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Economic Evaluation of Proactive Replacement of Upper Internals Guide Tube Support Pins (Split Pins)

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Robert K. Perdue, G. Gary Elder

Westinghouse Electric Company, Pittsburgh, PA

Gregory Gerzen

Exelon Generation Company, LLC, Warrenville, IL

Paper No. PVP2005-71760, pp. 109-112; 4 pages
  • ASME 2005 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 7: Operations, Applications, and Components
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, July 17–21, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4192-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3763-7
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Certain nuclear power plants have “Rev B” reactor vessel upper internals guide tube support pins, commonly referred to as split pins, made from material with properties similar to Alloy 600 and known to be susceptible to primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC). This paper describes a rigorous probabilistic methodology for evaluating the economics of a preemptive replacement of these split pins, and describes an application at four of Exelon Generation’s nuclear plants. The method uses Bayesian statistical reliability modeling to estimate a Weibull time-to-failure prediction model using limited historical failures, and a Westinghouse proactive aging management simulation tool called PAM to select a split pin replacement date that would maximize the net present value of cash flow to a plant. Also in this study is a sensitivity evaluation of the impact of zinc addition on split pin replacement timing. Plant decisions made based in part on results derived from applying this approach are noted.

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