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Expanded Influence of UT Performance Demonstration and Fitness-for-Service Analysis in the Nuclear Power Industry

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Owen F. Hedden

Codes and Standards Consulting, Fort Worth, TX

C. David Cowfer

Consultant, Aiken, SC

Paper No. PVP2011-57164, pp. 149-155; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/PVP2011-57164
From:
  • ASME 2011 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 5: High-Pressure Technology; Nondestructive Evaluation; Nuclear Engineering
  • Baltimore, Maryland, USA, July 17–21, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4455-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME

abstract

This paper addresses recent development and application of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and Code Case requirements for weld nondestructive examination (NDE) and for fitness-for-service (FFS) structural analysis of the flaws thus discovered. A brief description of the basis for this development is included. Reviews are presented of additions to the literature addressing applications to nuclear power plant components. Issues regarding application of Code Cases 2235 and N-529 are presented. Concerns regarding the importance of reliable probability of detection (POD) data for different weld categories are addressed. Concerns with appropriate acceptance standards for flaws in different weld categories and materials are also addressed.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME

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