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Experimental evaluation of release and transport behavior of gaseous ruthenium under boiling accident in reprocessing plant

Yoshida, Naoki  ; Tashiro, Shinsuke ; Amano, Yuki ; Yoshida, Kazuo ; Yamane, Yuichi ; Abe, Hitoshi 

The "Evaporation to Dryness due to the Loss of Cooling Functions" (EDLCF) of highly-active liquid waste (HALW) was newly defined as one of the severe accidents in Japan's nuclear safety standard for the reprocessing plant. Studies on accident scenarios and their source terms have led to an increased need for the development of accident management measures and the assessment of their effectiveness. Previous studies have shown that ruthenium was released at a greater rate than other elements because it formed volatile species such as ruthenium tetroxide (RuO4). In addition, ruthenium isotopes, 106Ru and 103Ru, have radiotoxicity. Accordingly, the accident management measures require the experimental information on the release and transport behavior of the gaseous ruthenium (Ru(g)). This paper summarizes our experimental results on the characteristics of Ru(g) in the EDLCF. This work includes the results of the experiments carried out under the agreement among JAEA, Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. and Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization.

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