Creep-fatigue damage is one of the dominant failure modes for pressure vessels and piping used at elevated temperatures. In the design of these components the inelastic behavior should be estimated accurately. An inelastic finite element analysis is sometimes employed to predict the creep behavior. However, this analysis needs complicated procedures and many data that depend on the material. Therefore the design is often based on a simplified inelastic analysis based on the elastic analysis result, as described in current design codes. A new, simplified method, named, Stress Redistribution Locus (SRL) method, was proposed in order to simplify the analysis procedure and obtain reasonable results. This method utilizes a unique estimation curve in a normalized stress-strain diagram which can be drawn regardless of the magnitude of thermal loading and constitutive equations of the materials. However, the mechanism of SRL has not been fully investigated. This paper presents results of the parametric inelastic finite element analyses performed in order to investigate the mechanism of SRL around a structural discontinuity, like a shell-skirt intersection, subjected to combined secondary bending stress and peak stress. This investigation showed that SRL comprises a redistribution of the peak and secondary stress components and that although these two components exhibit independent redistribution behavior, they are related to each other.

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