Although the minimum thickness of pipe wall required (tsr) of T-joints (tees) of class 2, 3 and lower classes of nuclear power plants in Japan is calculated from the design pressure and temperature, there is no rule or standard of wall thinning T-joints for thickness management.

This paper describes the pressure tests procedure and six test results with parameters of T-joint geometry such as outer diameter D, thickness T and T/D to establish structural integrity of wall thinning T-joints. Based on the fracture surface observation, a ductile crack initiation of each test mock-ups was confirmed.

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