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Cracked shaft detection on large vertical nuclear reactor coolant pumpDue to difficulty and radiation exposure associated with examination of the internals of large commercial nuclear reactor coolant pumps, it is necessary to be able to diagnose the cause of an excessive vibration problem quickly without resorting to extensive trial and error efforts. Consequently, it is necessary to make maximum use of all available data to develop a consistent theory which locates the problem area in the machine. This type of approach was taken at Three Mile Island, Unit #1, in February 1984 to identify and locate the cause of a continuously climbing vibration level of the pump shaft. The data gathered necessitated some in-depth knowledge of the pump internals to provide proper interpretation and avoid misleading conclusions. Therefore, the raw data included more than just the vibration characteristics. Pertinent details of the data gathered is shown and is necessary and sufficient to show that the cause of the observed vibration problem could logically only be a cracked pump shaft in the shaft overhang below the pump bearing.
Document ID
19860020708
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Jenkins, L. S. (Westinghouse Electric Corp. Cheswick, PA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Lewis Research Center Instability in Rotating Machinery
Subject Category
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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