A Code Case in the framework of JSME Nuclear Codes and Standards is currently being developed to incorporate seismic design evaluation of piping by detailed elastic-plastic response analysis and strain-based fatigue criteria as an alternative design rule to the current rule, in order to provide a more rational seismic design evaluation. The Code Case provides two strain-based criteria; one is a limit to maximum amplitude of equivalent strain amplitude derived from detailed analysis and the other is a limit to the fatigue usage factor also based on the equivalent strain amplitude.

A guideline for piping seismic analysis based on inelastic response analysis is also being developed as a mandatory appendix for the code case. The guideline provides the methodology to obtain the elastic and plastic strains in seismic response and contains descriptions for analysis code, FE modeling including material property definition, time history analysis method, damping, seismic input condition and verification and validation method. This paper introduces the outlines of them.

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