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Dynamics of radiocaesium within forests in Fukushima; Results and analysis of a model inter-comparison

Hashimoto, Shoji*; Tanaka, Taku*; Komatsu, Masabumi*; Gonze, M.-A.*; Sakashita, Wataru*; Kurikami, Hiroshi; Nishina, Kazuya*; Ota, Masakazu; Ohashi, Shinta*; Calmon, P.*; et al.

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 238-239, p.106721_1 - 106721_10, 2021/11

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Environmental Sciences)

This study was aimed at analysing performance of models for radiocesium migration mainly in evergreen coniferous forest in Fukushima, by inter-comparison between models of several research teams. The exercise included two scenarios of countermeasures against the contamination, namely removal of soil surface litter and forest renewal, and a specific konara oak forest scenario in addition to the evergreen forest scenario. All the models reproduced trend of time evolution of radiocesium inventories and concentrations in each of the components in forest such as leaf and organic soil layer. However, the variations between models enlarged in long-term predictions over 50 years after the fallout, meaning continuous field monitoring and model verification/validation is necessary.

Journal Articles

Temperature stability of PIN-PMN-PT ternary ceramics during pyroelectric power generation

Moro, Takuya*; Kim, J.*; Yamanaka, Satoru*; Murayama, Ichiro*; Kato, Takanori*; Nakayama, Tadachika*; Takeda, Masatoshi*; Yamada, Noboru*; Nishihata, Yasuo; Fukuda, Tatsuo; et al.

Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 768, p.22 - 27, 2018/11

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:66.99(Chemistry, Physical)

Journal Articles

Feasibility study of advanced measurement technology for solution monitoring at reprocessing plant; Dose rate measurement for the solution including Pu with FP

Matsuki, Takuya; Yamanaka, Atsushi; Sekine, Megumi; Suzuki, Satoshi*; Yasuda, Takeshi; Tsutagi, Koichi; Tomikawa, Hirofumi; Nakamura, Hironobu; LaFleur, A. M.*; Browne, M. C.*

Proceedings of INMM 58th Annual Meeting (Internet), 8 Pages, 2017/07

The Tokai Reprocessing Plant (TRP) has been developing a new detector from 2015 to 2017 for purpose to monitor Pu amount in High Active Liquid Waste (HALW) containing FP. It can make a contribution to an advanced approach to effectively and efficiently conduct safeguards for reprocessing facilities because it becomes available to monitor and verify nuclear material movement continuously by a new detector, which has proposed by IAEA. For the second step of this project, we conducted dose rate measurement on the guide rail installing in the cell storing the HALW tank and comparison between measured dose rate distribution and calculation result by MCNP simulation in order to investigate the dose rate distribution which is needed for shielding design of a new detector that is used for radiation (neutron/$$gamma$$ spectrum) measurement in the cell and inquest on the monitoring position of the detector for Pu monitoring. In this paper, we report the result of the dose rate measurement in the cell, improvement of the simulation model which is cleared by comparison between measurement result and calculation result and our future plan.

Journal Articles

Feasibility study of advanced technology for Pu with FP solution monitoring; Overview of research plan and modelling for simulation

Sekine, Megumi; Matsuki, Takuya; Suzuki, Satoshi; Tanigawa, Masafumi; Yasuda, Takeshi; Yamanaka, Atsushi; Tsutagi, Koichi; Nakamura, Hironobu; Tomikawa, Hirofumi; LaFleur, A. M.*; et al.

EUR-28795-EN (Internet), p.788 - 796, 2017/00

The IAEA has proposed in its long-term R&D plan, the development of technology to enable real-time flow measurement of nuclear material as a part of an advanced approach to effective and efficient safeguards for reprocessing facilities. To address this, JAEA has designed and developed a neutron coincidence based nondestructive assay system to monitor Pu directly in solutions which is after purification process and contains very little fission products (FPs). A new detector to enable monitoring of Pu in solutions with numerous FPs is being developed as a joint research program with U.S. DOE at the High Active Liquid Waste (HALW) Storage Facility in Tokai Reprocessing Plant. As the first step, the design information of HALW tank was investigated and samples of HALW was taken and analyzed for Pu concentration and isotope composition, density, content of dominant nuclides emitting $$gamma$$ ray or neutron, etc. in order to develop a Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) of the HALW tank. In addition, $$gamma$$ ray source spectra simulated by Particle and Heavy Ion Transport code System (PHITS) was developed by extracting peaks from the analysis data with germanium detector. These outputs are used for the fundamental data in the MCNP model which is then used to evaluate the type of detector, shielding design and measurement positions. In order to evaluate available radiations to measure outside the cell wall, continuous $$gamma$$ ray and neutron measurement were carried out and the results were compared to the simulation results. The measurement results showed that there are no FP peaks above 3 MeV. This paper presents an overview of the research plan, characteristics of HALW, development of source term for MCNP, simulation of radiation dose from the HALW tank and radiation measurement results at outside of cell wall.

Journal Articles

Detection and activity of iodine-131 in brown algae collected in the Japanese coastal areas

Morita, Takami*; Niwa, Kentaro*; Fujimoto, Ken*; Kasai, Hiromi*; Yamada, Haruya*; Nishiuchi, Ko*; Sakamoto, Tatsuya*; Godo, Waichiro*; Taino, Seiya*; Hayashi, Yoshihiro*; et al.

Science of the Total Environment, 408(16), p.3443 - 3447, 2010/06

 Times Cited Count:12 Percentile:34.9(Environmental Sciences)

Iodine-131 ($$^{131}$$I) was detected in brown algae collected off the Japanese coast. The maximum measured specific activity of $$^{131}$$I in brown algae was 0.37$$pm$$0.010 Bq/kg-wet. Cesium-137 ($$^{137}$$Cs) was also detected in all brown algal samples used in this study. There was no correlation between specific activities of $$^{131}$$I and $$^{137}$$Cs in these seaweeds. Low specific activity and minimal variability of $$^{137}$$Cs in brown algae indicated that past nuclear weapon tests were the source of $$^{137}$$Cs. Although nuclear power facilities are known to be pollution sources of $$^{131}$$I, there was no relationship between the sites where $$^{131}$$I was detected and the locations of nuclear power facilities. Most of the sites where $$^{131}$$I was detected were near big cities with large populations. On the basis of the results, we suggest that the likely pollution source of $$^{131}$$I, detected in brown seaweeds, is not nuclear power facilities, but nuclear medicine procedures.

Oral presentation

Influence of oxygen to metal ratio on mechanical properties of uranium and zirconium oxide solid solution

Yano, Kimihiko; Kaji, Naoya; Washiya, Tadahiro; Saiki, Yohei*; Kakiuchi, Kazuo*; Kanaoka, Takuya*; Muta, Hiroaki*; Yamanaka, Shinsuke*

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Oral presentation

Feasibility study of Pu monitoring technology for Pu solution with FP; Optimization of $$gamma$$ rays measurement at the inside of the concrete cell

Suzuki, Satoshi; Sekine, Megumi; Matsuki, Takuya; Yamanaka, Atsushi; Nakamura, Hironobu; Tomikawa, Hirofumi

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From a viewpoint of effective and efficient safeguards, JAEA has started to develop a new technology using non-destructive assay to measure and monitor Pu solution with fission products stored at reprocessing facility since JFY 2015. In JFY 2016, we are planning to measure $$gamma$$ rays and neutron emitted from high radioactive liquid waste (HALW) tank at the inside of the concrete cell and consider whether it has a relationship with Pu amount. In this poster presentation, the detector selection to measure high dose rate at the inside of the concrete cell, optimization of detector system by shielding material and measurement place to prevent high dead time, and the thruster optimization to insert using penetration pipe through the 1.7 m thickness concrete wall are presented as an evaluation of radiation from HALW at Tokai Reprocessing Facility. This project has been carried out under the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Japanese government.

Oral presentation

Feasibility study of Pu monitoring technology for Pu solution with FP; Evaluation of $$gamma$$ rays spectrum by simulation at the concrete cell

Sekine, Megumi; Matsuki, Takuya; Yamanaka, Atsushi; Nakamura, Hironobu; Tomikawa, Hirofumi

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Plutonium (Pu) solution and solid waste containing fission products (FP) are stored in a reprocessing plant as inventory or retained waste. It is difficult to access the Pu solution with FP since it has an extremely high radiation dose rate, and there is no direct Pu solution continuous monitoring /verification technology. From a viewpoint of ensuring nuclear transparency, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has started to develop a new technology using non-destructive assay to measure and monitor Pu solution with FP since JFY 2015. In this poster presentation, model of storage tank/concrete cell for high radioactive liquid waste (HALW), and evaluation of $$gamma$$ ray spectra and the distribution of radiation dose rate based on actual HALW analysis results are presented. This project has been carried out under the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Japanese government.

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