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Development of pressing machine with a die wall lubrication system for the simplified MOX pellet fabrication method in the FaCT project

Sudo, Katsuo; Takano, Tatsuo; Takeuchi, Kentaro; Kihara, Yoshiyuki; Kato, Masato

Proceedings of International Conference on Toward and Over the Fukushima Daiichi Accident (GLOBAL 2011) (CD-ROM), 5 Pages, 2011/12

Japan Atomic Energy Agency has been contracted to advance the Fast Reactor Cycle Technology Development project. As one part of the project, a simplified MOX pellet fabrication method has been developed for fast reactor fuels. In previous reports, feasibility of a simplified MOX pellet fabrication method was confirmed through hot and cold laboratory-scale experiments. The die wall lubrication pressing technology was one of the important technologies included in the development of the simplified MOX pellet fabrication method. In the work described here, a pressing machine with a die wall lubrication system was developed, and MOX pellet fabrication experiments were carried out on the kilogram MOX scale.

Journal Articles

Development of oxygen-to-metal ratio of MOX pellet adjustment technology for the simplified MOX pellet fabrication method in the FaCT project

Takano, Tatsuo; Sudo, Katsuo; Takeuchi, Kentaro; Kihara, Yoshiyuki; Kato, Masato

Proceedings of International Conference on Toward and Over the Fukushima Daiichi Accident (GLOBAL 2011) (CD-ROM), 7 Pages, 2011/12

Development of high burn-up fuels is essential to improve economy of the fast reactor fuel cycle. Increase of fuel burn-up is known to cause fuel-cladding chemical interaction (FCCI) and it mainly determines a lifetime of fuel pin. In order to extend a lifetime of fuel pin by mitigating FCCI, development of low oxygen-to-metal (O/M) MOX fuel has been carried out in plutonium fuel development center of JAEA. MOX fuel needs adjustment of the O/M ratio to less than 1.97 for high burn-up of 150 GWd/t. Therefore, O/M adjustment technology is one of the main subjects in development of a simplified MOX pellet fabrication method which has been advanced in the FaCT (Fast reactor Cycle Technology development) project. In previous work, changes in O/M ratio of MOX pellet during heat treatment were calculated from measurement results of oxygen potentials. On the basis of above calculation, heating tests were carried out to prepare low O/M ratio MOX pellets on a laboratory scale. The O/M ratios obtained in the heating tests were well consistent with calculation results. In the present study, a kilogram MOX scale furnace to adjust O/M ratio of MOX pellets for targeted value has been developed as next step.

JAEA Reports

Characteristics of pore formers in low density MOX pellet fabrication

Mizuno, Mineo; Haga, Tetsuya; Sudo, Katsuo; Takeuchi, Kentaro; Okita, Takatoshi; Kihara, Yoshiyuki

JAEA-Technology 2011-009, 100 Pages, 2011/06

JAEA-Technology-2011-009.pdf:32.59MB

Crystalline cellulose granulated to sizes from 70 to 100 micron was previously used as pore former (PF) to fabricate low density MOX pellets for MONJU. When sale of Avicel was discontinued, it became necessary to find a substitute PF. Then, small scale fabrication tests of MOX pellets with candidate PFs were conducted. Three candidate PFs, cellulose beads, CEOLUS and CELPHERE, were examined in the tests. The results are summarized below. (1) The CELPHERE gave MOX pellets with almost same density depression performance as pellets using Avicel, and standards deviation of the sintered densities of pellets was the smallest. (2) MOX pellets with CELPHERE had lower incidence of observable defects. (3) MOX pellets with CELPHERE had almost the same O/M as pellets with Avicel. (4) MOX pellets with CELPHERE had lower incidence of micro cracks. (5) The densification amount of pellets with CELPHERE was almost the same as that of pellets with Avicel. It was concluded CELPHERE was a suitable substitute for Avicel.

JAEA Reports

Study on reducing the generation of general waste

Aoki, Isao; ; Haga, Tetsuya; ; Sudo, Katsuo; ;

JNC TN8420 2000-005, 42 Pages, 2000/04

JNC-TN8420-2000-005.pdf:2.09MB

On August 1999, the Director of Tokai Work proposed an activity regarding recycling and reuse of general waste generated from Tokai Works. The activity was initiated by the Waste Management and Fuel Cycle Research Center, and is now being in progress through out the Tokai Works. In the course of this activity, Plutonium Fuel Center had settled the Working Group and the issues related to the waste reduction have been examined. This report collects the problems that became obvious through the survey of existing segregation method, treatment process, and the amount of the waste generation, and accounts for the concrete methodology for the recycling and reuse of general waste. In order to reduce waste, it is necessary to aware of the facing issues and adopt the countermeasures proposed in this report whenever possible. The activity will then leads us to reduce waste generation, which in turn will enable us to make 100 % waste recycling possible.

Oral presentation

Development of simplified pellet fuel production technology, 5; Die wall lubrication pellet technology

Sudo, Katsuo; Makino, Takayoshi; Kato, Akebumi*; Okita, Takatoshi; Suzuki, Masahiro; Kashimura, Motoaki; Kihara, Yoshiyuki; Haga, Tetsuya

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Material property evaluation check for aged rubber seal of glove box

Umino, Yoshinori; Sudo, Katsuo; Fujisaku, Sakae; Yoshimoto, Katsunobu; Seya, Katsunori*

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Development of simplified pelletizing process for fast reactor MOX fuels, 3; Development of die wall lubrication pressing method

Sudo, Katsuo; Okita, Takatoshi; Takeuchi, Kentaro; Takano, Tatsuo; Kato, Akebumi*; Haga, Tetsuya; Yamada, Yoshikazu; Kihara, Yoshiyuki

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Feasibility study on fabrication of MOX fuel pellet by blending recycle powder with granulated powder

Mizuno, Mineo; Sudo, Katsuo; Takeuchi, Kentaro; Okita, Takatoshi; Kihara, Yoshiyuki

no journal, , 

The short process is considered to be a main concept which has high feasibility in Fast Reactor Cycle Technology Development (FaCT). In this study, a small-scale fabrication test was carried out to investigate characteristic of MOX pellet made of granulated MOX powder blended with dry-route recycle powder, for the first time, as a basic test concern with the short process. As the results, it was found that the sintered density of the pellet clearly depends on the preparing conditions and content of recycle powder. The results is intended to be utilized in the investigation of engineering-scale test conditions.

Oral presentation

Experiences in MOX fuel fabrication for the advanced thermal reactor, ATR, Fugen

Okita, Takatoshi; Sudo, Katsuo; Kihara, Yoshiyuki; Asakura, Koichi; Ojima, Hisao

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no abstracts in English

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