Evaluation on the Effect of Ultrasonic Testing due to Internal Medium of Pipe in Nuclear Power Plant

원자력발전소 배관 내부 매질이 초음파검사에 미치는 영향 평가

  • 윤병식 (한국수력원자력 중앙연구원) ;
  • 김용식 (한국수력원자력 중앙연구원) ;
  • 양승한 (한국수력원자력 중앙연구원)
  • Received : 2013.07.24
  • Accepted : 2013.08.21
  • Published : 2013.09.01


The periodic inspection of piping and pressure vessels welds in nuclear power plant has to provide reliable result related to weld flaws, such as location, maximum amplitude response, ultrasonic length, height and finally the nature or flaw pattern. The founded flaw in ultrasonic inspection is accepted or rejected based on these data. Specially, the amplitude of flaw response is used as basic parameter for flaw sizing and it may cause some deviation in length sizing result. Currently the ultrasonic inspections in nuclear power plant components are performed by specific inspection procedure which describing inspection technique include inspection system, calibration methodology and flaw characterizing. To perform ultrasonic inspection during in-service inspection, reference gain should be established before starting ultrasonic inspection by the requirement of ASME code. This reference gain used as basic criteria to evaluate flaw sizing. Sometimes, a little difference in establishing reference gain between calibration and field condition can lead to deviation in flaw sizing. Due to this difference, the inspection result may cause flaw sizing error. Therefore, the objective of this study is to compare and evaluate the ultrasonic amplitude difference between air filled and water filled pipe in nuclear power plant. Additionally, the accuracy of flaw sizing is estimated by comparing both conditions.