Fort Calhoun (USA)

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PWR 480 MW constructed by CE; grid connection in 1973

Facilities in Fort Calhoun

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Fort Calhoun-1PWR19681973

Failure of a pressurizer safety valve initiated a LOCA with potential to degrade the reactor coolant pressure boundary. A pressure spike in the RCS led to the opening of the safety relief valve, coolant flow through the valve into the holding tank, But when the valve did not reseat properly the tank overflowed -> about 80.000 liters of reactor coolant spilled onto containment building floor. HPCI and LPCI start. -> scram. Inspection revealed that the valve which malfunctioned was seriously damaged by chattering.


station batteries developed cracks in the cell casings CAUSED BY STRESSES FROM CORROSION BUILDUP AT THE POSITIVE POST SEAL AREA.


EDGS: radiator exhaust dampers had cracked pins in their couplings, Could have prevented both EDGS from performing their design functions


containment spray and containment coolers were outside design basis for post accident containment cooling, condition existed since startup


original design error: potential common mode failure of both EDGs existed since startup; the static voltage regulator cabinet reached temperatures high enough to cause solid state component malfunction


beause of design fault, in the event of a main steam line break or a LOCA, the auxiliary feed water piping inside the containment would be overpressurized due to thermal expansion of fluid between closed valves


all 4 wide range nuclear instsrumentation cables found to be in same fire area


Excessive leakage past 4 check valves in the instrument air system could cause premature switching to a dry containment sump, potential loss of SI and containment spray