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Equipment Qualification (EQ) Fundamentals

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Overview

​This seminar presents a basis for the regulations and standards requiring Equipment Qualification of nuclear safety related components; the methods by which EQ is performed; the importance of the qualification basis to the supply of new equipment; the significance of EQ throughout plant life; and considerations applicable to the “nuclear renaissance.”  This course is complemented with a tour of the Kinectrics laboratories when held in Toronto.

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Course Outline

Overview

  • Why are we here?
  • Historical Background
    • Operating Experience (OE)
  • United States/Domestic Approach
    • IEEE 323, ASME QME-1
  • International Approach
  • New Nuclear Generation – Nuclear Renaissance

EQ Defined

  • Design basis Accidents / Events (DBA / DBE)
  • EQ Regulations / Rulemaking
    • IE Bulletin 79-01B
    • NUREG-0588
    • 10 CFR 50.49
    • 10 CFR 50 Appendix A, General Design Criteria (GDC)
    • Regulatory Guide 1.89
  • EQ Elements
    • Mild versus Harsh Environment
    • Aging
      • Accelerated Thermal Aging
      • Radiation Aging
      • Operational Aging
    • Seismic & Dynamic Analysis/Testing
    • LOCA/HELB Analysis/Testing
    • Submergence
  • Establishing the EQ Basis

Uses for the EQ Basis

  • Extrapolating Results
  • Design Control
  • Plant Configuration Management
  • EQ Maintenance/Surveillance
    • Preventive
    • Replacement
  • Commercial Grade Dedication Considerations
  • Condition Monitoring/Life Extension
  • EQ Evaluations / Analysis

Nuclear Renaissance

  • Changes to the Governing Regulations & Standards
    • RG 1.89, IEEE 323
    • RG 1.100, IEEE 344
    • Others (ASME QME-1, AG-1)

Laboratory Tour and Workshops

The course includes a complimentary tour of the Kinectrics laboratories:
  • Inspection/Metrology
  • Environmental Aging Chambers
  • Seismic Simulator
  • LOCA/HELB Facility​

Who Should Attend

Participants expected to benefit highly from this seminar include:
  • Design Engineers
  • Procurement Engineers
  • Buyers and Supply Chain Personnel
  • Manufacturers who supply to, or wish to supply to, the nuclear industry

Key Benefits

Learn the following:

  • The historical background which has led to the development of EQ regulations
  • What regulations and standards govern EQ activities
  • What methods are available to establish EQ
  • How EQ is applied to the operating plant
  • EQ considerations for the Nuclear Renaissance​

Instructors

  • Garry Chapman


    Garry Chapman is a Mechanical Engineer and a Registered Professional Engineer with extensive engineering,  maintenance and operations experience responsible for commercial grade dedication and equipment qualification services in the USA and Canada. He has been actively involved in industry activities including EPRI task groups and IEEE standards writing bodies.​

  • David Marttila


    David Marttila is a qualified mechanical design engineer and project manager in the Kinectrics Nuclear Products and Engineered Services Department.

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Training Locations

  • Toronto

    800 Kipling Ave., Unit 2
    Toronto, Ontario, M8Z 5G5

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    416-207-6000

    416-207-6532


  • Pickering

    940 Brock Road, Unit 11
    Pickering, Ontario, L1W 2A1

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    905-420-4242

    905-420-4125


  • Cincinnati

    7251 E. Kemper Road,
    Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249

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    513-247-9039