Many stainless steel canisters for the dry storage of spent nuclear fuel are located in coastal regions. Because the heat treatment for relieving the welding residual stress is not required during fabrication, these canisters may be susceptible to chloride induced stress corrosion cracking due to the deliquescence of chloride-bearing marine salts or dust that enter the overpack system and deposit on the canister external surface. The NDE techniques and the associated delivery system are being developed to conduct periodic inservice inspections. The acceptance standards are needed to disposition findings should flaw-like indications be found. The instability crack lengths and depths for these flaws in the form of semi-elliptical shape near the welds are determined with R6 procedure. The cracks are subject to the canister design pressure and handling loads as well as the estimated welding residual stresses.

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