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Steam Generator In-Service Inspections at Paks NPP

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Miklós Dóczi

Paks Nuclear Power Plant Ltd., Paks, Hungary

Paper No. ICONE16-48063, pp. 1-5; 5 pages
  • 16th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 1: Plant Operations, Maintenance, Installations and Life Cycle; Component Reliability and Materials Issues; Advanced Applications of Nuclear Technology; Codes, Standards, Licensing and Regulatory Issues
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, May 11–15, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4814-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3820-X
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Steam Generator is one of the most critical components in nuclear power plants. It has of overriding importance from point of view of safe and reliable operation of the whole plant. Variety of degradation mechanisms affecting SG tube bundle may cause different types of material damage. In Paks NPP eddy current in-service inspection have been performed since 1988. In the year 1997 higher number of defected tubes were found in case of Unit#2, compared to results of the previous years. A medium term SG inspection program had been performed in the time period between 1998–2004. Based on the results of eddy current inspections high number of heat exchanger tubes had been plugged. Chemical cleanings of all steam generators were performed aiming to reduce the magnetite, copper deposits and corrosion agents acting on the surface of the tubes. Replacement of the main condensers had been performed to stop the uncontrolled water income caused by the relatively frequent leakages of the condenser tubes. Several tube samples had been cut from the first row of the tube bundles of different steam generators to study the effectiveness of the cleaning process and to determine the composition of deposits on the tube outside surface. Also several tubes with eddy current indications had been pulled out from the steam generators to determine the acting degradation mechanism. Examination of removed tubes can provide opportunity to check the reliability of eddy current inspection using bobbin coil. Also there were tubes pulled out form SG with existing cracks. From the year 2005 new inspection program had been started. As the first results of the new inspection program shows, there is only a few new indications had been found and there is no measurable crack propagation in case of existing indications. During the recent years feed-water collectors were replaced in case of all units of the power plant, because of material damage (erosion corrosion). The paper summarizes the results of eddy current in-service inspection of heat exchanger tubes, results of examinations of removed tubes and also deals with results of visual examination of the feed-water distributor system.

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