News & Views, Volume 45 | Life Management for High Energy Piping (HEP)
By: Matt Freeman
High Energy Piping systems, including main steam and hot reheat piping, are typically very reliable and can often operate trouble-free for decades. However, due to the combination of pressure and temperature at which such systems operate, a failure can have catastrophic consequences from a safety perspective and in terms of equipment loss. Because of this and the requirements of the ASME B31.1 Power Piping code, HEP programs – or as defined by Code, Covered Piping Systems (CPS) – are established to ensure that the integrity of the system is maintained throughout their lifecycle. This article discusses the steps required to implement an HEP / CPS life management program.
A Life Management Program is not synonymous with an inspection program. Inspections are an important part of an overall program but should be complimentary to the use of analytical tools, real-time monitoring, and laboratory examinations