With the increasing failures of metallic pipe in nuclear Service Water Systems, a new material needed to be found. One option is polyethylene (PE) pipe. PE pipe can be used in non-safety applications at a nuclear plant using the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) B31, Standards of Pressure Piping with no regulatory review. However, the use of PE material in safety applications, which are regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), necessitates a new Standard with special requirements. At the request of the Duke Power Corporation, a new ASME Standard was written by a special Project Team. This standard is found in the form of a Code Case under the control of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code (B&PVC). The Code Case utilizes Sections of the B&PVC as its foundation and includes the design, procurement, installation, fusing, examination and testing requirements for the use of PE pipe within safety systems. The first version of the Code Case contained only the minimum requirements needed to support Duke Power Corporation’s first phase of PE piping installation into a safety system within a nuclear power plant. The Code Case developed is titled, N-755, Use of Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Pipe for Section III, Division 1, Construction and Section XI Repair/Replacement Activities. The first version of this case is limited to buried piping using only the following components; straight PE pipe, PE mitered elbows, and transition flanges. The Code Case will be revised as data for material and components becomes available at the completion of testing.

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