There are some ferritic low alloy steel components including dissimilar metal welding parts in a nuclear power plant. Residual stress induced by welding process is one of the factors that may lead a sound component to have a defect. Therefore it is necessary that the distribution of residual stress is obtained to predict the behavior of a dissimilar metal welding part. In this paper, the distribution of residual stress obtained by finite element analysis is investigated to assess the stress intensity factor of a corner crack in pressurizer vent nozzle penetration weld. Then the stress intensity factor and plastic zone correction of a corner crack are calculated under internal pressure, thermal stress and residual stress in accordance with Electric Power Research Institute equation [1]. The resulting stress intensity factor and plastic-zone correction were compared with those obtained from Structural Integrity Associates.

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