Two major Codes are used for Fitness for Service of Nuclear Power Plants: one is the ASME B&PV Code Section XI and the other one is the French RSE-M Code. Both of them are largely used in many countries, partially or totally.

The last 2013 RSE-M covers “Mechanical Components of Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs):

- Pre-service and In-service inspection

- Surveillance in operation or during shutdown

- Flaw evaluation

- Repairs-Replacements parts for plant in operation

- Pressure tests

The last 2013 ASME Section XI covers “Mechanical components and containment of Light Water Reactors (LWRs)” and has a larger scope with similar topics: more types of plants (PWR and Boiling Water Reactor-BWR), other components like metallic and concrete containments…

The paper is a first comparison covering the scope, the jurisdiction, the general organization of each section, the major principles to develop In Service Inspection, Repair-Replacement activities, the flaw evaluation rules, the pressure test requirements, the surveillance procedures (monitoring…) and the connections with Design Codes…

These Codes are extremely important for In-service inspection programs in particular and essential tools to justify long term operation of Nuclear Power Plants.

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