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Irradiation Embrittlement Monitoring Programs of RPV’s in the Slovak Republic NPP’s

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L’udovít Kupča

VUJE, Inc., Trnava, Slovak Republic

Paper No. ICONE14-89250, pp. 433-441; 9 pages
doi:10.1115/ICONE14-89250
From:
  • 14th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 1: Plant Operations, Maintenance and Life Cycle; Component Reliability and Materials Issues; Codes, Standards, Licensing and Regulatory Issues; Fuel Cycle and High Level Waste Management
  • Miami, Florida, USA, July 17–20, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4242-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3783-1
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME

abstract

Four types of surveillance programs were (are) realized in Slovak NPP’s: • “Standard Surveillance Specimen Program” (SSSP) was finished in Jaslovské Bohunice V-2 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Units 3 and 4; • “Extended Surveillance Specimen Program” (ESSP), was prepared for Jaslovské Bohunice NPP V-2 with aim to validate the SSSP results; • For the Mochovce NPP Unit 1 and 2 was prepared completely new surveillance program “Modern Surveillance Specimen Program” (MSSP), based on the philosophy that the results of MSSP must be available during all NPP service life; • For the Bohunice V-1 NPP was finished “New Surveillance Specimen Program” (NSSP) coordinated by IAEA, which gave arguments for prolongation of service life these units for minimum 20 years; • New Advanced Surveillance Specimen Program (ASSP) for Bohunice V-2 NPP (units 3 and 4) and Mochovce NPP (units 1, 2) is approved now. ASSP is dealing with the irradiation embrittlement of heat affected zone (HAZ) and RPV’s austenitic cladding, which were not evaluated till this time in surveillance programs. SSSP started in 1979 and was finished in 1990. ESSP program started in 1995 and will be finished in 2007, was prepared with aim of: • increasing of neutron fluence measurement accuracy; • substantial improvement the irradiation temperature measurement; • fixed orientation of samples to the centre of the reactor core; • minimum differences of neutron dose for all the Charpy-V notch and COD specimens; • the dose rate effect evaluation. In the year 1996 was started the new surveillance specimen program for the Mochovce RPV’s unit-1 and 2, based on the fundamental postulate — to provide the irradiation embrittlement monitoring till the end of units operation. The “New Surveillance Specimen Program” (NSSP) prepared in the year 1999 for the Bohunice V-1 NPP was finished in the year 2004. Main goal of this program was to evaluate the weld material properties degradation due to the irradiation and recovery efficiency by annealing too. The results showed us that the NPP V-1 RPV’s can be operated without any technical limitation for minimum next 20 years . Advanced Surveillance Specimen Program (ASSP) for Bohunice V-2 NPP (units 3 and 4) and Mochovce NPP (units 1 and 2) was prepared as the part of research project dealing with the WWER-440 units ageing management.

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