The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Code for Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants (OM Code) establishes the requirements for preservice and inservice testing and examination of certain components to assess their operational readiness in light-water reactor nuclear power plants. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) endorses and mandates the use of the ASME OM Code for testing air-operated valves in 10 CFR 50.55a(b)(3)(ii) and 10 CFR 50.55a(f)(4), respectively.
ASME has recently approved Mandatory Appendix IV, Revision 0. NRC currently anticipates that Mandatory Appendix IV will first appear in the 2014 Edition of the ASME OM Code. Publication of the 2014 Edition of the ASME OM Code begins the NRC rulemaking process to modify 10 CFR 50.55a to incorporate the 2014 Edition of the ASME OM Code by reference. NRC staff has actively participated in the development of Mandatory Appendix IV, Revision 0, through participation in the ASME OM Code Subgroup on Air-Operated Valves (SG-AOV). The purpose of this paper is to provide NRC staff perspectives on the contents and implementation of Mandatory Appendix IV, Revision 0. This paper specifically discusses Mandatory Appendix IV, Sections IV-3100, “Design Review,” IV-3300, “Preservice Test,” IV-3400, “Inservice Test,” IV-3600, “Grouping of AOVs for Inservice Diagnostic Testing,” and IV-3800, “Risk Informed AOV Inservice Testing.” These topics were selected based on input received during NRC staff participation in the SG-AOV and other industry meetings. The goal of this paper is to provide NRC staff perspectives on the topics of most interest to NRC staff and members of the SG-AOV.
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