The reactor vessel internals (RVI) of a pressurized water reactor (PWR) must be installed precisely in the reactor vessel (RV) according to the requirements for levelness, orientation and vertical alignments for its proper functions and structural integrity. For the precise installation, deformation of the RV should be controlled during the RVI installation. Traditionally, the RVI has been installed in the RV after the completion of welding work for large bore pipings in the reactor coolant system (RCS). To reduce installation time, the concurrent installation of the RVI and RCS pipings is investigated. This paper describes the feasibility study on the concurrent installation including the Finite Element Method (FEM) analyses of the RV deformation due to the welding and heat treatment of the pipings. Based on the feasibility study results, the optimum schedule of the RVI installation in parallel with the installation of the cross-over leg pipings (reactor coolant pump inlet pipings) and confirmation measurement locations are developed. Thereby the concurrent installation will be applied to the nuclear power plants under construction in Korea, and it is expected to reduce installation period of 2 months compared to the traditional sequential installation method.

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