Bulletin 79-02: Revision 1, (Supplement No. 1), Pipe Support Base Plate Designs Using Concrete Expansion Anchor Bolts
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
OFFICE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555
August 20, 1979
IE Bulletin No. 79-02
Revision No. 1
(Supplement No. 1)
PIPE SUPPORT BASE PLATE DESIGNS USING CONCRETE EXPANSION ANCHOR BOLTS
Description of Circumstances:
The supplement to IE Bulletin No. 79-02 is intended to establish criteria
for the evaluation of interim acceptability of plant operation with less
than the design factors of safety for piping supports due to as-built
problems, under design, base plate flexibility, or anchor bolt deficiencies.
In the reviews for system operability of the Duane Arnold and Crystal River
facilities, criteria have been developed by the NRC staff that defines pipe
support operability. The criteria has been applied in lieu of other analysis
or evaluation. Specifically, the licensees identified problems with pipe
supports in which the original design factors of safety were not met but
some lesser margin was available. The design margins of four or five are
intended to be final design and installation objectives but systems may be
classed as operable on an interim basis with some lesser margin providing a
program of restoration to at least the Bulletin factors of safety has been
developed. Facilities which fall outside the operability criteria are
considered to probably require a Technical Specification exception and will
require review on a case by case basis.
Action to be Taken by Licensees:
For the following two cases, plant operation may continue or may begin:
a. For the support as a unit, the factor of safety compared to ultimate
strengths is less than the original design but equal to or greater than
b. For the anchor bolts the factor of safety is equal to or greater
than two and for the support steel the original design factor of safety
compared to ultimate strengths is met.
The above criteria may be applied provided that the affected systems are
upgraded to design margins of safety expeditiously for normally accessible
supports and by the next refueling for nonaccessible supports. Accessibility
is as defined in Bulletin No. 79-14 where "normally accessible" refers to
those areas of plant which can be entered during reactor operation.
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1. Any support not satisfying the criteria should be classed as inoperable
and the Technical Specification action statement met unless it can be
shown that the system can function in a design basis seismic event
without the support.
2. Repairs to supports should result in return to the design factor of
3. Operations may be continued while repairs to upgrade the system from a
factor of safety equal to or greater than two with respect to design
loads are performed. Consideration must be given to the effect of the
repair process on support function and system operability. In other
words the time the support is not functional should be limited to T.S.
action statement times or the support must be determined not to cause
the system to be unable to perform its function in a seismic event. The
licensee should also exercise care not to take several supports on a
given system out of service at the same time or cause both trains of
one safeguards system to be made inoperable at the same time. Control
over workmen on safety related systems during plant operation requires
a high degree of control by the licensee.
4. There are no special reporting requirements for this supplement to the
Bulletin; however, the reporting requirements as set forth in the
regulations and licenses must be met.
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