Title: A Benchmark Study on Risk-Informed In-Service Inspection Methodologies (RISMET)
Citation: ATW-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUCLEAR POWER vol. 55 no. 7 p. 450-457
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC58835
ISSN: 1431-5254
URI: http://www.kernenergie.de/kernenergie/Service/Fachzeitschrift-atw/Hefte---Themen/2010/Jul/entries/02_benchmarkstudie-rismet.php
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Between 2005 and 2009 the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC), together with the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/NEA), coordinated a project for benchmarking various risk-informed in-service inspection (RI-ISI) methodologies. In the project, called RISMET, various RI-ISI methodologies were applied to the same case, consisting of four selected piping systems at the Swedish nuclear power plant Ringhals Unit 4, a 3-loop Westinghouse Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR). The RI-ISI applications were compared among each other and to the deterministic ASME section XI ISI selection procedure. More than twenty organizations from Europe, U.S., Canada and Japan took part. The scope of the benchmark was limited to four piping systems but the variety regarding safety class, potential degradation mechanisms and pipe break consequences ensured a good coverage of issues for a comparative study. The risk-informed methodologies showed some significant differences and resulted in slightly different risk ranking and selection of inspection sites. However, the results of the benchmark indicated that the risk impact of these differences is small, and the RI-ISI approaches identify safety important piping segments that are ignored by approaches not using the probabilistic safety assessment (PSA). The results of the benchmark exercise RISMET improve the knowledge on differences in approaches and their impact on plant safety, and promote the use of risk-informed ISI. This paper summarizes the RISMET benchmark project and its main results.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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