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JAEA Reports

Soundness survey of cooling tower of Utility Cooling Loop (UCL Cooling Tower) in JMTR

Oto, Tsutomu; Asano, Norikazu; Kawamata, Takanori; Yanai, Tomohiro; Nishimura, Arashi; Araki, Daisuke; Otsuka, Kaoru; Takabe, Yugo; Otsuka, Noriaki; Kojima, Keidai; et al.

JAEA-Review 2020-018, 66 Pages, 2020/11

JAEA-Review-2020-018.pdf:8.87MB

A collapse event of the cooling tower of secondary cooling system in the JMTR (Japan Materials Testing Reactor) was caused by the strong wind of Typhoon No.15 on September 9, 2019. The cause of the collapse of the cooling tower was investigated and analyzed. As the result, it was identified that four causes occurred in combination. Thus, the soundness of the cooling tower of Utility Cooling Loop (UCL cooling tower), which is a wooden cooling tower installed at the same period as the cooling tower of secondary cooling system, was investigated. The items of soundness survey are to grasp the operation conditions of the UCL cooling tower, to confirm the degradation of structural materials, the inspection items and inspection status of the UCL cooling tower, and to investigate the past meteorological data. As the results of soundness survey of the UCL cooling tower, the improvement of inspection items of the UCL cooling tower was carried out and the replacement and repair of the structural materials of the UCL cooling tower were planned for safe maintenance and management of this facility. And the renewal plan of new cooling tower was created to replace the existing UCL cooling tower. This report is summarized the soundness survey of the UCL cooling tower.

JAEA Reports

On-site training using JMTR and related facilities in FY2018

Eguchi, Shohei; Nakano, Hiroko; Otsuka, Noriaki; Nishikata, Kaori; Nagata, Hiroshi; Ide, Hiroshi; Kusunoki, Tsuyoshi

JAEA-Review 2019-012, 22 Pages, 2019/10

JAEA-Review-2019-012.pdf:3.37MB

A practical training course using the JMTR and other research infrastructures was held from July 31st to August 7th in 2018 for Asian young researchers and engineers. This course was adopted as Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science) which is the project of the Japan Science and Technology Agency, and this course aims to enlarge the number of high-level nuclear researchers/engineers in Asian countries which are planning to introduce a nuclear power plant, and to promote the use of facilities in future. In this year, 11 young researchers and engineers joined the course from 6 countries. This course consists of lectures, which are related to irradiation test research, safety management of nuclear reactors, nuclear characteristics of the nuclear reactors, etc., practical training such as practice of research reactor operation using simulator and technical tour of nuclear facilities on nuclear energy. The content of this course in FY 2018 is reported in this paper.

Journal Articles

Development of radiation resistant monitoring system in light water reactor

Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Otsuka, Noriaki; Nakano, Hiroko; Iida, Tatsuya*; Ozawa, Osamu*; Shibagaki, Taro*; Komanome, Hirohisa*; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko

QST-M-16; QST Takasaki Annual Report 2017, P. 67, 2019/03

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Development of radiation resistant monitoring camera system

Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Otsuka, Noriaki; Watanabe, Takashi*; Tanaka, Shigeo*; Ozawa, Osamu*; Komanome, Hirohisa*; Ueno, Shunji*; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko

Proceedings of 2017 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference (NSS/MIC 2017) (Internet), 3 Pages, 2018/11

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Evaluation of in-water wireless transmission system under the conditions simulated the severe accident

Otsuka, Noriaki; Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Shibagaki, Taro*; Komanome, Hirohisa*

Proceedings of 2017 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference (NSS/MIC 2017) (Internet), 3 Pages, 2018/11

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Establishment of experimental equipments in irradiation technology development building, 2

Shibata, Hiroshi; Nakano, Hiroko; Suzuki, Yoshitaka; Otsuka, Noriaki; Nishikata, Kaori; Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Hirota, Noriaki; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko

JAEA-Testing 2017-002, 138 Pages, 2017/12

JAEA-Testing-2017-002.pdf:9.3MB

From the viewpoints of utilization improvement of the Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR), the experimental devices have been established for the out-pile tests in the irradiation technology development building. The devices for the irradiation capsule assembly, material tests and inspections were established at first and experimental data were accumulated before the neutron irradiation tests. On the other hand, after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the repairs and earthquake-resistant measures of the existing devices were carried out. New devices and equipments were also established for the R&D program for power plant safety enhancement of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and $$^{99}$$Mo/$$^{99m}$$Tc production development under the Tsukuba International Strategic Zone. This report describes the outline and basic operation manuals of the devices established from 2011 to 2016 and the management points for the safety works in the irradiation technology development building.

Journal Articles

Image processing method for optical transmission system using 2-dimensional LED matrix array in spent fuel pool

Yatsuzuka, Junji*; Shibagaki, Taro*; Otsuka, Noriaki; Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Komanome, Hirohisa*

Bijon Gijutsu No Jitsuriyo Wakushoppu (ViEW 2017) Koen Yoshishu (USB Flash Drive), 6 Pages, 2017/12

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Degradation behavior of surface-mounted LED by $$gamma$$ irradiation

Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Otsuka, Noriaki; Uehara, Toshiaki; Kumahara, Hajime*; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko

QST-M-2; QST Takasaki Annual Report 2015, P. 80, 2017/03

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Development of radiation-resistant in-water wireless transmission system using light emitting diodes and photo diodes

Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Shibata, Hiroshi; Otsuka, Noriaki; Uehara, Toshiaki; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Shibagaki, Taro*; Komanome, Hirohisa*

IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 63(5), p.2698 - 2702, 2016/10

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:69.03(Engineering, Electrical & Electronic)

In response to the lesson of the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, we started a development of a radiation-resistant in-water wireless transmission system. In this study, capability of light emitting diodes (LED) and photo diodes (PD) as light emitting and receiving devices was researched. Results of irradiation tests of LEDs and PDs up to 1 MGy indicated a main cause of the degradation of the optical performances of the diodes was not the radiation damage at the semiconductor parts but the coloring of the resin parts. Assuming that the use of the candidate LED and PD, the PD's output current generated by the emission light of the LED at five meters away in water was estimated to be detectable intensity even considering the effects of the absorption of the light by water and the increased dark current by 1 MGy irradiation. Therefore, a radiation resistant in-water transmission system can be constructed using LEDs and PDs in principle.

Journal Articles

Development of radiation-resistant in-water wireless transmission system

Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Otsuka, Noriaki; Shibagaki, Taro*; Komanome, Hirohisa*; Ueno, Shunji*; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko

Nippon Hozen Gakkai Dai-13-Kai Gakujutsu Koenkai Yoshishu, p.379 - 386, 2016/07

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Gamma irradiation effects of image sensor for radiation-resistant camera

Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Otsuka, Noriaki; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Tanaka, Shigeo*; Ozawa, Osamu*; Komanome, Hirohisa*; Watanabe, Takashi*; Ueno, Shunji*

Nippon Hozen Gakkai Dai-13-Kai Gakujutsu Koenkai Yoshishu, p.391 - 394, 2016/07

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Development of radiation resistant camera system

Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Otsuka, Noriaki; Watanabe, Takashi*; Kamiyanagi, Tomohiro*; Komanome, Hirohisa*; Ueno, Shunji*; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko

Proceedings of Decommissioning and Remote Systems 2016 (D&RS 2016) (CD-ROM), p.263 - 264, 2016/07

In response to the lesson of the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, we started a development of a radiation resistant monitoring camera system. In this study, improvement of radiation resistance of the imaging sensor was addressed as the main target. Three different types of CMOS image sensors with field plate structure and three transistors (3TPD), photogate structure and three (3TPG) or four transistors (4TPG) were designed and fabricated. The sensors were irradiated up to 70 kGy at the $$^{60}$$Co $$gamma$$-ray irradiation facility at Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute in Japan Atomic Energy Agency. After irradiation, the dark current of the 4TPG rapidly increased and excessed that of the 3T types at least by 50 kGy. The large increase of the dark current of the 4TPG resulted in almost no sensitivity at least by 50 kGy. On the other hand, the sensitivities of the 3T types remained usable values and 3TPG had larger sensitivity than 3TPD after 50 kGy. As the results, the 3TPG sensor was revealed to be the most advantageous one in terms of dark current and sensitivity among the fabricated three sensors.

Journal Articles

Evaluation of radiation resistant in-water transmission system using LED and camera

Otsuka, Noriaki; Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Shibagaki, Taro*; Komanome, Hiroshi*; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko

Proceedings of Decommissioning and Remote Systems 2016 (D&RS 2016) (CD-ROM), p.277 - 278, 2016/07

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Degradation behavior of LED by $$gamma$$ irradiation

Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Shibata, Hiroshi; Otsuka, Noriaki; Uehara, Toshiaki; Kumahara, Hajime*; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko

JAEA-Review 2015-022, JAEA Takasaki Annual Report 2014, P. 29, 2016/02

$$gamma$$ irradiation effects on LEDs which were fabricated by different two fabricators and had relatively large amount of light were evaluated toward the development of a radiation-resistant in-water wireless transmission system using visible light. The current-voltage characteristics and total luminous flux of the LEDs were measured before and after the irradiation. After the irradiation, the total luminous flux decreased and the resin lenses turned oxblood. Meanwhile, the current-voltage characteristics hardly changed. These results indicated that the decreases of the total luminous flux of the LEDs were mainly caused by not the degradation of the semiconductor parts but the coloring of the resin parts by the irradiation. On the other hand, the decrease rates of the total lumious fluxes with $$gamma$$ absorbed dose of the LEDs fabricated one fabricator were smaller than the others. Therefore, they are possible candidates for the light emitting devices of the developing in-water transmission system.

Journal Articles

Development of in-reactor observation system using Cherenkov light(VI)

Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Yamamoto, Keiichi; Otsuka, Noriaki; Shibata, Hiroshi; Shibata, Akira; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Sano, Tadafumi*; Unesaki, Hironobu*; Fujihara, Yasuyuki*; et al.

KURRI Progress Report 2014, P. 108, 2015/07

Investigation of a relation between output power and brightness of Cherenkov light of a specific fuel element at KUR by a CCD camera was performed due to a development of a real-time in-core measurement technique using Cherenkov light. The results indicate that the inhomogeneous distribution of output power and the shadow of the control-rod guide tubes and the other irradiation equipment have significant effects on the brightness of the Cherenkov light. These effects could be suppressed by using a number of cameras located at various positions.

Journal Articles

Development of instrumentation systems for severe accidents, 5; Basic properties of hydrogen sensor with solid electrolyte for safety measures of LWRs

Otsuka, Noriaki; Matsui, Yoshinori; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Matsui, Tetsuya*; Arita, Setsuo*; Wada, Shohei*

Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-23) (DVD-ROM), 7 Pages, 2015/05

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Application of Cherenkov light observation to reactor measurements, 1; Estimation of reactor power from Cherenkov light intensity

Yamamoto, Keiichi; Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Sano, Tadafumi*; Homma, Ryohei*; Kimura, Nobuaki; Otsuka, Noriaki; Kosuge, Fumiaki*; Nakajima, Ken*; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko

JAEA-Technology 2014-028, 56 Pages, 2015/01

JAEA-Technology-2014-028.pdf:9.23MB

Development of the reactor measurement system was started to obtain real-time in-core nuclear and thermal information, where the quantity measurement of brightness of Cherenkov light was applied. The system would be applied as monitoring system in severe accidents and for advanced operation management technology in existing LWRs. In this report, the calculation and the observation results were summarized about the quantity of the Cherenkov light caused by the $$gamma$$ and $$beta$$ ray emitted from the fuels in the core of Kyoto University Research Reactor.

Journal Articles

Development of radiation detectors for in-pile measurement

Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Otsuka, Noriaki; Shibata, Hiroshi; Nagata, Hiroshi; Endo, Yasuichi; Matsui, Yoshinori; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko

KAERI/GP-418/2015, p.110 - 112, 2015/00

$$gamma$$ irradiation experiments with a $$^{60}$$Co source were carried out for developing Self-Powered Gamma Detectors (SPGDs) with lead (Pb) emitter and Self-Powered Neutron Detectors (SPNDs) with Pt-40%Rh emitter prior to in-core irradiation experiments. The results showed the output currents of the SPGDs were proportional to the $$gamma$$ dose rate in the range from about 200-6000 Gy/h with about 10% accuracy. In the case of SPNDs, the output currents flowed in inverse direction and were an order of magnitude lower compared with that of the SPGDs. These different behaviors of the output currents are considered to be caused by the difference in the emitter sizes and the current component originated at the MI cables.

Journal Articles

Development of in-reactor observation system using Cherenkov light, 5

Otsuka, Noriaki; Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Yamamoto, Keiichi; Shibata, Akira; Kimura, Nobuaki; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Tanimoto, Masataka; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Sano, Tadafumi*; Unesaki, Hironobu*; et al.

KURRI Progress Report 2013, P. 215, 2014/10

Investigation of a relation between reactor power and brightness of Cherenkov light at Kyoto University Research reactor (KUR) by a CCD camera was performed due to a development of a real-time in-core measurement technique using Cherenkov light. Analyzing the brightness value of individual RGB color component at each pixel, some of the G and B brightness values reached the maximum value of 8-bit binary number, i.e. 255, above about 2-3 MW. Therefore, we corrected the G and B brightness values by the R signals whose brightness value did not saturate even at 5 MW, the maximum reactor power of KUR. Then, the total brightness value was in proportion to the reactor power after the correction. These results indicate the reactor power can be estimated by the observation of Cherenkov light.

Journal Articles

Development of a self-powered $$gamma$$ detector

Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Otsuka, Noriaki; Shibata, Akira; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 51(7-8), p.939 - 943, 2014/07

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:68.08(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

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