To obtain the maximum life for fossil power plant high energy piping systems requires a management process that goes beyond a maintenance response to discovered damage or problems. The catastrophic failure of a cold reheat piping system in 2003 and the ongoing damage reported for feedwater and steam piping systems in other power plants suggest a need for a comprehensive process of life management This paper proposes a process based upon the successful EPRI program for boiler tube failure reduction. Key to this process is a structure that fully confirms the damage or failure mechanism, that identifies the root cause for the mechanism, and that establishes short and long-term corrective actions for the damage. Finally, the process must be implemented through a cross-functional team of plant staff covering maintenance, operations, and engineering disciplines to assure the most complete and cost effective actions to prevent future damage.

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