Two calibration processes are selected for determining the parameters of the Chaboche nonlinear kinematic hardening (NLK) material model for stainless steel. One process is manual that requires no outside software and the other follows a finite element software. The basis of the calibration is the monotonic stress-strain curve obtained from a tension specimen subjected to unidirectional loading. The Chaboche model is meant for elastic-plastic ratcheting analysis that is included in commonly used design codes. It is chosen because it is known that it can represent realistically the materials that are used for power plant components and pressure vessels. To test the calibration results, a pressurized cylindrical shell subjected to thermal cycling is selected as an example. It was found that, for the example, no more than four Chaboche components should be used in the determination of its parameters.

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