In the 2012 version of the JSME Fitness-for-Service Rules for Nuclear Power Plants, the procedure to calculate screening parameter, SC, which is used for selecting the analysis method (limit load controlled by plastic collapse, elastic-plastic fracture mechanics, or linear elastic fracture mechanics), has been revised to reflect a semi-elliptical surface crack. Both limit load solution and stress intensity factor solution are needed to calculate SC, and the solutions for a semi-elliptical surface crack are different from those for a fan-shape surface crack. In this study, the effect of the difference in crack shape on SC is investigated. Through the results on the sensitivity analysis, the adequacy of the evaluation procedure of SC is ascertained.

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