Turbine Valve Testing/Maintenance Interval Extensions

Analyses that reduce operational risk and lost generation revenue

Turbine valves are critical components that must be overhauled, refurbished, and tested periodically for asset protection and regulatory requirements. Testing the turbine valves and other overspeed protection system (OPS) components ensures high reliability of these components.

The Challenge

Use analytical techniques and operating experience to reduce the need for maintenance and testing

Testing and maintenance activities are costly and introduce operational risks that can result in lost generation. The frequency of maintenance and testing of OPS components can be reduced using novel analytical techniques and operating experience.

The Solution

Determine when and where testing can be extended

MPR’s solution uses the following approach:

  • Quantify the change in reliability of the OPS from less frequent valve testing
  • Assess the risk of extending the maintenance interval of the valves
  • Calculate the impact of lower maintenance and testing frequency on turbine missile probability
  • Justify significant test interval extensions while meeting the plant licensing basis and NRC criteria

The Results

Cost reduction of more then $1 million per unit

MPR extended turbine valve test and maintenance intervals at more than twenty (20) nuclear units, and decreased maintenance frequency saved sites more than $1 million/unit during the first outage. Some of the provided analyses supported temporary delays in testing certain components to eliminate the risk of testing during peak summer months, addressed problems with testing specific components, and evaluated the impact on turbine missile probability from equipment reliability issues. Test extensions allowed BWR clients to align valve tests with control rod movements and reduced the amount of time that sites must operate at less than full power. MPR provided consistent and comprehensive maintenance practices to help support future maintenance and diagnostic capabilities.

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