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Improvement of exchanging method of neutron startup source of high temperature engineering test reactor

HTTRにおける中性子源交換方法の改良

澤畑 洋明; 島崎 洋祐; 石塚 悦男; 山崎 和則; 柳田 佳徳; 藤原 佑輔; 高田 昌二; 篠崎 正幸; 濱本 真平; 栃尾 大輔

Sawahata, Hiroaki; Shimazaki, Yosuke; Ishitsuka, Etsuo; Yamazaki, Kazunori; Yanagida, Yoshinori; Fujiwara, Yusuke; Takada, Shoji; Shinozaki, Masayuki; Hamamoto, Shimpei; Tochio, Daisuke

HTTRでは、起動用中性子源として$$^{252}$$Cfが使用され、定期的に交換を行っている。本交換作業において、2つの課題が挙げられていた。1つは、中性子線漏洩による作業員の被ばくであり、もう一つは、中性子源輸送容器の取扱性能の信頼性である。中性子線漏洩による被ばく線量の低減については、PHITSコードを用いて漏洩源である燃料交換機の解析を行い、効果的な遮へい方法を考案し、簡易に取付・取外しができるポリエチレン製のブロックと粒子を冷却流路に設置した。その結果、集団線量を約700人・$$mu$$Svから約300人・$$mu$$Svまで低減できた。中性子源輸送容器については、容器を小さくすることにより、取扱性能を改善して取扱作業を安全に完遂した。

In the HTTR, $$^{252}$$Cf is loaded in the reactor core as a neutron startup source and changed at frequency. In this exchange work, there were two technical issues; slightly higher radiation exposure of workers by neutron leakage and reliability of neutron source transportation container in handling. To reduce the radiation dose by neutron leakage, detail numerical evaluations using PHITS code were carried out, the effective shielding method for fuel handling machine was proposed. Easily removable polyethylene blocks and particles were used as the neutron shielding, and installed in the cooling paths of the fuel handling machine. As a result, the collective effective dose by neutron was reduced from about 700 man-microSv to about 300 man-microSv. As to the neutron source transportation container, the handling performance was improved and the handling work was safety accomplished by downsizing.

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