JDR Vol.6 No.1 pp. 155-164
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2011.p0155


AREVA’s Fatigue Concept – An Integrated and Multidisciplinary Approach to the Fatigue Assessment of NPP Components

Jürgen Rudolph, Steffen Bergholz, Benedikt Heinz,
and Nikolaus Wirtz

Department PEEA-G, AREVA NP GmbH, Henri-Dunant-Strasse 50, 91058 Erlangen, Germany

March 12, 2010
November 16, 2010
February 1, 2011
AREVA Fatigue Concept (AFC), Fatigue Monitoring System (FAMOS), thermal transient loading, simplified fatigue estimation, fast fatigue evaluation, transient catalog, detailed fatigue check

Preventing fatigue damage is crucial in changing boundary conditions such as code modification, lifetime extension, new plants with operating periods of 60 years. The AREVA fatigue concept (AFC) provides for a multiple-step multidisciplinary process – process engineering, fatigue monitoring, fatigue analysis, etc. – against fatigue before and during the entire nuclear power plant (NPP) operation. Fatigue analysis is based on real operational loads measured continuously on site in plants via fatigue monitoring, enabling qualified fatigue usage factors to be determined. Potential fatigue failure sites are reliably identified, reducing expensive inspection costs. Direct processing of measured temperatures is immediately used for a first automated fast fatigue estimation. In the periodic safety inspection (PSI) framework, detailed fatigue check conforming to code rules and based on real loads is recommended. The additional check against progressive plastic deformation (ratcheting) is unique. In the elastic plastic approach, much care must be taken in applying appropriate material law and extrapolation emanating from a low number of analyzed cycles.

Cite this article as:
J. Rudolph, S. Bergholz, B. Heinz, and <. Wirtz, “AREVA’s Fatigue Concept – An Integrated and Multidisciplinary Approach to the Fatigue Assessment of NPP Components,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.6, No.1, pp. 155-164, 2011.
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