United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

W14  Deterministic versus Probabilistic Assessments of Component Integrity

A panel of four to six national experts in probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) will each give a 5 to 10 minute presentation addressing the question, “What are the most important considerations on the use of probabilistic fracture mechanics?” Considerations may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • the roles for and appropriate use of deterministic versus probabilistic assessments for component integrity, and whether there are situations for which a PFM assessment should never or should always be conducted
  • the role communication should have in explaining the advantages and disadvantages of PFM to both engineers and the public
  • the public policy implications in the explicit acknowledgment, inherent to PFM, that high value and high consequence structures can fail, albeit rarely

A question and answer session between panelists and the audience will follow the presentations.

SESSION CHAIR(S):
 
  • Mark Kirk, Senior Materials Engineer, Division of Engineering, RES/NRC tel: 301-415-2456, e-mail: Mark.Kirk@nrc.gov
SPEAKER(S):
 
SESSION COORDINATOR(S):
 
  • Matthew Gordon, Materials Engineer, Division of Engineering, RES/NRC tel: 301-415-2152, e-mail: Matthew.Gordon@nrc.gov
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