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Demonstration of $$gamma$$-ray pipe-monitoring capabilities for real-time process monitoring safeguards applications in reprocessing facilities

Rodriguez, D.; Tanigawa, Masafumi; Nishimura, Kazuaki; Mukai, Yasunobu; Nakamura, Hironobu; Kurita, Tsutomu; Takamine, Jun; Suzuki, Satoshi*; Sekine, Megumi; Rossi, F.; et al.

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 55(7), p.792 - 804, 2018/07

 Percentile:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Nuclear material in reprocessing facilities is safeguarded by random sample verification with additional continuous monitoring applied to solution masses and volume in important tanks to maintain continuity-of-knowledge of process operation. Measuring the unique $$gamma$$ rays of each solution as the material flows through pipes connecting all tanks and process apparatuses could potentially improve process monitoring by verifying the compositions in real time. We tested this $$gamma$$ ray pipe-monitoring method using plutonium-nitrate solution transferred between tanks at the PCDF-TRP. The $$gamma$$ rays were measured using a lanthanum-bromide detector with a list-mode data acquisition system to obtain both time and energy of $$gamma$$-ray. The analysis and results of this measurement demonstrate an ability to determine isotopic composition, process timing, flow rate, and volume of solution flowing through pipes, introducing a viable capability for process monitoring safeguards verification.

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Delayed $$gamma$$-ray spectroscopy combined with active neutron interrogation for nuclear security and safeguards

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Rossi, F.; Rodriguez, D.; Takamine, Jun; Seya, Michio; Bogucarska, T.*; Crochemore, J.-M.*; Varasano, G.*; Abbas, K.*; Pedersen, B.*; et al.

EPJ Web of Conferences (Internet), 146, p.09018_1 - 09018_4, 2017/09

 Percentile:100

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Ground-state configuration of neutron-rich $$^{35}$$Al via Coulomb breakup

Chakraborty, S.*; Datta, U.*; Aumann, T.*; Beceiro-Novo, S.*; Boretzky, K.*; Caesar, C.*; Carlson, B. V.*; Catford, W. N.*; Chartier, M.*; Cortina-Gil, D.*; et al.

Physical Review C, 96(3), p.034301_1 - 034301_9, 2017/09

 Percentile:100(Physics, Nuclear)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy, 1; Development and current status

Rodriguez, D.; Rossi, F.; Takamine, Jun; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Seya, Michio; Crochemore, J. M.*; Varasano, G.*; Bogucarska, T.*; Abbas, K.*; Pedersen, B.*

Proceedings of INMM 58th Annual Meeting (Internet), 6 Pages, 2017/07

The JAEA is collaborating with the EC-JRC to develop a NDA system combining four active techniques to improve safeguards verification. Delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy can determine nuclide ratios by correlating observed fission products' time-dependent, high-energy, $$gamma$$ rays to the sample's complex fission yield. To quantify fissile nuclides of significant interest, the fast neutrons from compact, transportable sources must be thermalized to where the fissile nuclides have large cross-sections while maintaining high fluxes to provide significant signals. Experiments are underway at some facilities to improve DGS, including the PUNITA system at JRC-Ispra. These neutron fluxes and measurement conditions are used to develop a Monte Carlo that will be used to analyze the DGS data by an inverse-MC method. The DGS program described here summarizes the 3-year development to optimize the moderator, perform experiments, and create the IMC in preparation for a demonstration of the technique.

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Delayed gamma-ray spectroscopy, 2; Experimental studies for determination of fissile materials ratios

Rossi, F.; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Rodriguez, D.; Takamine, Jun; Seya, Michio; Pedersen, B.*; Crochemore, J. M.*; Abbas, K.*; Bogucarska, T.*; Varasano, G.*

Proceedings of INMM 58th Annual Meeting (Internet), 7 Pages, 2017/07

In the field of nuclear safeguards, new and improved active-interrogation NDA technologies are needed for the independent verification of the fissile composition in HRNM. JAEA and the JRC are now collaborating to develop DGS to determine ratios of fissile nuclides present in the sample measuring the decay gamma rays from FP. Measurements of LRNM samples are underway using different facilities. To minimize the interference from the LLFP, it is important to use shielding and to consider those gamma rays above 3-MeV. Different compact neutron sources are available, but all of them need to be slowed down to the thermal energy region. We are optimizing moderator and reflector materials using MCNP. Optimization of the irradiation, transfer and measurement sequence is now underway. The experiments we are conducting using certified mono-elemental U/Pu samples allow us to associate observed DG to the proportional isotopic compositions. In this paper we will present the current status of the optimization process and the experimental campaign for the determination of the ratio of fissile materials of U and Pu in a sample.

Journal Articles

$$gamma$$-ray pipe monitoring for comprehensive safeguards process monitoring of reprocessing facilities

Rodriguez, D.; Tanigawa, Masafumi; Mukai, Yasunobu; Isomae, Hidemi; Nakamura, Hironobu; Rossi, F.; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Seya, Michio

Proceedings of INMM 58th Annual Meeting (Internet), 9 Pages, 2017/07

Safegaurding nuclear material at reprocessing facilities utilizes sampling to verify the quantity and process monitoring to maintain continuity-of-knowledge to reduce re-verification. Solution Monitoring and Measurement Systems that determine the solution density and volume are installed at solution tanks, though this only provides indirect verification. To offset this safeguards limitation we propose measuring $$gamma$$ rays from solutions passing through the pipes and at the tanks to provide improved continuous monitoring and direct verification. This can provide both real-time flow measurements and Pu isotopic composition quantification through passive nondestructive assay. This concept was tested by recent experimental studies performed at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's Plutonium Conversion Development Facility of flowing Pu-nitrate $$gamma$$ rays. This presentation will describe the concept details and analysis of using $$gamma$$ ray pipe monitoring as a capability for real-time safeguards verification.

Journal Articles

Delayed gamma-ray analysis for characterization of fissile nuclear materials

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Rossi, F.; Rodriguez, D.; Takamine, Jun; Seya, Michio; Bogucarska, T.*; Crochemore, J.-M.*; Varasano, G.*; Abbas, K.*; Pedersen, B.*; et al.

EUR-28795-EN (Internet), p.868 - 872, 2017/00

Journal Articles

JT-60SA superconducting magnet system

Koide, Yoshihiko; Yoshida, Kiyoshi; Wanner, M.*; Barabaschi, P.*; Cucchiaro, A.*; Davis, S.*; Decool, P.*; Di Pietro, E.*; Disset, G.*; Genini, L.*; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 55(8), p.086001_1 - 086001_7, 2015/08

 Times Cited Count:17 Percentile:11.94(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

The most distinctive feature of the superconducting magnet system for JT-60SA is the optimized coil structure in terms of the space utilization as well as the highly accurate coil manufacturing, thus meeting the requirements for the steady-state tokamak research: A conceptually new outer inter-coil structure separated from the casing is introduced to the toroidal field coils to realize their slender shape, allowing large-bore diagnostic ports for detailed plasma measurements. A method to minimize the manufacturing error of the equilibrium-field coils has been established, aiming at the precise plasma shape/position control. A compact butt-joint has been successfully developed for the Central Solenoid, which allows an optimized utilization of the limited space for the Central Solenoid to extend the duration of the plasma pulse.

Oral presentation

Space-time-energy distribution of neutron in a delayed $$gamma$$ ray measurement system with a 14-MeV D-T neutron source

Takamine, Jun; Rossi, F.; Rodriguez, D.; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Seya, Michio

no journal, , 

Among the nuclear materials, spent fuels and new fuels containing transuranic elements have a high neutron and $$gamma$$ ray background, so no certification measurement technique by nondestructive measurement has been established. In order to measure the composition ratio of fissile nuclides contained in nuclear material nondestructively, we are developing a delayed $$gamma$$ ray analysis method using a small pulsed D - T neutron generator. In the delayed $$gamma$$ ray analysis technique, it is important to decelerate the 14 MeV neutrons generated from the DT neutron source and generate a neutron field suitable for measurement. Therefore, a conceptual design of a device combining a neutron moderator with the Monte Carlo code MCNP 6 was performed. In order to confirm the effectiveness of the present moderator, neutron flux space inside the decelerator, energy distribution, and neutron flux time distribution were analyzed. From these results, it was found that the present moderator is optimal for delayed $$gamma$$ ray analysis technique, which can be confirmed experimentally.

Oral presentation

Development of active neutron NDA techniques for nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security, 3; DGS measurements

Takahashi, Toon; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Rodriguez, D.; Rossi, F.; Takamine, Jun; Seya, Michio; Paradela, C.*; Heyse, J.*; Schillebeeckx, P.*; Pedersen, B.*; et al.

no journal, , 

Delayed Gamma-ray Spectroscopy (DGS) has been developed as one of the non-destructive assay using active neutron for nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security in the collaboration research between Japan Atomic Energy Agency and Joint Research Center of European Commission. The differences of fission-product (FP) yield distributions are depending on the fissile nuclide (e.g. $$^{235}$$U, $$^{239}$$Pu, and $$^{241}$$Pu). Therefore, ratios of fissile materials can be deduced by analyzing spectra of delayed gamma-rays which are emitted from radioactive decays of unstable FPs produced by irradiating neutrons and causing induced fission. We are developing an analytical method focusing on high energy delayed gamma-rays above 3 MeV from FPs with relatively short half-life (seconds to several minutes). The demonstration plan of DGS will be presented.

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