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Title: Advantages of customer/supplier involvement in the upgrade of River Bend`s IST program

At River Bend Station, IST testing had problems. Operations could not perform the test with the required repeatability; engineering could not reliably trend test data to detect degradation; licensing was heavily burdened with regulatory concerns; and maintenance could not do preventative maintenance because of poor prediction of system health status. Using Energy`s Total Quality principles, it was determined that the causes were: lack of ownership, inadequate test equipment usage, lack of adequate procedures, and lack of program maintenance. After identifying the customers and suppliers of the IST program data, Energy management put together an upgrade team to address these concerns. These customers and suppliers made up the IST upgrade team. The team`s mission was to supply River Bend with a reliable, functional, industry correct and user friendly IST program. The IST program in place went through a verification process that identified and corrected over 400 individual program discrepancies. Over 200 components were identified for improved testing methods. An IST basis document was developed. The operations department was trained on ASME Section XI testing. All IST tests have been simplified and shortened, due to heavy involvement by operations in the procedure development process. This significantly reduced testing time, resulting in lowermore » cost, less dose and greater system availability.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
402000
Report Number(s):
NUREG/CP--0152; CONF-9607103--
ON: TI96013645; TRN: 96:005268-0034
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 4. NRC/ASME symposium on valve and pump testing in nuclear power plants, Washington, DC (United States), 15-18 Jul 1996; Other Information: PBD: [1996]; Related Information: Is Part Of Proceedings of the 4th NRC/ASME symposium on valve and pump testing; PB: 719 p.
Research Org:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, NY (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 NUCLEAR POWER REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; RIVER BEND-1 REACTOR; IN-SERVICE INSPECTION; REACTOR MAINTENANCE; MODIFICATIONS; TESTING