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Dresden Units 2 and 3 Isolation Condenser Waterhammer Prevention During Restart Operations

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John Freeman, Kevin Ramsden

Exelon Nuclear Engineering Department, Warrenville, IL

Paul Kovacs

Dresden Station Engineering Department, Warrenville, IL

Paper No. ICONE16-48808, pp. 279-287; 9 pages
doi:10.1115/ICONE16-48808
From:
  • 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

abstract

The Dresden Units 2 and 3 have a history of hydraulic transients occurring in the Isolation Condenser System piping. One of the most significant transients occurred following a spurious trip and isolation of the Isolation Condenser when operators restarted the system. Piping support damage occurred on supports in the condensate return line. A detailed RELAP5 M3 analysis of the Isolation Condenser and reactor system was performed to study the thermal hydraulic behavior of the system through system initiation and subsequently to system isolation and restart. Several post isolation restart times were analyzed to provide guidance for operating procedure changes. Isolation valve operation sequence was also considered. Piping segment force time histories in the condensate return line were generated to evaluate the pipe loadings. The loads computed compared favorably with the historical damage observed and demonstrated that allowing sufficient time for post isolation void transients to complete will allow system restart with minimal loading on the system.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME

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