ASME OM Code Related
Inservice Testing of Nuclear Power Plant Systems & Components
The course is comprehensive with respect to Inservice Testing and addresses requirementsof the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ASME Section XI, and ASME Operations andMaintenance (O&M) Standards for the inservice testing of nuclear power plant systems andcomponents. Specific emphasis will be placed on the ASME Code boundary classificationprocess, Owner’s responsibilities, test and examination plans, and detailed requirements forinservice testing of pumps and valves. Several examples will be used to illustrate the correctapplication of the technical requirements.
OMN-1 / Appendix III Motor Operated Valve Program Transition This two-day course addresses adoption of ASME Code Case OMN-1/Appendix III. Itconsists of an MOV operational review, discussion of GL 89-10, GL 96-05 and RG 1.192relative to OMN-1/Appendix III and its associated requirements. Several examples will beused to illustrate the correct application of the OMN-1 adoption requirements.
Course content & approach is structured for MOV/IST Program Owners focusing on thefollowing key areas:
- MOV Regulatory Requirements
- GL 89-10/GL 96-05 Background Overview
- IST/MOV Requirements through the 2006 ASME OM Code Addenda
- Relief Request Overview
- Benefits/Comparison of MOV Programs
- Rules for OMN-1/Appendix III Adoption
- Application of Risk
- Continuing MOV Concerns (vibration, magnesium rotors, MC2 Testing, etc)
- Current issues and interfaces with emphasis on industry/code initiatives and solutions.
OMN-12 / Appendix IV Air Operated Valve Program Transition This course addresses adoption of ASME Code Case OMN-12/Appendix IV. It consists ofan AOV operational review, discussion of Joint Owners Group (JOG) and AOV User Group(AUG) Program structure relative to OMN-12/Appendix IV and its associated requirements.Several examples will be used to illustrate the correct application of the OMN-12/Appendix IVadoption requirements.
Course content & approach is structured for AOV/IST Program Owners focusing on thefollowing key areas:
- AOV Regulatory Requirements
- JOG / AUG Background Overview
- IST/AOV Requirements through the 2006 ASME OM Code Addenda
- Relief Request Overview
- Benefits/Comparison of AOV Programs
- Rules for OMN-12/Appendix IV Adoption
- Application of Risk
- Continuing AOV Concerns
- Current issues and interfaces with emphasis on industry/code initiatives and solutions.
OM Code – ISTD Snubber Program Transition The ISTD Snubber course is typically a one-day session but can be adjusted to accommodatethe different experience levels of attendees. The course is formatted as a stand-alone sessionor as a follow-on course performed in conjunction with "INSERVICE TESTING OF NUCLEARPOWER PLANT SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS."
The objective is to establish a clear understanding of the purpose of the ISTD Program and itsimplementation in accordance with the requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,the ASME Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Standards and the ASME Section XI.Important evolutionary developments of snubber programs are reviewed andanalyzed with focus on improvements and emphasis on the more recent boundaryclassifications, owners’ responsibilities, and examination, testing and monitoring plans.
The course is divided into separate sections to concentrate on the unique requirements of andcontinuity between Examinations, Testing and Service Life Monitoring. Detailed andinteractive discussion sessions during each section focus on correct and effective applicationsof technical requirements and efficiency to minimize excessive demands on resources. Also,discussion is held regarding the available ASME OM Code Cases for Snubbers (OMN-13 andOMN-15) and the most beneficial methodology based on station criteria.
The course concludes with an interactive group participation in analyzing a program for afictitious snubber population and to utilize historical performance and trend analysis toestablish an ISTA/ISTD snubber program within the IST program.
Check Valve Condition Monitoring Program Addresses development and implementation of a Check Valve Condition Monitoring Program in accordance with Appendix II of the ASME OM Code.
ASME Section XI Related
Inservice Inspection (IWA, IWB, IWC, IWD & IWF) The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the requirements of the U. S.Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ASME Section XI, and other related documents that areapplicable to the development and implementation of an ISI, R/R and PT Programrequirements for nuclear power plant systems and components. Specific emphasis will beplaced on the following aspects:
- History of ASME Section XI
- Interface with NRC, Industry and Licensing Commitments
- Owners Responsibilities
- General Requirements of ASME Section XI
- ASME Code boundary classification process
- Examination Requirements of IWB, IWC, IWD, IWE, IWF, IWL
- R/R criteria and program development
- PT requirements by Code Class and Interval
- Applying ASME Section XI requirements to actual ISI, R/R & PT Program Development
Several examples will be used to illustrate the correct application of the technicalrequirements.
10CFR 50 Appendix J – Containment Integrity Managing a power plant’s Appendix J Program requires talents from various disciplines,combined with practical ability and a good understanding of the regulatory requirements. TrueNorth brings over 30 years of Appendix J experience to this training course. Designed as apractical application of Appendix J regulatory requirements, the True North course blendsthose regulatory requirements and specific plant activities emphasizing industry best practicesin the following areas:
- Regulatory Requirements
- Program Plan and Program Notebook review and revision,
- Outage / Cycle Reports,
- Outage Scope Development and Review,
- Monitoring of LLRT Activities,
- Review Completed Work Packages and Completed Post Maintenance Testing,
- Long Range Planning, i.e., Next ILRT, etc.,
- Review of Plant Modifications,
- Review of Industry Appendix J Operating Experience,
- Interface of the Appendix J Program with the Following Programs:
- Check Valve
- Condition Monitoring
Heat Exchanger Programs The Heat Exchanger Courses are typically held over a 1 -2 day period, dependent upon thelevel of experience and knowledge among attendees. The Eddy Current Testing trainingcourse is developed for and from the perspective of the Heat Exchanger Engineer. Specificemphasis is placed on making the best tube plugging decisions by improving the studentsunderstanding of the defect indications presented in the eddy current test report, thedegradation mechanisms that cause them, and limitations of the inspection technology.Additional detail is provided for tube plugging thresholds and tube plug selection. Examplesand industry experience are used to illustrate the results to help the HX achieve maximumbenefits from eddy current testing. A class exercise requires students to evaluate HX ECTdata and determine tube plugging needs. Review and discussion of this exercise helpsensure the students understand and can apply the material.
Like the Eddy Current Testing training course, the training courses for PreventativeMaintenance and Visual Inspections are developed for and from the perspective of the HeatExchanger Engineer. Emphasis is placed on the EPRI heat exchanger PM templates withadjustments to reflect site and industry experiences. Visual inspection training focuses onfamiliarizing the student with degradation types and locations of particular interest, theperformance of GL 89-13 inspections of SW system HXs, and the use of an inspectionchecklist. Examples and industry experience are used to illustrate the results to help the HeatExchanger Engineer achieve maximum benefits from the training.
Plant Thermal Performance
Comprehensive Plant Thermal Performance Monitoring a power plant's thermal performance requires talents from various disciplinescombined with practical ability and a good understanding of thermodynamic principles. TheTrue North Thermal Performance Course brings these attributes together by combiningexcellent theoretical knowledge with significant plant experience. True North brings over 25years of foundation in theory provides practical methods for thermal performance programdevelopment and explains how to detect and recover lost generation due to component orsystemic problems. The course includes various workshops where the student uses tools toanalyze plant problems. Interfaces with various departments are discussed along with how tointegrate plant data into the decision making process. This course is held over a fourc-dayperiod. Prerequisites and requirements are a calculator, Heat Balance Diagram and/orThermal Kit for your plant.
Electrical Aspects for the Thermal Performance Engineer The Thermal Performance Engineer (TPE) at a nuclear plant is usually a MechanicalEngineer by discipline. However, there are many electrical components that the TPEshould understand to adequately perform his/her job. The TPE should be trained withthose specific Electrical Engineering concepts and components that are pertinent to his/herjob. The objective of this project is to develop and present a training course to help utilityThermal Performance Engineers and project managers understand and utilize the electricalengineering concepts that are important to the megawatt electrical production of a nuclearpower plant.
Performance Software Applications (PEPSE) The Performance Software Application Training provides specific applications of the PEPSEperformance software to actual practical plant scenarios, assisting plant personnel to quicklyfind and recover lost generation due to component or systemic problems. True North bringsthese scenarios together by combining excellent theoretical and software applicationknowledge with significant plant experience. Requirements/prerequisites for this course are acalculator, Heat Balance Diagram and/or Thermal Kit of your plant, and a PEPSE Model ofyour plant.
Performance Monitoring Tools This course offers detailed explanation and workshops on how to use thermal performancesoftware to find lost generation, perform design analyses, generate reports and evaluate plantchanges. Most major software packages are covered.
Power Plant Thermodynamic Applications This is an in depth course offering the study of thermodynamics as it relates to the analysis ofpower plant components and cycles. It will take you through the theory and application usingmany hands-on examples. All components of the power plant will be covered in detail.
Power Plant Testing (ASME PTC-6) This is a complete course on power plant testing. It will enable an engineer to design andimplement a full scale ASME PTC-6 test along with other component tests for feed-waterheaters, condensers and cooling towers.
Turbine Specification Development The aging fleet is looking at the new vendor turbine designs as a way of improving andextending the life of existing investments. This course will provide the necessary informationto ensure that the generation purchased will be the generation delivered.
- Statistics for the Power Industry In our industry, and all around us, data is everywhere. We can find more data than we knowwhat to do with. Unfortunately, all of this data is not useful. What we really need is information- something we can use to make correct decisions. This course provides students withpractical ways to get the most information out of the data that they have. They will gain anunderstanding of statistical concepts. A practical discussion of uncertainty will providestudents with the ability to calculate their level of confidence in their data. Students will also bepresented with methods for validating data to ensure they can make effective decisions with it.The course is taught in the context of the applicable industry standards for test measurementand uncertainty.
- Flow Measurements for the Power Industry This is a course designed to inform the student regarding every aspect of flow measurementsthat are used in the power industry. The course covers all applicable flow measurement typesfrom differential pressure to ultrasonic. All base calculation methods are covered withexercises on specific flow measurements. Also discussed are methods to improve existingflow measurement devices. The various Industry standards are reference for each applicableflow measurement.
EP-Plus+ and TP-Plus+ Software Tools Maximized
Specialized Software Courses True North offers informal courses for affected site personnel addressing the use of ourengineering programs and thermal performance software products. These courses are typicallyconducted following site installation of the software but are also highly beneficial once somefamiliarity with the product has been obtained allowing for a deeper understanding of advancedfeatures and capabilities. No formal test is required. Attendees will demonstrate proficiency tothe satisfaction of the instructor and or designee. The post installation course is an informalintroductory class and is intended to be a “hands-on” session that will walk users through theuse of the various software features. At the request of the client, the introductory session can bere-categorized as “formal training” where enabling objectives and learning objectives areidentified in addition to meeting other requirements as specified by the client. Subsequentcourses can be tailored for use of specific features or to address more detailed applicationtopics.
The proposed introductory session training is conducted as follows:
1) A 4-hour session is conducted in the morning to establish general software tool familiarization.
2) A 2nd 4-hour session is provided in the afternoon to demonstrate proficiency in use of the toolswhich includes making changes to the database(s) (i.e., data entry, data approval and changesto acceptance criteria/reference values, etc).
Training is typically a one day session and can be performed in conjunction (day before or after)any of our other courses.
Software Products covered include:
- EP-Plus+ Engineering Programs Software Suite (TNC / Endevor)
- TP-Plus+ Thermal Performance Program Software Suite (TNC)
- Cycle Isolation Monitor – Secondary Valve Leakage (TP Plus - CIM)
- Thermal System Monitor (TP Plus - TSM)
- Dynamic Restraint ASME OM-Code ISTD Code Case Selection Tool