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Thermophysical properties of austenitic stainless steel containing boron carbide in a solid state

Takai, Toshihide; Furukawa, Tomohiro; Yamano, Hidemasa

Mechanical Engineering Journal (Internet), 8(4), p.20-00540_1 - 20-00540_11, 2021/08

In a core disruptive accident scenario, boron carbide, which is used as a control rod material, may melt below the melting temperature of stainless steel owing to the eutectic reaction with them. The eutectic mixture produced is assumed to extensively relocate in the degraded core, and this behavior plays an important role in significantly reducing the neutronic reactivity. However, these behaviors have never been simulated in previous severe accident analysis. To contribute to the improvement of the core disruptive accident analysis code, the thermophysical properties of the eutectic mixture in the solid state were measured, and regression equations that show the temperature (and boron carbide concentration) dependence are created.

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Study on eutectic melting behavior of control rod materials in core disruptive accidents of sodium-cooled fast reactors, 1; Project overview and progress until 2019

Yamano, Hidemasa; Takai, Toshihide; Furukawa, Tomohiro; Kikuchi, Shin; Emura, Yuki; Kamiyama, Kenji; Fukuyama, Hiroyuki*; Higashi, Hideo*; Nishi, Tsuyoshi*; Ota, Hiromichi*; et al.

Proceedings of 28th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering; Nuclear Energy the Future Zero Carbon Power (ICONE 28) (Internet), 11 Pages, 2021/08

One of the key issues in a core disruptive accident (CDA) evaluation in sodium-cooled fast reactors is eutectic reactions between boron carbide (B$$_{4}$$C) and stainless steel (SS) as well as its relocation. Such behaviors have never been simulated in CDA numerical analyses in the past, therefore it is necessary to develop a physical model and incorporate the model into the CDA analysis code. This study focuses on B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic melting experiments, thermophysical property measurement of the eutectic melt, and physical model development for the eutectic melting reaction. The eutectic experiments involve the visualization experiments, eutectic reaction rate experiments and material analyses. The thermophysical properties are measured in a range from solid to liquid state. The physical model is developed for a CDA computer code based on the measured data of the eutectic reaction rate and the physical properties. This paper describes the project overview and progress of experimental and analytical studies conducted until 2019. Specific results in this paper are the validation of physical model describing B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic reaction in the CDA analysis code, SIMMER-III, through the numerical analysis of the B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic melting experiments in which a B$$_{4}$$C block was placed in a SS pool.

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Study on eutectic melting behavior of control rod materials in core disruptive accidents of sodium-cooled fast reactors, 2; Kinetic study on eutectic reaction process between stainless steel with low boron carbide concentration and stainless steel

Kikuchi, Shin; Takai, Toshihide; Yamano, Hidemasa; Sakamoto, Kan*

Proceedings of 28th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering; Nuclear Energy the Future Zero Carbon Power (ICONE 28) (Internet), 9 Pages, 2021/08

In a postulated severe accidental condition of sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR), eutectic melting between boron carbide (B$$_{4}$$C) and stainless steel (SS) may occur. Thus, behavior of B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic melting is one of the phenomena to evaluate the core disruptive accidents in SFR. In this study, the reaction experiments using SS crucibles and the pellets of SS with low B$$_{4}$$C concentration as samples were performed to simulate the state of the reaction interface in which the eutectic reaction and interdiffusion of B$$_{4}$$C-SS have progressed to a certain extent. It was revealed that the rate constants of eutectic reaction between SS and SS with low B$$_{4}$$C concentration are smaller than that of B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic reaction at high temperatures.

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Kinetic study on eutectic melting process between boron carbide and stainless steel in sodium-cooled fast reactor

Kikuchi, Shin; Sakamoto, Kan*; Takai, Toshihide; Yamano, Hidemasa

Nihon Kikai Gakkai 2020-Nendo Nenji Taikai Koen Rombunshu (Internet), 4 Pages, 2020/09

In a postulated severe accidental condition of sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR), eutectic melting between boron carbide (B$$_{4}$$C) as control rod element and stainless steel (SS) as control rod cladding or related structure may occur. Thus, behavior of B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic melting is one of the phenomena to evaluate the core disruptive accidents in SFR. In order to clarify the kinetic feature of B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic melting process in the interface, the thinning test for SS crucibles using the pellets of B$$_{4}$$C or SS with low B$$_{4}$$C concentration were performed to obtain the rate constant with dependence of B$$_{4}$$C concentration against SS. It was found that the rate constants of eutectic melting between SS and SS low B$$_{4}$$C concentration were smaller than that of B$$_{4}$$C-SS in the high temperature range. Besides, the rate constant of eutectic melting between SS and B$$_{4}$$C containing SS became small when decreasing the B$$_{4}$$C concentration against SS.

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Study on eutectic melting behavior of control rod materials in core disruptive accidents of sodium-cooled fast reactors, 1; Project overview and progress until 2018

Yamano, Hidemasa; Takai, Toshihide; Furukawa, Tomohiro; Kikuchi, Shin; Emura, Yuki; Kamiyama, Kenji; Fukuyama, Hiroyuki*; Higashi, Hideo*; Nishi, Tsuyoshi*; Ota, Hiromichi*; et al.

Proceedings of 2020 International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE 2020) (Internet), 10 Pages, 2020/08

One of the key issues in a core disruptive accident (CDA) evaluation in sodium-cooled fast reactors is eutectic reactions between boron carbide (B$$_{4}$$C) and stainless steel (SS) as well as its relocation. Such behaviors have never been simulated in CDA numerical analyses in the past, therefore it is necessary to develop a physical model and incorporate the model into the CDA analysis code. This study focuses on B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic melting experiments, thermophysical property measurement of the eutectic melt, and physical model development for the eutectic melting reaction. The eutectic experiments involve the visualization experiments, eutectic reaction rate experiments and material analyses. The thermophysical properties are measured in a range from solid to liquid state. The physical model is developed for a severe accident computer code based on the measured data of the eutectic reaction rate and the physical properties. This paper describes the project overview and progress of experimental and analytical studies conducted until 2018. Specific results in this paper are boron concentration distributions of solidified B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic sample in the eutectic melting experiments, which would be used for the validation of the eutectic physical model implemented into the computer code.

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Post-test material analysis of eutectic melting reaction of boron carbide and stainless steel

Yamano, Hidemasa; Takai, Toshihide; Furukawa, Tomohiro

Nihon Kikai Gakkai Rombunshu (Internet), 86(883), p.19-00360_1 - 19-00360_13, 2020/03

It is necessary to simulate a eutectic melting reaction and relocation behavior of boron carbide (B$$_{4}$$C) as a control rod material and stainless steel (SS) during a core disruptive accident in an advanced sodium-cooled fast reactor designed in Japan because the B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic relocation behavior has a large uncertainty in the reactivity history based on a simple calculation. A physical model simulating the eutectic melting reaction and relocation was developed and implemented into a severe accident simulation code. The developed model must be validated by using test data. To validate the physical model, therefore, the visualization tests of SS-B$$_{4}$$C eutectic melting reaction was carried out by contacting SS melts of several kg with a B$$_{4}$$C pellet heated up to about 1500 $$^{circ}$$C. The tests have shown the eutectic reaction visualization as well as freezing and relocation of the B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic in upper part of the solidified test piece due to the density separation. Post-test material analyses by using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope techniques have indicated that FeB appeared at the B$$_{4}$$C-SS contact interface and (Fe,Cr)$$_{2}$$B at the top surface of the test piece. Glow discharge optical emission spectrometry has been applied to quantitative analysis of boron concentration distributions. The boron concentration was high at the upper surface and near the original position of the B$$_{4}$$C pellet.

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Thermophysical properties of stainless steel containing 5 mass%B$$_{4}$$C in the solid phase

Takai, Toshihide; Furukawa, Tomohiro; Yamano, Hidemasa

Nuclear Technology, 205(9), p.1164 - 1174, 2019/09

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:57.07(Nuclear Science & Technology)

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Study on eutectic melting behavior of control rod materials in core disruptive accidents of sodium-cooled fast reactor, 2; Effect of B$$_{4}$$C addition on thermophysical properties of austenitic stainless steel in a solid state

Takai, Toshihide; Furukawa, Tomohiro; Yamano, Hidemasa

Proceedings of International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference / Light Water Reactor Fuel Performance Conference (Global/Top Fuel 2019) (USB Flash Drive), p.847 - 852, 2019/09

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Study on eutectic melting behavior of control rod materials in core disruptive accidents of sodium-cooled fast reactors, 1; Project overview

Yamano, Hidemasa; Takai, Toshihide; Furukawa, Tomohiro; Kikuchi, Shin; Emura, Yuki; Kamiyama, Kenji; Fukuyama, Hiroyuki*; Higashi, Hideo*; Nishi, Tsuyoshi*; Ota, Hiromichi*; et al.

Proceedings of International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference / Light Water Reactor Fuel Performance Conference (Global/Top Fuel 2019) (USB Flash Drive), p.418 - 427, 2019/09

Eutectic reactions between boron carbide (B$$_{4}$$C) and stainless steel (SS) as well as its relocation are one of the key issues in a core disruptive accident (CDA) evaluation in sodium-cooled fast reactors. Since such behaviors have never been simulated in CDA numerical analyses, it is necessary to develop a physical model and incorporate the model into the CDA analysis code. This study is focusing on B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic melting experiments, thermophysical property measurement of the eutectic melt, and physical model development for the eutectic melting reaction. The eutectic experiments involve the visualization experiments, eutectic reaction rate experiments and material analyses. The thermophysical properties are measured in the range from solid to liquid state. The physical model is developed for a severe accident computer code based on the measured data of the eutectic reaction rate and the physical properties. This paper describes the project overview and progress of experimental and analytical studies by 2017. Specific results in this paper is boron concentration distributions of solidified B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic sample in the eutectic melting experiments, which would be used for the validation of the eutectic physical model implemented into the computer code.

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Thermophysical properties of stainless steel containing 5mass%-B$$_{4}$$C in the solid phase

Takai, Toshihide; Furukawa, Tomohiro; Yamano, Hidemasa

Proceedings of 2018 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2018) (CD-ROM), p.1007 - 1013, 2018/04

Journal Articles

Thermodynamic study of gaseous CsBO$$_{2}$$ by Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry

Nakajima, Kunihisa; Takai, Toshihide; Furukawa, Tomohiro; Osaka, Masahiko

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 491, p.183 - 189, 2017/08

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:40.62(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

One of the main chemical forms of cesium in the gas phase during severe accidents of light water reactor is expected to be cesium metaborate, CsBO$$_{2}$$, by thermodynamic equilibrium calculation considering reaction with boron. But accuracy of the thermodynamic data of gaseous metaborate, CsBO$$_{2}$$(g), has been judged as poor quality. Thus, Knudsen effusion mass spectrometric measurement of CsBO$$_{2}$$ was carried out to obtain reliable thermodynamic data. The evaluated values of standard enthalpy of formation of CsBO$$_{2}$$(g), $$Delta$$$$_{f}$$H$$^{circ}$$$$_{298}$$(CsBO$$_{2}$$,g), by the 2nd and 3rd law treatments are -700.7$$pm$$10.7 kJ/mol and -697.0$$pm$$10.6 kJ/mol, respectively, and agree with each other within the errors, which suggests our data are reliable. Further, it was found that the existing data of the Gibbs energy function and the standard enthalpy of formation agreed well with the values evaluated in this study, which indicates the existing thermodynamic data are also reliable.

JAEA Reports

Development of evaluation procedure of vapor species transition behavior; Investigation of applicable measurement technology for estimation of chemical form and physical parameters, and validity verification

Takai, Toshihide; Sato, Isamu*; Yamashita, Shinichiro; Furukawa, Tomohiro

JAEA-Technology 2015-043, 56 Pages, 2016/02

JAEA-Technology-2015-043.pdf:23.14MB

Fundamental research on FP-chemistry for fission product release behaviors under severe accident was carried out for reinforcement of source term evaluation, and implementation of the 1F decommissioning R&D project. There were subjects to clarified (1) FP chemistry behavior between vapor species release and aerosol formation and (2) physical parameters which would be affect subsequent aerosol's chemical behavior, for improvement of FP transport model. Applicability of measuring/analyzing techniques presently used was studied for evaluating foregoing properties. And the validity was verified by trial measurements. In conclusion, Raman spectrometry and high temperature X-ray diffraction were hopeful to determine FP-chemical form against vapor/aerosol species and aerosol species, respectively. Combination use of cascade impactor and scanning type electron microscope with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry was hopeful to determine physical parameters of aerosol.

JAEA Reports

Development of measurement technique of the equilibrium vapor pressure of simulated fission products

Takai, Toshihide; Nakajima, Kunihisa; Furukawa, Tomohiro

JAEA-Technology 2015-002, 20 Pages, 2015/03

JAEA-Technology-2015-002.pdf:3.46MB

To improve the evaluation technique of source term, the measurement technique of the equilibrium vapor pressure using a high temperature mass spectrometer is required to expand the thermodynamic database of the simulated FPs. Existing test apparatus was adapted for this purpose. A mass spectrometer capable of measuring a wide mass number range and glove box for handling simulated FPs were installed for analyzing heavy FPs and preventing deterioration of simulated FPs in an air atmosphere, respectively. Function verification using standard sample and precision investigation using simulated FP sample were carried out. The oxygen dissociation pressure and standard enthalpy of formation of RuO$$_{2}$$(s) were evaluated, and it was confirmed these evaluated values were agreed with the calculated value from existing thermodynamic data and evaluation value written in the literature. Consequently, it was proven that high precision thermodynamic data was able to obtain by using this apparatus.

Journal Articles

Research program for the evaluation of fission product release and transport behavior focusing on FP chemistry

Sato, Isamu; Miwa, Shuhei; Tanaka, Kosuke; Nakajima, Kunihisa; Hirosawa, Takashi; Iwasaki, Maho; Onishi, Takashi; Osaka, Masahiko; Takai, Toshihide; Amaya, Masaki; et al.

Proceedings of 2014 Water Reactor Fuel Performance Meeting/ Top Fuel / LWR Fuel Performance Meeting (WRFPM 2014) (USB Flash Drive), 6 Pages, 2014/09

A new research program on severe accidents is lunched for the evaluation of FP release and transport behavior in BWR system. The purpose of the program is to improve the FP release and transport model using experimental database about FP chemistry focusing on Cs and I chemistry. In this program, effects of B including in control rod materials, B$$_{4}$$C for the Cs and I chemistry are paid attention. The experimental database used for the improvement will consist of results to obtain with newly-prepared test device under atmosphere with broad-ranging oxygen and/or steam partial pressure simulated those in BWR. The state of preparation for these experimental studies and analyses is introduced. In addition, the preliminary test was moved into action to show B chemical effect on Cs and I transport under one of the processes, which is deposited Cs compounds and B vapor and aerosol interaction. In this experiment, a "B stripping effect" to deposited CsI was observed.

JAEA Reports

Development of vapor pressure measurement method with static vapor pressure apparatus for high-corrosion solutions under high-pressure

Takai, Toshihide; Kubo, Shinji

JAEA-Technology 2014-005, 29 Pages, 2014/03

JAEA-Technology-2014-005.pdf:38.08MB

Concerning the iodine-sulfur thermochemical water-splitting process, expanding range of the properties of the HI-I$$_{2}$$-H$$_{2}$$O system (HI$$_{x}$$) is essential for designing distillation columns and for making good choices of operating conditions. A measurement method with a static vapor pressure apparatus was developed for determining vapor pressure of high-temperature and high-pressure HI$$_{x}$$ (up to 3 MPa and 160 $$^{circ}$$C). Preliminary tests employing the pressure gauge for the sample chamber were carried out for comparisons of the direct pressure values and the indirect values. The results of the test using sample solutions of water, HI-H$$_{2}$$O system, and HI$$_{x}$$ showed the two sets of data accorded well, so that the practicability of this vapor pressure measurement method is validated.

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Lab-scale water-splitting hydrogen production test of modified hybrid sulfur process working at around 550$$^{circ}$$C

Takai, Toshihide; Kubo, Shinji; Nakagiri, Toshio; Inagaki, Yoshiyuki

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36(8), p.4689 - 4701, 2011/04

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:26.04(Chemistry, Physical)

A thermo-chemical water-splitting hydrogen production process for sodium cooled FBR is under development based on Westinghouse sulfur process. A unique sulfur trioxide electrolysis is introduced in this process intended for the lowering the reaction temperature around the operation temperature of FBR (500$$sim$$550$$^circ$$C). Key engineering issues for eliminating barriers to industrialization of this process were examined using a laboratory-stage apparatus. Adequacy of the components structure and control method was confirmed from the test results. Further it was found that a continuous hydrogen production system based on this process is achievable.

JAEA Reports

A Hydrogen production experiment by the thermo-chemical and electrolytic hybrid hydrogen production in lower temperature range; System viability and preliminary thermal efficiency estimation

Takai, Toshihide; Nakagiri, Toshio; Inagaki, Yoshiyuki

JAEA-Technology 2008-068, 63 Pages, 2008/10

JAEA-Technology-2008-068.pdf:3.73MB

A new experimental apparatus by the thermo-chemical and electrolytic $$underline{H}$$ybrid $$underline{H}$$ydrogen production in $$underline{L}$$ower $$underline{T}$$emperature range (HHLT) was developed and hydrogen production experiment was performed to confirm the system operability. Hydrogen production efficiency was estimated and technical problems were clarified through the experimental results. Stable operation of the SO$$_{3}$$ electrolysis cell and the sulfur dioxide solution electrolysis cell were confirmed during experimental operation and any damage which would be affected solid operation was not detected under post operation inspection. To improve hydrogen production efficiency, it was found that the reduction of sulfuric acid circulation and the decrease in the cell voltage were key issues.

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Development of a new thermo-chemical and electrolytic hybrid hydrogen production process utilizing the heat from medium temperature heat source; Development of the 1NL/h hydrogen production experimental apparatus

Takai, Toshihide; Nakagiri, Toshio; Inagaki, Yoshiyuki

Proceedings of Hydrogen & Fuel Cells 2007; International Conference and Trade Show (CD-ROM), p.233 - 242, 2007/00

A new experimental apparatus by the thermo-chemical and electrolytic $$underline{H}$$ybrid $$underline{H}$$ydrogen production in $$underline{L}$$ower $$underline{T}$$emperature range (HHLT) for 1NL/h (2.8$$times$$10$$^{-7}$$Nm$$^{3}$$/s) level hydrogen production have been developed. The HHLT process is based on sulfuric acid (H$$_{2}$$SO$$_{4}$$) synthesis and the decomposition processes developed earlier (Westinghouse process). Hydrogen production experiment to evaluate hydrogen production efficiency is undergoing, and the experimental results was reported in the presentation.

JAEA Reports

R&D of the thermo-chemical and electrolytic hybrid hydrogen production process; Brief specification of new experimental apparatus and test plan for 1Nl/h hydrogen production

Takai, Toshihide; Nakagiri, Toshio; Inagaki, Yoshiyuki

JAEA-Technology 2006-057, 40 Pages, 2006/12

JAEA-Technology-2006-057.pdf:2.81MB

A new experimental apparatus by the thermo-chemical and electrolytic hybrid hydrogen production process was assembled for 1Nl/h (2.8$$times$$10$$^{-7}$$Nm$$^{3}$$/s) level hydrogen production. A SO$$_{3}$$ electrolysis cell and SO$$_{2}$$ solution electrolysis cell were developed to increase hydrogen production rate up to 1Nl/h (2.8$$times$$10$$^{-7}$$Nm$$^{3}$$/s). To achieve higher cell current and durability of the SO$$_{3}$$ cell, seven Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte tubes with platinum plated electrode which have twice length in comparison with the former tube are employed Flow type cell with MEA is used for the SO$$_{2}$$ cell to increase cell current density. In this paper, outline of the newly developed experimental apparatus and future hydrogen production experimental plan are reported.

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