Radioactive wastes are confined in 49 underground storage tanks at the Savannah River Site. The waste is transported between tanks via underground transfer piping. An assessment of the structural integrity of the transfer piping was performed to ensure that the present condition of the piping was sound and to provide life expectancy estimates for the piping based on anticipated service. The assessment reviewed the original design of the piping, the potential and observed degradation mechanisms, the results from past inspections of the piping, and a Fitness-For-Service evaluation for a section of piping that experienced pitting in a locally thinned area. The assessment concluded that the piping was structurally sound. Assuming that service conditions remain the same, the piping will remain functional for its intended service life.
A Structural Integrity Assessment of Underground Piping Associated With the Transfer of Radioactive Waste
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Wiersma, BJ, Thaxton, GD, IV, & Plummer, AS. "A Structural Integrity Assessment of Underground Piping Associated With the Transfer of Radioactive Waste." Proceedings of the ASME 2006 Pressure Vessels and Piping/ICPVT-11 Conference. Volume 6: Materials and Fabrication. Vancouver, BC, Canada. July 23–27, 2006. pp. 271-277. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/PVP2006-ICPVT-11-93320
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