Fatigue life in elevated-temperature water is affected by water chemistry, temperature, and strain rate. To evaluate these effects, the environmental fatigue life correction factor was established. And to evaluate fatigue damage in actual plants where factors such as temperature and strain rate are not constant, the modified rate approach method was developed. In order to confirm the applicability of these methods, several tests were carried out under a condition in which strain rate changes in response to temperature and fatigue life could be evaluated with an accuracy of a factor of 3, but conservatism was observed. In this evaluation, conservatism of environmental fatigue prediction is studied. To minimize conservatism in environmental fatigue evaluation, four factors are examined. As a result of examination, we conclude that an improvement the environmental fatigue life correction factor and application of a strain range insensitive to the environment may reduce conservatism, and that investigation into the mechanism of reduction in fatigue life is necessary for further improvement.

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