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Safety enhancement approach against external hazard on JSFR reactor building

Yamamoto, Tomohiko; Kato, Atsushi; Chikazawa, Yoshitaka; Hara, Hiroyuki*

Nuclear Technology, 206(12), p.1875 - 1890, 2020/12

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

This paper gives a detailed evaluation of the countermeasures for the external hazards and severe accidents that could impact the 2010 JSFR design building by lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (Fukushima I NPP) accident.

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Development of the residual sodium quantification method for a fuel pin bundle of SFRs before and after dry cleaning

Kudo, Hideyuki*; Otani, Yuichi*; Hara, Masahide*; Kato, Atsushi; Otaka, Masahiko; Ide, Akihiro*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 57(4), p.408 - 420, 2020/04

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

In a fuel handling system of sodium-cooled fast reactors (SFRs), it is necessary to remove the sodium remaining on spent fuel assemblies (FAs) before storing them in a spent fuel water pool (SFP) in order to minimize plant operating loads. A next-generation SFR in Japan has adopted an advanced dry cleaning process which consists of the following steps, argon gas blowing to remove the metallic residual sodium on the FA, moist argon gas blowing to deactivate the residual sodium, and direct storage in the SFP. This three-step process increases economic competitiveness and reduces waste products thanks to a waterless process. In this R&D work, performance of the dry cleaning process has been investigated.

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Development of the residual sodium quantification method for a fuel assembly of SFRs

Kudo, Hideyuki*; Inuzuka, Taisuke*; Hara, Masahide*; Kato, Atsushi; Nagai, Keiichi; Ide, Akihiro*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 57(1), p.9 - 23, 2020/01

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

In sodium-cooled fast reactors (SFRs), it is necessary to remove the sodium remaining on spent fuel assemblies (FAs) before storing them in a spent fuel water pool (SFP) in order to minimize plant operating loads. A next-generation SFR in Japan has adopted an advanced dry cleaning process which consists of the following steps: argon gas blowing to remove the metallic residual sodium on the FA, moist argon gas blowing to deactivate the residual sodium, and direct storage in the SFP. This process increases economic competitiveness and reduces waste products. In this RD work, performance of the dry cleaning process has been investigated. This paper describes experimental and analytical work focusing on the amount of residual sodium remaining on FA components, for instance the handling head, the wrapper tube, the upper shielding, and the entrance nozzle which was conducted after investigation of residual sodium on fuel pin bundles as a part of series study of the cleaning process.

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Crystal structure change of katoite, Ca$$_{3}$$Al$$_{2}$$(O$$_{4}$$D$$_{4}$$)$$_{3}$$, with temperature at high pressure

Kyono, Atsushi*; Kato, Masato*; Sano, Asami; Machida, Shinichi*; Hattori, Takanori

Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 46(5), p.459 - 469, 2019/05

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

To reveal the decomposition mechanism with temperature under high-pressure, crystal structure of a hydrogrossular, katoite Ca$$_{3}$$Al$$_{2}$$(O$$_{4}$$D$$_{4}$$)$$_{3}$$ has been studied by in-situ neutron diffraction at 8 GPa. Although unusual expansion behavior was discerned at 200-400$$^circ$$C, the unit cell was continuously expanded up to 850$$^circ$$C. At 900$$^circ$$C, katoite was decomposed, indicating that pressure strongly increases dehydration temperature from 300$$^circ$$C to 900$$^circ$$C. On release of pressure, the katoite reappear together with corundum and portlandite. At 8 GPa, CaO$$_{8}$$ and AlO$$_{6}$$ polyhedra expand with temperature up to 850$$^circ$$C by about 8% and 13%, respectively. On the other hand, tetrahedral interstices are isotopically squeezed by about 10%: due to the expansion of above polyhedra. The neighboring D-D distance remains almost unchanged in this temperature range, while the O-D bond distance shrinks drastically just before decomposition. This finding suggests that the shortening of O-D distance caused by the D-D repulsion destabilizes the O-D bond, which induces the thermal decomposition of katoite.

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Levelized cost of electricity evaluation of SFR system considering safety measures

Mukaida, Kyoko; Kato, Atsushi; Kamiya, Masayoshi; Ishii, Katsunori

Proceedings of 2019 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2019) (Internet), 10 Pages, 2019/05

The levelized cost of electricity is one of key indicator to evaluate economic competitiveness of energy systems. This report estimated the levelized cost of SFR system considering additional safety measures identified after the 1F incident and social cost, using major calculation tools: G4-ECONS and the calculation tool developed by the Governmental WG in Japan (CEWG-tool). The calculation results of G4-ECONS showed that the additional safety measures raise 160% of levelized cost in the case of the safety enhanced SFR system with 1500 MWe of twin looped cooling system. As a result of calculation with 3% discount rate and social cost, the levelized cost of the safety enhanced SFR system with 1200 MWe of Single looped cooling system was estimated 84 mills/kWh by CEWG-tool. This result is almost equal to the estimated levelized cost of similar standard LWR system, and it was indicated the economic competitiveness of the future SFR system.

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Impact of safety design enhancements on construction cost of the advanced sodium loop fast reactor in Japan

Kato, Atsushi; Mukaida, Kyoko

Proceedings of 2019 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2019) (Internet), 10 Pages, 2019/05

Improvement of economic competitiveness is a part of key requirement in the project. By adopting innovative technologies to reduce plant commodities, JSFR could achieve economic competitiveness compared with LWR. After the Fukushima-Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plants accident, safety enhancement measures were added on LWR in Japan mainly against external hazards. In parallel, Safety Design Criteria and Guidelines (SDC/SDG) for SFR were constructed in the framework of Generation IV international forum. Design studies of JSFR were carried out responding to GIF SDC/SDG and lessons learn from the Fukushima accident. This reports an impact of recent safety design enhancements on JSFR construction cost. Safety design enhancement adopted in JSFR.

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Dry cleaning process test for fuel assembly of fast reactor plant system, 1; Pilot scale test for fuel pin bundle

Kudo, Hideyuki*; Otani, Yuichi*; Hara, Masahide*; Kato, Atsushi; Ishikawa, Nobuyuki; Otaka, Masahiko; Nagai, Keiichi; Saito, Junichi; Ara, Kuniaki; Ide, Akihiro*

Proceedings of 2019 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2019) (Internet), 10 Pages, 2019/05

A next generation SFR in Japan has adopted an advanced dry cleaning system which consists of the argon gas blowing process to reduce the amount of metallic residual sodium remaining on spent fuel assemblies. This paper describes experimental and analytical work focusing on the amount of residual sodium remaining on a fuel pin bundle before and after the argon gas blowing process. The experiments were conducted using a sodium test loop and a short specimen consisting of a 7 pin bundle. The effects of the blowing gas velocity and the blowing time were quantitatively analyzed in the experiments. On the basis of these experimental results, evaluation models predicting the amount of the residual sodium were constructed.

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Dry cleaning process test for fuel assembly of fast reactor plant system, 2; Laboratory scale test for fuel assembly and evaluation of the amount of residual sodium

Ide, Akihiro*; Kudo, Hideyuki*; Inuzuka, Taisuke*; Hara, Masahide*; Kato, Atsushi; Ishikawa, Nobuyuki; Otaka, Masahiko; Nagai, Keiichi; Saito, Junichi; Ara, Kuniaki

Proceedings of 2019 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2019) (Internet), 10 Pages, 2019/05

A next generation SFR in Japan has adopted an advanced dry cleaning system which consists of the following process of argon gas blowing to reduce the amount of metallic sodium, moist argon gas blowing to deactivate the residual sodium, and direct storage in the SFP without using storage containers. This three-step process increases economic competitiveness and reduces waste products. In this Research and Development work, the amount of residual sodium and performance of the dry cleaning process were investigated. This paper describes experimental and analytical work for all parts of a fuel assembly except for a fuel pin bundle.

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Holding force tests of Curie Point Electro-Magnet in hot gas for passive shutdown system

Matsunaga, Shoko*; Matsubara, Shinichiro*; Kato, Atsushi; Yamano, Hidemasa; D$"o$derlein, C.*; Guillemin, E.*; Hirn, J.*

Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-27) (Internet), 8 Pages, 2019/05

This paper presents a design of Curie Point Electro-Magnet (CPEM) which will be installed as a passive shutdown system for a French Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (ASTRID) development program which is conducted in collaboration between France and Japan. To confirm CPEM design validity, a qualification program for CPEM is developed on the basis of past comprehensive test series of Self-Actuated Shutdown System (SASS) in Japan. The main outcome of this paper is results of holding force tests in hot gas, which satisfy design requirements. Moreover, the result of a numerical magnetic field analysis showed the same tendency as that of the holding force test.

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The Prospect of economics of fast reactor cycle

Mukaida, Kyoko; Kato, Atsushi; Kamiya, Masayoshi; Ishii, Katsunori

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi, 61(1), p.40 - 47, 2019/01

Japan Atomic Energy Agency has proceeded on the research and development (R&D) of fast neutron rector fuel cycle with a system which has economic competitiveness in contrast with light water reactor systems as one of development objectives, from the start of its development. This report shows the evaluation results of generation cost of fast reactor fuel cycle in light of additional safety measure cost and social cost, based on the design of fast reactor and related fuel cycle facilities which considered in FaCT phase I.

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Investigation of hydrogen gas generation by radiolysis for cement-solidified products of used adsorbents for water decontamination

Sato, Junya; Kikuchi, Hiroshi*; Kato, Jun; Sakakibara, Tetsuro; Matsushima, Ryotatsu; Sato, Fuminori; Kojima, Junji; Nakazawa, Osamu

QST-M-8; QST Takasaki Annual Report 2016, P. 62, 2018/03

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Benchmarking of economic evaluation models for an advanced loop-type sodium cooled fast reactor

Mukaida, Kyoko; Kato, Atsushi; Shiotani, Hiroki; Hayafune, Hiroki; Ono, Kiyoshi

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 324, p.35 - 44, 2017/12

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:80.48(Nuclear Science & Technology)

An economic calculation model based on detailed mass-flow (the JAEA model) was developed for the comprehensive evaluation of an advanced loop-type sodium-cooled fast reactor cycle system (SFR) designed in the FaCT project. The JAEA model enables calculation of the processing amount and its composition in each facility by simulating mass-flow, and has function to evaluate economics based on the processing amount. In this report, to identify the difference in evaluation methods between the JAEA model and an internationally-authorized code, and verify its calculation functions, the generation cost of SFR system was evaluated using the JAEA model and the G4-ECONS. Consequently, it was clarified that the JAEA model is influenced to higher degree by the discount rate. When the present value was not taken into account, the results of both methods were quite similar, but it was found that the sensitivity of the load factor is relatively larger the G4-ECONS than in the JAEA model.

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Dry cleaning process test for fuel assembly of fast reactor plant system

Kato, Atsushi; Nagai, Keiichi; Ara, Kuniaki; Otaka, Masahiko; Oka, Nobuki*; Tanaka, Masako*; Otani, Yuichi*; Ide, Akihiro*

Proceedings of 2017 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2017) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2017/04

In a fuel handling system (FHS) of a sodium-cooled fast reactor, it is necessary to reduce residual sodium on a spent fuel subassembly before storing at a spent fuel water-pool (SFP) in order to minimize design loads. Although the wet cleaning process adopted on MONJU could eliminate almost all of residual sodium, a large amount of radioactive liquid waste occurs and it needs long duration of cleaning treatment and large plant commodities. On the other hand, Japan sodium-cooled fast reactor adopted an advanced dry cleaning system which consists of roughly blowing massive sodium on the fuel subassembly out by 300$$^{circ}$$C argon gas, inactivation of residual sodium to NaOH by moist argon gas and directly immersion into the SFP to achieve economic competitiveness and waste reduction. This paper reports current status of recent R&D activities to demonstrate a performance of the dry cleaning process in Japan which are for improvement of the cleaning performance and optimizing the FHS design.

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Development of multi-colored neutron talbot-lau interferometer with absorption grating fabricated by imprinting method of metallic glass

Seki, Yoshichika; Shinohara, Takenao; Parker, J. D.*; Yashiro, Wataru*; Momose, Atsushi*; Kato, Kosuke*; Kato, Hidemi*; Sadeghilaridjani, M.*; Otake, Yoshie*; Kiyanagi, Yoshiaki*

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 86(4), p.044001_1 - 044001_5, 2017/03

 Times Cited Count:12 Percentile:20.61(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

For the effective phase imaging at pulsed neutron sources, we have designed and developed the multi-colored Talbot-Lau interferometer which works at several wavelengths. At the Energy Resolved Neutron Imaging System RADEN in J-PARC, we demonstrated its operation by observing the visibilities of moire fringes derived from different wavelengths (0.25, 0.50, and 0.75 nm). We also investigated the variation of moire fringes dependent on the wavelength resolution from 18% to 50% and showed the advantage of pulsed beams. At the central wavelength of 0.5 nm, we have succeeded in interferometric imaging for the samples of metal rods made of aluminum, lead, and copper. An absorption grating as an analyzer was fabricated by imprinting of metallic glass for the first time, and showed a clear moire fringe with the high visibility of 68% and a well-controlled shape in comparison with previous ones fabricated by oblique evaporation of gadolinium.

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Secondary sodium fire measures in JSFR

Chikazawa, Yoshitaka; Kato, Atsushi*; Yamamoto, Tomohiko; Kubo, Shigenobu; Ohno, Shuji; Iwasaki, Mikinori*; Hara, Hiroyuki*; Shimakawa, Yoshio*; Sakaba, Hiroshi*

Nuclear Technology, 196(1), p.61 - 73, 2016/10

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

JSFR adopts double boundary for all sodium components. However, design measures are investigated for the secondary sodium fire inside the reactor building, which might be assumed as design extension conditions (DECs). Candidates of sodium fire measures in the secondary sodium systems such as sodium drain, nitrogen injection, pressure release valve, catch pan and leak sodium drain system have been compared from the view point of safety. Wide range of sodium fires in the steam generator room and air cooler have been analyzed evaluating performances of the candidate sodium fire measures.

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Severe external hazard on hypothetical JSFR in 2010

Chikazawa, Yoshitaka; Kato, Atsushi; Hayafune, Hiroki; Shimakawa, Yoshio*; Kamishima, Yoshio*

Nuclear Technology, 192(2), p.111 - 124, 2015/11

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:86.4(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Evaluation of severe external hazards on JSFR has been analyzed. For seismic design, safety components are confirmed to maintain their functions even against recent strong earthquakes. For tsunam, hypothetical station blackout has been evaluated.

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Safety improvement in building layout design to meet the safety design criteria for the Generation IV SFR

Kato, Atsushi; Chikazawa, Yoshitaka; Nabeshima, Kunihiko; Iwasaki, Mikinori*; Akiyama, Yo*; Oya, Takeaki*

Proceedings of 2015 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2015) (CD-ROM), p.593 - 600, 2015/05

Japan sodium cooled fast reactor is the advanced loop type reactor developing in Japan. After the Fukushima-Dai-ichi NPP accident, system enhancement against severe accident have been investigated mainly for residual decay heat removal system, spent fuel storage system and emergency power sources in order to satisfy the safety design criteria for Generation IV SFR. This paper describes principle of the building layout design and the actual approach to be consistent with the recent design enhancement in JSFR. From the perspective of greater ability to withstand severe events, the principles of the building layout design as the measures against aircraft attack and the consequential fire, and tsunami are introduced in order to avoid local event initiating and simultaneous redundant failure of the safety grade facilities and could achieve lowering risk of the loss of all stuck and maintaining the essential power supply.

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JSFR design progress related to development of safety design criteria for generation IV sodium-cooled fast reactors, 4; Balance of plant

Chikazawa, Yoshitaka; Kato, Atsushi; Nabeshima, Kunihiko; Otaka, Masahiko; Uzawa, Masayuki*; Ikari, Risako*; Iwasaki, Mikinori*

Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-23) (DVD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2015/05

Design study and evaluation for SDC and safety SDG on the BOP of the demonstration JSFR including fuel handling system, power supply system, component cooling water system, building arrangement are reported. For the fuel handling system, enhancement of storage cooling system has been investigated adding diversified cooling systems. For the power supply, existing emergency power supply system has been reinforced and alternative emergency power supply system is added. For the component cooling system and air conditioning, requirements and relation between safety grade components are investigated. Additionally for the component cooling system, design impact when adding decay heat removal system by sea water has been investigated. For reactor building, over view of evaluation on the external events and design policy for distributed arrangement is reported. Those design study and evaluation provides background information of SDC and SDG.

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Development of embedded Mach-Zehnder optical waveguide structures in polydimethylsiloxane thin films by proton beam writing

Kada, Wataru*; Miura, Kenta*; Kato, Hijiri*; Saruya, Ryota*; Kubota, Atsushi*; Sato, Takahiro; Koka, Masashi; Ishii, Yasuyuki; Kamiya, Tomihiro; Nishikawa, Hiroyuki*; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 348, p.218 - 222, 2015/04

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:39.55(Instruments & Instrumentation)

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Evaluation of external event effects on JSFR fuel handling system

Kato, Atsushi; Chikazawa, Yoshitaka; Uzawa, Masayuki*; Kaneko, Fumiaki*; Ide, Akihiro*

Nuclear Technology, 189(1), p.30 - 44, 2015/01

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:86.4(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Responding to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (1F-NPP) accident, robustness of the fuel handling system (FHS) in Japan sodium-cooled fast reactor (JSFR) against the earthquake and the tsunami is studied for 2010 design version. In the earthquake estimation, the margin of seismic resistance and the sloshing in Ex-vessel fuel storage tank (EVST) against the earthquake of the 1F-envelop condition was estimated. In terms of the tsunami evaluation, the scenario to lead fuel subassemblies into the stable cooling state and the potential of the cooling system are introduced in case of the loss of emergency power supply. As a result, it showed that JSFR FHS in the original design already had the potential to prevent the release of radioactive material. Additionally, some design improvements of the EVST cooling system was introduced.

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