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Comparison of post-irradiation experimental data and theoretical calculations for inventory estimation of long-lived fission products in spent nuclear fuel

Asai, Shiho; Hanzawa, Yukiko ; Okumura, Keisuke ; Suzuki, Hideya; Toshimitsu, Masaaki; Shinohara, Nobuo ; Kaneko, Satoru*; Suzuki, Kensuke*

The inventory estimation of long-lived fission products (LLFP) is essential for the safety assessment of a geological disposal of HLW. $$^{79}$$Se and $$^{135}$$Cs are a main contributor to the total dose from the geological repository of HLW. In this study, the post irradiation experimental data of LLFPs, such as $$^{79}$$Se, $$^{99}$$Tc, $$^{126}$$Sn and $$^{135}$$Cs, were compared with ORIGEN2 calculation. A fragment of the UO$$_{2}$$ pellet irradiated in a commercial PWR was dissolved with nitric acid in a hot cell. After Se, Tc, Sn, and Cs were chemically separated, the concentrations of $$^{79}$$Se, $$^{99}$$Tc, $$^{126}$$Sn and $$^{135}$$Cs were determined with ICP-QMS. The results for $$^{79}$$Se and $$^{135}$$Cs obtained in this study showed good agreement with those obtained through ORIGEN2 calculation. In contrast, the experimentally determined concentration of $$^{99}$$Tc and $$^{126}$$Sn were equivalent to approximately 70% and 60%, respectively, of those obtained through ORIGEN2 calculation.

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