United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

General Information or Other Event Number: 36263
REP ORG: SWAGELOK COMPANY NOTIFICATION DATE: 10/06/1999
LICENSEE: SWAGELOK COMPANY NOTIFICATION TIME: 09:48[EDT
CITY: Solon REGION: 3 EVENT DATE: 10/04/1999
COUNTY: STATE: OH EVENT TIME: EDT
LICENSE#: AGREEMENT: N LAST UPDATE DATE: 06/23/2000
DOCKET:
PERSON ORGANIZATION
JOHN KINNEMAN R1
BRIAN BONSER R2
JOHN JACOBSON R3
NRC NOTIFIED BY: BRUCE FLUSCHE (Fax) KRISS KENNEDY R4
HQ OPS OFFICER: LEIGH TROCINE VERN HODGE NRR

EMERGENCY CLASS: N/A

10 CFR SECTION: CCCC 21.21 UNSPECIFIED PARAGRAPH

POSSIBLE 10-CFR-PART-21 REPORT REGARDING A POSSIBLE DEFECT IN A SWAGELOK TUBE FITTING

The following text is a portion of a facsimile submitted by Swagelok Company:

"This is a preliminary notification of a possible defect in a Swagelok tube fitting, part number SS-400-3-4TTM, male branch tee. A drawing of the part is included with this notification. We are also notifying each of the involved utilities."

"We became aware of this on October 4, 1999."

"The defect is a crack in the seat of the fitting. We are continuing our analysis of the part and will provide further details in accordance with NRC timetables."

"[The] following are the six utilities to whom we have sold these parts:

Georgia Power [Company], Plant Vogtle, ... , 10 pcs. ... [;]

Duke Power Company, Oconee Nuclear Station, ... ,100 pcs. ... [;]

Arizona Public Service Co., Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, ... , 15 pcs. ... [;]

North Atlantic Energy Service Co., ... , Seabrook Station, ... ,10 pcs. ...[;]

Virginia Power, Surry Power Station, ... , 3 pcs. ... [; and]

Omaha Public Power District, Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Station, ... , 10 Pcs. ...."

(Call the NRC operations officer for Swagelok contact information.)

* * * UPDATE AT 1553 EST ON 11/04/99 FROM BRUCE FLUSCHE TO S. SANDIN * * *

The following information was received via fax:

"We are writing further to our preliminary notification on October 6,1999, about a possible defect in a Swagelok tube fitting, part number SS-400-3-4TTM, male branch tee.

"The utilities to whom we have sold this are repeated in the appendix to this letter.

"As we reported earlier, the defect is a crack in the seat of the fitting. This crank resulted from overheating during the resistive type heated forging process; it was not a defect in the raw material. The estimated per cent of forgings that have this condition is less than 0.03%.

"This forging was processed in December of 1996. Since the middle of 1998 we have required liquid penetrant testing on all resistive type heated forgings.

"If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us."

The NRC operations officer notified the R1DO (Mohamed Shanbaky), R2DO (Pierce Skinner), R3DO (James Creed), and R4DO (Claude Johnson). This report was also faxed to NRR Part 21 (Vern Hodge).

******************** UPDATE AT 0934 ON 12/17/99 FROM BRUCE FLUSCHE TO TROCINE ********************

The following text is a portion of a facsimile submitted by Swagelok Company:

"Further to our notice of November 18,1999, on Swagelok part number SS-400-3-4TTM, we are providing further information. As earlier reported the licensee below was not notified:

Florida Power and Light

P0. #00029212

5 pcs. SS-400-3-4TTM

Product ID. R17KLO5O9B"

"The reason for the lack of notification was that the certification had not been entered into our database. The associate responsible for entering the certifications is no longer with Swagelok, and we have scheduled an audit of our database for the time period from June 1997 through July 1999, as we believe this is the time period that most needs to be scrutinized."

"Whether further review of the database is necessary will be determined on the findings of this audit."

The NRC operations officer notified the R1DO (Ruland), R2DO (Boland), R3DO (Gardner), and R4DO (Harrell). This report was also faxed to NRR Part 21(Vern Hodge).

* * * UPDATE AT 1100 ON 06/23/00 BY JAMES HANSON TO JOLLIFFE * * *

Swagelok company personnel have determined that five additional certifications have been found where it cannot be verified that the corresponding licensees have been contacted. This includes licensees for the following plants: Susquehanna, North Anna, Duane Arnold, and San Onofre.

The NRC Operations Officer notified the R1DO Bob Summers, R2DO Rudy Bernhard, R3DO Mike Jordan, R4DO Joe Tapia and NRR Vern Hodge (by fax).

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