Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi, 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.
Kobayashi, Taishi*; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Kitamura, Akira
Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 138, p.151 - 158, 2019/11
The effect of -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) range of 613 and at total ISA concentration ([ISA]) = 1010 mol/dm. The dependence of U(IV) solubility on pH and [ISA] suggested the existence of U(OH)(ISA) as a dominant species within the investigated pH range of 612. For the U(VI)-ISA system, UO(OH)(ISA) was suggested as a dominant species at pH 713. 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-Data/Code 2018-018, 103 Pages, 2019/03
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.
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.
Rai, D.*; Kitamura, Akira; Altmaier, M.*; Rosso, K. M.*; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Kobayashi, Taishi*
Journal of Solution Chemistry, 47(5), p.855 - 891, 2018/05
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(am). We have determined new/revised values for the formation constants of Zr(OH), Zr(OH)(aq), Zr(OH), Zr(OH) and CaZr(OH), and the solubility product for ZrO(am) after the critical review.
Rai, D.*; Kitamura, Akira
Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 114, p.135 - 143, 2017/11
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.
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 mol dm, 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 and spent fuel has been reviewed.
Rai, D.*; Kitamura, Akira; Rosso, K.*
Radiochimica Acta, 105(8), p.637 - 647, 2017/08
Solubility of HfO(am) was determined as a function of KHCO concentrations ranging from 0.001 mol.kg to 0.1 mol.kg. The solubility of HfO(am) increased dramatically with the increase in KHCO 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 concentrations can best be described by the formation of Hf(OH-)(CO) and Hf(CO). The log K values for the reactions [Hf + 2 CO +2 OH Hf(OH)(CO)] and [Hf + 5 CO Hf(CO)], based on the SIT model, were determined to be 44.53 0.46 and 41.53 0.46, respectively.
Kobayashi, Taishi*; Teshima, Takeshi*; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Kitamura, Akira
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 54(2), p.233 - 241, 2017/02
Zr solubility in the presence of gluconic acid (GLU) and isosaccharinic acid (ISA) was investigated as a function of hydrogen ion concentration (pH) and the total concentration of GLU or ISA. The dependence of the increase in Zr solubility on the pH and GLU concentration suggested the existence of Zr(OH)(GLU) in the neutral pH region and Zr(OH)(GLU)(GLU) in the alkaline pH region above pH 10 as the dominant species in the presence of 10 - 10 mol/dm (M) GLU. In the presence of ISA, the dominant species Zr(OH)(ISA) and Zr(OH)(ISA)(ISA) 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)(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.
Rai, D.*; Kitamura, Akira; Rosso, K. M.*; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Kobayashi, Taishi*
Radiochimica Acta, 104(8), p.583 - 592, 2016/08
Solubility studies were conducted with HfO(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 C, and (4) heating amorphous HfO(am) suspensions to 90 C to ascertain whether the HfO(am) converts to HfO(cr) and to determine the solubility from the oversaturation direction. Based on the results of these treatments it is concluded that the HfO(cr) contains a small fraction of less crystalline, but not amorphous, material [HfO(lcr)] and this, rather than the HfO(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 of the solubility product of HfO(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.
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.
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.
Rai, D.*; Kitamura, Akira
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(4), p.459 - 467, 2016/04
A great deal of disagreement exists in the literature regarding the intrinsic deprotonation and lactonisation constants of -D-isosaccharinic acid (ISA). Based on a combination of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and extensive experimental Ca(ISA)(cr) solubility data involving -D-isosaccharinic acid, the reliable value of log K for [HISA(aq) ISA + H] is -3.27 0.01 and for [HISA(aq) ISL(-D-isosaccharinate-1,4-lactone)(aq) + HO] is 0.49 0.09. These data also provide a composite log K of -3.76 0.09 for the reaction [ISL(aq) +HO ISA + H]. Reinterpretation of extensive Ca(ISA)(cr) solubility data using the SIT activity coefficient model provides log K of -6.40 0.09 for [Ca(ISA)(cr) Ca + 2 (ISA)] and of 1.70 0.09 for [Ca + ISA CaISA], based on the values that are consistent with the average of all of the available values.
Shimomura, Yusuke; Hanari, Akira*; Sato, Isamu*; Kitamura, Ryoichi
JAEA-Technology 2015-062, 47 Pages, 2016/03
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 160C 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.
Kitamura, Akira; Takase, Hiroyasu*
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(1), p.1 - 18, 2016/01
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 -radiation in safety assessment, this study has reviewed research into the effects of -radiation on the spent nuclear fuel, canisters and outside canisters.
Kitamura, Akira; Takase, Hiroyasu*; Metcalfe, R.*; Penfold, J.*
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(1), p.19 - 33, 2016/01
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 -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.
Kitamura, Koichi; Kutsuna, Hideki; Matsushima, Akira; Koda, Yuya; Iwai, Hiroki
Dekomisshoningu Giho, (51), p.2 - 10, 2015/04
Fugen Decommissioning Engineering Center (herein after called as "FUGEN") obtained the approval of the decommissioning program on February 2008. FUGEN has been carrying out decommissioning works based on its decommissioning program since then. Now is in initial stage, the dismantling works was launched in turbine system whose contamination was relatively low level and their various data have been accumulating. And the draining heavy water, tritium decontamination and transferring of heavy water were carried out safely and reasonably. The preparation for the clearance system and the research and development works for the reactor core dismantling have been progressed steadily as well. Meanwhile, FUGEN has affiliation with local industries and universities for collaboration research, and has exchanged the decommissioning information with domestic and overseas organizations continuously.
Shibata, Masahiro; Sawada, Atsushi; Tachi, Yukio; Makino, Hitoshi; Wakasugi, Keiichiro; Mitsui, Seiichiro; Kitamura, Akira; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Oda, Chie; Ishidera, Takamitsu; et al.
JAEA-Research 2014-030, 457 Pages, 2015/03
JAEA and NUMO have conducted a collaborative research work which is designed to enhance the methodology of repository design and post-closure performance assessment in preliminary investigation stage. With regard to (1) study on rock suitability in terms of hydrology, based on some examples of developing method of hydro-geological structure model, acquired knowledge are arranged using the tree diagram, and model uncertainty and its influence on the evaluation items were discussed. With regard to (2) study on scenario development, the developed approach for "defining conditions" has been reevaluated and improved from practical viewpoints. In addition, the uncertainty evaluation for the effect of use of cementitious material, as well as glass dissolution model, was conducted with analytical evaluation. With regard to (3) study on setting radionuclide migration parameters, based on survey of precedent procedures, multiple-approach for distribution coefficient of rocks was established, and the adequacy of the approach was confirmed though its application to sedimentary rock and granitic rock. Besides, an approach for solubility setting was developed including the procedure of selection of solubility limiting solid phase. The adequacy of the approach was confirmed though its application to key radionuclides.
Kitamura, Akira; Kirishima, Akira*
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 52(3), p.448 - 450, 2015/03
The Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology covers a variety of subjects in the field of nuclear waste management, which includes radioactive waste treatment, radioactive waste disposal and environment, decommissioning and dismantling. This summary introduces activities presented in recent years.
Yoshida, Yasushi*; Kitamura, Akira
JAEA-Data/Code 2014-022, 38 Pages, 2014/12
Thermodynamic data for compounds and complexes of elements with auxiliary species specialized in modeling requirements for safety assessments of radioactive waste disposal systems have been developed by the Thermochemical Data Base (TDB) project of the Nuclear Energy Agency in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/NEA). Recently, thermodynamic data for aqueous complexes, solids and gases of thorium, tin and iron (Part 1) have been published in 2008, 2012 and 2013, respectively. These thermodynamic data have been selected on the basis of NEA's guidelines which describes peer review and data selection, extrapolation to zero ionic strength, assignment of uncertainty, and temperature correction; therefore the selected data are considered to be reliable. In the present report, text files of the selected data on some geochemical calculation programs are required. In the present report, the database files for the NEA's TDB with addition of selected data for iron, tin and thorium to the previous files have been established for use of PHREEQC, Geochemist's Workbench and EQ3/6. These files will be at the Website of thermodynamic, sorption and diffusion database in JAEA.