The RCC-MR creep-fatigue rules were developed and written in the framework of studies for the first SFR (Sodium Fast Reactors). These reactors were characterized by low primary loads and moderately high temperatures. The rule thus has to be improved with the aim of decreasing its conservatisms in case of higher temperatures and/or higher pressures (for GEN IV Gas Cooled Reactors). Studies were realized to improve the rule on the following points: - the position of the temperature dwell time in the cycle : the current rule always considers that the dwell time is located at one of the extremes of the cycle, what can be very conservative in some cases, - the symmetrisation effect of the stabilized cycle, - the case where the primary loads vary during the cycle, - the primary and secondary stresses combination during the temperature dwell time for the evaluation of the stress relaxation. These works are based on viscoelastoplastic calculations of stabilized cycles and the new proposals are applied on different tests. The consequences on creep-fatigue damage evaluation can be very significant.

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