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JAEA Reports

Applicability of statistical geometry model to light water moderating systems

Mori, Takamasa; Kojima, Kensuke*; Suyama, Kenya

JAEA-Research 2018-010, 57 Pages, 2019/02

JAEA-Research-2018-010.pdf:6.25MB

In order to estimate applicability of the statistical geometry model (STGM) of MVP/GMVP, a parametric study in infinite geometry and criticality safety analyses for direct disposal of spent fuel in simple finite geometry have been carried out by using the MVP Monte Carlo code. It has been found that calculations with STGM for larger fuel spheres give larger thermal utilization factors and larger infinite multiplication factors compared with explicit random models in the range of fuel sphere packing fraction between 6.5 % and 63.3 %. Substantial differences are not observed between the results with two nearest neighbor distributions (NNDs); that given by the MCRDF code and the analytical expression based on a statistically uniform distribution. It is inferred that the overestimation by STGM is caused by the facts that STGM cannot take account of the surroundings of each neutron, whether a fuel sphere rich region or a water moderator rich one, because STGM always uses an NND averaged over such surroundings and that STGM, therefore, cannot take the effect of consecutive scatterings in the water moderator into account.

Journal Articles

Progress of ITER full tungsten divertor technology qualification in Japan

Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Seki, Yohji; Mori, Kensuke; Yokoyama, Kenji; Escourbiac, F.*; Hirai, Takeshi*; Kuznetsov, V.*

Fusion Engineering and Design, 98-99, p.1281 - 1284, 2015/10

 Times Cited Count:17 Percentile:4.16(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is now devoting to development of Full-W ITER divertor outer vertical target (OVT), especially, PFU that needs to withstand the repetitive heat load as high as 20MW/m$$^{2}$$. JAEA have succeeded in demonstrating that the soundness of a bonding technology is sufficient for the full-W ITER divertor. For the development of bonding technology, the load carrying capability test on the W monoblock with a leg attachment to an OVT support structure was carried out and shows that the attachment can withstand against the uniaxial load more than 20 kN which is three times higher than the IO requirement. JAEA manufactured 6 small-scale mock-ups and tested under the repetitive heat load of 10 and 20 MW/m$$^{2}$$ to examine the durability of the divertor structure including W tile bonding and the cooling tube. All of the mock-ups could survived 5000 cycles at 10 MW/m$$^{2}$$ and 1000 cycles 20 MW/m$$^{2}$$ with no failure such as debonding of the W tile and water leak from the cooling tube. The number of cycles at 20 MW/m$$^{2}$$ is three times longer than the requirement of ITER divertor.

Journal Articles

Density and X-ray emission profile relationships in highly ionized high-Z laser-produced plasmas

Yoshida, Kensuke*; Fujioka, Shinsuke*; Higashiguchi, Takeshi*; Ugomori, Teruyuki*; Tanaka, Nozomi*; Kawasaki, Masato*; Suzuki, Yuhei*; Suzuki, Chihiro*; Tomita, Kentaro*; Hirose, Ryoichi*; et al.

Applied Physics Letters, 106(12), p.121109_1 - 121109_5, 2015/03

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:67.17(Physics, Applied)

Journal Articles

Development of tungsten monoblock technology for ITER full-tungsten divertor in Japan

Seki, Yohji; Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Yokoyama, Kenji; Mori, Kensuke; Hirai, Takeshi*; Escourbiac, F.*; Kuznetsov, V.*

Proceedings of 25th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2014) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2014/10

Journal Articles

Efficient extreme ultraviolet emission from one-dimensional spherical plasmas produced by multiple lasers

Yoshida, Kensuke*; Fujioka, Shinsuke*; Higashiguchi, Takeshi*; Ugomori, Teruyuki*; Tanaka, Nozomi*; Ohashi, Hayato*; Kawasaki, Masato*; Suzuki, Yuhei*; Suzuki, Chihiro*; Tomita, Kentaro*; et al.

Applied Physics Express, 7(8), p.086202_1 - 086202_4, 2014/08

 Times Cited Count:18 Percentile:23.07(Physics, Applied)

We demonstrate high conversion efficiency for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) emission at 6.5-6.7 nm from multiple laser beam-produced one-dimensional spherical plasmas. Multiply charged-state ions produce strong resonance emission lines, which combine to yield intense unresolved transition arrays in Gd, Tb, and Mo. The maximum in-band EUV conversion efficiency was observed to be 0.8%, which is one of the highest values ever reported due to the reduction of plasma expansion loss.

Journal Articles

Progress of manufacturing and quality testing of the ITER divertor outer vertical target in Japan

Seki, Yohji; Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Yokoyama, Kenji; Mori, Kensuke; Enoeda, Mikio

Proceedings of 24th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2012) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2013/03

The outer vertical targets of the ITER divertor are procured by the Japan Domestic Agency, JADA. Manufacturing a full-scale prototype of the half cassette which consists of 11 plasma facing units and a steel support structure has been started in Japan. JADA has greatly improved the success rate of the joint between the plasma-facing materials and heat-sink materials, in consequence of R&D on joint technology and quality control. JADA solved problems of quality control of the joint interface by an improved system of infrared thermography inspection, which provides quick feedback during the manufacturing process about the presence of defect in the joint. This paper reports on the achievements and the clarifications of technical and quality issues for the manufacture of the divertor components to be supplied by Japan.

Journal Articles

Development of the plasma facing components in Japan for ITER

Suzuki, Satoshi; Ezato, Koichiro; Seki, Yohji; Mori, Kensuke; Yokoyama, Kenji; Enoeda, Mikio

Fusion Engineering and Design, 87(5-6), p.845 - 852, 2012/08

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:25.58(Nuclear Science & Technology)

After the successful completion of the prequalification activity for ITER divertor procurement, Japanese Domestic Agency (JADA) and ITER Organization (IO) have entered into the procurement arrangement of divertor outer vertical target (OVT) in June 2009. In accordance with the arrangement, JADA has started to manufacture an OVT full-scale prototype in order to pick out and solve technical and quality issues, then to establish a rational manufacturing process toward the start of the series of production of the OVT components to be installed in tokamak. This paper presents the overview of JADA's activity on the divertor outer target procurement and also procurement schedule will be presented.

Journal Articles

R&D activities on manufacturing plasma-facing unit for prototype of ITER divertor outer target in JADA

Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Seki, Yohji; Nishi, Hiroshi; Mori, Kensuke; Enoeda, Mikio

Fusion Engineering and Design, 87(7-8), p.1177 - 1180, 2012/08

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:48.35(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Toward the ITER construction, JADA push forward the technology development for outer vertical target for ITER divertor. In this report, resent results on joining technology development between Carbon-based material (CFC) monoblocks and Cu-alloy (CuCrZr) cooling tube and heating test for full-scale divertor prototype are summarized. Joint test reveals cause of defects occurred in the CFC monoblock joint and Improvement on this joint is realized by using Cu-W material as a buffer layer between CFC and CuCrZr instead of conventional soft Cu layer. The joint with Cu-W layer can suppress joint defect in the CFC monoblocks. Furthermore, as a result of repetitive heating test at 20 MW/m$$^{2}$$ in 10 s for 1,000 cycles on the CFC monoblock divertor mock-up with Cu-W buffer layer, the deterioration of heat removal was not observed.

Journal Articles

Progress of design and R&D of water cooled solid breeder test blanket module

Tsuru, Daigo; Enoeda, Mikio; Hirose, Takanori; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Ezato, Koichiro; Yokoyama, Kenji; Dairaku, Masayuki; Seki, Yohji; Suzuki, Satoshi; Mori, Kensuke*; et al.

Fusion Science and Technology, 56(2), p.875 - 882, 2009/08

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:45.86(Nuclear Science & Technology)

As the primary candidate of ITER Test Blanket Module (TBM) for the first day of ITER operation, development of Water Cooled Solid Breeder (WCSB) TBM has been performed toward the TBM milestones, which are necessary for acceptance of the TBM in ITER for testing from the first day of plasma operation. Milestones of ITER TBMs prior to the installation consist of milestones on safety assessment, module qualification and design integration in ITER. This paper overviews the recent achievements for preparation of the WCSB TBM for ITER day-1 operation, toward the TBM milestones.

Journal Articles

Achievements in the development of the water cooled solid breeder test blanket module of Japan to the milestones for installation in ITER

Tsuru, Daigo; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Hirose, Takanori; Mori, Kensuke*; Seki, Yohji; Enoeda, Mikio; Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Nishi, Hiroshi; Akiba, Masato

Nuclear Fusion, 49(6), p.065024_1 - 065024_8, 2009/06

 Times Cited Count:16 Percentile:37.33(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

Journal Articles

Development of water-cooled solid breeder test blanket module in JAEA

Akiba, Masato; Enoeda, Mikio; Tsuru, Daigo; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Hirose, Takanori; Mori, Kensuke*; Seki, Yohji; Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Nishi, Hiroshi; et al.

Fusion Engineering and Design, 84(2-6), p.329 - 332, 2009/02

 Times Cited Count:13 Percentile:26.02(Nuclear Science & Technology)

One of the most important missions of ITER is to provide a test bed for breeding blanket modules, which are called as Test Blanket Module (TBM). JAEA has been extensively developing a Water-Cooled Solid Breeder Test Blanket Module (WCSB TBM) for ITER. This paper describes results of recent R&D activities on WCSB TBM in JAEA. JAEA developed fabrication technology of F82H rectangular cooling tubes, and has successfully fabricated the near-full scale first wall mock-up of WCSB TBM by Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) technique, which is fully made of F82H. The mock-up has been high-heat flux tested in the DATS facility in JAEA, which is an ion beam test facility. The inlet temperature of the cooling water is about 280 $$^{circ}$$C with 15 MPa, which is almost the same as the WCSB TBM design conditions. The mock-up has endured a heat load of 0.5 MW/m$$^{2}$$, 30 s for 80 thermal cycles. Neither hot spots nor thermal degradation have been observed.

Journal Articles

Research and development on Water-Cooled Solid Breeder Test Blanket Module in JAEA

Enoeda, Mikio; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Tsuru, Daigo; Hirose, Takanori; Ezato, Koichiro; Yokoyama, Kenji; Dairaku, Masayuki; Seki, Yohji; Suzuki, Satoshi; Mori, Kensuke*; et al.

Proceedings of 16th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference (PBNC-16) (CD-ROM), 6 Pages, 2008/10

Journal Articles

Research and development on plasma facing components for fusion reactors in JAEA

Suzuki, Satoshi; Ezato, Koichiro; Yokoyama, Kenji; Dairaku, Masayuki; Enoeda, Mikio; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Tsuru, Daigo; Seki, Yohji; Mori, Kensuke*; Nishi, Hiroshi; et al.

Proceedings of 16th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference (PBNC-16) (CD-ROM), 6 Pages, 2008/10

This paper presents the present status of R&D activities on plasma facing components (PFCs) for fusion reactors, such as ITER and fusion demonstration reactor (DEMO). The PFCs as typified by divertor and first wall components are subjected to high heat flux and particle flux from fusion plasma. It is essential to have sufficient heat removal capability and robust structure against those loadings. JAEA has been carried out to develop the ITER-PFCs which consist of copper alloys and armor materials with high thermal conductivity, such as carbon fiber composites, tungsten and beryllium. The demonstration of the thermomechanical performance has successfully been made under close mutual cooperation between the participant countries of ITER. Currently, the activity on the development of the ITER-PFCs is in a qualification phase prior to the bulk production for construction. In JAEA, the R&Ds on the DEMO-PFCs is being made in parallel with the development activity of the ITER-PFCs.

Journal Articles

Prediction accuracy improvement of neutronic characteristics of a breeding light water reactor core by extended bias factor methods with use of FCA-XXII-1 critical experiments

Kugo, Teruhiko; Ando, Masaki; Kojima, Kensuke; Fukushima, Masahiro; Mori, Takamasa; Nakano, Yoshihiro; Okajima, Shigeaki; Kitada, Takanori*; Takeda, Toshikazu*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 45(4), p.288 - 303, 2008/04

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:51.42(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The effectiveness of the extended bias factor methods, the LC and PE methods, is numerically investigated by applying them to a breeding light water reactor core as a target core with use of FCA-XXII-1 critical experiments. The present study numerically verifies the features of the extended bias factor methods. Both the methods can improve the prediction accuracy the most by using all the experiments. The PE method always improves the prediction accuracy with any combination of experiments. The PE method is always superior to the LC method for improvement of the prediction accuracy. From the present study, the followings are found. The experiments on multiplication factor are more applicable to a reaction rate ratio of $$^{238}$$U capture to $$^{239}$$Pu fission (C28/F49) of the target core than the experiments on C28/F49. Combinations of the experiments on multiplication factor is more effective to a void reactivity of the target core than those of the experiments on void reactivity though those on void reactivity are superior to those on multiplication factors in the case of using a single experiment. From these results, we conclude that the experiments on multiplication factor are more effective than the other experiments for all the neutronic characteristics of the target core. From these results, it is concluded that the PE method is promising to complement full mockup experiments for various future nuclear systems by using a number of existing and future benchmark experiments.

JAEA Reports

Studies on tritium breeding ratio for solid breeder blanket cooled by pressurized water through nuclear and thermal analyses

Seki, Yohji; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Tsuru, Daigo; Enoeda, Mikio; Akiba, Masato; Ezato, Koichiro; Tanzawa, Sadamitsu; Nishi, Hiroshi; Hirose, Takanori; Homma, Takashi; et al.

JAEA-Technology 2007-067, 34 Pages, 2008/01

JAEA-Technology-2007-067.pdf:14.41MB
JAEA-Technology-2007-067(errata).pdf:0.08MB

This report is result of one-dimensional nuclear and thermal analyses on Test Blanket Module (TBM) for ITER emphasizing on optimized layer structures of a ceramic tritium breeder ($$Li_{2}TiO_{3}$$) and a beryllium neutron multiplier $$Be$$. Taking into account increment of Tritium Breeding Ratio (TBR), the radial widths of the breeder and multiplier layers are optimized. The main results of our study are as follows: (1) In multilayered structures of pebble beds, the peak of the TBR exists within the range of the volume ratio $$R = V(Be) / V(Li_{2}TiO_{3}) = 4 - 5.$$ (2) In the case of the single packing, the R stayed in the range of $$4 - 5$$ by setting the two layers of Be behind a layer of $$Li_{2}TiO_{3}$$. This database of TBR for optimized layer structures contributes to the estimation of TBR at the design stage of the TBM and demonstration blanket.

Journal Articles

Application of bias factor method with use of exponentiated experimental value to prediction uncertainty reduction in coolant void reactivity of breeding light water reactor

Kugo, Teruhiko; Kojima, Kensuke; Ando, Masaki; Mori, Takamasa; Takeda, Toshikazu*

Journal of Power and Energy Systems (Internet), 2(1), p.73 - 82, 2008/00

We have applied the bias factor method to coolant void reactivity of a breeding light water reactor with use of FCA-XXII-1 experiment with introducing a concept of exponentiated experimental value into the bias factor method in order to overcome a problem caused by the conventional bias factor method in which the prediction uncertainty increases in the case that the experimental core has the opposite reactivity worth and the consequent opposite sensitivity coefficients to the real core. In the present study, we have formulated the prediction uncertainty reduction by the use of the bias factor method extended by the concept of the exponentiated experimental value. From the numerical results, it is verified that the concept of exponentiated experimental value can improve the prediction accuracy compared with the original uncertainty in the design calculation value while the conventional bias factor method cannot improve the prediction accuracy. It is concluded that the introduction of exponentiated experimental value can effectively utilize experimental data and extend applicability of the bias factor method.

Journal Articles

SlimCS; Compact low aspect ratio DEMO reactor with reduced-size central solenoid

Tobita, Kenji; Nishio, Satoshi; Sato, Masayasu; Sakurai, Shinji; Hayashi, Takao; Shibama, Yusuke; Isono, Takaaki; Enoeda, Mikio; Nakamura, Hirofumi; Sato, Satoshi; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 47(8), p.892 - 899, 2007/08

 Times Cited Count:47 Percentile:11.45(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

The concept for a compact DEMO reactor named "SlimCS" is presented. Distinctive features of the concept is low aspect ratio ($$A$$ = 2.6) and use of a reduced-size center solenoid (CS) which has a function of plasma shaping rather than poloidal flux supply. The reduced-size CS enables us to introduce a thin toroidal field (TF) coil system which contributes to reducing the weight and construction cost of the reactor. SlimCS is as compact as advanced commercial reactor designs such as ARIES-RS and produces 1 GWe in spite of moderate requirements for plasma parameters. Merits of low-$$A$$, i.e. vertical stability for high elongation and high beta limit are responsible for such reasonable physics requirements.

Journal Articles

Application of bias factor method with use of virtual experimental value to prediction uncertainty reduction in void reactivity worth of breeding light water reactor

Kugo, Teruhiko; Mori, Takamasa; Kojima, Kensuke; Takeda, Toshikazu*

Proceedings of 15th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-15) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2007/04

Utilizing the critical experiments for MOX fueled tight lattice LWR cores at FCA XXII-1 cores, we have evaluated prediction uncertainty reduction in coolant void reactivity worth of a breeding LWR core based on the bias factor method. In the present study, to extend the applicability of the bias factor method, we have introduced an exponentiated experimental value as a virtual experimental value and formulated the prediction uncertainty reduction with the bias factor method extended by the concept. From the numerical evaluation, it has been shown that the prediction uncertainty due to cross section errors has been reduced by the use of the concept of the virtual experimental value. It is concluded that the introduction of virtual experimental value can effectively utilize experimental data and extend applicability of the bias factor method.

Journal Articles

Concept of compact low aspect ratio Demo reactor, SlimCS

Tobita, Kenji; Nishio, Satoshi; Sato, Masayasu; Sakurai, Shinji; Hayashi, Takao; Shibama, Yusuke; Isono, Takaaki; Enoeda, Mikio; Nakamura, Hirofumi; Sato, Satoshi; et al.

Proceedings of 21st IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2006) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2006/10

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Preliminary investigation on welding and cutting methods for first wall support leg in ITER blanket module

Mori, Kensuke; Suzuki, Satoshi; Enoeda, Mikio; Kakudate, Satoshi; Shibanuma, Kiyoshi; Akiba, Masato

JAEA-Technology 2006-042, 72 Pages, 2006/08

JAEA-Technology-2006-042.pdf:11.59MB

A separable first wall from a shield block in ITER shield blanket module is required not only to be connected metallurgically to the shield block in order to withstand the electro-magnetic force and coolant pressure, but also to be able to replace the first wall more than 2 times in the hot cell during the life time of the reactor. Therefore, the consistent structure where remote handling equipment can be access to the joint and carry out the welding/cutting works perfectly to replace the first wall in the hot cell is required in the shield blanket design. This study shows an investigation of the blanket module design with a new type of the first wall support leg structure based on Disc-Cutter technology, which had been developed for the main pipe cutting in the maintenance phase and was selected out of a number of candidate methods, taking its large advantages into account, such as (1) a post-treatment can be eliminated in the hot cell because of no making material chips and of no need of lubricant, (2) the cut surface can be rewelded without any machining. In conclusion, not only the good performance of Disc-Cutter technology applied to the updated blanket module, but also consistent structure of the simplified shield blanket module including the first wall support leg in order to satisfy the requirements in the design have been proposed.

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