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Energy and Power Generation Handbook: Established and Emerging Technologies

K. R. Rao
K. R. Rao
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During the 1960s and 1970s, when most nuclear plants in the United States were being designed and constructed, costs escalated in an uncontrolled manner. This was due to many factors, and all interested parties had an influence on the results. This chapter will address these issues, not to accuse or place blame, but to analyze and discuss in order to learn from the past.

The first commercial nuclear power plants were designed and constructed in the mid 1950s and early 1960s. Because these plants were based on the new technology of using nuclear reactions to heat water, thus producing steam...

21.1 Background
21.2 History of the Section III Code
21.3 History of Rules for Nuclear Pressure Vessels: Prior to Section III
21.4 NRC Acceptance of Section III
21.5 ASME Code Philosophy
21.6 Lessons Learned — Mostly Forgotten
21.7 Bad Welding — Before VWAC
21.8 NRC and ASME Interpretations
21.9 Content of Records
21.10 Piping System Tolerances
21.11 Use of Computers and Finite Element Programs
21.12 Cyclic Loadings — Is Counting Cycles Valid?
21.13 New Approaches — Think Outside the Box (The Case for Innovative Piping Support Systems)
21.14 Quality Assurance and Management
21.15 Guidelines for Effective Quality Assurance Programs
21.16 Summary
21.17 Acronyms
21.18 References
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