The French nuclear industry has to face nowadays a series of challenges it did not have to face a decade ago. The most significant one is to ensure a reliable and safe operation of Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) in a context of both an ageing reactor fleet and new builds. The new constructions need rules that integrate a strong operation feedback while the older NPPs need rules that will guarantee the life extension beyond 40 years of operation.
In this context, a new edition of the French RCC-M Code is planned for 2016. This new edition integrates the modifications made to the Code as a result of Requests for Modification (RM), which can be submitted by anyone and which help to continuously improve the quality and robustness of the Code.
Concerning fatigue analyses, the RCC-M Code steering committee has acknowledged end of 2014 the reception of two RM to modify the fatigue design curve for austenitic stainless steels and Nickel base alloys, as well as to integrate environmental effects in the fatigue evaluation for austenitic stainless steel components. The contents of these two RM were based on the proposals presented in Reference .
AFCEN required a technical review of these two RM and this task was performed by a working group composed by French and international experts. This process concluded to the approval of these two RM to be integrated to the 2016 edition of the RCC-M Code. This paper offers a presentation of these two new Rules in Probation Phase (RPP), this format being quite similar to Code Cases proposed by ASME Code.