RCC-MRx Code is the result of the merger of the RCC-MX 2008, developed in the context of the research reactor Jules Horowitz Reactor project, and the RCC-MR 2007, which established rules applicable to the design of components operating at high temperature and to the Vacuum Vessel of ITER.
This code has been issued in French and English versions by AFCEN (Association Française pour les règles de Conception et de Construction des Matériels des Chaudières Electro-nucléaires) in 2012, 2015, and a new edition will be published by the end of 2018.
This new edition integrates a significant evolution for the rules dedicated to the ratchetting evaluation through the so-called “efficiency diagram rule”. This rule was initially developed to present a less penalizing rule than the classical “3 Sm” rule and to analyze the interaction between creep and ratchetting in the high temperature domain.
Since the first edition of RCC-MR code, several modifications have been made to this rule to improve its representativeness for this kind of damage. These modifications were motivated and justified by numerous experimental tests.
The last significant evolution is thus the occasion to present through this article, the background of this rule, the major evolutions already incorporated in the code and also the on-going developments.