ASME Section XI Code Case N-806, for evaluation of metal loss in Class 2 and 3 metallic piping buried in a back-filled trench, was published in 2012. This Code Case has been prepared by the ASME Section XI Task Group on Evaluation Procedures for Degraded Buried Pipe. The Code Case addresses the nuclear industry need for evaluation procedures and acceptance criteria for the disposition of metal loss that is discovered during the inspection of metallic piping buried in a back-filled trench. A number of improvements have been proposed for Code Case N-806. These include improvements to the analytical procedures for structural integrity evaluation under soil and surcharge loads. In addition, tables of soil properties and other parameters needed in the evaluation are proposed to be provided to improve ease of use. This paper presents the technical basis for the proposed revision to Code Case N-806.

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