(GRS 130) FALSIRE Phase II - CSNI Project for Fracture Analyses of Large-Scale International Reference Experiments (Phase II)

J. Sievers, H. Schulz, R. Bass, C. Pugh, J. Keeney

A summary of Phase II of the Project for Fracture Analysis of Large-Scale International Reference Experiments (FALSIRE) is presented. Project FALSIRE was created by the Fracture Assessment Group (FAG) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency's (OECD/NEA's) Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) Principal Working Group No. 3 (PWG-3). The CSNI/FAG was formed to evaluate fracture prediction capabilities currently used in safety assessments of nuclear components.


Members were from laboratories and research organizations in Western Europe, Japan, and the United States. The CSNI/FAG initiated an international project (FALSIRE I) in 1988 to assess various fracture methodologies through interpretive analyses of six large-scale fracture experiments. These experiments were conducted by research organizations in Europe, Japan, and the United States. Following the successful completion of FALSIRE I in 1992, several participating organizations indicated a desire to proceed with further evaluation of fracture analysis methods in a Phase II program.