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CPFにおける照射済高速炉燃料溶解試験データの評価

Study about the dissolution behavior of the irradiated fast reactor fuels in CPF

佐野 雄一; 小山 智造; 船坂 英之

not registered; Koyama, Tomozo; Funasaka, Hideyuki

CPFにおいてこれまでに実施された照射済高速炉燃料の各種溶解試験結果を対象に、U,Puの溶解挙動に影響を及ぼす各種因子について、fragmentationモデルに基づいた評価を行った。製造履歴に関わる因子(Pu含有率(Pu/(U+Pu))、照射履歴に関わる因子(燃焼度)、及び溶解条件に関わる因子(硝酸濃度、溶液温度及びHM(U+Pu)濃度)について、これらの影響を定量的に評価することにより燃料溶解速度の推定式を導入した。また、fragmentationモデル中に含まれるf値(硝酸の拡散及び燃料への浸透のしやすさを表すパラメータ)について、固液比、燃焼度及び燃料の粉化率との相関を検討、評価した。導出された推定式を用いることにより、表面積モデルに基づいた既存の推定式に比べ、これまでCPFにおいて実施された照射済高速炉燃料以外(未照射Uペレット、高Pu富化MOX燃料の溶解)を対象とした溶解においても本推定式の有効性が認められた。導出された推定式を用いた高濃度溶解試験時の溶解挙動評価からは、高濃度溶解時における燃料の溶解性低下が示された。燃料の溶解性は、酸濃度及び溶液温度を上昇させることによりある程度改善されるが、溶解槽等の機器材料への影響を考慮すると、f値を増加させる(剪断条件、攪拌条件等を最適化する)ことにより溶解性の向上を図ることが望ましいと考えられる。

We investigated the factors which affected the dissolution of U and Pu to the nitric acid solution with the fragmentation model, which was based on the results of dissolution experiments for the irradiated fast reactor fuels in the Chemical Processing Facility(CPF). The equation that gave the fuel dissolution rate was estimated with the condition of fabrication (Pu ratio (Pu/(U+Pu))), irradiation (burn-up) and dissolution (nitric acid concentration, solution temperature and U+Pu concentration) by evaluating these effects quantitatively. We also investigated the effects of fuel volume ratio to the solution in the dissolver, burn-up and flouring ratio of the fuel on the f-value (the parameter which shows the diffusion and osmosis of nitric acid to the fuel) in the fragmentation model. It was confirmed that the fuel dissolution rate calculated with this equation had better agreement with the results of dissolution experiments for the irradiated fast reactor fuels in the CPF than that estimated with the surface area model. In addition, the efficiency of this equation was recognized for the dissolution of unirradiated U pellet and high Pu enriched MOX fuel. It was shown that the dissolution rate of the fuel slowed down at the condition of the high U-Pu concentration dissolution by the calculation of the dissolution behavior with this equation. The dissolution of the fuel can be improved by increasing the nitric acid concentration and temperature, but from the viewpoint of lowering the corrosion of the dissolver materials, it is desirable that the f-value is increased by optimizing the condition of shearing and stirring for the improvement of dissolution.

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