The ASME Code fatigue curves (S–N curves) are used in the fatigue evaluation of reactor components. For the assessment of high frequency cyclic loading (such as those produced by flow-induced vibrations), where the number of cycles is expected to be very large and cannot be estimated, the stresses are evaluated by comparison with the fatigue limit1 at 1011 cycles. Other high cycle events of finite time duration (e.g. safety relief loading), where the number of cycles is large but well defined, the fatigue evaluation is performed by comparing the calculated stress with the allowable values defined by the high cycle fatigue design curve. This paper discusses the development of fatigue design curves for austenitic and ferritic steels when the number of cycles is in the range 106 – 1011 cycles. The first part of the paper addresses austenitic stainless steel components which are used for reactor internals. Specifically, the approach described here uses temperature dependent properties (cyclic yield strength, cyclic ultimate strength) for the mean stress correction and the correction for the modulus of elasticity. The high cycle fatigue design curve is developed by applying the mean stress and the E correction on the reversing load mean data curve and applying a factor of 2 on stress. The generic methodology developed for austenitic steel was applied to carbon and low alloy steels also. The proposed fatigue design curves are part of a draft ASME Code Case being considered by the ASME Code Subgroup on Design Methods. This paper describes the technical basis for the proposed ASME Code Case for the high cycle fatigue design curves for austenitic and ferritic steels.

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