Damping in LMFBR Pipe Systems

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M. J. Anderson, D. A. Barta, M. R. Lindquist, E. J. Renkey, J. A. Ryan

Engineering Analysis and Design, Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, Wash. 99352

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 107(4), 366-372 (Nov 01, 1985) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3264468 History: Received September 25, 1984; Revised February 12, 1985; Online November 05, 2009


Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor pipe systems typically utilize a thicker insulation package than that used on water plant pipe systems. They are supported with special insulated pipe clamps. Mechanical snubbers are employed to resist seismic loads. Recent laboratory testing has indicated that these features provide significantly more damping than presently allowed by Regulatory Guide 1.61 for water plant pipe systems. This paper presents results of additional in-situ vibration tests conducted on Fast Flux Test Facility pipe systems. Pipe damping values obtained at various excitation levels are presented. Effects of filtering data to provide damping values at discrete frequencies and the alternate use of a single equivalent modal damping value are discussed. These tests further confirm that damping in typical LMFBR pipe systems is larger than presently used in pipe design. Although some increase in damping occurred with increased excitation amplitude, the effect was not significant. Recommendations are made to use increased damping values for seismic events in design of heavily insulated pipe systems.

Copyright © 1985 by ASME
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