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Technical Basis for Structural Integrity Performance Criterion for Steam Generator Tubing

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Russell C. Cipolla

Aptech Engineering Services, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA

James A. Begley

AREVA NP, Inc., Lynchburg, VA

Robert F. Keating

Westinghouse Electric Company, Pittsburgh, PA

Paper No. PVP2006-ICPVT-11-93935, pp. 583-591; 9 pages
  • ASME 2006 Pressure Vessels and Piping/ICPVT-11 Conference
  • Volume 1: Codes and Standards
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 23–27, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4752-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3782-3
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


General Design Criteria (GDC) 1, 2, 4, 14, 30, 31 and 32 of 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix A, define requirements for the reactor coolant pressure boundary (RCPB) with respect to structural and leakage integrity [1]. Steam generator tubing and tube repairs constitute a major fraction of the RCPB surface area. Steam generator tubing and associated repair techniques and components, such as sleeves, must be able to maintain reactor coolant inventory and pressure. The Structural Integrity Performance Criterion (SIPC) from Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) 97-06 [2] was developed to provide reasonable assurance that a steam generator tube will not burst during normal or postulated accident conditions. This paper presents the SIPC and its technical basis.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME
Topics: Tubing , Boilers



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