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Post-irradiation annealing and re-irradiation technique for LWR reactor pressure vessel material

Matsui, Yoshinori ; Ide, Hiroshi ; Itabashi, Yukio; Kikuchi, Taiji; Ishikawa, Kazuyoshi; Abe, Shinichi; Inoue, Shuichi ; Shimizu, Michio; Iwamatsu, Shigemi; Watanabe, Naoki*; Onizawa, Kunio 

Studies on the irradiation damage of the material of the RPV are inevitable for the LWR. Recently, the researches of annealing effect on the irradiation damage of RPV material were extensively carried out using specimens irradiated in the JMTR of the JAERI. As the next step, an annealing test of irradiated specimens and re-irradiation of annealed specimens were planned. The aim of the test is to evaluate the effect of annealing by comparing the damage of irradiated specimen, its recovery by annealing and the damage after re-irradiation. For the re-irradiation test of this study, JAERI developed a new capsule in which the specimens can be exchanged before and after annealing, and, re-irradiated afterward. The development of the capsule consisted of the design and fabrication of airtight connector for thermocouples and mechanical seal device which was fit to remote handling. Remote operation procedures for handling the radioactive capsule and for exchanging specimens were carefully performed. The results of the re-irradiation proved that the development was technically successful.

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