The main steam super pipe used in nuclear power plant is an important safety class2 component. There are several nozzles located on it and linked with main steam safety valves. In the past two decades, the hot extrusion forming technology has been widely used to manufacture the super pipe nozzles. Comparing with traditional insert weldolet, the wall thickness of the extruded nozzle is relative small, and the nozzle inner radius is hard to control precisely in the fabrication process. Due to high temperature working condition and complicated loading conditions, the load capacity of the super pipe extruded nozzle has become an issue of concern for manufacturers and users.
This paper presents a structural integrity assessment of a super pipe extruded nozzle. The nozzle stresses due to internal pressure and external loads for different operating conditions are obtained by the three-dimensional finite element analysis. The extruded nozzle is evaluated against the RCCM code Subsection C3200 Service Levels O, B and D stress limits for design, upset and faulted conditions. A parametric sensitivity analysis of the extruded nozzle inner radius size is also carried out. In addition, in order to reduce the calculation effort, an efficient calculation method is developed by using the commercial finite element program ANSYS.