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JAEA Reports

JAEA-TDB-RN in 2020; Update of JAEA's thermodynamic database for solubility and speciation of radionuclides for performance assessment of geological disposal of high-level and TRU wastes

Kitamura, Akira

JAEA-Data/Code 2020-020, 164 Pages, 2021/03

JAEA-Data-Code-2020-020.pdf:3.11MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2020-020-appendix(DVD-ROM).zip:0.56MB

Part of JAEA's Thermodynamic Database (JAEA-TDB) for solubility and speciation of radionuclides (JAEA-TDB-RN) for performance assessment of geological disposal of high-level radioactive and TRU wastes has been updated with subsuming the database for geochemical calculations (JAEA-TDB-GC). This report has focused to update JAEA-TDB-RN after selecting change in standard Gibbs free energy of formation ($$Delta_{rm f}$$$$G^{circ}_{rm m}$$), change in standard enthalpy change of formation ($$Delta$$$$H$$$$^{circ}$$$$_{rm m}$$), standard molar entropy ($$S^{circ}$$$$_{rm m}$$) and, heat capacity ($$C^{circ}_{rm p}$$), change in standard Gibbs free energy of reaction ($$Delta_{rm r}G^{circ}$$$$_{rm m}$$), change in standard enthalpy change of reaction ($$Delta$$$$_{rm r}$$$$H$$$$^{circ}$$$$_{rm m}$$) and standard entropy change of reaction ($$Delta_{rm r}S^{circ}_{rm m}$$) as well as logarithm of equilibrium constant (log$$_{10}$$$$K^{circ}$$) at standard state. The extent of selection of these thermodynamic data enables to evaluate solubility and speciation of radionuclides at temperatures other than 298.15 K. Furthermore, the latest thermodynamic data for iron which have been critically reviewed, selected and compiled by the Nuclear Energy Agency within Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/NEA) have been accepted. Most of previously selected log$$_{10}$$$$K^{circ}$$ have been refined to confirm internal consistency with JAEA-TDB-GC. Text files of the updated JAEA-TDB have been provided for geochemical calculation programs of PHREEQC and Geochemist's Workbench.

Journal Articles

Prediction of thermodynamic data for radium suitable for thermodynamic database for radioactive waste management using an electrostatic model and correlation with ionic radii among alkaline earth metals

Kitamura, Akira; Yoshida, Yasushi*

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 327(2), p.839 - 845, 2021/02

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.02(Chemistry, Analytical)

Thermodynamic data for radium for radioactive waste management have been predicted using an electrostatic model and correlation with the ionic radii of the alkaline earth metals. Estimation of the standard Gibbs free energy of formation and standard molar entropy of aqueous radium species and compounds has been based on such approaches as extrapolation of the thermodynamic properties of strontium and barium, and use of a model of ion pair formation. The predicted thermodynamic data for radium have been compared with previously reported values.

Journal Articles

Methodology development and determination of solubility-limiting solid phases for a performance assessment of geological disposal of high-level radioactive and TRU wastes

Kitamura, Akira; Yoshida, Yasushi*; Goto, Takahiro*; Shibutani, Sanae*

Genshiryoku Bakkuendo Kenkyu (CD-ROM), 27(2), p.58 - 71, 2020/12

Evaluation and estimation of solubility values are required for a performance assessment of geological disposal of high-level radioactive and TRU wastes. Selection of solubility-limiting solid phases (SSPs) that control the solubility of radionuclides is necessary for the evaluation and estimation of solubility values. The authors have developed a methodology for selection of the SSP through a calculation of saturation indices (SIs) using thermodynamic database to show a transparent procedure for the selection. Literature survey should be performed to confirm decision of the SSP from candidate SSPs which generally have larger SIs from realistic point of view for precipitation and solubility control. The authors have selected the SSPs for the elements of interest for the latest Japanese performance assessment in bentonite and cement porewaters after grouping various water compositions.

Journal Articles

Development methodology on determination of instant release fractions for generic safety assessment for direct disposal of spent nuclear fuel

Kitamura, Akira; Akahori, Kuniaki; Nagata, Masanobu*

Genshiryoku Bakkuendo Kenkyu (CD-ROM), 27(2), p.83 - 93, 2020/12

Direct disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) in deep underground repositories (hereafter "direct disposal") is a concept that disposal canisters stored fuel assemblies dispose without reprocessing. Behavior of radionuclide release from SNF must be different from that from vitrified glass. The present study established a methodology on determination of instant release fraction (IRF) of radionuclides from SNF, which is the one of the parameters on radionuclide release based on the latest safety assessment reports in other countries, especially for IRF values proportional to a fission gas release ratio (FGR). Recommended and maximum values of FGR have been estimated using the fuel performance code FEMAXI-7 after collecting FGR values on Japanese SNFs. Furthermore, recommended and maximum values of IRF for Japanese SNFs used in a pressurized water reactor (PWR) have been estimated using the presently obtained FGR values and experimentally obtained IRF values on foreign SNFs. The recommended and maximum IRF values obtained in the present study have been compared with those of the latest safety assessment reports in other countries.

Journal Articles

Development of thermodynamic database for performance assessment of geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste and TRU waste

Kitamura, Akira

Nihon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi ATOMO$$Sigma$$, 62(1), p.23 - 28, 2020/01

Thermodynamic databases (TDBs) for performance assessment of geological disposal of high-level waste and TRU waste have been developed to predict solubility and speciation of radionuclides in groundwater in some countries including Japan. The present manuscript briefly describes current status of development of the TDB organized by the Nuclear Energy Agency within the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/NEA) and the TDBs in some countries including Japan.

Journal Articles

Thermodynamic interpretation of uranium(IV/VI) solubility in the presence of $$alpha$$-isosaccharinic acid

Kobayashi, Taishi*; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Kitamura, Akira

Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 138, p.151 - 158, 2019/11

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Thermodynamics)

The effect of $$alpha$$-isosaccharinic acid (ISA) on the solubility and redox of tetravalent and hexavalent uranium (U(IV), U(VI)) was investigated in the hydrogen ion concentration (pH$$_{c}$$) range of 6$$sim$$13 and at total ISA concentration ([ISA]$$_{rm tot}$$) = 10$$^{-4}$$$$sim$$10$$^{-1.2}$$ mol/dm$$^{3}$$. The dependence of U(IV) solubility on pH$$_{c}$$ and [ISA]$$_{rm tot}$$ suggested the existence of U(OH)$$_{4}$$(ISA)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$ as a dominant species within the investigated pH$$_{c}$$ range of 6$$sim$$12. For the U(VI)-ISA system, UO$$_{2}$$(OH)$$_{3}$$(ISA)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$ was suggested as a dominant species at pH$$_{c}$$ 7$$sim$$13. The formation constants of the U(IV)-ISA and U(VI)-ISA complexes were determined by least-squares fitting of the solubility data. The solubility of U(IV) and U(VI) in the presence of ISA and its effect on the redox behavior were thermodynamically interpreted based on the obtained constants.

JAEA Reports

Update of JAEA-TDB; Update of thermodynamic data for zirconium and those for isosaccahrinate, tentative selection of thermodynamic data for ternary M$$^{2+}$$-UO$$_{2}$$$$^{2+}$$-CO$$_{3}$$$$^{2-}$$ system and integration with JAEA's thermodynamic database for geochemical calculations

Kitamura, Akira

JAEA-Data/Code 2018-018, 103 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Data-Code-2018-018.pdf:5.66MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2018-018-appendix1(DVD-ROM).zip:0.14MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2018-018-appendix2(DVD-ROM).zip:0.15MB
JAEA-Data-Code-2018-018-appendix3(DVD-ROM).zip:0.19MB

The latest available thermodynamic data were critically reviewed and the selected values were included into the JAEA-TDB for performance assessment of geological disposal of high-level radioactive and TRU wastes. This critical review specifically addressed thermodynamic data for (1) a zirconium-hydroxide system through comparison of thermodynamic data selected by the Nuclear Energy Agency within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/NEA), (2) complexation of metal ions with isosaccharinic acid based on the latest review papers. Furthermore, the author performed (3) tentative selection of thermodynamic data on ternary complexes among alkaline-earth metal, uranyl and carbonate ions, and (4) integration with the latest version of JAEA's thermodynamic database for geochemical calculations. The internal consistency of the selected data was checked by the author. Text files of the updated and integrated thermodynamic database have been prepared for geochemical calculation programs of PHREEQC and Geochemist's Workbench.

Journal Articles

Thermodynamic data development; Solubility method and future research needs (PLENARY)

Rai, D.*; Yui, Mikazu; Kitamura, Akira

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 5, p.19 - 26, 2018/11

The objectives of this presentation are (1) to describe the solubility method, (2) to list desirable criteria of the solubility method so that the reader can recognize which studies have been done in a way that yields quality information, (3) to present an example of how to use the evaluation criteria, and (4) to provide a few examples of future research needs where the solubility method is ideally suited and the other methods are unsuitable for these investigations.

Journal Articles

A Thermodynamic model for ZrO$$_{2}$$(am) solubility at 25$$^{circ}$$C in the Ca$$^{2+}$$-Na$$^{+}$$-H$$^{+}$$-Cl$$^{-}$$-OH$$^{-}$$-H$$_{2}$$O system; A Critical review

Rai, D.*; Kitamura, Akira; Altmaier, M.*; Rosso, K. M.*; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Kobayashi, Taishi*

Journal of Solution Chemistry, 47(5), p.855 - 891, 2018/05

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:8.72(Chemistry, Physical)

We have critically reviewed experimental data for Zr hydrolysis constant values for formation of several mononuclear and polynuclear species and a solubility product value for ZrO$$_{2}$$(am). We have determined new/revised values for the formation constants of Zr(OH)$$_{2}$$$$^{2+}$$, Zr(OH)$$_{4}$$(aq), Zr(OH)$$_{5}$$$$^{-}$$, Zr(OH)$$_{6}$$$$^{2-}$$ and Ca$$_{3}$$Zr(OH)$$_{6}$$$$^{4+}$$, and the solubility product for ZrO$$_{2}$$(am) after the critical review.

Journal Articles

Thermodynamic equilibrium constants for important isosaccharinate reactions; A Review

Rai, D.*; Kitamura, Akira

Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 114, p.135 - 143, 2017/11

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:14.51(Thermodynamics)

Isosaccharinic acid is a cellulose degradation product that can form in low-level nuclear waste repositories and is known to form strong complexes with many elements, including actinides, disposed of in these repositories. We (1) reviewed the available data for deprotonation and lactonisation constants of isosaccharinic acid, and the isosaccharinate binding constants for Ca, Fe(III), Th, U(IV), U(VI), Np(IV), Pu(IV), and Am(III), (2) summarized complexation constant values for predicting actinide behavior in geologic repositories in the presence of isosaccharinate, and (3) outlined additional studies to acquire reliable thermodynamic data where the available data are inadequate.

Journal Articles

Effect of carbonate concentration on the dissolution rates of UO$$_{2}$$ and spent fuel; A Review

Kitamura, Akira; Akahori, Kuniaki*

Advances in Materials Science for Environmental and Energy Technologies, 6, p.133 - 144, 2017/10

The Japanese geological disposal program has started researching disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SF) in deep geological strata as an alternative management option other reprocessing followed by vitrification and geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste. One of the key parameters for SF disposal other than the disposal of high-level radioactive waste is the fuel dissolution rate. Carbonate concentration in the simulated water composition with contact to SF after canister breaching in the Japanese SF disposal system is around 10$$^{-2}$$ mol dm$$^{-3}$$, which is one order of magnitude larger than those in some countries in Europe. The SF dissolution rate will be depend on carbonate concentration due to promoting oxidative dissolution of SF by formation of carbonate complexes of uranium(VI). For evaluation of reliable SF dissolution rate in the Japanese SF disposal system as an alternative management option, effect of carbonate concentration on dissolution rate of UO$$_{2}$$ and spent fuel has been reviewed.

Journal Articles

A Thermodynamic model for the solubility of HfO$$_{2}$$(am) in the aqueous K$$^{+}$$ - HCO$$_{3}$$$$^{-}$$ - CO$$_{3}$$$$^{2-}$$ - OH$$^{-}$$ - H$$_{2}$$O system

Rai, D.*; Kitamura, Akira; Rosso, K.*

Radiochimica Acta, 105(8), p.637 - 647, 2017/08

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:15.68(Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear)

Solubility of HfO$$_{2}$$(am) was determined as a function of KHCO$$_{3}$$ concentrations ranging from 0.001 mol.kg$$^{-1}$$ to 0.1 mol.kg$$^{-1}$$. The solubility of HfO$$_{2}$$(am) increased dramatically with the increase in KHCO$$_{3}$$ concentrations, indicating that Hf(IV) makes strong complexes with carbonate. Thermodynamic equilibrium constants for the formation of Hf-carbonate complexes were determined using both the Pitzer and SIT models. The dramatic increase in Hf concentrations with the increase in KHCO$$_{3}$$ concentrations can best be described by the formation of Hf(OH-)$$_{2}$$(CO$$_{3}$$)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$ and Hf(CO$$_{3}$$)$$_{5}$$$$^{6-}$$. The log$$_{10}$$ K$$^{0}$$ values for the reactions [Hf$$^{4+}$$ + 2 CO$$_{3}$$$$^{2-}$$ +2 OH$$^{-}$$ $$leftrightarrow $$ Hf(OH)$$_{2}$$(CO$$_{3}$$)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$] and [Hf$$^{4+}$$ + 5 CO$$_{3}$$$$^{2-}$$ $$leftrightarrow $$ Hf(CO$$_{3}$$)$$_{5}$$$$^{6-}$$], based on the SIT model, were determined to be 44.53 $$pm$$ 0.46 and 41.53 $$pm$$ 0.46, respectively.

Journal Articles

Thermodynamic model for Zr solubility in the presence of gluconic acid and isosaccharinic acid

Kobayashi, Taishi*; Teshima, Takeshi*; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Kitamura, Akira

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 54(2), p.233 - 241, 2017/02

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:41.49(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Zr solubility in the presence of gluconic acid (GLU) and isosaccharinic acid (ISA) was investigated as a function of hydrogen ion concentration (pH$$_{rm c}$$) and the total concentration of GLU or ISA. The dependence of the increase in Zr solubility on the pH$$_{rm c}$$ and GLU concentration suggested the existence of Zr(OH)$$_{4}$$(GLU)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$ in the neutral pH region and Zr(OH)$$_{4}$$(GLU)(GLU$$_{rm -H}$$)$$^{3-}$$ in the alkaline pH region above pH$$_{rm c}$$ 10 as the dominant species in the presence of 10$$^{-3}$$ - 10$$^{-1}$$ mol/dm$$^{3}$$ (M) GLU. In the presence of ISA, the dominant species Zr(OH)$$_{4}$$(ISA)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$ and Zr(OH)$$_{4}$$(ISA)(ISA$$_{rm -H}$$)$$^{3-}$$ were proposed to occur in the neutral and alkaline pH regions, similar to those found in the presence of GLU. From X-ray diffraction analysis, the solubility-limiting solid phase in the presence of GLU and ISA was considered to be Zr(OH)$$_{4}$$(am). The formation constants of the Zr gluconate and isosaccharinate complexes were determined by least squares fitting analysis of the solubility data, and the obtained values were discussed in comparison with those of tetravalent actinides.

Journal Articles

Issues concerning the determination of solubility products of sparingly soluble crystalline solids; Solubility of HfO$$_{2}$$(cr)

Rai, D.*; Kitamura, Akira; Rosso, K. M.*; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Kobayashi, Taishi*

Radiochimica Acta, 104(8), p.583 - 592, 2016/08

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:46.4(Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear)

Solubility studies were conducted with HfO$$_{2}$$(cr) solid as a function of acid concentrations. These studies involved (1) using two different amounts of the solid phase, (2) acid washing the bulk solid phase, (3) preheating the solid phase to 1400 $$^{circ}$$C, and (4) heating amorphous HfO$$_{2}$$(am) suspensions to 90 $$^{circ}$$C to ascertain whether the HfO$$_{2}$$(am) converts to HfO$$_{2}$$(cr) and to determine the solubility from the oversaturation direction. Based on the results of these treatments it is concluded that the HfO$$_{2}$$(cr) contains a small fraction of less crystalline, but not amorphous, material [HfO$$_{2}$$(lcr)] and this, rather than the HfO$$_{2}$$(cr), is the solubility-controlling phase in the range of experimental variables investigated in this study. The solubility data are interpreted using both the Pitzer and SIT models. The log$$_{10}$$ of the solubility product of HfO$$_{2}$$(cr) is estimated. The observation of a small fraction of less crystalline higher solubility material is consistent with the general picture that mineral surfaces are often structurally and/or imperfect leading to a higher solubility than the bulk crystalline solid. This study stresses the urgent need, during interpretation of solubility data, of taking precautions to make certain that the observed solubility behavior for sparingly-soluble solids is assigned to the proper solid phase.

Journal Articles

Evaluation of source term parameters for spent fuel disposal in foreign countries, 2; Dissolution rates of spent fuel matrices and construction materials for fuel assemblies

Kitamura, Akira; Chikazawa, Takahiro*; Akahori, Kuniaki*; Tachi, Yukio

Genshiryoku Bakkuendo Kenkyu (CD-ROM), 23(1), p.55 - 72, 2016/06

The Japanese geological disposal program has started researching disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SF) in deep geological strata (hereafter "direct disposal of SF") as an alternative management option other reprocessing followed by vitrification and geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste. We conducted literature survey of dissolution rate of SF matrix and constructing materials (e.g. zircaloy cladding and control rods) selected in safety assessment reports for direct disposal of SF in Europe and United States. We also investigated basis of release rate determination and assignment of uncertainties in the safety assessment reports. Furthermore, we summarized major conclusions proposed by some European projects governed by European Commission. It was found that determined release rates are fairly similar to each other due to use of similar literature data in all countries of interest. It was also found that the determined release rates were including conservativeness because it was difficult to assign uncertainties quantitatively. It is expected that these findings are useful as fundamental information for determination of the release rates for the safety assessment of Japanese SF disposal system.

Journal Articles

Evaluation of source term parameters for spent fuel disposal in foreign countries, 1; Instant release fraction from spent fuel matrices and composition materials for fuel assemblies

Nagata, Masanobu; Chikazawa, Takahiro*; Akahori, Kuniaki*; Kitamura, Akira; Tachi, Yukio

Genshiryoku Bakkuendo Kenkyu (CD-ROM), 23(1), p.31 - 54, 2016/06

Although spent nuclear fuel is planned to be disposed after reprocessing and vitrification of high-level radioactive waste (HLW), feasibility study on direct disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SF) has been started as an alternative option to flexibly apply change of future energy situation in Japan. Radionuclide inventories and their release behavior after breaching spent fuel container should be assessed to confirm safety of the SF disposal. However, these detailed studies have not been performed in Japan. Therefore, we investigated some foreign safety assessment reports on direct disposal of spent nuclear fuel by focusing on the source term of the fast release of radionuclides (i.e. instant release fraction; IRF) for the purpose of contributing to the safety assessment of Japanese SF disposal system. As a result of comparison between the safety assessment reports in foreign countries, although some fundamental data have been referred to the reports in common, the final source term dataset (IRF) was seen differences between countries in the result of taking into account the national circumstances (Reactor type and burnup, etc.). We also found the difference of assignment of uncertainties among the investigated reports; a report selected pessimistic values and another report selected mean values and their deviations. It is expected that these findings are useful as fundamental information for determination of the release rates for the safety assessment of Japanese SF disposal system.

Journal Articles

Evaluation of equilibrium constants for deprotonation and lactonisation of $$alpha$$-D-isosaccharinic acid

Rai, D.*; Kitamura, Akira

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(4), p.459 - 467, 2016/04

AA2015-0115.pdf:0.57MB

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:40.63(Nuclear Science & Technology)

A great deal of disagreement exists in the literature regarding the intrinsic deprotonation and lactonisation constants of $$alpha$$-D-isosaccharinic acid (ISA). Based on a combination of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and extensive experimental Ca(ISA)$$_{2}$$(cr) solubility data involving $$alpha$$-D-isosaccharinic acid, the reliable value of log K$$^{circ}$$ for [HISA(aq) $$leftrightarrow $$ ISA$$^{-}$$ + H$$^{+}$$] is -3.27 $$pm$$ 0.01 and for [HISA(aq) $$leftrightarrow $$ ISL($$alpha$$-D-isosaccharinate-1,4-lactone)(aq) + H$$_{2}$$O] is 0.49 $$pm$$ 0.09. These data also provide a composite log K$$^{circ}$$ of -3.76 $$pm$$ 0.09 for the reaction [ISL(aq) +H$$_{2}$$O $$leftrightarrow $$ ISA$$^{-}$$ + H$$^{+}$$]. Reinterpretation of extensive Ca(ISA)$$_{2}$$(cr) solubility data using the SIT activity coefficient model provides log K$$^{circ}$$ of -6.40 $$pm$$ 0.09 for [Ca(ISA)$$_{2}$$(cr) $$leftrightarrow $$ Ca$$^{2+}$$ + 2 (ISA)$$^{-}$$] and of 1.70 $$pm$$ 0.09 for [Ca$$^{2+}$$ + ISA$$^{-}$$ $$leftrightarrow $$ CaISA$$^{+}$$], based on the values that are consistent with the average of all of the available values.

JAEA Reports

Impact assessment of the forest fires on Oarai Research and Development Center Waste Treatment Facility

Shimomura, Yusuke; Hanari, Akira*; Sato, Isamu*; Kitamura, Ryoichi

JAEA-Technology 2015-062, 47 Pages, 2016/03

JAEA-Technology-2015-062.pdf:1.85MB

In response to new standards for regulating waste management facilities, it was carried out impact assessment of forest fires on the waste management facilities existed in Oarai Research and Development Center of Japan Atomic Energy Agency. At first, a fire spread scenario of forest fires was assumed. The intensity of forest fires was evaluated from field surveys, forest fire evaluation models and so on. As models of forest fire intensity evaluation, Rothermel Model and Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System were used. Impact assessment of radiant heat to the facilities was carried out, and temperature change of outer walls for the assumed forest fires was estimated. The outer wall temperature of facilities was estimated around 160$$^{circ}$$C at the maximum, it was revealed that it doesn't reach allowable temperature limit. Consequently, it doesn't influence the strength of concrete. In addition, a probability of fire breach was estimated to be about 20%. This report illustrates an example of evaluation of forest fires for the new regulatory standards through impact assessment of the forest fires on the waste management facilities.

Journal Articles

Effects of $$alpha$$-radiation on a direct disposal system for spent nuclear fuel, 1 Review of research into the effects of $$alpha$$-radiation on the spent nuclear fuel, canisters and outside canisters

Kitamura, Akira; Takase, Hiroyasu*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(1), p.1 - 18, 2016/01

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:16.67(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Not only geological disposal of vitrified waste generated by spent fuel (SF) reprocessing, but also the possibility of disposing of SF itself in deep geological strata (hereinafter "direct disposal of SF") may be considered in the Japanese geological disposal program. In the case of direct disposal of SF, the radioactivity of the waste is higher and the potential effects of the radiation are greater. Specific examples of the possible effects of radiation include: increased amounts of canister corrosion; generation of oxidizing chemical species in conjunction with radiation degradation of groundwater and accompanying oxidation of reducing groundwater; and increase in the dissolution rate and the solubility of SF. Focusing especially on the effects of $$alpha$$-radiation in safety assessment, this study has reviewed research into the effects of $$alpha$$-radiation on the spent nuclear fuel, canisters and outside canisters.

Journal Articles

Effects of $$alpha$$-radiation on a direct disposal system for spent nuclear fuel, 2; Review of research into safety assessments of direct disposal of spent nuclear fuel in Europe and North America

Kitamura, Akira; Takase, Hiroyasu*; Metcalfe, R.*; Penfold, J.*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(1), p.19 - 33, 2016/01

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:8.33(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Not only geological disposal of vitrified waste generated by spent fuel (SF) reprocessing, but also the possibility of disposing of SF itself in deep geological strata (hereinafter "direct disposal of SF") may be considered in the Japanese geological disposal program. In the case of direct disposal of SF, the radioactivity of the waste is higher and the potential effects of the radiation are greater. Specific examples of the possible effects of radiation include: increased amounts of canister corrosion; generation of oxidizing chemical species in conjunction with radiation degradation of groundwater and accompanying oxidation of reducing groundwater; and increase in the dissolution rate and the solubility of SF. Therefore, the influences of radiation, which are not expected to be significant in the case of geological disposal of vitrified waste, must be considered in safety assessments for direct disposal of SF. Focusing especially on the effects of $$alpha$$-radiation in safety assessment, this study has reviewed safety assessments in countries other than Japan that are planning direct disposal of SF. The review has identified issues relevant to safety assessment for the direct disposal of SF in Japan.

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