A steam drum in a typical power plant has experienced in-service cracking. Nondestructive examinations (NDE) were performed and a small sample was collected from the drum to evaluate the extent of the cracking that had occurred in the drum shell. Fitness-for-service and remaining useful life analyses of the drum were performed based on the NDE results and operating conditions. In this paper, the fitness-for-service analyses of the steam drum are described. The analysis procedure, material property determination, stress analysis, limiting flaw size evaluation, and remaining useful life evaluation for the drum are discussed. Recommendations for appropriate action are also presented.

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