Analysis of Existing Approaches to the Calculated Substantiation of the Reactor Support Elements Safe Operation

V. V. Inyushev1, A. S. Koliadiuk1, V. O. Posokh1, V. O. Dubkovskyi2

1SE “State Scientific Engineering Center for Control System and Emergency Response”, 64/56, Heroiv Stalinhradu ave., Kyiv, 04213, Ukraine
2Odessa National Polytechnic University,
1, Shevchenko ave., Odesa, 65044, Ukraine



The analysis of documentation for the calculated substantiation of the reactor support elements safe operation, which are presented in the design documents and in the reports on the lifetime extension of the reactor support elements at the Ukrainian NPPs, has been carried out to ensure compliance with the current regulatory requirements and the correctness of the applied initial conditions.
It is established that design strength calculations have typical deviations from the current regulatory requirements, since they were performed in accordance with the norms and rules, which were in force in the 1970s. In addition, the design strength calculations do not take into account all force factors acting on the reactor support elements. There is also a terminology conflict between terms used in the design documents and in the current regulatory requirements.
Analysis of current approaches to the strength calculations of the reactor support elements, in particular in the framework of the lifetime extension of the reactor support elements, showed that in practice, the strength assessment of the reactor support elements is performed in an axisymmetric formulation. Meanwhile, a complex asymmetrical load from the main circulation pipelines is not considered, which does not allow to calculate correctly the stress-strain state of the reactor support elements.
As a conclusion, for the calculated substantiation of the reactor support elements long term safe operation it is considered necessary to develop advanced approaches for solving the stress-strain state tasks taking into account all the force interactions and correct modeling of the interaction between the individual structural elements.

Keywords: reactor support elements, assessing the technical condition, lifetime extension, calculated substantiation, applied initial conditions.


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