Wall thinning by Flow Accelerated Corrosion (FAC), Erosion-Cavitation (E-C), and fretting has been observed in carbon steel piping. At some locations, the predicted end-of-life wall thickness could be below the design minimum thickness required by ASME B&PV Code Section III, which is an extremely conservative analysis method. To support the life extension without replacement or repair, it is essential to demonstrate the fitness for service of degraded piping components that satisfy the mandatory structural factors with uncertainties explicitly identified and addressed in an integrated manner. The present paper discusses the key technical basis for a sound assessment of small bore high energy Class 1 piping with lower than Code specified design minimum thickness, and proposes some future research activities to further enhance the technical basis.

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