Leak-before-break (LBB) is an important concept that could confirm design and integrity evaluation of nuclear power plant piping. For the LBB analysis, the detective leakage rate should be calculated for a through-wall cracked pipes. For this calculation, the crack opening displacement (COD) calculation is essential.
Recently, sodium faster reactor (SFR) which has thin-walled pipes with Rm/t ranged 30–40 was introduced and then the investigation of these thin walled pipes and elbows has received great attention in the LBB evaluation. In this context, the three-dimensional finite element (FE) analyses for thin elbows with circumferential crack under in-plane bending are carried out to investigate the elastic COD values.
Finally, the solution for elastic COD which can cover sufficiently thin elbow is successfully addressed.