A probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) code, PRAISE-CANDU 1.0, has been developed under a software quality assurance (QA) program in full compliance with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) N286.7-99, and was initially released in June 2012 and officially approved for use in August 2013. Extensive verification and validation has been performed on PRAISE-CANDU 1.0 for the purpose of software QA. This paper presents the fatigue benchmarking against NURBIM (nuclear risk based inspection methodology for passive components) fatigue cases between PRAISE-CANDU 1.0 and six other PFM codes. This benchmarking is considered to be an important element of the validation of PRAISE-CANDU. Excellent agreement is observed in spite of the differences between the codes. The comparison of the predicted leak probability at the 40th year shows that PRAISE-CANDU not only captures the same trend but also bounds (higher predicted failure probability) the majority of the NURBIM results. In addition to the leak probability, the rupture probability, and uncertainty analysis, which were not reported in the NURBIM Project, are also calculated with PRAISE-CANDU and presented.
Benchmarking PRAISE-CANDU 1.0 With Nuclear Risk Based Inspection Methodology Project Fatigue Cases
Contributed by the Pressure Vessel and Piping Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF PRESSURE VESSEL TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received December 27, 2013; final manuscript received June 8, 2014; published online October 15, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Kunio Hasegawa.
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Duan, X., Wang, M., and Kozluk, M. J. (October 15, 2014). "Benchmarking PRAISE-CANDU 1.0 With Nuclear Risk Based Inspection Methodology Project Fatigue Cases." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. April 2015; 137(2): 021601. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4028202
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