The operational concern of pressurized thermal shock (PTS) can be minimized by proper operator guidance. This paper presents a method for calculating a pressure temperature limit curve for reactor vessel integrity which can be used to identify an ongoing potential PTS event. This method has been developed for use and is applicable to all pressurized water reactors. The curve is used in emergency operating procedures developed to prioritize various plant safety concerns including PTS and core cooling to ensure proper operator action during accident conditions. This paper emphasizes the development of the pressure-temperature limit and how it is used within the emergency operating procedures.

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