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Journal Articles

Measurement of prompt neutron decay constant with spallation neutrons at Kyoto University Critical Assembly using linear combination method

Katano, Ryota; Yamanaka, Masao*; Pyeon, C. H.*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 57(2), p.169 - 176, 2020/02

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

We proposed the linear combination method as a subcriticality measurement method which estimates the prompt neutron decay constant ($$alpha$$) correlated with the subcriticality using measurement results obtained at multiple detector positions. In the previous study, we confirmed applicability of the linear combination method through the pulsed neutron experiment with DT neutron source at Kyoto University Critical Assembly (KUCA). In this study, we conduct the pulsed neutron source experiment with spallation neutrons at KUCA and confirm the robustness of the linear combination to neutron sources.

Journal Articles

Application of linear combination method to pulsed neutron source measurement at Kyoto University Critical Assembly

Katano, Ryota; Yamanaka, Masao*; Pyeon, C. H.*

Nuclear Science and Engineering, 193(12), p.1394 - 1402, 2019/12

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:31.52(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The author proposed the linear combination method as a subcriticality measurement method which estimates the prompt neutron decay constant (alpha) correlated with the subcriticality using measurement results obtained at multiple detector positions. In this study, we conduct the pulsed neutron experiment at Kyoto University Critical Assembly (KUCA) and measure alpha by the linear combination method using measured neutron counts. Through experiment, we experimentally show that the linear combination method can reduce the higher-mode effect compared to the conventional method. In addition, experimentally show that the linear combination has capability of the different mode extraction.

Journal Articles

Sample worth measurements with systematically changed mixing ratios of lead and bismuth in A-core of KUCA for ADS

Fukushima, Masahiro; Oizumi, Akito; Yamanaka, Masao*; Pyeon, C. H.*

KURNS Progress Report 2018, P. 143, 2019/08

For the design study of ADS, integral experimental data of nuclear characteristics of LBE is necessary to validate cross sections of lead (Pb) and bismuth (Bi). In present study, sample worth measurements were carried out with systematically changed mixing ratios of lead and bismuth, which would be complementary to the previous data of Pb and Bi samples individually measured in FY 2013 and FY 2017, respectively.

Journal Articles

Measurements of the $$^{243}$$Am neutron capture and total cross sections with ANNRI at J-PARC

Kimura, Atsushi; Nakamura, Shoji; Terada, Kazushi*; Nakao, Taro*; Mizuyama, Kazuhito*; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Iwamoto, Osamu; Harada, Hideo; Katabuchi, Tatsuya*; Igashira, Masayuki*; et al.

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(6), p.479 - 492, 2019/06

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:56.06(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Journal Articles

Measurements of neutron total and capture cross sections of $$^{241}$$Am with ANNRI at J-PARC

Terada, Kazushi*; Kimura, Atsushi; Nakao, Taro*; Nakamura, Shoji; Mizuyama, Kazuhito*; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Iwamoto, Osamu; Harada, Hideo; Katabuchi, Tatsuya*; Igashira, Masayuki*; et al.

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 55(10), p.1198 - 1211, 2018/10

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:38.72(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Journal Articles

Measurement of MA reaction rates using spallation neutron source

Oizumi, Akito; Fukushima, Masahiro; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi; Yamanaka, Masao*; Sano, Tadafumi*; Pyeon, C. H.*

KURRI Progress Report 2017, P. 50, 2018/08

In the nuclear transmutation system such as ADS, the nuclear data validation of MA is required to reduce the uncertainty caused by the nuclear data of MA. This study aims to measure the reaction rates of Neptunium-237 ($$^{237}$$Np) and Americium-241 ($$^{241}$$Am) using the nuclear spallation neutron source in the KUCA for 3 hours. The observed distributions of pulse-height of $$^{237}$$Np and $$^{241}$$Am fission reactions were significantly different from the ones generally observed in critical and pulsed neutron source (PNS) experiments because of the influence of the $$gamma$$-ray generated by the nuclear spallation reaction. On the other hand, the capture reaction rate of $$^{237}$$Np was measured in this experiment. The capture reaction rate of the critical experiment which was available to be measured the fission reaction rate of $$^{237}$$Np and $$^{241}$$Am was almost 8 times larger than that of this experiment. Consequently, reducing the influence of the $$gamma$$ generated by the nuclear spallation reaction and extending the duration of the irradiation to 24 or more hours would be necessary for detecting signals of fission reactions under the spallation neutron source.

Journal Articles

Reaction rate analyses of accelerator-driven system experiments with 100 MeV protons at Kyoto University Critical Assembly

Pyeon, C. H.*; Vu, T. M.*; Yamanaka, Masao*; Sugawara, Takanori; Iwamoto, Hiroki; Nishihara, Kenji; Kim, S. H.*; Takahashi, Yoshiyuki*; Nakajima, Ken*; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 55(2), p.190 - 198, 2018/02

 Times Cited Count:11 Percentile:4.18(Nuclear Science & Technology)

At the Kyoto University Critical Assembly, a series of reaction rate experiments is conducted on the accelerator-driven system (ADS) with spallation neutrons generated by the combined use of 100 MeV protons and a lead and bismuth target in the subcritical state. The reaction rates are measured by the foil activation method to obtain neutron spectrum information on ADS. Numerical calculations are performed with MCNP6.1 and JENDL/HE-2007 for high-energy protons and spallation process, JENDL-4.0 for transport and JENDL/D-99 for reaction rates. The reaction rates depend on subcriticality is revealed by the accuracy of the C/E (calculation/experiment) values. Nonetheless, the accuracy of the reaction rates at high-energy thresholds remains an important issue in the fixed-source calculations.

Journal Articles

Research and development for accuracy improvement of neutron nuclear data on minor actinides

Harada, Hideo; Iwamoto, Osamu; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Kimura, Atsushi; Terada, Kazushi; Nakao, Taro; Nakamura, Shoji; Mizuyama, Kazuhito; Igashira, Masayuki*; Katabuchi, Tatsuya*; et al.

EPJ Web of Conferences, 146, p.11001_1 - 11001_6, 2017/09

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:9.6

Journal Articles

On-line subcriticality measurement using a pulsed spallation neutron source

Iwamoto, Hiroki; Nishihara, Kenji; Yagi, Takahiro*; Pyeon, C.-H.*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 54(4), p.432 - 443, 2017/04

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:4.91(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Journal Articles

Sensitivity and uncertainty analyses of lead sample reactivity experiments at Kyoto University Critical Assembly

Pyeon, C. H.*; Fujimoto, Atsushi*; Sugawara, Takanori; Iwamoto, Hiroki; Nishihara, Kenji; Takahashi, Yoshiyuki*; Nakajima, Ken*; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi

Nuclear Science and Engineering, 185(3), p.460 - 472, 2017/03

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:24.6(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Sensitivity and uncertainty analyses of lead (Pb) isotope cross sections are conducted with the use of sample reactivity experiments at the Kyoto University Critical Assembly (KUCA). With the combined use of the SRAC2006 and MARBLE code systems, attempts are made to precisely examine the contributions of the reactions and energy regions of Pb isotope cross sections to reactivity based on the covariance data of JENDL-4.0. Moreover, the effect of decreasing uncertainty is discussed in terms of the accuracy of sample reactivity by applying the cross section adjustment method to the uncertainty analyses. From the results of the sensitivity and uncertainty analyses, the reliability of Pb isotope cross sections, such as the Pb isotope covariance data of JENDL-4.0, is compared with the JENDL-3.3, ENDF/B-VII.0, and JEFF-3.1 libraries.

Journal Articles

Activation experiments for verification of neutron capture cross section of $$^{237}$$Np using variable neutron field at KURRI-LINAC

Takahashi, Yoshiyuki*; Hori, Junichi*; Sano, Tadafumi*; Yagi, Takahiro*; Yashima, Hiroshi*; Pyeon, C. H.*; Nakamura, Shoji; Harada, Hideo

Proceedings of International Conference on the Physics of Reactors; Unifying Theory and Experiments in the 21st Century (PHYSOR 2016) (USB Flash Drive), p.645 - 652, 2016/05

For the reduction of radioactive toxicities, feasibility study of nuclear transmutation of minor actinides (MAs) and long-lived fission products (LLFPs) by utilizing innovative nuclear reactor system (i.e. fast breeder reactors and accelerator-driven systems) has been actively conducted. To design these nuclear reactor systems, the accurate nuclear data are required. Therefore, to obtain more accurate nuclear data, the project entitled as "Research and development for Accuracy Improvement of neutron nuclear data on Minor ACtinides(AIMAC)" has been started as one of the "Innovative Nuclear Research and Development Program". In a part of this project, the nuclear data of MAs are verified in the variable neutron spectra field at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute-LINear ACcelerator (KURRI-LINAC) and Kyoto University Critical Assembly (KUCA). And the differential TOF data is cross-checked with an integral data for the validation of $$^{237}$$Np, $$^{241}$$Am, and $$^{243}$$Am. In this summary, the results of reaction rate of neutron capture cross section of $$^{237}$$Np are reported as an example in the study.

Journal Articles

Validation of Pb nuclear data by Monte Carlo analyses of sample reactivity experiments at Kyoto University Critical Assembly

Pyeon, C. H.*; Fujimoto, Atsushi*; Sugawara, Takanori; Yagi, Takahiro*; Iwamoto, Hiroki; Nishihara, Kenji; Takahashi, Yoshiyuki*; Nakajima, Ken*; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(4), p.602 - 612, 2016/04

 Times Cited Count:15 Percentile:6.79(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Sample reactivity experiments on the uncertainty analyses of Pb nuclear data are carried out by substituting Al plates for Pb ones at the Kyoto University Critical Assembly, as part of basic research on Pb-Bi for the coolant. Numerical simulations of sample reactivity experiments are performed with the Monte Carlo calculation code MCNP6.1 together with four nuclear data libraries JENDL-3.3, JENDL-4.0, ENDF/B-VII.0 and JEFF-3.1, to examine the accuracy of cross-section uncertainties of Pb isotopes by comparing measured and calculated sample reactivities. A library update from JENDL-3.3 to JENDL-4.0 is demonstrated by the fact that the difference between Pb isotopes of the two JENDL libraries is dominant in the comparative study, through the experimental analyses of sample reactivity by the MCNP approach. In addition, JENDL-4.0 reveals a slight difference from ENDF/B-VII.0 in all Pb isotopes and $$^{27}$$Al, and from JEFF-3.1 in $$^{238}$$U and $$^{27}$$Al.

Journal Articles

Accuracy improvement of neutron nuclear data on minor actinides

Harada, Hideo; Iwamoto, Osamu; Iwamoto, Nobuyuki; Kimura, Atsushi; Terada, Kazushi; Nakao, Taro; Nakamura, Shoji; Mizuyama, Kazuhito; Igashira, Masayuki*; Katabuchi, Tatsuya*; et al.

EPJ Web of Conferences, 93, p.06001_1 - 06001_5, 2015/05

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:14.51

Improvement of accuracy of neutron nuclear data for minor actinides (MAs) and long-lived fission products (LLFPs) is required for developing innovative nuclear system transmuting these nuclei. In order to meet the requirement, the project entitled as "Research and development for Accuracy Improvement of neutron nuclear data on Minor ACtinides (AIMAC)" has been started as one of the "Innovative Nuclear Research and Development Program" at October 2013. The AIMAC project team is composed of researchers in four different fields: differential nuclear data measurement, integral nuclear data measurement, nuclear chemistry, and nuclear data evaluation. By integrating all of the forefront knowledge and techniques in these fields, the team aims at improving the accuracy of the data. The background, overall plan, and recent progress of the AIMAC project will be reviewed.

Journal Articles

Neutronic characteristics of lead-bismuth in KUCA A core for accelerator-driven system

Sugawara, Takanori; Oizumi, Akito; Kitamura, Yasunori; Iwamoto, Hiroki; Yagi, Takahiro*; Pyeon, C. H.*

KURRI Progress Report 2013, 1 Pages, 2014/10

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has investigated the accelerator-driven system (ADS) to transmute minor actinides discharged from nuclear power plants. The ADS investigated by JAEA is a lead bismuth eutectic (LBE) cooled-tank-type ADS. It has been known that there was a major upgrade for the cross section data of lead isotopes from JENDL-3.3 to JENDL-4.0. Due to this upgrade, the value of $$k_{eff}$$ of the core was significantly changed, from 0.97 calculated by JENDL-3.3 to 1.00 calculated by JENDL-4.0. The difference was mainly caused by the cross section data of the lead isotopes from JENDL-3.3 to JENDL-4.0. This study aims to measure sample worth reactivity from aluminum plates to lead or LBE ones to validate the nuclear data of lead and bismuth isotopes.

Journal Articles

Neutronic characteristics of lead in KUCA A core for accelerator-driven system

Sugawara, Takanori; Nishihara, Kenji; Iwamoto, Hiroki; Yagi, Takahiro*; Pyeon, C. H.*

KURRI Progress Report 2012, P. 212, 2013/10

An Accelerator-Driven System (ADS) has been investigated in Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to transmute minor actinides discharged from nuclear power plants. The ADS proposed by JAEA is a lead bismuth eutectic (LBE) cooled-tank-type ADS. It has been known that there was a major upgrade for the cross section data of lead isotopes from JENDL-3.3 to JENDL-4.0 and the upgrade affects to the neutronic design of the ADS. This study aims to measure replacement reactivity from aluminum plates to lead plates at KUCA (Kyoto University Critical Assembly) to know which nuclear data library, JENDL-3.3 or JENDL-4.0 is reasonable for the lead isotopes. As the result, the replacement reactivity from the aluminum plates to the lead ones was measured as the positive value and the calculation results indicated that the lead nuclear data in JENDL-4.0 might be more reasonable than those in JENDL-3.3.

Journal Articles

Measurement of neutron generation time by pulsed neutron source

Nishihara, Kenji; Sugawara, Takanori; Iwamoto, Hiroki; Pyeon, C. H.*; Yagi, Takahiro*

KURRI Progress Report 2011, P. 221, 2012/10

The maximum likelihood analysis method for pulse neutron source experiment (PNS-ML) has been developed in experiments using KUCA to monitor sub-criticality of an accelerator-driven system (ADS). In this technique, the most likely sub-criticality can be deduced from a series of counted data from a detector. In the present study, both sub-criticality and neutron generation time are deduced from the same counted data.

Journal Articles

Pulse neutron experiment for accelerator-driven system, 2

Nishihara, Kenji; Sugawara, Takanori; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi; Kitamura, Yasunori; Pyeon, C. H.*

KURRI Progress Report 2009, P. 201, 2010/10

The regression method for pulse neutron source (PNS) experiment has been developed to monitor sub-criticality of an accelerator-driven system (ADS). This method is applicable for PNS experiment with bad experimental conditions, such as high repetition of neutron source that makes the alpha-fitting method difficult to determine delayed neutron level. In the present study, the regression method was verified using the KUCA-A core with various sub-critical levels induced by DT neutrons with several numbers of repetitions. As a result, the discrepancy of $$k$$$$_{eff}$$ and count rates between experiment and the regression method was observed for the low repetitions. Further investigation for background is necessary in next study.

Journal Articles

Development of optical fiber detector for measurement of fast neutron

Yagi, Takahiro*; Misawa, Tsuyoshi*; Pyeon, C. H.*; Unesaki, Hironobu*; Shiroya, Seiji*; Kawaguchi, Shinichi*; Okajima, Shigeaki; Tani, Kazuhiro*

Proceedings of International Conference on the Physics of Reactors, Nuclear Power; A Sustainable Resource (PHYSOR 2008) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2008/09

In order to insert a neutron detector in a narrow space such as a gap of between fuel plates and measure the fast neutrons in real time, a neutron detector with an optical fiber has been developed. This detector consists of an optical fiber whose tip is covered with mixture of neutron converter material and scintillator such as ZnS(Ag). The detector for fast neutrons uses ThO$$_{2}$$ as converter material because $$^{232}$$Th makes fission reaction with fast neutrons. The place where $$^{232}$$Th can be uses is limited by regulations because $$^{232}$$Th is nuclear fuel material. The purpose of this research is to develop a new optical fiber detector to measure fast neutrons without $$^{232}$$Th and to investigate the characteristic of the detector. These detectors were used to measure a D-T neutron generator and fast neutron flux distribution at Fast Critical Assembly. The results showed that the fast neutron flux distribution of the new optical fiber detector with ZnS(Ag) was the same as it of the activation method, and the detector are effective for measurement of fast neutrons.

Oral presentation

Current status of Japanese P-T program and ADS study

Sasa, Toshinobu; Pyeon, C. H.*

no journal, , 

Current status of Japanese activities for partitioning-transmutation research is summarized. Research and development for ADS which performed at JAEA and Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute are mentioned. The national review of P-T program organized by Atomic Energy Commission of Japan is also introduced.

Oral presentation

Measurement of neutron lifetime by pulsed neutron method

Nishihara, Kenji; Sugawara, Takanori; Iwamoto, Hiroki; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi; Pyeon, C. H.*; Yagi, Takahiro*

no journal, , 

Analysis method for the pulsed neutron method is newly developed to obtain neutron lifetime with subcriticality based on the maximum likelihoods method. The method was validated by experiments in the KUCA with several subcriticalities injected by a DT neutron source with several repetitions.

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