Application of the leak before break(LBB) concept to a heat exchanger in anuclear power plant

Citation
Cy. Lee et al., Application of the leak before break(LBB) concept to a heat exchanger in anuclear power plant, KSME INT J, 15(1), 2001, pp. 10-20
Citations number
9
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Mechanical Engineering
Journal title
KSME INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL
ISSN journal
1226-4865 → ACNP
Volume
15
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
10 - 20
Database
ISI
SICI code
1226-4865(200101)15:1<10:AOTLBB>2.0.ZU;2-8
Abstract
The leak before break(LBB) concept is difficult to apply to a structure wit h a thin tube that is immersed in a water environment. A heat exchanger in a nuclear power plant is such a structure. The present paper addresses an a pplication of the LBB concept to a heat exchanger in a nuclear power plant. The minimum leaked coolant amount( approximately 37.9 liters) containing t he radioactive material which can activate the radiation detector device in stalled in near the heat exchanger is assumed. A postulated initial flaw si ze that can not grow to a critical flaw size within the time period to acti vate the radiation detector is justified. In this case, the radiation detec tor can activate the warning signal caused by coolant leakage from initiall y postulated flaws of the heat exchanger. The nuclear plant can safely shut down when this occurs. Since the postulated initial flaw size can not grow to the critical flaw size, the structural integrity of the heat exchanger i s not impeded. Particularly the informational scenario presented in this pa per discusses an actual nuclear plant.