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Journal Articles

The Japan Health Physics Society Guideline on Dose Monitoring for the Lens of the Eye

Yokoyama, Sumi*; Tsujimura, Norio; Hashimoto, Makoto; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Kato, Masahiro*; Kurosawa, Tadahiro*; Tatsuzaki, Hideo*; Sekiguchi, Hiroshi*; Koguchi, Yasuhiro*; Ono, Koji*; et al.

Journal of Radiation Protection and Research, 47(1), p.1 - 7, 2022/03

Background: In Japan, new regulations that revise the dose limit for the lens of the eye (the lens), operational quantities, and measurement positions for the lens dose were enforced in April 2021. Based on the international safety standards, national guidelines, the results of the Radiation Safety Research Promotion Fund of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority, and other studies, the Working Group of Radiation Protection Standardization Committee, the Japan Health Physics Society (JHPS) developed a guideline for radiation dose monitoring for the lens. Materials and Methods: The Working Group of the JHPS discussed the criteria of non-uniform exposure and the management criteria set to not exceed the dose limit for the lens. Results and Discussion: In July 2020, the JHPS guideline was published. The guideline consists of three parts: main text, explanations, and 26 questions. In the questions, the corresponding answers were prepared, and specific examples were provided to enable similar cases to be addressed. Conclusion: With the development of guideline on radiation dose monitoring of the lens, radiation managers and workers will be able to smoothly comply with revised regulations and optimise radiation protection.

Journal Articles

Estimation of creep behavior of thick rubber bearings from 47 years observation in an actual building

Masaki, Nobuo*; Kato, Koji*; Yamamoto, Tomohiko; Miyagawa, Takayuki*; Fujita, Satoshi*; Okamura, Shigeki*

Nihon Kenchiku Gakkai Gijutsu Hokokushu, 28(68), p.81 - 84, 2022/02

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Development of guidelines on radiation protection for the lens of the eye in Japan

Yokoyama, Sumi*; Iwai, Satoshi*; Tsujimura, Norio; Hashimoto, Makoto; Yoshitomi, Hiroshi; Kato, Masahiro*; Kurosawa, Tadahiro*; Tatsuzaki, Hideo*; Sekiguchi, Hiroshi*; Koguchi, Yasuhiro*; et al.

Proceedings of 15th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA-15) (Internet), 8 Pages, 2022/00

Journal Articles

Mechanistic study on the removal of Cs from contaminated soil by rapid ion exchange in subcritical water

Fukuda, Tatsuya*; Takahashi, Ryo*; Hara, Takuhi*; Ohara, Koji*; Kato, Kazuo*; Matsumura, Daiju; Inaba, Yusuke*; Nakase, Masahiko*; Takeshita, Kenji*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 58(4), p.399 - 404, 2021/04

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Journal Articles

The Surface composition of asteroid 162173 Ryugu from Hayabusa2 near-infrared spectroscopy

Kitazato, Kohei*; Milliken, R. E.*; Iwata, Takahiro*; Abe, Masanao*; Otake, Makiko*; Matsuura, Shuji*; Arai, Takehiko*; Nakauchi, Yusuke*; Nakamura, Tomoki*; Matsuoka, Moe*; et al.

Science, 364(6437), p.272 - 275, 2019/04

 Times Cited Count:140 Percentile:99.81(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

The near-Earth asteroid 162173 Ryugu, the target of Hayabusa2 sample return mission, is believed to be a primitive carbonaceous object. The Near Infrared Spectrometer (NIRS3) on Hayabusa2 acquired reflectance spectra of Ryugu's surface to provide direct measurements of the surface composition and geological context for the returned samples. A weak, narrow absorption feature centered at 2.72 micron was detected across the entire observed surface, indicating that hydroxyl (OH)-bearing minerals are ubiquitous there. The intensity of the OH feature and low albedo are similar to thermally- and/or shock-metamorphosed carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. There are few variations in the OH-band position, consistent with Ryugu being a compositionally homogeneous rubble-pile object generated from impact fragments of an undifferentiated aqueously altered parent body.

JAEA Reports

Activity median aerodynamic diameter relating to contamination at Plutonium Fuel Research Facility in Oarai Research and Development Center; Particle size analysis for plutonium particles using imaging plate

Takasaki, Koji; Yasumune, Takashi; Hashimoto, Makoto; Maeda, Koji; Kato, Masato; Yoshizawa, Michio; Momose, Takumaro

JAEA-Review 2019-003, 48 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Review-2019-003.pdf:3.81MB

June 6, 2017, at Plutonium Fuel Research Facility in Oarai Research and Development Center of JAEA, when five workers were inspecting storage containers containing plutonium and uranium, resin bags in a storage container ruptured, and radioactive dust spread. Though they were wearing a half face mask respirator, they inhaled radioactive materials. In the evaluation of the internal exposure dose, the aerodynamic radioactive median diameter (AMAD) is an important parameter. We measured 14 smear samples and a dust filter paper with imaging plates, and estimated the AMAD by image analysis. As a result of estimating the AMAD, from the 14 smear samples, the AMADs are 4.3 to 11 $$mu$$m or more in the case of nitrate plutonium, and the AMADs are 5.6 to 14 $$mu$$m or more in the case of the oxidized plutonium. Also, from the dust filter paper, the AMAD is 3.0 $$mu$$m or more in the case of nitrate plutonium, and the AMAD is 3.9 $$mu$$m or more in the case of the oxidized plutonium.

Journal Articles

Validation of three-dimensional finite-volume-particle method for simulation of liquid-liquid mixing flow behavior

Kato, Masatsugu*; Funakoshi, Kanji*; Liu, X.*; Matsumoto, Tatsuya*; Liu, W.*; Morita, Koji*; Kamiyama, Kenji

Proceedings of 11th Korea-Japan Symposium on Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics and Safety (NTHAS-11) (Internet), 7 Pages, 2018/11

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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

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Oxide-metal ratio dependence of central void formation of mixed oxide fuel irradiated in fast reactors

Ikusawa, Yoshihisa; Maeda, Koji; Kato, Masato; Uno, Masayoshi*

Nuclear Technology, 199(1), p.83 - 95, 2017/07

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:40.62(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Based on thermal computation results obtained using an irradiation behavior analysis code, we have evaluated the effect of O/M ratio on fuel restructuring from the results of PIEs for the B14 irradiation test fuel, which was a mixed oxide fuel and was irradiated in the experimental reactor Joyo. The thermal computation results showed that fuel restructuring in the stoichiometric oxide fuel was accelerated, though the fuel temperature in the stoichiometric oxide fuel was evaluated as lower than that of the hypo-stoichiometric one. We explained this behavior as follows: first, the fuel temperature decreased due to the high thermal conductivity at stoichiometry; second, the pore migration velocity increased due to the increase in vapor pressure caused by the high vapor pressure of UO$$_{3}$$, which was derived from the high oxygen potential at stoichiometry. In addition, our results indicated that the central void diameter strongly depended on not only fuel temperature, but also vapor pressure.

Journal Articles

NIRS3; The Near Infrared Spectrometer on Hayabusa2

Iwata, Takahiro*; Kitazato, Kohei*; Abe, Masanao*; Otake, Makiko*; Arai, Takehiko*; Arai, Tomoko*; Hirata, Naru*; Hiroi, Takahiro*; Honda, Chikatoshi*; Imae, Naoya*; et al.

Space Science Reviews, 208(1-4), p.317 - 337, 2017/07

 Times Cited Count:33 Percentile:72.27(Astronomy & Astrophysics)

NIRS3: The Near Infrared Spectrometer is installed on the Hayabusa2 spacecraft to observe the target C-type asteroid 162173 Ryugu at near infrared wavelengths of 1.8 to 3.2 micrometer. It aims to obtain reflectance spectra in order to detect absorption bands of hydrated and hydroxide minerals in the 3 micrometer-band. We adopted a linear-image sensor with indium arsenide (InAs) photo diodes and a cooling system with a passive radiator to achieve an optics temperature of 188 K, which enables to retaining sufficient sensitivity and noise level in the 3 micrometer wavelength region. We conducted ground performance tests for the NIRS3 flight model (FM) to confirm its baseline specifications. The results imply that the properties such as the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) conform to scientific requirements to determine the degree of aqueous alteration, such as CM or CI chondrite, and the stage of thermal metamorphism on the asteroid surface.

Journal Articles

Research and development of thick rubber bearing for SFR; Aging properties tests of semi full-scale thick rubber bearing

Watakabe, Tomoyoshi; Yamamoto, Tomohiko; Fukasawa, Tsuyoshi*; Okamura, Shigeki*; Somaki, Takahiro*; Morobishi, Ryota*; Sakurai, Yu*; Kato, Koji*

Nihon Kikai Gakkai Rombunshu (Internet), 83(850), p.16-00444_1 - 16-00444_14, 2017/06

A seismic isolation system composed of a thick rubber bearing and an oil damper has been developed for Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor. This paper focused on the aging properties of thick rubber bearings, such as basic mechanical properties and ultimate strength. Aging of the rubber bearings was reproduced using thermal degradation based on Arrhenius law.

Journal Articles

Present status of the tandem accelerator at the JAEA-AMS-TONO; 2015

Fujita, Natsuko; Matsubara, Akihiro*; Watanabe, Takahiro; Kokubu, Yoko; Umeda, Koji*; Ishimaru, Tsuneari; Nishizawa, Akimitsu*; Miyake, Masayasu; Owaki, Yoshio*; Nishio, Tomohiro*; et al.

Dai-29-Kai Tandemu Kasokuki Oyobi Sono Shuhen Gijutsu No Kenkyukai Hokokushu, p.39 - 42, 2017/03

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Present status of the JAEA-AMS-TONO; 2015

Fujita, Natsuko; Matsubara, Akihiro; Watanabe, Takahiro; Kokubu, Yoko; Umeda, Koji; Nishizawa, Akimitsu*; Miyake, Masayasu*; Owaki, Yoshio*; Nishio, Tomohiro*; Kato, Motohisa*

Dai-18-Kai AMS Shimpojiumu Hokokushu, p.85 - 90, 2016/12

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Development on rubber bearings for sodium-cooled fast reactor, 4; Aging properties of a half scale thick rubber bearings based on breaking test

Watakabe, Tomoyoshi; Yamamoto, Tomohiko; Fukasawa, Tsuyoshi*; Okamura, Shigeki*; Somaki, Takahiro*; Morobishi, Ryota*; Sakurai, Yu*; Kato, Koji*

Proceedings of 2016 ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference (PVP 2016) (Internet), 8 Pages, 2016/07

A seismic isolation system composed of a thick rubber bearing and an oil damper has been developed for Sodium cooled Fast Reactor. One of the advantages of the isolation system is employing the thick rubber bearing in order to realize the longer vertical natural period of a plant, and it leads to mitigation of seismic loads to mechanical components. Rubber bearing technology has progressed based on many past studies, but test data regarding an aging effect is not enough. Also, there is no data of linear strain limit and breaking behavior for the thick rubber bearing after aging. This paper focuses on aging properties of the thick rubber bearing, such as basic mechanical properties and ultimate strength. An aging promote test of the thick rubber bearing was performed by using 1/2 scale and 1/8 scale rubber bearings. Aging of the rubber bearing was reproduced by thermal degradation, where the target aging period was 30 years and 60 years. The load deflection curves of the thick rubber bearing after aging were obtained through the horizontal and vertical static loading tests, and the aging effect was evaluated by comparing with the initial mechanical properties.

Journal Articles

Development of science-based fuel technologies for Japan's Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactors

Kato, Masato; Hiroka, Shun; Ikusawa, Yoshihisa; Takeuchi, Kentaro; Akashi, Masatoshi; Maeda, Koji; Watanabe, Masashi; Komeno, Akira; Morimoto, Kyoichi

Proceedings of 19th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference (PBNC 2014) (USB Flash Drive), 12 Pages, 2014/08

Uranium and plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel has been developed for Japan sodium-cooled fast reactors. Science based fuel technologies have been developed to analyse behaviours of MOX pellets in the sintering process and irradiation conditions. The technologies can provide appropriate sintering conditions, irradiation behaviour analysis results and so on using mechanistic models which are derived based on theoretical equations to represent various properties.

Journal Articles

Development and verification of the thermal behavior analysis code for MA containing MOX fuels

Ikusawa, Yoshihisa; Ozawa, Takayuki; Hiroka, Shun; Maeda, Koji; Kato, Masato; Maeda, Seiichiro

Proceedings of 22nd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-22) (DVD-ROM), 6 Pages, 2014/07

In order to develop MA contained MOX (MA-MOX) fuel design method, the analysis models to predict irradiation behavior of MA-MOX fuel have to be developed and the accuracy of irradiation behavior analysis code should be evaluated with the result of post-irradiation examinations (PIEs) for MA-MOX fuels. In this study, we developed the computer module "TRANSIT" to compute thermal properties of MA-MOX fuel. TRANSIT can give thermal conductivity, melting temperature and vapor pressures of MA-MOX. By using this module, we improved the thermal behavior analysis code "DIRAD" and developed DIRAD-TRANSIT code system to compute the irradiation behavior of MA-MOX fuel. This system was verified with the results of PIEs for the conventional MOX fuels and the MA-MOX fuels irradiated in the experimental fast reactor "JOYO". As the result of the verification, it can be mentioned that the DIRAD-TRANSIT system would precisely predict the fuel thermal behavior, i.e. fuel temperature and fuel restructuring, for oxide fuels containing several percent minor actinides.

Journal Articles

Molecular and carbon isotope compositions of hydrocarbon gas in Neogene sedimentary rocks in Horonobe area, northern Hokkaido, Japan

Funaki, Hironori; Ishiyama, Koji*; Waseda, Amane*; Kato, Susumu*; Watanabe, Kunio*

Chigaku Zasshi, 121(6), p.929 - 945, 2012/12

Molecular and carbon isotope compositions of hydrocarbon gas have information related to their generation, migration and accumulation, and serve evaluations of gas permeability in sedimentary rocks. We conducted headspace gas analysis at the cores (below 500 m depth) to evaluate gas permeability in Neogene sedimentary rocks in the Horonobe, Hokkaido, Japan. As a result, it was shown that hydrocarbon gases were almost biogenic methane. Further analysis of these data indicated that concentration and carbon isotope of methane varied carbon isotopic fractionation during anaerobic microbial oxidation and migration near the faults. A formation of high concentration and light carbon isotope of methane at present in the study area is low gas permeability and is less affected by secondary post-generic process.

Journal Articles

Radiation hardening and IASCC susceptibility of extra high purity austenitic stainless steel

Ioka, Ikuo; Ishijima, Yasuhiro; Usami, Koji; Sakuraba, Naotoshi; Kato, Yoshiaki; Kiuchi, Kiyoshi

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 417(1-3), p.887 - 891, 2011/10

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:53.57(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Fe-25Cr-35Ni EHP alloy was developed with conducting the countermeasure for IASCC. It is composed to adjust major elements, to remove harmful impurities and so on. The specimens were irradiated at 553 K for 25000h using JRR-3. The fluence was estimated to be 1.5$$times$$10$$^{25}$$n/m$$^2$$. Type 304SS was also irradiated as a comparison material. SSRT test was conducted in oxygenated water at 561 K in 7.7 MPa. The fracture mode of EHP alloy was ductile. IGSCC was not observed in the fracture surface. On the other hand, the fraction of IGSCC on the fracture surface of type 304 was about 70%. Microstructural evolution of EHP and type 304 after irradiation was examined by TEM. The defects induced by irradiation mostly consisted of black dots and frank loops in both specimens. No void was also observed in grain and grain boundary of both specimens. There was a little difference in microstructure after irradiation. It is believed that EHP alloy is superior to type 304 in irradiation.

Journal Articles

Magnetic structure determination of Ce$$T_{2}$$Al$$_{10}$$ ($$T$$ = Ru and Os); Single crystal neutron diffraction studies

Kato, Harukazu*; Kobayashi, Riki; Takesaka, Tomoaki*; Nishioka, Takashi*; Matsumura, Masahiro*; Kaneko, Koji; Metoki, Naoto

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 80(7), p.073701_1 - 073701_4, 2011/07

 Times Cited Count:57 Percentile:89.98(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

Journal Articles

Physical properties and irradiation behavior analysis of Np- and Am-bearing MOX fuels

Kato, Masato; Maeda, Koji; Ozawa, Takayuki; Kashimura, Motoaki; Kihara, Yoshiyuki

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 48(4), p.646 - 653, 2011/04

Physical properties and irradiation behavior of minor actinide-bearing MOX were evaluated for the development of advanced fast reactor fuels. The physical properties of the fuels were described as functions of minor actinide content and oxygen-to-metal ($$O$$/$$M$$) ratio, and the effect of minor actinide addition into MOX on those properties was found to be negligibly small. The irradiation tests of fuel pellets having $$O$$/$$M$$ ratios of 1.98 or 1.96 were carried out at high linear heat rate of about 430W/cm. The redistribution of actinide element and oxygen were analyzed by using the evaluated properties, and maximum temperatures of the pellets were estimated. The maximum temperature of the pellets of $$O$$/$$M$$=1.96 was estimated to reach 2680K which was 130K higher than that of $$O$$/$$M$$=1.98 pellets. The maximum temperature of the pellet was lower as compared with its melting temperature of higher than 3000K. In the results of post-irradiation examination, no trace of melting was observed.

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