05000395/LER-2017-005

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LER-2017-005, AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO MAIN TURBINE TRIP
V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, Unit 1
Event date: 1-07-2017
Report date: 12-22-2017
Reporting criterion: 10 CFR 50.73(a)(2)(iv)(A), System Actuation
3952017005R00 - NRC Website
LER 17-005-00 for V.C Summer, Unit 1, Regarding Automatic Reactor Trip Due to Main Turbine Trip
ML17356A218
Person / Time
Site: Summer South Carolina Electric & Gas Company icon.png
Issue date: 12/22/2017
From: Lippard G A
South Carolina Electric & Gas Co
To:
Document Control Desk, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
References
CR-17-05860
Download: ML17356A218 (4)


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05000- V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, Unit 1 395 1.0 EVENT DESCRIPTION At 1957 on November 07, 2017, VCSNS Unit 1 was operating in Mode 1 at 100% power and experienced an automatic reactor trip. All systems responded as expected, with the exception of 'B' Steam Generator Feedwater Isolation Valve (FWIV) XVG1611B-FW. This valve did not indicate closed from the Main Control Board despite the FWIV signal being automatically provided. The operator attempted to close the valve using manual switch manipulation however this was not immediately successful. The valve indicated closed approximately 30 seconds after the manual manipulation. There was no impact to plant operation as a result of the 'B' FWIV failing to close.

All Control Rods fully inserted and all Emergency Feedwater pumps started as required. Feedwater (FW) to the 'B' steam generator (S/G) was automatically isolated by the FW Flow Control Valve and the FW Bypass Valve. All EFW flow responded to provide feedwater to the S/Gs. The Operating crew stabilized the plant, which remained in Mode 3 with decay heat removal via the Steam Dump system to the Main Condenser.

The cause of the turbine trip was determined to be a loss of DCS power to all three Main Feedwater Pumps, which was caused by the failure of Non-Safety Related Inverter XIT5905. Inverter XIT5905 was subsequently placed in "Bypass" to provide power from the Alternate AC source.

The Reactor was returned to Mode 1 and the Breaker was closed on November 10, 2017 at 0720.

2.0 EVENT ANALYSIS Turbine Trip The loss of power to the DCS was a result of a failure of Non-Safety Related Inverter XIT5905. The loss of power to the DCS cabinets caused a trip of all three FWPs. When all three FWPs are lost this causes an automatic turbine trip. Since the station was operating at greater than 50% power the automatic turbine trip resulted in a reactor trip.

Maintenance was performed on the XIT5905 inverter earlier in the day prior to the trip. The touchscreen, microprocessor stack on the control board, and the inverter gate driver card were replaced. Troubleshooting performed after the trip found that the recently serviced inverter output waveform was abnormal when viewed on an oscilloscope. The abnormal wave shape lead to the unsuccessful static switch transfer to the alternate source of power. This condition was confirmed by reinstallation of the old card and observing that the inverter section output now exhibited proper symmetry. The observed waveform of the alternate source also had excellent symmetry.

Following the trip, Inverter XIT5905 was left in Bypass Mode, which closes a switch contact to directly supply the output of XIT5905 from the Alternate AC source. The replacement Inverter Gate Drive card will be installed during Refueling Outage 24 (RF-24). Inverter XIT5905 will be returned to normal service following the post maintenance testing.

Feedwater Isolation Valve When a reactor trip input is received, the P-4 interlock of the Engineered Safety Features Actuation System should close the main feedwater valves on T avg below "low T avg setpoint". This did not occur immediately after receiving a feedwater isolation signal.

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05000- V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. Unit 1 395 2017 1 005 -L 00 The FWIV. XVG1611B-FVV, indicated closed approximately 30 seconds after manual manipulation of the switch.

An investigation determined that the

  • B' FWIV operator air valve assembly was found to have the pilot seat seal on the 'A' train solenoid valve dislodged and a poppet valve seal dislodged. When energized, the 'A' train solenoid valve removes the air supply to the poppet valves, allowing 560 psig air to 'B' FWIV operator thus holding the 'B' FWIV open. When the 'A' train solenoid is de-energized, air supply is provided to the poppet valves. shuttling the poppets to another position, and closing the B' FWIV. The poppet valves are located within the air valve assembly.

A work order was generated to repair the 'A' train solenoid valve (pilot seat seal) and the air valve assembly (poppet valve seal) for the 'B' FWIV. The pilot seat seal within the 'A' train solenoid valve was dislodged due to internal pressure built up in the plunger during pilot seat seal installation and normal heat cycling. A new plunger was used during the repair of the 'A' train solenoid. The air valve assembly and solenoid were reinstalled and the 'B' FWIV was retested with no leakage.

3.0 SAFETY SIGNIFICANCE An evaluation was performed to determine the core damage frequency and large early release frequency impact of a turbine trip and subsequent reactor trip caused by a failure of Inverter XIT5905. The 8b PRA model was used with nominal values for maintenance. A 6.18% increase in Core Damage Frequency and a 7.04% increase in Large Early Release Frequency was observed. A review of the cutsets show that these increases are from the increase in the percent turbine trip initiation event. The modeled failure to isolate XVG01611B-FVV does not show up in the results. The impact from this plant trip is not greater than green".

4.0 PREVIOUS OCCURRENCE No previous occurrence within the last three years.

5.0 CORRECTIVE ACTIONS Work Order 1705755 Step 005 was created to repair and test Inverter XIT5905 during the next refueling outage (RF-24).

A root cause evaluation is being performed under CR-17-05908. Corrective actions will be determined after this is finalized.