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Validation of analysis models on relocation behavior of molten core materials in sodium-cooled fast reactors based on the melt discharge experiment

Igarashi, Kai*; Onuki, Ryoji*; Sakai, Takaaki*; Kato, Shinya; Matsuba, Kenichi; Kamiyama, Kenji

Proceedings of 2020 International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE 2020) (Internet), 6 Pages, 2020/08

Journal Articles

Role of filamentous fungi in migration of radioactive cesium in the Fukushima forest soil environment

Onuki, Toshihiko; Sakamoto, Fuminori; Kozai, Naofumi; Namba, Kenji*; Neda, Hitoshi*; Sasaki, Yoshito; Niizato, Tadafumi; Watanabe, Naoko*; Kozaki, Tamotsu*

Environmental Science; Processes & Impacts, 21(7), p.1164 - 1173, 2019/07

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:58.23(Chemistry, Analytical)

The fate of radioactive Cs deposited after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident and its associated radiological impacts are largely dependent on its mobility from surface soils to forest ecosystems. We measured the accumulation of radioactive Cs in the fruit bodies of wild fungi in the forest at Iidate, Fukushima, Japan. The transfer factors (TFs) of radioactive Cs from soil to the fruit bodies of wild fungi were between 10 $$^{-2}$$to 10$$^{2}$$, a range similar to those reported for the fruit bodies collected in Europe after the Chernobyl accident and in parts of Japan contaminated by nuclear bomb test fallout. Comparison of the TFs of the wild mushroom and that of the fungal hyphae of 704 stock strains grown on agar medium containing nutrients and radioactive Cs showed that the TFs of wild mushroom were lower. TF was less than 0.1 after addition of the minerals zeolite, vermiculite, phlogopite, smectite, or illite of 1% weight to the agar medium. These results indicate that the presence of minerals decrease Cs uptake by fungi grown in the agar medium.

JAEA Reports

Backfilling test in drilling pits as part of Groundwater REcovery Experiment in Tunnel (GREET) Project

Takayasu, Kentaro; Onuki, Kenji*; Kawamoto, Koji*; Takayama, Yusuke; Mikake, Shinichiro; Sato, Toshinori; Onoe, Hironori; Takeuchi, Ryuji

JAEA-Technology 2017-011, 61 Pages, 2017/06

JAEA-Technology-2017-011.pdf:9.15MB

The Groundwater REcovery Experiment in Tunnel (GREET) was put into effect as development of drift backfilling technologies. This test was conducted by making the Closure Test Drift (CTD) recovered with water after carrying out a plug around 40m distance from northern edge face of horizontal tunnel of depth 500m, for the purpose of investigation of recovering process of rock mass and groundwater under the influence of excavation of tunnel. This report presents the efforts of backfilling investigation using bentonite composite soil and execution of backfilling into borehole pits excavated in the CTD which were carried out in fiscal 2014 as a part of GREET, and succeeding observation results inside pits from September 2014 to March 2016.

Journal Articles

Sorption behavior of Np(V) on microbe pure culture and consortia

Onuki, Toshihiko; Kozai, Naofumi; Sakamoto, Fuminori; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*; Kato, Kenji*

Chemistry Letters, 46(5), p.771 - 774, 2017/05

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

The sorption behavior of Np(V) by the microbe consortia and by a single pure culture of Fe reducing bacterium was studied at pH between 3 and 7 in resting cell conditions. The sorption of Np(V) by the Fe reducing bacterium obtained in the inert condition and by the consortia in aerated condition were higher than by the Fe reducing bacterium in aerobic condition at pH below 5, strongly suggesting presence of other mechanism than the adsorption on microbial cell surface, i.e. reduction to Np(IV).

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Radioactive Cs in the estuary sediments near Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Yamasaki, Shinya*; Imoto, Jumpei*; Furuki, Genki*; Ochiai, Asumi*; Onuki, Toshihiko; Sueki, Keisuke*; Namba, Kenji*; Ewing, R. C.*; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*

Science of the Total Environment, 551-552, p.155 - 162, 2016/05

 Times Cited Count:21 Percentile:21.68(Environmental Sciences)

Cesium-137 ($$^{137}$$Cs) of estuary sediment impacted by the FDNPP was measured. Increasing radioactivity was observed from surface to bottom. 90% of the $$^{137}$$Cs was strongly bound to clay minerals in the estuary sediments. These results suggest that $$^{137}$$Cs is being transported from contaminated paddy fields to the estuary.

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Root endophytic bacteria of a $$^{137}$$Cs and Mn accumulator plant, ${{it Eleutherococcus sciadophylloides}}$, increase $$^{137}$$Cs and Mn desorption in the soil

Yamaji, Keiko*; Nagata, Satoshi*; Haruma, Toshikatsu*; Onuki, Toshihiko; Kozaki, Tamotsu*; Watanabe, Naoko*; Namba, Kenji*

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 153, p.112 - 119, 2016/03

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:51.87(Environmental Sciences)

Of the 463 strains that we isolated, 107 (23.1%) produced the siderophores. We found $$^{137}$$Cs and Mn desorption concomitant with Al and Fe desorption. These results suggest that root endophytes of $$^{137}$$Cs accumulator plant produce siderophores, resulting in the desorption of $$^{137}$$Cs from the contaminated soil collected at Fukushima, Japan.

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Thermal-hydraulics technological strategy roadmap that improves safety of LWRs

Arai, Kenji*; Umezawa, Shigemitsu*; Oikawa, Hirohide*; Onuki, Akira*; Nakamura, Hideo; Nishi, Yoshihisa*; Fujii, Tadashi*

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi, 58(3), p.161 - 166, 2016/03

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project, Annual report for fiscal year 2014

Hama, Katsuhiro; Mikake, Shinichiro; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Sasao, Eiji; Kuwabara, Kazumichi; Ueno, Tetsuro; Onuki, Kenji*; Beppu, Shinji; Onoe, Hironori; Takeuchi, Ryuji; et al.

JAEA-Review 2015-024, 122 Pages, 2015/11

JAEA-Review-2015-024.pdf:80.64MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) at Tono Geoscience Center (TGC) is pursuing a geoscientific research and development project namely the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project in crystalline rock environment in order to construct scientific and technical basis for geological disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste (HLW). The MIU Project has three overlapping phases: Surface-based Investigation phase (Phase I), Construction phase (Phase II), and Operation phase (Phase III). The MIU Project has been ongoing the Phase III, as the Phase II was concluded for a moment with the completion of the excavation of horizontal tunnels at GL-500m level in February 2014. This report presents the results of the investigations, construction and collaboration studies in fiscal year 2014.

JAEA Reports

Conceptual design for relocation of the underground monitoring systems to ground surface

Toya, Naruhisa*; Ogawa, Ken*; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Onuki, Kenji

JAEA-Technology 2015-023, 35 Pages, 2015/09

JAEA-Technology-2015-023.pdf:9.44MB

One of the major subjects of the ongoing geoscientific research program is the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project in the Tono area, central Japan is accumulation of knowledge about a recovery of the geological environment during and after the facility closure. Then it's necessary to plan the observation system which can use after the backfill of research tunnels. The main purpose of this report is contribution to the detailed design for relocation of the underground monitoring systems to ground surface. We discussed the restriction and requirement for the underground monitoring systems which can use after the backfill. Furthermore, we made the conceptual design for relocation of the current underground monitoring systems to ground surface.

Journal Articles

Radioactive Cs in the severely contaminated soils near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Kaneko, Makoto*; Iwata, Hajime; Shiotsu, Hiroyuki; Masaki, Shota*; Kawamoto, Yuji*; Yamasaki, Shinya*; Nakamatsu, Yuki*; Imoto, Jumpei*; Furuki, Genki*; Ochiai, Asumi*; et al.

Frontiers in Energy Research (Internet), 3, p.37_1 - 37_10, 2015/09

The mobility of the aggregates of submicron-sized sheet aluminosilicate in the surface environment is a key factor controlling the current Cs migration in Fukushima.

JAEA Reports

Results of borehole investigation in -500m access/research gallery-north (13MI38$$sim$$13MI44 Boreholes)

Hasegawa, Takashi; Kawamoto, Koji; Yamada, Nobuto; Onuki, Kenji; Omori, Kazuaki; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Sato, Toshinori

JAEA-Technology 2015-011, 135 Pages, 2015/07

JAEA-Technology-2015-011.pdf:28.63MB
JAEA-Technology-2015-011-appendix(CD-ROM).zip:566.32MB

The geological, hydraulic and geochemical data such as rock mass classification, groundwater inflow points and the volume, water pressure, and hydraulic conductivity were obtained from boreholes (13MI38$$sim$$13MI44) in the -500m Access/Research Gallery-North of Mizunami Underground Research laboratory (MIU). In addition to data acquisition, monitoring systems were installed to observe hydrochemical changes in the groundwater, and rock strain during and after the groundwater recovery experiment.

Journal Articles

Groundwater recovery experiment in Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory; Numerical simulation of H-M coupled behavior of rock and backfill materials to evaluate the influence on the surrounding rock

Takayama, Yusuke; Sato, Toshinori; Onoe, Hironori; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Saegusa, Hiromitsu; Onuki, Kenji

Dai-43-Kai Gamban Rikigaku Ni Kansuru Shimpojiumu Koenshu (CD-ROM), p.313 - 318, 2015/01

In the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory, groundwater recovery experiment is being conducted to construct the method to understand the transition of geological environment due to groundwater recovery at the -500m access and research gallery-north. As a part of this experiment, backfill test is planned using drilling pits filled with artificial materials (clay and concrete) to evaluate the influence on the surrounding rock mass due to the interaction of rock and artificial materials. In this study, numerical simulation of the backfill test has been carried out to predict the qualitative hydro-mechanical behavior.

JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project, Annual report for fiscal year 2013

Hama, Katsuhiro; Mikake, Shinichiro; Nishio, Kazuhisa; Kawamoto, Koji; Yamada, Nobuto; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Murakami, Hiroaki; Matsuoka, Toshiyuki; Sasao, Eiji; Sanada, Hiroyuki; et al.

JAEA-Review 2014-038, 137 Pages, 2014/12

JAEA-Review-2014-038.pdf:162.61MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) at Tono Geoscience Center (TGC) is pursuing a geoscientific research and development project namely the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) Project in crystalline rock environment in order to construct scientific and technological basis for geological disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste (HLW). The MIU Project has three overlapping phases: Surface-based Investigation phase (Phase I), Construction phase (Phase II), and Operation phase (Phase III). The MIU Project has been ongoing the Phase II and the Phase III in fiscal year 2013. This report presents the results of the investigations, construction and collaboration studies in fiscal year 2013, as a part of the Phase II and Phase III based on the MIU Master Plan updated in 2010.

Journal Articles

Probing strongly correlated 4$$f$$-orbital symmetry of the ground state in Yb compounds by linear dichroism in core-level photoemission

Mori, Takeo*; Kitayama, Satoshi*; Kanai, Yuina*; Naimen, Sho*; Fujiwara, Hidenori*; Higashiya, Atsushi*; Tamasaku, Kenji*; Tanaka, Arata*; Terashima, Kensei*; Imada, Shin*; et al.

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 83(12), p.123702_1 - 123702_5, 2014/12

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:27.6(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

We show that the strongly correlated 4$$f$$-orbital symmetry of the ground state is revealed by linear dichroism in core-level photoemission spectra, as we have discovered for YbRh$$_{2}$$Si$$_{2}$$ and YbCu$$_{2}$$Si$$_{2}$$. Theoretical analysis shows us that the linear dichroism reflects the anisotropic charge distributions resulting from a crystalline electric field. We have successfully determined the ground-state 4$$f$$ symmetry for both compounds from the polarization-dependent angle resolved core-level spectra at a temperature well below the first excitation energy. The excited-state symmetry is also probed by temperature dependence of the linear dichroism where the high measurement temperatures are on the order of the crystal-field-splitting energies.

Journal Articles

Groundwater recovery experiment using an underground gallery in fractured crystalline rock

Onoe, Hironori; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Saegusa, Hiromitsu; Onuki, Kenji; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Sanada, Hiroyuki; Ishibashi, Masayuki; Sato, Toshinori

Proceedings of 8th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium (ARMS-8) (USB Flash Drive), 10 Pages, 2014/10

The selection of a geological disposal site for high-level radioactive waste (HLW) will be done taking into consideration performance of the geological environment. Geological environments would likely be influenced for several decades by changes due to the construction and operation of a large underground facility such as a HLW repository. Therefore, the post-closure recovery of the geological environment after backfilling of a facility is an important aspect for the safety assessment of geological disposal of HLW. With a focus on the hydraulic pressure and hydrochemical recovery processes around underground galleries in fractured crystalline rock, the groundwater recovery experiment will be conducted at the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory to evaluate the natural groundwater and hydrochemical recovery of the rock mass. This paper provides an outline of the groundwater recovery experiment plan and progress of the supporting field investigations.

JAEA Reports

Results of pilot borehole investigation in -500m access/research gallery-south (12MI32 borehole)

Kawamoto, Koji; Kuroiwa, Hiroshi; Yamada, Nobuto; Onuki, Kenji; Omori, Kazuaki; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Ogata, Nobuhisa; Omori, Masaki; Watanabe, Kazuhiko

JAEA-Technology 2014-011, 92 Pages, 2014/07

JAEA-Technology-2014-011.pdf:24.65MB
JAEA-Technology-2014-011-appendix(DVD).zip:331.54MB

This document summarizes the data of pilot boreholes (12MI32) in the -500m Access/Research Gallery-South. The geological, hydraulic and geochemical data were obtained. In addition, groundwater monitoring system was installed to observe the groundwater pressure in initial condition and change during the excavation of gallery. The results of investigation, biotite granite with medium to coarse-grained equigranular texture are characterized. Rock mass classification is B from CM class. Minor fault with fault breccia are observed around 48.90mabh. However, S200_13 fault and IF_SB3_13_3 fault (that were presumed by an original model) were not observed. Density of fracture is large in the section of 40.00 to 80.00mabh. Water inflow was a maximum of 600 L/min in 78.83mabh. Permeability ranges from 2.0E-9 to 1.5E-08m/sec at the zone with low inflow, from 1.1E-05 to 1.6E-05m/sec at the zone with high inflow, respectively. Groundwater chemistry is rich in Na and Cl ion.

JAEA Reports

Results of pilot borehole investigation in -500m access/research gallery-north (12MI27 and 12MI33 boreholes)

Tsuyuguchi, Koji; Kuroiwa, Hiroshi; Kawamoto, Koji; Yamada, Nobuto; Onuki, Kenji; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Takeuchi, Ryuji; Ogata, Nobuhisa; Suto, Masahiro; Mikake, Shinichiro

JAEA-Technology 2013-044, 89 Pages, 2014/02

JAEA-Technology-2013-044.pdf:11.09MB
JAEA-Technology-2013-044-appendix(CD-ROM).zip:316.8MB

This document summarizes the data of pilot boreholes (12MI27, 12MI33) in the -500m Access/Research Gallery-North. The geological, hydraulic and geochemical data were obtained. In addition, groundwater monitoring system was installed in closure test gallery for the flooding test in phase III research. The results of investigation, biotite granite with medium to coarse-grained equigranular texture are characterized. Rock mass classification is B from CH class. Minor fault with fault gouge that was not presumed by an original model are observed in 12MI33. Density of fracture in 12MI27 near the Main-shaft fault tends to be compared to 12MI33. Water inflow in both boreholes is less. Permeability ranges from 4.8E-10 to 6.1E-09m/sec at the zone without alteration and with low inflow, from 1.1E-07 to 2.7E-07m/sec at the zone without alteration and with high inflow, respectively. Groundwater chemistry is rich in Na and Cl ion.

Journal Articles

Determination of local-area distribution and relocation of radioactive cesium in trees from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant by autoradiography analysis

Sakamoto, Fuminori; Onuki, Toshihiko; Kozai, Naofumi; Yamasaki, Shinya; Yoshida, Zenko*; Namba, Kenji*

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai Wabun Rombunshi, 12(4), p.257 - 266, 2013/12

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Adsorption behavior of lanthanide ions on nonbiological phospholipid membranes; A Model study using liposome

Yamasaki, Shinya; Shirai, Osamu*; Kano, Kenji*; Kozai, Naofumi; Sakamoto, Fuminori; Onuki, Toshihiko

Chemistry Letters, 42(8), p.819 - 821, 2013/08

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:84.96(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

The adsorption behavior of lanthanide ions (except for Pm) on liposomes composed of phosphatidylcholine and cholesterol was examined to understand the interaction between lanthanide ions and the phosphoryl moiety of phospholipids. The adsorption of lanthanide ions increased with an increase in pH under the weakly acidic conditions. Selective adsorption with the local maximum at the Er$$^{3+}$$ ion and local minimum at the Er$$^{3+}$$ ion was observed, similar to the selective adsorption of the bacterial cell surface but different from that of orthophosphates. These results indicate that the adsorption of lanthanide on the phospholipid does not result from simple adsorption on orthophosphate functional groups but by the composition and molecular structure of the phospholipid. Our results strongly suggest that liposomes can be used as a simple biomembrane model without any biological activity for the study of adsorption of lanthanide ions.

Journal Articles

Transport of cesium ion across a bilayer lipid membrane and its facilitation in the presence of iodide ion

Shirai, Osamu*; Onuki, Toshihiko; Kitazumi, Yuki*; Kano, Kenji*

Electroanalysis, 25(8), p.1823 - 1826, 2013/08

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:81.21(Chemistry, Analytical)

The ion transport current was clearly observed across a bilayer lipid membrane (BLM) between two aqueous phases (W1, W2) containing 0.1 M CsCl. In addition, the current density at a given potential between W1 and W2 increased using I instead of Cl as the counter ion. Our results strongly suggest that the cell membrane transport is partially responsible for the internal exposure of $$^{134}$$Cs and $$^{137}$$Cs.

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