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Determination of $$^{79}$$Se and $$^{135}$$Cs in spent nuclear fuel for inventory estimation of high-level radioactive wastes

Asai, Shiho; Hanzawa, Yukiko; Okumura, Keisuke; Shinohara, Nobuo; Inagawa, Jun; Hotoku, Shinobu; Suzuki, Kensuke*; Kaneko, Satoru*

$$^{79}$$Se and $$^{135}$$Cs are long-lived fission products and are found in high-level radioactive waste (HLW). The estimation of their inventories in HLW is essential for the safety assessment of a geological disposal, owing to their mobility in the strata. In this study, the amounts of $$^{79}$$Se and $$^{135}$$Cs in spent nuclear fuel solution were measured. About 5 g of irradiated UO$$_{2}$$ fuel discharged from a commercial Japanese PWR with the average burn-up of 44.9 GWd/t was sampled. After Se and Cs were chemically separated, the amounts of $$^{79}$$Se and $$^{135}$$Cs in the spent nuclear fuel solution were measured with inductively coupled plasma quadrupole mass spectrometer (ICP-QMS). The amounts of $$^{79}$$Se and $$^{135}$$Cs were 5.2 $$pm$$ 1.5 and 447 $$pm$$ 40 g/MTU, respectively. The results obtained in this study showed good agreement with those obtained by the ORIGEN2 calculation using the data library of JENDL-3.3.



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