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Verification of probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis code for reactor pressure vessel

Li, Y. ; Katsumata, Genshichiro*; Masaki, Koichi; Hayashi, Shotaro*; Itabashi, Yu*; Nagai, Masaki*; Suzuki, Masahide*; Kanto, Yasuhiro*

It has been recognized that probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) is a promising methodology in structural integrity assessments of pressure boundary components of nuclear power plants, because it can rationally represent the influencing parameters in their inherent probabilistic distributions without over conservativeness. A PFM analysis code PASCAL has been developed by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency to evaluate the through-wall cracking frequencies of domestic reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) considering neutron irradiation embrittlement and pressurized thermal shock (PTS) transients. In this study, as a part of the verification activities, a working group was established with seven organizations from industry, universities and institutes. Through one year activities, the applicability of PASCAL for structural integrity assessments of domestic RPVs was confirmed with great confidence. This paper presents the details of the verification activities of the working group.



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