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Self-learning Monte Carlo method with Behler-Parrinello neural networks

Nagai, Yuki; Okumura, Masahiko; Tanaka, Akinori*

Physical Review B, 101(11), p.115111_1 - 115111_12, 2020/03

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:100(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

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Inspection and repair techniques in the reactor vessel of the experimental fast reactor Joyo; Observation technical development in a reactor vessel of the fast reactor, 3

Okuda, Eiji; Sasaki, Jun; Suzuki, Nobuhiro; Takamatsu, Misao; Nagai, Akinori

JAEA-Technology 2016-017, 20 Pages, 2016/07

JAEA-Technology-2016-017.pdf:5.75MB

In-Vessel Observation (IVO) techniques for Sodium Cooled Fast Reactors (SFRs) in service are important for confirming their safety and integrity. Since IVO equipment for an SFR has to be designed to tolerate the severe conditions (high temperature, high radiation dose and limited access route), fiberscopes used to be used in previous IVO for SFRs. However, in order to attain an IVO with higher quality and resolution, IVO using a radiation resistant camera was conducted in the fast experimental reactor Joyo and obtained some results. The demonstration results provided valuable insights for use in further improving and verifying IVO techniques in SFRs.

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Inspection and repair techniques in the reactor vessel of the experimental fast reactor Joyo; Replacement of upper core structure

Ito, Hiromichi*; Ota, Katsu; Kawahara, Hirotaka; Kobayashi, Tetsuhiko; Takamatsu, Misao; Nagai, Akinori

JAEA-Technology 2016-008, 87 Pages, 2016/05

JAEA-Technology-2016-008.pdf:18.11MB

In the experimental fast reactor Joyo, as a part of the restoration work of a partial dysfunction of fuel handling, the replacement of the upper core structure (UCS) was started from March 2014, and was completed in December 2014. In the jack-up test, the UCS was jacked-up to 1000 mm without significant sodium shearing resistance and interference. In the replacement of the UCS, a procedure was prepared with the use of wire-jack equipment assuming the interference. As a result, with the procedure and wire-jack were effectively functioned, the work was successfully completed.

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Development of inspection and repair techniques for reactor vessel of experimental fast reactor "Joyo"; Replacement of upper core structure

Takamatsu, Misao; Kawahara, Hirotaka; Ito, Hiromichi; Ushiki, Hiroshi; Suzuki, Nobuhiro; Sasaki, Jun; Ota, Katsu; Okuda, Eiji; Kobayashi, Tetsuhiko; Nagai, Akinori; et al.

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai Wabun Rombunshi, 15(1), p.32 - 42, 2016/03

In the experimental fast reactor Joyo, it was confirmed that the top of the irradiation test sub-assembly of "MARICO-2" (material testing rig with temperature control) had been broken and bent onto the in-vessel storage rack as an obstacle and had damaged the upper core structure (UCS). This paper describes the results of the in-vessel repair techniques for UCS replacement, which are developed in Joyo. UCS replacement was successfully completed in 2014. In-vessel repair techniques for sodium cooled fast reactors (SFRs) are important in confirming its safety and integrity. In order to secure the reliability of these techniques, it was necessary to demonstrate the performance under the actual reactor environment with high temperature, high radiation dose and remained sodium. The experience and knowledge gained in UCS replacement provides valuable insights into further improvements for In-vessel repair techniques in SFRs.

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Inspection and repair techniques in the reactor vessel of the experimental fast reactor Joyo; Development of cover gas recycling system with precise pressure control

Ushiki, Hiroshi*; Okuda, Eiji; Suzuki, Nobuhiro; Takamatsu, Misao; Nagai, Akinori

JAEA-Technology 2015-042, 37 Pages, 2016/02

JAEA-Technology-2015-042.pdf:16.51MB

The reactor vessel of a sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) is filled with sodium coolant and cover gas (argon gas). In case of a cover gas boundary open (ie., in-vessel repair), installation of a temporary cover gas boundary and controlling the cover gas pressure slightly positive are required to prevent the cover gas release and the contamination of impurities, and during upper core structure (UCS) replacement in the experimental SFR Joyo from March to December 2014, a vinyl bag was installed as a part of the temporary cover gas boundary. However, because it has inferior thermal resistance, supply a cooling gas too much was required to maintain proper temperature for two months. On the basis of this requirement, a cover gas recycling system with precise pressure control was developed and adopted for UCS replacement. The system has a good pressure controllability and recyclability. The successful results of this system contributed to the certain promotion of UCS replacement. In addition, the insights and the experience gathered in this development are expected to improve the in-vessel repair techniques in sodium-cooled fast reactors.

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Design and manufacture of Joyo upper core structure for replacement

Ota, Katsu; Ushiki, Hiroshi*; Maeda, Shigetaka; Kawahara, Hirotaka; Takamatsu, Misao; Kobayashi, Tetsuhiko; Kikuchi, Yuki; Tobita, Shigeharu; Nagai, Akinori

JAEA-Technology 2015-026, 180 Pages, 2015/11

JAEA-Technology-2015-026.pdf:79.87MB

In the experimental fast reactor Joyo, it was confirmed that the top of the irradiation test sub-assembly of "MARICO-2" (material testing rig with temperature control) had bent onto the in-vessel storage rack as an obstacle and had damaged the upper core structure (UCS). The replacement of the UCS was conducted from May to December 2014. The design and manufacture of UCS was started from 2008, and the installation of UCS was completed successfully in November 21th 2014. The major results gained during the design and manufacture of UCS is as follows.

Journal Articles

Replacement of upper core structure in experimental fast reactor Joyo, 1; Existing damaged upper core structure jack-up test

Ito, Hiromichi; Suzuki, Nobuhiro; Kobayashi, Tetsuhiko; Kawahara, Hirotaka; Nagai, Akinori; Sakao, Ryuta*; Murata, Chotaro*; Tanaka, Junya*; Matsusaka, Yasunori*; Tatsuno, Takahiro*

Proceedings of 2015 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2015) (CD-ROM), p.1058 - 1067, 2015/05

In the experimental fast reactor Joyo (Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR)), it was confirmed that the top of the irradiation test sub-assembly had bent onto the in-vessel storage rack as an obstacle and had damaged the upper core structure (UCS). There is a risk of deformation of the UCS and guide sleeve (GS) caused by interference between them unless inclination is controlled precisely. To mitigate the risk, special jack-up equipment for applying three-point suspension was developed. The existing damaged UCS (ed-UCS) jack-up test using the jack-up equipment was conducted on May 7, 2014. As a result of this test, it was confirmed that the ed-UCS could be successfully jacked-up to 1000 mm without consequent overload. The experience and knowledge gained in the ed-UCS jack-up test provides valuable insights and prospects not only for UCS replacement but also for further improving and verifying repair techniques in SFRs.

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Inspection and repair techniques in the reactor vessel of the experimental fast reactor Joyo; Observation techniques development in a reactor vessel of the fast reactor, 2

Okuda, Eiji; Sasaki, Jun; Suzuki, Nobuhiro; Takamatsu, Misao; Nagai, Akinori

JAEA-Technology 2015-005, 36 Pages, 2015/03

JAEA-Technology-2015-005.pdf:44.42MB

In-Vessel Observations (IVO) techniques for Sodium cooled Fast Reactors (SFRs) are important in confirming its safety and integrity. In order to secure the reliability of IVO techniques, it was necessary to demonstrate the performance under the actual reactor environment with high temperature, high radiation dose and remained sodium. The IVO equipment for the Upper Core Structure (UCS) fitting area was specifically developed in the experimental fast reactor "Joyo". And the IVO was successfully completed as shown below. (1) Improvement of picture quality and resolution. The IVO of UCS fitting area with the gap of 5mm in minimum was achieved using the IVO equipment with video-scope under the actual reactor environment. The picture quality and resolution could be improved comparing with the radiation resistant fiberscope which was used in past IVO. (2) Prevention of video-scope hypofunction by high temperature / radiation dose. Since video-scope is inferior in thermal and radiation resistance, the IVO equipment was designed to be able to withdraw and insert video-scopes with cooling gas. This measure could achieve the observation in short radiation time with available temperature under the actual reactor environment. The IVO equipment for UCS fitting area provided useful information on UCS replacement. In addition, the experience provided valuable insights into further improvements for IVO techniques in SFRs.

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Inspection and repair techniques in the reactor vessel of the experimental fast reactor Joyo; Development of repair techniques for UCS replacement of Joyo, 2

Ito, Hiromichi; Takamatsu, Misao; Kawahara, Hirotaka; Nagai, Akinori

JAEA-Technology 2014-024, 28 Pages, 2014/07

JAEA-Technology-2014-024.pdf:17.45MB

Because the gap between the UCS and rotation plug's guide sleeve is 5 mm in minimum, there is a risk of deformation of the UCS and guide sleeve with interference between UCS and guide sleeve in the UCS replacement work. In order to reduce the risk, R&D for below subjects is required.(1) UCS jack-up equipment with strict control of inclination, (2) Detection and escape method for interference between UCS and guide sleeve. In order to solve above (1), the jack-up equipment with applying three-point suspension is developed. Then, in the aspect of above (2), load-measuring devices are installed on three jacks of jack-up equipment. By means of detection eccentric load with interference, deformation of UCS and guide sleeve are prevented. And also, the location of interference can be investigated based on eccentric loads of three jacks. The performance is verified in the ex-vessel mock-up test using full-scale dummy of UCS.

Journal Articles

Restoration work for obstacle and upper core structure in reactor vessel of experimental fast reactor "Joyo", 2

Takamatsu, Misao; Ashida, Takashi; Kobayashi, Tetsuhiko; Kawahara, Hirotaka; Ito, Hideaki; Nagai, Akinori

Proceedings of International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles; Safe Technologies and Sustainable Scenarios (FR-13) (USB Flash Drive), 10 Pages, 2013/03

In the experimental fast reactor Joyo, it was confirmed that the top of the irradiation test Sub-Assembly (S/A) of "MARICO-2" (material testing rig with temperature control) had bent onto the in-vessel storage rack (IVS) as an obstacle and had damaged the Upper Core Structure (UCS). This incident necessitates the replacement of the UCS and the retrieval of MARICO-2 S/A for Joyo re-start. Along with four stages involving jack-up and retrieval of the existing damaged UCS (ed-UCS), retrieval of the MARICO-2 S/A, and installation of the new UCS (n-UCS) in the restoration work plan, current conditions at Joyo are being carefully investigated, and the results are applied to the designs of special handling equipment, which is being manufactured and scheduled for operation in 2014.

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Inspection and repair techniques in the reactor vessel of the experimental fast reactor Joyo; Observation technical development in a reactor vessel of the fast reactor

Imaizumi, Kazuyuki; Saito, Takakazu; Tobita, Shigeharu; Nagai, Akinori; Kitamura, Ryoichi; Okazaki, Yoshihiro

JAEA-Technology 2012-027, 49 Pages, 2012/08

JAEA-Technology-2012-027.pdf:7.07MB

In-Vessel Observations (IVO) techniques for Sodium cooled Fast Reactors (SFRs) are important in confirming its safety and integrity. In order to secure the reliability of IVO techniques, it was necessary to demonstrate the performance under the actual reactor environment with high temperature, high radiation dose and remained sodium. During the investigation of an incident occurred in Joyo, the following observation systems were specifically developed for Joyo. And the following two observations were conducted. (1) Simple overhead observation using a standard video camera for the top of the sub-assemblies and the in-vessel storage rack (2) Narrow space observation using remote handling device equipped with radiation-resistant fiberscope for the bottom face of the upper core structure. As a result, the observations under the actual reactor environment were successfully made even in the narrow space in the reactor vessel and the results provided useful information on incident investigations and planning of restoration work.

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Inspection and repair techniques in the reactor vessel of the experimental fast reactor Joyo; Development of repair techniques for UCS replacement of Joyo

Takamatsu, Misao; Kobayashi, Tetsuhiko; Nagai, Akinori

JAEA-Technology 2012-020, 60 Pages, 2012/07

JAEA-Technology-2012-020.pdf:6.03MB

With the incident as an opportunity, repair techniques for upper core structure (UCS) replacement was developed in Joyo. Since UCS of Joyo was designed as an eternal structure and it has high radioactivity due to the irradiation for over 30 years, (1) Prevention of deformation during UCS jack-up and retrieval, (2) Reducing UCS cask weight were mainly discussed in this study as critical tasks. UCS replacement is scheduled in 2014. Achievement of UCS replacement and accumulated experience will be able to provide valuable insights for further improving and verifying repair techniques in SFRs.

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Inspection and repair techniques in the reactor vessel of the experimental fast reactor Joyo; Development of a high radiation resistance fiberscope (Joint research)

Naito, Hiroyuki; Itagaki, Wataru; Okazaki, Yoshihiro; Imaizumi, Kazuyuki; Ito, Chikara; Nagai, Akinori; Kitamura, Ryoichi; Shamoto, Naoki*; Takeshima, Yoshiyuki*

JAEA-Technology 2012-009, 100 Pages, 2012/05

JAEA-Technology-2012-009.pdf:9.89MB

The radiation characteristics of image fiber and light guide fiber were evaluated to develop a high radiation resistant fiberscope for the fast reactor in-vessel observation. It is known that a pure silica core fiber has a high radiation resistance and radiation resistance is influenced with impurities in silica. Moreover it is necessary to change the clad material of the light guide fiber because that of the current light guide fiber is acrylate, which is weak against radiation. Hence the improved fibers consist of a pure silica core with 1,000 ppm OH and fluorine-doped silica clad. As a result of a $$gamma$$ irradiation test, we confirm that OH inhibits the generation of the precursor by $$gamma$$ irradiation. About the clad material, we confirmed that the transmission loss of the fluorine-doped silica clad fiber is smaller than that of the acrylate clad fiber. About the mechanical strength of a fiber, we confirmed that there is no weakening the strength of the fiber and no exfoliation of the coating from the glass. In this study, we discovered the fiber which consists of a pure silica core with 1,000 ppm OH and fluorine-doped silica clad has a high radiation resistance and it is possible to observe using this fiber under the 200 $$^{circ}$$C after 5$$times$$10$$^{5}$$ Gy irradiation.

Journal Articles

Maintenance experience of experimental fast reactor Joyo, 3; The Countermeasure for wear of the crankshaft bearing of the diesel generator

Funaki, Isao; Tobita, Shigeharu; Nagai, Akinori; Nishino, Kazunari

Nippon Hozen Gakkai Dai-7-Kai Gakujutsu Koenkai Yoshishu, p.263 - 266, 2010/07

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Development of observation techniques in reactor vessel of experimental fast reactor Joyo

Takamatsu, Misao; Imaizumi, Kazuyuki; Nagai, Akinori; Sekine, Takashi; Maeda, Yukimoto

Journal of Power and Energy Systems (Internet), 4(1), p.113 - 125, 2010/00

During the investigation of an incident that occurred with the experimental fast reactor Joyo, in-vessel observations using a standard Video Camera (VC) and a Radiation-Resistant Fiberscope (RRF) took place at (1) the top of the Sub-Assemblies (S/As) and the In-Vessel Storage rack (IVS), (2) the bottom face of the Upper Core Structure (UCS) under the condition with the level of sodium at -50 mm below the top of the S/As. A simple 6 m overhead view of each S/A, through the fuel handling or inspection holes etc, was photographed using a VC fixed to the rotating-plug with the acrylic panel for making observations of the top of S/As and IVS. About 650 photographs were required to create a composite photograph of the top of the entire S/As and IVS, and a resolution was estimated to be approximately 1 mm. In order to observe the bottom face of the UCS, a remote handling device equipped with RRFs (approximately 13 m long) was specifically developed for Joyo with a tip that could be bent into an L-shape and inserted into the 70 mm gap between the top of the S/As and the bottom of the UCS. A total of about 35,000 photographs were needed for the full investigation. Regarding the resolution, the sodium flow regulating grid of 0.8 mm in thickness could be discriminated, and the base of thermocouple sleeves 6 mm in diameter located 450 mm above the top of S/As were also clearly observed. In both types of observations, it was confirmed that lighting adjustments play a critical role. Particularly in narrow space observations, scattered lighting with automatic dimming controlled light source was available for achieving close observations of the in-vessel structures. In addition to the successful result of the incident investigation, these experiments provided valuable insights for use in further improving and verifying in-vessel observation techniques in sodium cooled fast reactors.

Journal Articles

Development of observation techniques in reactor vessel of experimental fast reactor Joyo

Takamatsu, Misao; Imaizumi, Kazuyuki; Nagai, Akinori; Sekine, Takashi; Maeda, Yukimoto

Proceedings of 17th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-17) (CD-ROM), 10 Pages, 2009/07

During the investigation of an incident in Joyo, in-vessel observations using a Video Camera (VC) and a Radiation-Resistant Fiberscope (RRF) took place at (1) the top of the Sub-Assemblies (S/As) and the In-Vessel Storage rack (IVS), (2) the bottom face of the Upper Core Structure (UCS). A simple 6 m overhead view of each S/A was photographed using a VC fixed to the rotating-plug for making observations of the top of S/As and IVS. A resolution was estimated to be approximately 1mm. In order to observe the bottom face of the UCS, a remote handling device equipped with RRFs was specifically developed for Joyo with a tip that can be bent into an L-shape and inserted into the 70 mm gap between the top of the S/As and the bottom of the UCS. The sodium flow regulating grid of 0.8mm in thickness could be discriminated. These experiments provided valuable insights for use in further improving and verifying in-vessel observation techniques in sodium cooled fast reactors.

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Inspection techniques in reactor vessel of sodium cooled fast reactor

Itagaki, Wataru; Saito, Takakazu; Imaizumi, Kazuyuki; Nagai, Akinori; Aoyama, Takafumi; Maeda, Yukimoto

Dai-14-Kai Doryoku, Enerugi Gijutsu Shimpojiumu Koen Rombunshu, p.435 - 438, 2009/06

no abstracts in English

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In-vessel visual inspection of experimental fast reactor Joyo

Itagaki, Wataru; Sekine, Takashi; Imaizumi, Kazuyuki; Maeda, Shigetaka; Ashida, Takashi; Takamatsu, Misao; Nagai, Akinori; Maeda, Yukimoto

Proceedings of 1st International Conference on Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation, Measurement Methods and their Applications (ANIMMA 2009) (USB Flash Drive), 7 Pages, 2009/06

no abstracts in English

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; Nagai, Akinori; ; ;

PNC-TN9440 97-014, 27 Pages, 1997/08

PNC-TN9440-97-014.pdf:1.43MB

None

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The Report on JOYO plant safety for sodium leak and fire protection; The result of checks of equipment

; ; Isozaki, Kazunori; ; ; Nagai, Akinori;

PNC-TN9440 97-009, 435 Pages, 1997/05

PNC-TN9440-97-009.pdf:16.24MB

On the 8th in December 1995, the secondary sodium leak accident occurred at Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor MONJU. Experimental Fast Reactor JOYO was under the 11th periodical inspection then. Total review of the JOYO plant for check of the sodium leak related equipment, check of manuals, and a practice of disaster prevention for sodium leak, and so on were made to have assurance of plant safety, which was required based on official report of MONJU sodium leak accident. Moreover, we properly improved the equipment and reinvestigated the plant management. As the result of these checks, evaluations and improvements, plant safety for sodium leak and fire was secured, and JOYO was started reactor operation on the 3rd in March 1997 after the confirmation by Science and Technology Agency (STA) and Ibaraki prefecture, and on 24th, JOYO passed the 11th periodical inspection, and began to operate the JOYO plant duty cycle. This report describes about the result of those checks of equipment.

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