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Microparticles with diverse sizes and morphologies from mechanical and laser cutting of fuel debris simulants and geopolymer as a covering material

Zhou, Q.*; Saito, Takumi*; Suzuki, Seiya ; Yano, Kimihiko ; Suzuki, Shunichi*

During the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the dismantling of massive fuel debris is important for the defueling process. The production and dispersion of radioactive microparticles highly depends on the cutting technique implemented. Previous studies have been conducted on the development of cutting techniques and the treatment of radioactive particles generation during the cutting process. Besides, adequate understanding of the microparticle products during the cuttings of fuel debris is of vital necessity. Nowadays, geopolymer application is proposed as a covering material during the fuel debris retrieval in order to keep the structural integrity of damaged components. In this study, the microparticle products during mechanical and laser cutting of fuel debris simulants (Hafnium oxide and Tungsten(IV) oxide pellets) and geopolymer material were investigated. The cuttings have been carried out for samples of the simulants, geopolymer, and simulants with geopolymer covering. The generated particles were collected and investigated by laser diffraction particle size analyzer and Scanning Electron Microscope with X-ray spectrometry. Particles with diverse sizes and morphologies were observed from the products of each sample. It also appears that particles with unique sizes and morphologies can generate from the laser cuttings due to the thermal effect of laser cutting.

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