design checking is applied. Finally, by this way, 99.7% of the tested geometries, which are supposed to be acceptable with respect to static and seismic designs, display allowable velocities above 12 mm/s rms and the minimum allowable vibration velocity is 11.2 mm/s. This screening vibration velocity of 12 mm/s commonly used for vibration monitoring of piping systems in EDF nuclear power plants is then supported.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Design , Pipes , Vibration



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