Title page for ETD etd-10132010-020410

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Staron, Daniel Lee
URN etd-10132010-020410
Title Concrete deterioration inspection system for extending the operating life of nuclear power plants
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Barker, Richard M. Committee Chair
Holzer, Siegfried M. Committee Member
Weyers, Richard E. Committee Member
  • Concrete construction
Date of Defense 1988-02-01
Availability unrestricted

This study has evaluated the degradation processes which will potentially affect the reinforced concrete structures of a nuclear power generation facility during and beyond its original design life. This task was undertaken in consideration of the feasibility of extending the life of nuclear power plants beyond their current license expiration dates. Following the identification of deterioration mechanisms which are expected to occur, an inspection system was developed to correctly assess and document the condition of the reinforced concrete components during their service life.

Twenty-eight out of thirty-nine possible degradation modes are deemed likely to affect Surry's reinforced concrete structures. The majority of these modes are visually evident in their incipient stages. Currently available nondestructive testing methods were assessed to determine their applicability to detect modes which are not visually evident or to determine the extent of deterioration due to other modes. It was found that many nondestructive testing methods are currently lacking in reliability, portability, or ease of application. Consequently, the developed inspection program is based primarily on visual inspections performed by qualified inspectors.

This report was prepared under the authority of Virginia Power Company in conjunction with the Surry Unit One life extension study.

It is the conclusion of this report that reinforced concrete degradation will in no way impair the usefulness or safety of the concrete structures of a nuclear facility during the 40 year design life provided actions are taken to implement a concrete inspection program similar to that which is described within. This program will allow the detection of potentially critical situations thereby directing the maintenance and repair activities necessary to insure the feasibility of extended life.

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