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Validation of Code System DRAWTHREE-FAC for Evaluation of Wall Thinning due to Flow Accelerated Corrosion by PWR Feed Water Piping Analysis

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Masanori Naitoh, Shunsuke Uchida, Hidetoshi Okada

Institute of Applied Energy, Tokyo, Japan

Seiichi Koshizuka

The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. PVP2011-57120, pp. 1385-1389; 5 pages
  • ASME 2011 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 6: Materials and Fabrication, Parts A and B
  • Baltimore, Maryland, USA, July 17–21, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4456-4
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


The code system DRAWTHREE-FAC for evaluation of pipe wall thinning due to flow accelerated corrosion was validated by comparison of calculations with measurements at the secondary piping of a PWR plant. Distributions of flow velocity and temperature along the whole piping were calculated with the system code RELAP5 and corrosive conditions were calculated by a N2 H4 -O2 reaction analysis code. Precise flow turbulence at major parts of the piping was analyzed with a 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code to obtain mass transfer coefficients at structure surfaces. In the CFD calculation, the κ-ε method was applied. Since the κ-ε method can not give detailed flow behavior in a boundary layer, the results were extrapolated with a wall function, a power law, and analogy of non-dimensional numbers to obtain mass transfer coefficients in the boundary layer. Then, wall thinning rates were calculated by coupling models of static electrochemical and dynamic oxide layer growth. The wall thinning calculation was focused on T-junction portions of a PWR feed water line. The wall thickness of the PWR secondary piping was measured by the ultrasonic testing. The calculated residual wall thicknesses after thinning agreed with the measurements within ±20% difference.

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