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TMCNet:  Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. Addresses Latest Industry Codes and Standards with Release of Three New Versions of pc-CRACK Fracture Mechanics Software for Power Plants

[January 31, 2014]

Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. Addresses Latest Industry Codes and Standards with Release of Three New Versions of pc-CRACK Fracture Mechanics Software for Power Plants

SAN JOSE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. ®, headquartered out of San Jose, California with over a dozen offices nationwide, recently released three new versions of their exclusive pc-Crack software; pc-CRACK 4.1, pc-CRACK 4.1 CS, and pc-CRACK 4.1 Lite. pc-CRACK 4.1 expands the capability of engineering staffs and allows users to rapidly perform sophisticated fracture mechanics analyses.

The Microsoft (News - Alert)® Windows®-based software allows the user to perform analysis that predicts flaw behavior, including calculation of crack growth rates and critical crack sizes for pressure vessels, piping, turbines, and structures, with immediate display of analysis results. pc-CRACK 4.1 CS applications include codes and standards such as ASME Code Section XI flaw evaluations as well as weld overlay design. Some of the other features in the 4.1 and 4.1 CS versions include:

  • CS version verified under nuclear quality assurance program
  • LEFM and EPFM capabilities
  • 17 new crack models, many with influence functions
  • Surface and depth direction crack growth for ellipical cracks
  • User-defined 1-D or 2-D stress intensity factor inputs for crack growth analysis
  • J-a table and instability
  • Allowable crack size calculation using ASME Section XI IWB-3640 2004 Edition
  • Batch mode capability
  • Materials library
  • Streamlined user interface

"pc-CRACK was first developed by Structural Integrity nearly 30 years ago. Our goal in this latest update was to continue providing industry equations and models that are QA compliant and provide on-going maintenance," Francis Ku, lead engineer for the pc-CRACK 4.1 version.

Structural Integrity's full pc-CRACK versions are available via licenses and pc-CRACK 4.1 Lite version is free and offers some fracture mechanics models. Full software information and Lite version download are available at www.structint.com/pc-CRACK.

About Structural Integrity Associates, Inc.

Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. is an internationally recognized engineering consulting company specializing in the prevention and control of structural and mechanical failures, with a strong presence in the power generation industry. With headquarters in San Jose, CA (News - Alert), Structural Integrity serves clients worldwide with branch offices located throughout the US and Canada, as well as through affiliates located in China, Korea, Switzerland, Spain and Taiwan. Structural Integrity's expertise encompasses a broad range of engineering and non-destructive examination (NDE) issues critical to the success of nuclear, fossil and combined cycle power plants, as well as oil and gas pipelines.


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