Environmentally Assisted Fatigue is receiving nowadays an increased level of attention not only for new builds but also for the installed bases which are currently having their lives extended to 60 years in various countries. To formally integrate these effects, some international codes have already proposed code cases. More specifically, the ASME code has used the NUREG/CR-6909 [1] as the basis for Code Case N-792 [2] and suggests a modification of the austenitic stainless steels fatigue curve combined with a calculation of an environmental penalty factor, namely Fen, which is to be multiplied by the usual fatigue usage factor.

The various methodologies proposed are not finalized and there is still a significant level of discussion as can be illustrated by the recent update of NUREG/CR-6909 [3]. In this context, EDF, AREVA and the CEA have also submitted two RCC-M Rules in Probatory Phase (RPP) (equivalent to ASME code-cases) to AFCEN to propose respectively an update of the fatigue curve for austenitic stainless steels and a methodology to incorporate EAF in fatigue evaluations.

The approach is globally similar to the one in the ASME code: it consists in an update of the mean air and design fatigue curves as well as the calculation of an environmental penalty factor. Nevertheless, the methodologies differ in their detailed implementation by especially introducing the Fen-integrated which accounts for the environmental effects already covered by the fatigue curves. This paper is the sequel to the proposal already described in [4] [6].

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