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BetaAnt

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North Anna Fuel Failure
« on: Sep 16, 2014, 05:19 »
Power Reactor Event Number: 50457
Facility: NORTH ANNA
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP,[3] M-4-LP
NRC Notified By: PAGE KEMP
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER  Notification Date: 09/15/2014
Notification Time: 14:54 [ET]
Event Date: 09/15/2014
Event Time: 09:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/15/2014 
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
 Person (Organization):
SCOTT SHAEFFER (R2DO)
 

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

FAILED FUEL ASSEMBLY IDENTIFIED DURING CORE OFF-LOAD

"With North Anna Unit 2 in Mode 6 during a scheduled refueling outage, discharged assembly 4Z9 was identified as a failed fuel assembly by In-Mast Sipping. The fuel assembly was located in core location B11. Initial inspection of the fuel assembly identified two (2) visibly split fuel pins of eight (8) to ten (10) inches long with visible damage to the top of the pins. The internals of the affected pins are visible and the springs from the top of each pellet stack are touching the top nozzle. The fuel assembly has been placed into its designated location in the Spent Fuel Pool. No abnormal increase was noted on any radiation monitor either after or during fuel assembly movement. This fuel assembly had been used during three (3) previous operating cycles and is not scheduled for reuse.

"On September 15, 2014, at 0900 [EDT], subsequent video inspection of the fuel assembly identified that the top springs of the two (2) fuel pins were dislodged. Video inspection of the reactor vessel identified debris that has the potential to be fragments of fuel pellets resting on the core plate. Additional investigations are in progress.

"Due to the fact that the failure exceeded expected conditions, this event is being reported per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A), as any event or condition that results in the condition of the nuclear plant, including its principle safety barriers, being seriously degraded."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will notify local county authorities.

DRPs and Alpha for everyone. Any more details as why the fuel failed (FME or another crushed bundle like Oconee)? 3rd cycle fuel pellets on the core plate will be toasty. Be careful.

 8) 8) 8)

Offline cheme09

Re: North Anna Fuel Failure
« Reply #1 on: Sep 18, 2014, 12:34 »
initial indications dont point to FME, but to an industry recognized phenomenon. the root cause eval is underway so i'll wait to comment any further until that's complete.

atomicarcheologist

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Re: North Anna Fuel Failure
« Reply #2 on: Sep 18, 2014, 10:42 »
That outage just turned into FME from hell.

Offline Contract SRO

Re: North Anna Fuel Failure
« Reply #3 on: Sep 18, 2014, 02:58 »
initial indications dont point to FME, but to an industry recognized phenomenon. the root cause eval is underway so i'll wait to comment any further until that's complete.

By chance, do you know who manufactures their fuel for them?

Offline cheme09

Re: North Anna Fuel Failure
« Reply #4 on: Sep 18, 2014, 10:39 »
Has been Areva, but we're in the process of going to W fuel. I think the last Areva bundles come out next outage.

Offline a|F

Re: North Anna Fuel Failure
« Reply #5 on: Sep 19, 2014, 01:56 »
initial indications dont point to FME, but to an industry recognized phenomenon. the root cause eval is underway so i'll wait to comment any further until that's complete.

Which industry recognized phenomenon are you referring to?  How were the dose rates removing that bundle from the core?

Offline GLW

Re: North Anna Fuel Failure
« Reply #6 on: Sep 19, 2014, 03:05 »
Which industry recognized phenomenon are you referring to?....


that might better be left to wait until the official findings and reports are published by Dominion,...

I'm just saying,... [coffee]
« Last Edit: Sep 19, 2014, 03:05 by GLW »

been there, dun that,... the doormat to hell does not read "welcome", the doormat to hell reads "it's just business"

Offline cheme09

Re: North Anna Fuel Failure
« Reply #7 on: Sep 19, 2014, 10:23 »

that might better be left to wait until the official findings and reports are published by Dominion,...

I'm just saying,... [coffee]


agreed

BetaAnt

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Re: North Anna Fuel Failure
« Reply #8 on: Sep 29, 2014, 07:40 »
Any word on the FEF? Is the defueling on hold for FME recovery? Did Duke ever release a cause of the crushed fuel bundles? Will Dominion do the same? :-\

BA  8) 8) 8)

Offline cheme09

Re: North Anna Fuel Failure
« Reply #9 on: Sep 30, 2014, 09:05 »
Which industry recognized phenomenon are you referring to?  How were the dose rates removing that bundle from the core?

Baffle jetting. Well documented within the industry and Westinghouse.

http://bit.ly/1tf8LSl

BetaAnt

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Re: North Anna Fuel Failure
« Reply #10 on: Oct 01, 2014, 04:36 »

Power Reactor   Event Number: 50457
Facility: NORTH ANNA
Region: 2 State: VA
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-3-LP,[2] W-3-LP,[3] M-4-LP
NRC Notified By: PAGE KEMP
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER   Notification Date: 09/15/2014
Notification Time: 14:54 [ET]
Event Date: 09/15/2014
Event Time: 09:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 09/30/2014
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A) - DEGRADED CONDITION
74.11(a) - LOST/STOLEN SNM
20.2201(a)(1)(ii) - LOST/STOLEN LNM>10X
Person (Organization):
SCOTT SHAEFFER (R2DO)

Unit   SCRAM Code   RX CRIT   Initial PWR   Initial RX Mode   Current PWR   Current RX Mode
2   N   N   0   Refueling   0   Refueling
Event Text
FAILED FUEL ASSEMBLY IDENTIFIED DURING CORE OFF-LOAD

"With North Anna Unit 2 in Mode 6 during a scheduled refueling outage, discharged assembly 4Z9 was identified as a failed fuel assembly by In-Mast Sipping. The fuel assembly was located in core location B11. Initial inspection of the fuel assembly identified two (2) visibly split fuel pins of eight (8 ) to ten (10) inches long with visible damage to the top of the pins. The internals of the affected pins are visible and the springs from the top of each pellet stack are touching the top nozzle. The fuel assembly has been placed into its designated location in the Spent Fuel Pool. No abnormal increase was noted on any radiation monitor either after or during fuel assembly movement. This fuel assembly had been used during three (3) previous operating cycles and is not scheduled for reuse.

"On September 15, 2014, at 0900 [EDT], subsequent video inspection of the fuel assembly identified that the top springs of the two (2) fuel pins were dislodged. Video inspection of the reactor vessel identified debris that has the potential to be fragments of fuel pellets resting on the core plate. Additional investigations are in progress.

"Due to the fact that the failure exceeded expected conditions, this event is being reported per 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A), as any event or condition that results in the condition of the nuclear plant, including its principle safety barriers, being seriously degraded."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector and will notify local county authorities.

* * * UPDATE FROM PAGE KEMP TO HOWIE CROUCH AT 1227 EDT ON 9/30/14 * * *

"Event Notification #50457 was provided on September 15, 2014, at 1454 hours, pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(A), to provide notification that North Anna Unit 2 discharged assembly 4Z9 had two visibly split fuel pins and debris on the core plate that had the potential to be fuel pellet fragments.

"Detailed video inspections estimated that fifteen (15) fuel pellets were dislodged from fuel assembly 4Z9. For reference, the reactor core contains approximately 15 million fuel pellets. Efforts to identify and recover the fuel pellets were performed. Debris fragments, estimated to represent five (5) fuel pellets, were located within the damaged fuel assembly that is currently in the spent fuel pool. In addition, an estimated three (3) pellets worth of material was retrieved by the foreign object search and retrieval (FOSAR) efforts in the reactor vessel. The remaining seven (7) fuel pellets have already or are expected to granulate into fine particles that will remain in low flow areas of the primary plant systems or be removed by normal purification processes. However, since the specific location of the seven (7) fuel pellets is undesignated, a report is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 74.11(a) for the loss of special nuclear material.

"The seven (7) fuel pellets contain licensed material in a quantity greater than 10 times the quantity specified in Appendix C of 10 CFR 20; therefore a report is also being made pursuant to 10 CFR 20.2201(a)(ii).

"The cause of the fuel clad degradation is understood and is being addressed. It has been evaluated that the dispersion of fuel pellet material will pose no threat to the integrity or operation of the reactor fuel and primary system components. Reactor Coolant System activity will remain below Technical Specification limits during power operation. In addition, there are no adverse radiological consequences to the public as a result of this issue."

The licensee will be notifying the state of Virginia, local authorities in Louisa County and has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R2DO (Vias) and IRD (Stapleton).

 :o :o :o

 


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