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Development of active neutron NDA system for nuclear materials

Toh, Yosuke; Ozu, Akira; Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Furutaka, Kazuyoshi; Kitatani, Fumito; Komeda, Masao; Maeda, Makoto; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Heyse, J.*; Paradela, C.*; et al.

Proceedings of INMM 59th Annual Meeting (Internet), 9 Pages, 2018/07

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Delayed $$gamma$$-ray spectroscopy combined with active neutron interrogation for nuclear security and safeguards

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Rossi, F.; Rodriguez, D.; Takamine, Jun; Seya, Michio; Bogucarska, T.*; Crochemore, J.-M.*; Varasano, G.*; Abbas, K.*; Pedersen, B.*; et al.

EPJ Web of Conferences (Internet), 146, p.09018_1 - 09018_4, 2017/09

 Percentile:100

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Development of active neutron NDA techniques for nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security

Toh, Yosuke; Ozu, Akira; Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Furutaka, Kazuyoshi; Kitatani, Fumito; Komeda, Masao; Maeda, Makoto; Kureta, Masatoshi; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Seya, Michio; et al.

EUR-28795-EN (Internet), p.684 - 693, 2017/00

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Delayed gamma-ray analysis for characterization of fissile nuclear materials

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Rossi, F.; Rodriguez, D.; Takamine, Jun; Seya, Michio; Bogucarska, T.*; Crochemore, J.-M.*; Varasano, G.*; Abbas, K.*; Pedersen, B.*; et al.

EUR-28795-EN (Internet), p.868 - 872, 2017/00

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LaBr$$_3$$ $$gamma$$-ray spectrometer for detecting $$^{10}$$B in debris of melted nuclear fuel

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Kitatani, Fumito; Harada, Hideo; Heyse, J.*; Kopecky, S.*; Mondelaers, W.*; Paradela, C.*; Schillebeeckx, P.*

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 837, p.153 - 160, 2016/11

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:76.09(Instruments & Instrumentation)

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Characteristics of neutron resonance densitometry, 2; Neutron resonance capture analysis

Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Harada, Hideo; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Kitatani, Fumito; Kureta, Masatoshi; Becker, B.*; Kopecky, S.*; Heyse, J.*; Paradela, C.*; Mondelaers, W.*; et al.

Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai (INMM) Nippon Shibu Dai-36-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 9 Pages, 2015/12

Neutron Resonance Densitometry (NRD) was developed as a non-destructive assay to quantify U and Pu isotopes in particle-like debris. NRD is composed of neutron resonance transmission analysis (NRTA) and Neutron Resonance Capture Analysis (NRCA) or Prompt Gamma-ray Analysis (PGA). NRCA/PGA in NRD plays a role of identifying impurities in debris under the high-radiation field primarily caused by $$^{137}$$Cs. For this purpose, a novel LaBr$$_3$$ $$gamma$$-ray detector employing specific shields has been newly developed. With the developed $$gamma$$-ray detector, a demonstration NRCA experiment was performed at a neutron time of flight facility GELINA (Belgium). As a result, samples (Hf, Gd, Ni) placed in a black box that is completely sealed by third party were successfully identified by the experiment. This presentation explains the design concept of the $$gamma$$ ray detector including its detection principle and details of the demonstration NRCA experiment.

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Characteristics of neutron resonance densitometry, 1; Neutron resonance transmission analysis

Kitatani, Fumito; Harada, Hideo; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Kureta, Masatoshi; Becker, B.*; Kopecky, S.*; Heyse, J.*; Paradela, C.*; Mondelaers, W.*; et al.

Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai (INMM) Nippon Shibu Dai-36-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 9 Pages, 2015/12

From 2012 to 2014, Neutron Resonance Densitometry (NRD) is being developed as a non-destructive assay to quantify U and Pu isotopes. NRD is composed of neutron resonance transmission analysis (NRTA) and Neutron Resonance Capture Analysis (NRCA)/Prompt Gamma-ray Analysis (PGA). NRTA in NRD plays a role of quantifying the amounts of the isotopes of a nuclear fuel material (U, Pu) in molten fuel debris. Therefore, the neutron absorption measurement using Time-of-Flight (TOF) method is carried out. A demonstration NRTA experiment was performed at a neutron time of flight facility GELINA (Belgium). Consequently, we succeeded in iquantifying the randomly selected sample from Au, W, Rh, Nb, Cu. Co, Mn, B contained in a black box. In this presentation, we describe the principle of measurement of the developed NRTA and explain details of the demonstration experiment.

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Technique of neutron resonance transmission analysis for active neutron NDA

Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Kitatani, Fumito; Kureta, Masatoshi; Harada, Hideo; Seya, Michio; Heyse, J.*; Kopecky, S.*; Mondelaers, W.*; Paradela, C.*; et al.

Proceedings of 37th ESARDA Annual Meeting (Internet), p.846 - 851, 2015/08

One of non-destructive techniques using neutron resonance reaction is neutron resonance transmission analysis (NRTA). We are presently developing a new active neutron non-destructive method including NRTA in order to detect and quantify special nuclear materials (SNMs) in nuclear fuels containing MA. We aim at applying the technique to not only particle-like debris but also other materials in high radiation field. For this aim, we make use of fruitful knowledge of neutron resonance densitometry (NRD) that was developed for particle-like debris in melted fuel. NRTA detects and quantifies SNMs by means of analyzing a neutron transmission spectrum via a resonance shape analysis. In this presentation, we explain the basic of NRTA and its role in the active neutron technique. Then, with knowledge obtained in the development of NRD, we discuss items to be investigated for NRTA in our active neutron technique.

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Techniques of neutron resonance capture analysis and prompt $$gamma$$-ray analysis for active neutron NDA

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Kitatani, Fumito; Kureta, Masatoshi; Seya, Michio; Harada, Hideo; Heyse, J.*; Kopecky, S.*; Mondelaers, W.*; Paradela, C.*; et al.

Proceedings of 37th ESARDA Annual Meeting (Internet), p.852 - 858, 2015/08

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JAEA-JRC collaboration on the development of active neutron NDA techniques

Kureta, Masatoshi; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Ozu, Akira; Furutaka, Kazuyoshi; Tsuchiya, Takahiro*; Seya, Michio; Harada, Hideo; Abousahl, S.*; Heyse, J.*; Kopecky, S.*; et al.

Proceedings of 37th ESARDA Annual Meeting (Internet), p.111 - 120, 2015/08

The JAEA has just started the new program "Development of active neutron NDA techniques" collaborating with EC-JRC. The final purpose of this program is to establish the measurement techniques for the high radioactive special nuclear material such as MA-Pu fuel for transmutation of minor actinide and for nuclear security applications. In this program, JAEA will conduct the R&D on active neutron non-destructive measurement techniques, DDA, NRTA, PGA/NRCA and DGS.

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Preliminary delayed $$gamma$$-ray spectroscopy for non-destructive analysis of fissionable material

Rodriguez, D.; Heyse, J.*; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Mondelaers, W.*; Pedersen, B.*; Schillebeeckx, P.*; Seya, Michio; Takamine, Jun

Proceedings of INMM 56th Annual Meeting (Internet), 8 Pages, 2015/07

There is a growing interest regarding how to effectively safeguard NM, specifically how to efficiently determine the composition of mixed materials. Currently researchers of the JAEA and JRC are discussing the development of a NDA system using a pulsed DT neutron source. The system will utilize a combination of DDA, NRTA, PGA, and DGS techniques. Of specific interest is applying this system toward determining the Pu/U composition of purified MOX fuel and non-purified NM. The DGS technique has the potential to establish fissionable material ratios to relatively high precision. These fission products generate time-dependent $$gamma$$-ray energy spectra that extend well above 3 MeV, a benefit when applied to the NM of interest that have high passive emissions. This presentation will describe initial studies regarding the precision that the DGS portion of this system can obtain and how it will be used in conjunction with the other techniques to analyze the composition of the NM of interest.

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NRD demonstration experiments at GELINA

Paradela, C.*; Alaerts, G.*; Becker, B.*; Harada, Hideo; Heyse, J.*; Kitatani, Fumito; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Kopecky, S.*; Mondelaers, W.*; Moens, A.*; et al.

EUR-27507-EN, 16 Pages, 2015/04

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Development of NRD, 2; Investigation on systematic effects due to sample thickness for areal density derived from NRTA

Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Harada, Hideo; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Kitatani, Fumito; Takamine, Jun; Kureta, Masatoshi; Iimura, Hideki; Kimura, Atsushi; Becker, B.*; Kopecky, S.*; et al.

Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai (INMM) Nippon Shibu Dai-35-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 9 Pages, 2015/01

We are developing neutron resonance densitometry that combines neutron resonance transmission analysis (NRTA) and neutron resonance capture analysis. The aim is to establish a non-destructive technique that can quantify nuclear materials in particle-like debris of melted fuel resulting from severe nuclear accidents like the one at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Systematic effects due to sample thickness and mixed sample for the areal density measurement by NRTA were investigated at a neutron time-of-facility GELINA, IRMM. The experiments were conducted utilizing natural Cu metal discs with different thickness and a B$$_{4}$$C disc. Areal densities were derived with a resonance shape analysis code REFIT. It was found that they were inconsistent with those calculated by mass and area, when using recommended resonance parameters. Hence, a neutron width of resonance parameters was newly evaluated with the NRTA data and we found that derived areal density agreed within 2% with the expected ones. We also discuss the impacts of mixed sample for the areal density derived from NRTA measurement.

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Development of NRD, 1; Developments of a LaBr$$_{3}$$ scintillation detector system for neutron resonance densitometry

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Kitatani, Fumito; Harada, Hideo; Takamine, Jun; Kureta, Masatoshi; Seya, Michio; Kimura, Atsushi; Iimura, Hideki; Becker, B.*; et al.

Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai (INMM) Nippon Shibu Dai-35-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 8 Pages, 2015/01

We have proposed neutron resonance densitometry (NRD) as a method to quantify special nuclear materials in particle-like debris of melted fuel. NRD is a combination of neutron resonance transmission analysis (NRTA), and neutron resonance capture analysis (NRCA) (and prompt $$gamma$$-ray analysis (PGA)). NRCA/PGA is used to identify contaminant elements, which is difficult to be detected by NRTA. To observe $$gamma$$ rays emitted in neutron capture reaction, a spectrometer consisting of LaBr$$_3$$ scintillation detectors has been constructed. A newly installed data acquisition system enables us to measure 500 k event/s for each 8-channel inputs. In this presentation, the research and development of NRD is introduced and the status of the development of the spectrometer system is given as well.

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Recent progress in research and development in neutron resonance densitometry (NRD) for quantification of nuclear materials in particle-like debris

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Kitatani, Fumito; Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Harada, Hideo; Takamine, Jun; Kureta, Masatoshi; Iimura, Hideki; Seya, Michio; Becker, B.*; Kopecky, S.*; et al.

Nuclear Back-end and Transmutation Technology for Waste Disposal, p.13 - 20, 2015/00

Neutron Resonance Densitometry (NRD) has been proposed for quantification of nuclear materials in melted fuel. NRD is a combined TOF technique of Neutron Resonance Transmission Analysis (NRTA) and Neutron Resonance Capture Analysis (NRCA) or Prompt Gamma ray Analysis (PGA). To establish the method, development of detectors is in progress. Experiments were carried out at a TOF facility, GELINA, under the collaboration with EC-JRC-IRMM. The progress of the project is reported.

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Impact of systematic effects on results of neutron resonance transmission analysis

Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Harada, Hideo; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Kitatani, Fumito; Takamine, Jun; Kureta, Masatoshi; Iimura, Hideki; Kimura, Atsushi; Becker, B.*; Kopecky, S.*; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 767, p.364 - 371, 2014/12

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:36.56(Instruments & Instrumentation)

The impact of systematic effects on the areal density derived from a neutron resonance transmission analysis (NRTA) is investigated by measurements at the time-of-flight facility GELINA. The experiments were carried out at a 25 m station using metallic natural Cu discs with different thicknesses. To derive the areal density from a fit to the experimental transmission, the resonance shape analysis code REFIT was used. Large bias effects were observed using recommended resonance parameters. Therefore, neutron resonance parameters, in particular resonance energies and neutron widths, were derived from the transmission data obtained with a 0.25 mm thick Cu metallic sample. These parameters were used to study the impact of the resonance strength and sample thickness, on the accuracy of the areal density derived by NRTA.

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Thickness and mixed sample effects on areal density measurement with NRTA for particle like debris of melted fuel

Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Harada, Hideo; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Kitatani, Fumito; Takamine, Jun; Kureta, Masatoshi; Iimura, Hideki; Kimura, Atsushi; Becker, B.*; Kopecky, S.*; et al.

Proceedings of INMM 55th Annual Meeting (Internet), 6 Pages, 2014/07

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Developments of a LaBr$$_3$$ scintillation detector system for neutron resonance densitometry (NRD)

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Kitatani, Fumito; Harada, Hideo; Takamine, Jun; Kureta, Masatoshi; Seya, Michio; Kimura, Atsushi; Iimura, Hideki; Becker, B.*; et al.

Proceedings of INMM 55th Annual Meeting (Internet), 7 Pages, 2014/07

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Development of neutron resonance densitometry

Harada, Hideo; Schillebeeckx, P.*; Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Kitatani, Fumito; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Takamine, Jun; Kureta, Masatoshi; Iimura, Hideki; Kimura, Atsushi; Seya, Michio; et al.

Proceedings of INMM 55th Annual Meeting (Internet), 8 Pages, 2014/07

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Investigation on sample thickness effect on nuclear material quantification with NRTA for particle-like debris of melted fuel

Tsuchiya, Harufumi; Harada, Hideo; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Kitatani, Fumito; Takamine, Jun; Kureta, Masatoshi; Iimura, Hideki; Becker, B.*; Kopecky, S.*; Kauwenberghs, K.*; et al.

Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai (INMM) Nippon Shibu Dai-34-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 8 Pages, 2013/10

We have no established methods to quantify the amount of nuclear materials in particle-like debris of melted fuel derived from a nuclear accident such as the one occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. For this reason, neutron resonance densitometry, combining neutron resonance transmission analysis and neutron resonance capture analysis, is under development. It is expected that such debris have a wide variety of size, shape, and concentration of impurities. Experiments with the Neutron Resonance Transmisson Analysis (NRTA) using three Cu metal disks with different thickness of 0.125 mm, 0.25 mm, and 0.7 mm were made between November 2012 and February 2013 at the Geel Electron LINear Accelerator (GELINA) to investigate sample thickness effect on the transmission analysis. We experimentally derived the areal density for the individual Cu samples with the resonance shape analysis code REFIT, and then compared them with the declared areal density. It was found that the REFIT-evaluated areal density was consistent with declared ones for each sample.

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