Low cycle fatigue life of structural materials in LWR plants decreases remarkably in elevated temperature water depending on strain rate, temperature, water chemistry and material properties. The maximum reduction rate in fatigue life for carbon and low alloy steels is over 100 in severe conditions. Fatigue life is composed of fatigue crack initiation life and consequent propagation life. It is important to know the proportion of crack initiation life to propagation life in water environment when developing a model to estimate fatigue crack initiation life. The beachmark imprinting method was used to monitor fatigue crack initiation and consequent propagation. Environmental test conditions varied widely from severely accelerated conditions of high temperature and dissolved oxygen to mild conditions of lower temperature and oxygen. Fatigue crack initiation life could be determined using the beachmark imprinting method for all test conditions. Based on obtained test results, the susceptibility of each parameter in NWC and the relationships between NWC/NW and environmental fatigue life correction factor Fen under various conditions are discussed, but a good relationship could not be detected due to widely scattered data and a model to predict fatigue crack initiation life could not be proposed.

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