Takabe, Yugo; Otsuka, Noriaki; Fuyushima, Takumi; Sayato, Natsuki; Inoue, Shuichi; Morita, Hisashi; Jaroszewicz, J.*; Migdal, M.*; Onuma, Yuichi; Tobita, Masahiro*; et al.
JAEA-Technology 2022-040, 45 Pages, 2023/03
Because of the decommission of the Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR), the domestic neutron irradiation facility, which had played a central role in the development of innovative nuclear reactors and the development of technologies to further improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of light water reactors, was lost. Therefore, it has become difficult to pass on the operation techniques of the irradiation test reactors and irradiation technologies, and to train human resources. In order to cope with these issues, we conducted a study on the implementation of irradiation tests using overseas reactors as neutron irradiation sites as an alternative method. Based on the "Arrangement between the National Centre for Nuclear Research and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency for Cooperation in Research and Development on Testing Reactor," the feasibility of conducting an irradiation test at the MARIA reactor (30 MW) owned by the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) using the temperature control system, which is one of the JMTR irradiation technologies, was examined. As a result, it was found that the irradiation test was possible by modifying the ready-made capsule manufactured in accordance with the design and manufacturing standards of the JMTR. After the modification, a penetration test, an insulation continuity test, and an operation test in the range of room temperature to 300C, which is the operating temperature of the capsule, were conducted and favorable results were obtained. We have completed the preparations prior to transport to the MARIA reactor.
Morita, Hisashi; Iimura, Koichi; Matsui, Yoshinori; Takemoto, Noriyuki
JAEA-Technology 2022-024, 73 Pages, 2022/11
JMTR was positioned as a decommissioning facility in the facilities mid- and long-term plan (formulated in April 1, 2017) of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. On September 18, 2019, we applied for approval of the decommissioning plan for the JMTR reactor facility, and received the approval on March 17, 2021. This made it impossible to conduct irradiation tests with nuclear fuel material at the JMTR using facility. Therefore, on August 7, 2020, in order to delete the description about irradiation test and to change accident evaluation, we applied for change of permission to use nuclear fuel material regarding JMTR facility (Facility No. 1) at the Oarai Research and Development Institute (North Area), and received the permission on May 26, 2021. As the accident evaluation, radiation exposure evaluation was performed at the boundary of the surrounding monitoring area assuming a damage accident during transfer work of the irradiated fuel specimen to the hot laboratory. As a result, it was confirmed to satisfy the standards such as the dose notification concerning about external exposure due to atmospheric diffusion, internal exposure due to atmospheric diffusion, external exposure due to direct -rays and skyshine -rays. This report summarizes the methods and results of the accident evaluation related to permission change of JMTR using facility.
Nakano, Hiroko; Fuyushima, Takumi; Tsuguchi, Akira*; Nakamura, Mutsumi*; Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Ide, Hiroshi
JAEA-Technology 2022-007, 34 Pages, 2022/06
In order to investigate the phenomenon of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) for structural materials at the light water reactor (LWR), it is important to manage a water quality for simulating high-temperature and high-pressure water. Generally, dissolved hydrogen (DH) concentration in water loop has been controlled by the bubbling method of pure hydrogen gas or standard gas with high hydrogen concentration. However, it is necessary to equip the preventing hydrogen explosion in the area installed experimental apparatus. In general, in order to prevent accident by hydrogen, it is required to take measures such as limiting the amount of leakage, eliminating hydrogen, shutting off the power supply, and suppressing combustion before an explosion occurs. Thus, the dissolved hydrogen concentration control apparatus by electrolysis method has been developed which has two electrolysis cells to control DH concentration by electrolyzing water loop. In this study, small basic experimental devices were set up. The preliminary data were acquired regarding the simple performance of two electrolysis cells and the change of DH concentration in circulation. Based on the preliminary data, the dissolved hydrogen concentration control apparatus was designed to be connected to the high-temperature and high-pressure water loop test equipment. This report describes the test results with the small basic experimental devices for the design of the dissolved hydrogen concentration control apparatus.
Kenzhina, I.*; Ishitsuka, Etsuo; Ho, H. Q.; Sakamoto, Naoki*; Okumura, Keisuke; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Chikhray, Y.*
Fusion Engineering and Design, 164, p.112181_1 - 112181_5, 2021/03
Tritium release into the primary coolant during operation of the JMTR (Japan Materials Testing Reactor) and the JRR-3M (Japan Research Reactor-3M) had been studied. It is found that the recoil release by Li(n,)H reaction, which comes from a chain reaction of beryllium neutron reflectors, is dominant. To prevent tritium recoil release, the surface area of beryllium neutron reflectors needs to be minimum in the core design and/or be shielded with other material. In this paper, as the feasibility study of the tritium recoil barrier for the beryllium neutron reflectors, various materials such as Al, Ti, V, Ni, and Zr were evaluated from the viewpoint of the thickness of barriers, activities after long-term operations, and effects on the reactivities. From the results of evaluations, Al would be a suitable candidate as the tritium recoil barrier for the beryllium neutron reflectors.
Kenzhina, I.*; Ishitsuka, Etsuo; Okumura, Keisuke; Ho, H. Q.; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Chikhray, Y.*
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 58(1), p.1 - 8, 2021/01
The sources and mechanisms for the tritium release into the primary coolant in the JMTR and the JRR-3M containing beryllium reflectors are evaluated. It is found that the recoil release from chain reaction of Be is dominant and its calculation results agree well with trends derived from the measured variation of tritium concentration in the primary coolant. It also indicates that the simple calculation method used in this study for the tritium recoil release from the beryllium reflectors can be utilized for an estimation of the tritium release into the primary coolant for a research and testing reactors containing beryllium reflectors.
Ishitsuka, Etsuo; Kenzhina, I.*; Okumura, Keisuke; Ho, H. Q.; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Chikhray, Y.*
JAEA-Technology 2018-010, 33 Pages, 2018/11
As a part of study on the mechanism of tritium release to the primary coolant in research and testing reactors, tritium recoil release rate from Li and U impurities in the neutron reflector made by beryllium, aluminum and graphite were calculated by PHITS code. On the other hand, the tritium production from Li and U impurities in beryllium neutron reflectors for JMTR and JRR-3M were calculated by MCNP6 and ORIGEN2 code. By using both results, the amount of recoiled tritium from beryllium neutron reflectors were estimated. It is clear that the amount of recoiled tritium from Li and U impurities in beryllium neutron reflectors are negligible, and 2 and 5 orders smaller than that from beryllium itself, respectively.
Eguchi, Shohei; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Shibata, Hiroshi; Tanimoto, Masataka; Kusunoki, Tsuyoshi
JAEA-Review 2017-007, 32 Pages, 2017/03
A practical training course using the JMTR and other research infrastructures was held from July 25th to August 5th in 2016 for domestic and foreign young researchers and engineers. This course aims to enlarge the number of high-level nuclear researchers/engineers in Japan and foreign countries which are planning to introduce a nuclear power plant, and to promote the use of facilities in future. In this year, 13 young researchers and engineers joined the course from 7 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 and technical tour of nuclear facilities on nuclear energy. At the end of the course, the trainees discussed the energy policy and prospect of each country, each country's research reactor, and trainee's current research. The content of this course in FY 2016 is reported in this paper.
Ishitsuka, Etsuo; Kenzhina, I. E.*; Okumura, Keisuke; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Chikhray, Y.*
JAEA-Technology 2016-022, 35 Pages, 2016/10
As a part of study on the mechanism of tritium release to the primary coolant in research and testing reactors, the calculation methods by PHITS code is studied to evaluate the recoil tritium release rate from beryllium core components. Calculations using neutron and triton sources were compared, and it is clear that the tritium release rates in both cases show similar values. However, the calculation speed for the triton source cases is two orders faster than that for the neutron source case. It is also clear that the calculation up to history number per unit volume of 210 (cm) is necessary to determine the recoil tritium release rate of two effective digits precision. Furthermore, the relationship between the beryllium shape and recoil tritium release rate using the triton sources was studied. Recoil tritium release rate showed linear relation to the surface area per volume of beryllium, and the recoil tritium release rate showed about half of the conventional equation value.
Eguchi, Shohei; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Shibata, Hiroshi; Naka, Michihiro; Nakamura, Jinichi; Tanimoto, Masataka; Ito, Haruhiko*
JAEA-Review 2016-001, 31 Pages, 2016/05
Since fiscal 2011, a practical training course using the JMTR and other research infrastructures has been provided by Neutron Irradiation Testing Reactor Center for foreign young researchers and engineers in Asian and other countries which are planning to introduce power reactors. The aim of this course is to contribute to the human resource development in nuclear research field and to increase the future use the JMTR. On the other hand, a training course for Japanese young researchers and engineers has been conducted since fiscal 2010. These two separate courses were integrated. In fiscal 2015, this training course was conducted for 2 weeks and 17 young researchers and engineers from 7 countries were participated. They studied about the general outline of nuclear research, current status and R&D about nuclear energy, safety management of nuclear reactor, irradiation behavior of materials and fuels, facilities and technologies for irradiation and post irradiation, and nuclear characteristics of the reactor through lectures and practical trainings. At the end of the course, we had a discussion about the current status and future of energy mix and renewable energies of each country was discussed. The content of this training course in fiscal 2015 is reported in this paper.
Eguchi, Shohei; Koike, Sumio; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Tanimoto, Masataka; Kusunoki, Tsuyoshi
UTNL-R-0492, p.9_1 - 9_8, 2016/03
no abstracts in English
Takemoto, Noriyuki; Romanova, N.*; Kimura, Nobuaki; Gizatulin, S.*; Saito, Takashi; Martyushov, A.*; Nakipov, D.*; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Chakrov, P.*
JAEA-Technology 2015-021, 32 Pages, 2015/08
Silicon semiconductor production by neutron transmutation doping (NTD) method using the JMTR has been investigated in Neutron Irradiation and Testing Reactor Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency in order to expand the industry use. As a part of investigations, irradiation test with a silicon ingot was planned using WWR-K in Institute of Nuclear Physics, Republic of Kazakhstan. A device rotating the ingot made with the silicon was fabricated and was installed in the WWR-K for the irradiation test. And that, a preliminary irradiation test was carried out using neutron fluence monitors to evaluate the neutronic irradiation field. Based on the result, two silicon ingots were irradiated as scheduled, and the resistivity of each irradiated silicon ingot was measured to confirm the applicability of high-quality silicon semiconductor by the NTD method (NTD-Si) to its commercial production.
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.
Eguchi, Shohei; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Tanimoto, Masataka; Kubo, Ayako; Ishitsuka, Etsuo; Nakamura, Jinichi; Ito, Haruhiko
JAEA-Review 2015-005, 38 Pages, 2015/06
Since fiscal 2011, a practical training course using the JMTR and other research infrastructures has been provided by Neutron Irradiation Testing Reactor Center for foreign young researchers and engineers in Asian and other countries which are planning to introduce power reactors. The aim of this course is to contribute to the human resource development in nuclear research field and to increase the future use the JMTR. On the other hand, a training course for Japanese young researchers and engineers has been conducted since fiscal 2010. In fiscal 2014, these two separate courses were integrated into one and it was conducted for 3 weeks for young researchers and engineers at home as well as abroad. Nineteen persons from seven countries participated and they studied about the general outline of nuclear research, current status and R&D of nuclear energy, irradiation test facilities and technologies, nuclear characteristics of the reactor and safety and operation management of nuclear reactors. At the end of the course, we had an active discussion about the current status and future of energy mix. The content of this training course in fiscal 2014 are reported in this paper.
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.
Takemoto, Noriyuki; Imaizumi, Tomomi; Kimura, Nobuaki; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Hori, Junichi*; Sano, Tadafumi*; Nakajima, Ken*
Proceedings of International Conference on the Physics of Reactors; The Role of Reactor Physics toward a Sustainable Future (PHYSOR 2014) (CD-ROM), 11 Pages, 2014/09
Neutronic evaluations in JMTR have been performed for irradiation tests by Monte Carlo method with thermal neutron scattering law, S(, ), data for beryllium metal, etc. The calculation accuracy of fast and thermal neutron fluxes are 10% and 30%, respectively. Analytical and experimental investigations to achieve higher calculation accuracy, especially for the thermal neutron flux up to the fast neutron flux level, have been therefore performed to offer higher value data technically to the JMTR users. In order to investigate an effect of fabrication method of beryllium material on the calculation accuracy, total cross-sections of beryllium specimens were measured using KURRI-LINAC, and it was found that the total cross-section was different from the theoretical one, and depended on the crystal texture, etc. The S(, ) was adjusted based on the measured data, and the applicability to the neutronic evaluation in the JMTR was verified.
Takemoto, Noriyuki; Itagaki, Wataru; Kimura, Nobuaki; Ishitsuka, Etsuo; Nakatsuka, Toru; Hori, Naohiko; Ooka, Makoto; Ito, Haruhiko
JAEA-Review 2013-063, 34 Pages, 2014/03
Nuclear energy is important from a viewpoint of economy and energy security in Japan. However, the lack of nuclear engineers and scientists in future is concerned after the sever accident of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has occurred. Institute of National Colleges of Technology planned to carry out training programs for human resource development of nuclear energy field including on-site training in nuclear facilities. Oarai Research and Development Center in Japan Atomic Energy Agency cooperatively carried out an internship for nuclear disaster prevention and safety utilizing the nuclear facilities such as the JMTR. Thirty two students joined in total in the internship from FY 2011 to FY2013. In this paper, contents and results of the internship are reported.
Takemoto, Noriyuki; Kimura, Nobuaki; Hanakawa, Hiroki; Shibata, Akira; Matsui, Yoshinori; Nakamura, Jinichi; Ishitsuka, Etsuo; Nakatsuka, Toru; Ito, Haruhiko
JAEA-Review 2013-058, 42 Pages, 2014/02
Practical training courses using the JMTR and related facilities as an advanced research infrastructures have been carried out in Japan Atomic Energy Agency since FY2010 from a viewpoint of the nuclear human resource development and the securing. In FY2013, "Training course for foreign young researchers and engineers" was carried out from July 8th to July 26th, and "Training course using JMTR and related facilities as advanced research infrastructures" for domestic young researchers and engineers was carried out from July 29th to August 9th. 18 young researchers and engineers were joined in each training course, and 36 trainees in total studied about basic nuclear research and technology through the lecture and training about the reactor operation management, safety management, irradiation test, etc. in the JMTR. The results of these courses are reported in this paper.
Kimura, Nobuaki; Takeuchi, Tomoaki; Shibata, Akira; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Kimura, Akihiro; Naka, Michihiro; Nishikata, Kaori; Tanimoto, Masataka; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Sano, Tadafumi*; et al.
KURRI Progress Report 2012, P. 209, 2013/10
In research reactors, CCD cameras are used to observe reactor core for reactor operation management, e.g. to prevent debris from falling. In order to measure the reactor power and fuel burnup exactly by means of observation of Cherenkov light, the development of the on-line measurement device started in 2009. In this study, the wavelength and the absolute irradiance of the Cherenkov light were measured by a spectrometer, and the Cherenkov light was observed by the CCD camera. As a result, the measurement value is good agreement with the nominal value. On the other hand, the value by the visible imaging system was obtained the same tendency of nominal transmittance value of ND-filters.
Dorn, C. K.*; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Ito, Masayasu; Hori, Junichi*; Chekushina, L.*; Hatano, Yuji*; Chakrov, P.*; Kawamura, Hiroshi
Proceedings of 6th International Symposium on Material Testing Reactors (ISMTR-6) (Internet), 9 Pages, 2013/10
no abstracts in English
Romanova, N. K.*; Takemoto, Noriyuki
Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Interaction of Radiation with Solids (IRS 2013), p.371 - 373, 2013/09
Irradiation test of a Si ingot is planned using WWR-K in Institute of Nuclear Physics Republic of Kazakhstan (INP RK) to develop an irradiation technology for Si semiconductor production by Neutron Transmutation Doping method in the framework of an international cooperation between INP RK and JAEA, Japan. The preliminary irradiation test using 4 Al ingots was performed to evaluate the actual neutronic irradiation field at the K-23 channel in the WWR-K. Each Al ingot has the same dimension as the Si ingot, and 15 fluence monitors are equipped in it. Iron wire and aluminum-cobalt wire are inserted into them, and it is possible to evaluate both fast and thermal neutron fluxes by measurement of these radiation activities after irradiation. This report describes the results of the preliminary irradiation test and the neutronic calculations by Monte Carlo method in order to evaluate the neutronic irradiation field in the irradiation position for the Si ingot.