The current regulations, as set forth by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), to insure that light-water nuclear reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) maintain their structural integrity when subjected to planned reactor startup (heat-up) and shutdown (cool-down) transients are specified in Appendix G to 10 CFR Part 50, which incorporates by reference Appendix G to Section XI of the ASME Code. The technical basis for these regulations contains many aspects that are now broadly recognized by the technical community as being unnecessarily conservative and some plants are finding it increasingly difficult to comply with the current regulations. Consequently, a goal of current NRC research is to derive a technical basis for a risk-informed revision to the current requirements that reduces the conservatism and also is consistent with the methods previously used to develop a risk-informed revision to the regulations for accidental transients such as pressurized thermal shock (PTS). Previous publications have been successful in illustrating potential methods to provide a risk-informed relaxation to the current regulations for normal transients. Thus far, probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analyses have been performed at 60 effective full power years (EFPY) for one of the reactors evaluated as part of the PTS re-evaluation project. In these previous analyses / publications, consistent with the assumptions utilized for this particular reactor in the PTS re-evaluation, all flaws for this reactor were postulated to be embedded. The objective of this paper is to review the analysis results and conclusions from previous publications on this subject and to attempt to modify / generalize these conclusions to include RPVs postulated to contain only inner-surface breaking flaws or a combination of embedded flaws and inner-surface breaking flaws.

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