The fatigue effects have to be revaluated in preparing the license renewal application for the continued operation of an old vintage nuclear power plant. This paper presents a complete fatigue analysis for a branch piping with the effect of thermal stratification, induced by turbulent penetration, and environmental factors on fatigue. Three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics and finite element analyses were performed for the branch line to evaluate the thermal stratification loading. Proposed is a supplementary methodology of considering the effect of environmental factor on the combined conventional peak stress intensity range, based on the NB-3600 of ASME Section III Code, with thermal stratification loading. It can be used for safety enhancement of old vintage nuclear power plants.

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