This paper will provide the bases for the requirements in the Beyond Design Basis Events (BDBE) evaluation performed in accordance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC), Section XI, Code Case (CC). The CC provides rules to facilitate the affected components Return to Service (RTS) after a BDBE magnitude Earthquake. The paper describes the bases for the examination of Reactor Coolant Pressure Boundary (RCPB) Structures, Systems and Components (SSCs) for determining the actual seismic loading and magnitude. The implications of the examination data based on design allowable stress values. The pipe loads determined shall be used to calculate stresses on the pumps and valves.
The paper also describes the methodology for seismic events lasting longer than 100 cycles.
The Cumulative Usage Factor (U) due to the event is calculated from individual cycles as; U = U1 + U2 + U3 + ... + Un. Aftershocks are accounted for in the methodology. Fatigue usage from the event that increases the total U to a value greater than 0.8 shall be included as high risk location(s) in the ASME BPVC, Section XI, Inservice Inspection (ISI) Program.