A typical multipurpose canister (MPC) is made of austenitic stainless steel and is loaded with spent nuclear fuel (SNF) assemblies. Because heat treatment for stress relief is not required for the construction of the MPC, the canister is susceptible to stress corrosion cracking in the weld or heat affected zone (HAZ) regions under long-term storage conditions. Logic for flaw acceptance is developed should crack-like flaws be detected by Inservice Inspection. The procedure recommended by API 579-1/ASME FFS-1, Fitness-for-Service, is used to calculate the instability crack length or depth by failure assessment diagram (FAD). It is demonstrated that the welding residual stress (RS) has a strong influence on the results.

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