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Wall-Thinning Analysis of the Pipelines in the Secondary Section of NPP

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Na Ma, Li Wang

National Key Laboratory of Nuclear Fuel and Materials, Chengdu, China

Jinguang Qin

Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation, Lian Yungang, China

Paper No. ICONE21-15076, pp. V001T01A006; 4 pages
  • 2013 21st International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 1: Plant Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Modifications, Life Cycle and Balance of Plant; Nuclear Fuel and Materials; Radiation Protection and Nuclear Technology Applications
  • Chengdu, China, July 29–August 2, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5578-2
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Wall-thinning investigation of three carbon steel pipe samples from secondary section of nuclear power plants has been carried out in this paper. The operating conditions of the three pipe samples are quite different, which leads to the different wall-thinning reasons and characteristics of the pipes. The chemical compositions of the steel materials, the stereomicroscope examinations, SEM examinations, as well as the XRD analysis are performed. The results show that: The wall-thinning of No.1 elbow was caused by erosion corrosion; the wall-thinning of No.2 elbow was caused by flow accelerated corrosion; the wall-thinning and crevasse of No.3 orifice plate was caused by cavitations. Measures to solve the wall-thinning problems of different pipes are also given in this paper.

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