This work investigates the applicability of the flaw shape idealization methods to carry out the structural integrity assessment of steam generator (SG) tubes under internal pressure with complicated axial inner and outer surface flaws that were typically found during the in-service-inspection (ISI). In terms of flaw shape, three different shapes of flaws which can be detected during an actual ISI are considered, i.e., long symmetric flaw, asymmetric inclined flaw and narrow, symmetric deep flaw. As for flaw shape idealization methods for the predictions of burst pressures of these flaws, four different flaw shape idealization models, i.e., semi-elliptical, rectangular, maximum length with effective flaw depth and weakest subcrack model proposed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are employed in this work. In order to validate the applicability of these idealization methods, the burst pressures of SG tubes with these flaws are investigated by using the finite element (FE) analyses. By comparing the predictions of the burst pressures based on the four different flaw shape idealization methods with those based on actual flaw shapes, it is found that the weakest subcrack model proposed by the EPRI and maximum length with effective flaw depth model provide the better agreement with actual complex flaw.

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