An integrated software platform of high-temperature design evaluation and defect assessment for a nuclear component and piping system subjected to high-temperature operation in creep regime has been developed. The program, called “HITEP_RCC-MRx,” is based on French nuclear grade high-temperature design code of RCC-MRx and enables a designer to conduct not only elevated temperature design evaluation but also elevated temperature defect assessment. HITEP_RCC-MRx consists of three modules: “HITEP_RCC-DBA,” which is programmed for the design-by-analysis (DBA) evaluation for class 1 pressure boundary components such as the pressure vessel and heat exchangers according to the RB-3200 procedures; “HITEP_RCC-PIPE,” which is programmed for the design-by-rule (DBR) evaluation according to the RB-3600 procedures; and “HITEP_RCC-A16,” which is programmed for high-temperature defect assessment according to the A16 procedures. The program has been verified with a number of related example problems on modules of DBA, Pipe, and A16. It was shown from the verification examples that integrated software platform of HITEP_RCC-MRx is capable of conducting three functions of an elevated temperature design evaluation for pressure boundary components and for piping, and an elevated defect assessment in an efficient and reliable way.

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