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Estimation of through-wall cracking frequency of RPV under PTS events using PFM analysis method for identifying conservatism included in current Japanese code

Osakabe, Kazuya*; Masaki, Koichi*; Katsuyama, Jinya ; Katsumata, Genshichiro; Onizawa, Kunio 

The structural integrity of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) during pressurized thermal shock events is judged to be maintained unless the stress intensity factors at the crack tip is smaller than fracture toughness $$K$$$$_{Ic}$$ based on deterministic approach in the current Japanese code. Application of a probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis method for the structural reliability assessment of RPVs has become attractive recently, because uncertainties of several parameters can be incorporated rationally. According to the PFM analysis method in the U.S., through-wall cracking frequencies (TWCFs) are estimated. In this study, in order to identify the conservatism in the current code, PFM analyses on TWCF have been performed for certain model of RPVs. The result shows that the current assumption in JEAC 4206-2007 is conservative as compared with realistic conditions. Effects of variation of PTS transients on crack initiation frequency and TWCF have been also discussed.

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