Advanced Scale Conditioning Agents

Davis, Jeff; Battagiia, Philip J.
May 2004
Nuclear Plant Journal;May/Jun2004, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p40
Trade Publication
A technical description of Advanced Scale Conditioning Agents (ASCA) technology was published in the May-June 2003 edition of Nuclear Plant Journal. That article described the development programs of advanced scale conditioning agents and specific types to maintain the secondary side of steam generators within a pressurized water reactor free of deposited corrosion products and corrosion-inducing contaminants to ensure their long-term operation. This article describes the first two plant applications of advanced scale conditioning agents implemented at Southern Nuclear Operating Company's Vogtle Units 1 and 2 during their 2002 scheduled outages to minimize tube degradation and maintain full power operation using the most effective techniques while minimizing outage costs. The goal was to remove three to four fuel cycles of deposits from each steam generator so that after future chemical cleaning activities, ASCAs could be used to maintain the cleanliness of the steam generators without the need for additional chemical cleaning efforts. The goal was achieved as well as several other benefits that resulted in cost savings to the plant.


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