The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) Committee on Power Generation Facility Codes recognizes the importance of fatigue evaluation methods based on the latest knowledge and is developing a fatigue evaluation method by flaw tolerance. The ASME B&PV Code Section XI has Non-mandatory Appendix L, “Operating Plant Fatigue Assessment” (hereinafter “App. L”), which provides a flaw tolerance method for fatigue evaluation when a cumulative usage factor (CUF) of a component is greater than 1.0. In order to develop a flaw tolerance method for the JSME Codes for nuclear power generation facilities, postulated initial flaws, capability of nondestructive examination, compatibility to rules and flaw tolerance codes are discussed.

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