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JAEA Reports

Studies on the reconstruction of the concept of rock mass around the tunnel; Japanese fiscal year, 2014 (Contract research)

Kojima, Keiji*; Onishi, Yuzo*; Aoki, Kenji*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Nishigaki, Makoto*; Tosaka, Hiroyuki*; Yoshida, Hidekazu*; Murakami, Hiroaki; Sasao, Eiji

JAEA-Research 2015-017, 54 Pages, 2015/12

JAEA-Research-2015-017.pdf:17.3MB

This report is concerned with research to reconstruct more realistic near-field (NF) concept for the geological disposal of radioactive waste. This year is the final year of this committee activities. So we have carried out the summary on Re-thinking of NF concept and its technical basis. Cooperation between the study fields and combination of various science and technology and evaluation methods are one of the important technical bases of NF concept. In addition, since the "Great East Japan Earthquake 2011", the safety paradigm has shifted dramatically. In the reconstruction of realistic NF concept, it is necessary to analyze what security matters whether society has become unacceptable for geological disposal. Committee, we also exchange views on such matters and presented the direction of future research and development for geological disposal.

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Studies on the reconstruction of the concept of rock mass around the tunnel; Japanese fiscal year, 2013 (Contract research)

Kojima, Keiji*; Onishi, Yuzo*; Aoki, Kenji*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Nishigaki, Makoto*; Tosaka, Hiroyuki*; Yoshida, Hidekazu*; Ogata, Nobuhisa

JAEA-Research 2014-011, 43 Pages, 2014/09

JAEA-Research-2014-011.pdf:56.68MB

This report is concerned with research to reconstruct more realistic near-field (NF) concept for the geological disposal. In previous year, we examined the realistic concept for near-field, including rock mass around the tunnel, particularly based on the nuclide migration scenario. The time-series change of the field was divided into five stages of 0 to IV through the process of geological disposal (Excavation, Operation and Post-closure). Then at each respective stage, post-closure stage in particular; we examined interaction between environmental factors and exhaustive extraction of those factors affecting the near-field, focusing on each scale-time cross-section. In the reconstruction of realistic near-field concept, it is necessary to analyze security matters are unacceptable by society, regarding geological disposal. We also exchanged views on those matters and presented the future direction of research and development for geological disposal.

JAEA Reports

Studies on the reconstruction of the concept of rock mass around the tunnel; Fiscal year, 2012 (Contract research)

Kojima, Keiji*; Onishi, Yuzo*; Aoki, Kenji*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Nishigaki, Makoto*; Tosaka, Hiroyuki*; Yoshida, Hidekazu*; Ogata, Nobuhisa

JAEA-Research 2013-015, 21 Pages, 2013/11

JAEA-Research-2013-015.pdf:10.41MB

This report is concerned with research to reconstruct more realistic near-field concept for the geological disposal. In chapter, we examined the realistic concept for near field, including rock around the tunnel, based on the nuclide migration scenario in particular. The time-series change of the field was divided into five stages of 0$$sim$$IV through the process of geological disposal (Excavation, Operation and Post-closure). Then, for each stage respectively, we examined interaction between environmental factors and extraction of those factors changing the "field". The Goal of this year is to set up the state in the realistic "field" exhaustively, by focusing on the scale-time cross-section of each stage, especially post-closure stage, and to present the assignment of the next fiscal year.

JAEA Reports

Interdisciplinary approach to improve and systematize the investigation and evaluation techniques on geological environment in relation to radioactive waste repository; Japanese fiscal year, 2010 (Contract research)

Kojima, Keiji*; Onishi, Yuzo*; Watanabe, Kunio*; Nishigaki, Makoto*; Tosaka, Hiroyuki*; Shimada, Jun*; Aoki, Kenji*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Yoshida, Hidekazu*; Ogata, Nobuhisa; et al.

JAEA-Research 2011-033, 126 Pages, 2012/02

JAEA-Research-2011-033.pdf:31.33MB

The next advancements for the research of radioactive waste repository was started to improve and systematize the investigation and evaluation techniques on geological environment in consideration of intra-field of science and technology. Intra-field means the various fields among each study area of (a) geological environment, (b) design and engineering, (c) safety evaluation for radioactive waste repository, here. The following items were studied and discussed this year. (1) To Reconstruct Near Field (NF) Concept in consideration of coupled phenomena on geological environment. (2) To develop systematic investigation techniques on the geological environment in consideration of intra-field among each study area above mentioned (a), (b) and (c). Regarding (1), examination of NF concept focused on the realistic crystalline rock was carried out. Also through the overall discussion in the committee, comments from the all commissioners in relation to the intra-field of their study area were made to reflect on reconstruction of NF concept. Regarding (2), the research and development in consideration of NF and intra-field among each study area were conducted.

JAEA Reports

Study on systemizing of technology for investigation and analysis of the deep underground geological environment; Japanese fiscal year, 2009 (Contract research)

Kojima, Keiji*; Onishi, Yuzo*; Watanabe, Kunio*; Nishigaki, Makoto*; Tosaka, Hiroyuki*; Shimada, Jun*; Aoki, Kenji*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Yoshida, Hidekazu*; Ogata, Nobuhisa; et al.

JAEA-Research 2010-049, 282 Pages, 2011/02

JAEA-Research-2010-049.pdf:29.88MB

This report summarizes studies that have been carried out with the aim of assessing and systemizing the technology used for the investigation and analysis of the deep underground geological environment in relation to the disposal of radioactive waste. The main studies were: (1) a study on the research and development (R&D) topics proven to have practical application for the investigation, and analysis and understanding of the deep underground geological environment, and, (2) a study on leading edge technology that can provide the advanced technical basis for the investigation, analysis and understanding of the deep underground geological environment. Regarding the R&D topics (1, above), specific investigations, measurements, numerical analyses and chemical analyses were performed and reviewed with respect to the topics, (a) Repository design, engineering technology (b) Geological environment and (c) Safety evaluation. Based on the result of the review, topics requiring collaboration research in overlapping research fields, including safety assessment, were identified. Also, the near field concept (NFC) was reconsidered in terms of its realistic construction model. Regarding advanced technology (2, above), based on the objectives of the JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency) research project, the study was implemented considering previous R&D results and detailed research result at the research site and thus an assessment of the need for advanced technical basis for investigation and analysis. This study contributed to the R&D development and its practical application.

JAEA Reports

JAEA thermodynamic database for performance assessment of geological disposal of high-level and TRU wastes; Selection of thermodynamic data of molybdenum

Kitamura, Akira; Kirishima, Akira*; Saito, Takumi*; Shibutani, Sanae*; Tochiyama, Osamu*

JAEA-Review 2010-010, 75 Pages, 2010/06

JAEA-Review-2010-010.pdf:1.27MB

Within the scope of the JAEA thermodynamic database project for performance assessment of geological disposal of high-level radioactive and TRU wastes, the selection of the thermodynamic data on the inorganic compounds and complexes of molybdenum were carried out. We focused to select thermodynamic data of aquous species and compounds which could form under repository conditions for the disposal of radioactive wastes, i.e. relatively low concentration of molybdenum and from near neutral through alkaline conditions. Selection of thermodynamic data was based on the guidelines by the Nuclear Energy Agency in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/NEA). Extensive literature survey was performed and all the obtained articles have been carefully reviewed to select the thermodynamic data for molybdenum. Thermodynamic data at 25 $$^{circ}$$C and zero ionic strength were determined from accepted thermodynamic data which were considered to be reliable. We especially paid attention to select formation constant of molybdate ion with hydrogen ion.

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Study on systemizing of technology for investigation and analysis of the deep underground geological environment; Japanese fiscal year 2008 (Contract research)

Kojima, Keiji*; Onishi, Yuzo*; Watanabe, Kunio*; Nishigaki, Makoto*; Tosaka, Hiroyuki*; Shimada, Jun*; Aoki, Kenji*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Yoshida, Hidekazu*; Ogata, Nobuhisa; et al.

JAEA-Research 2009-055, 145 Pages, 2010/02

JAEA-Research-2009-055.pdf:55.53MB

This report summarizes studies that were carried out with the aim of assessing and systemizing the technology used for the investigation and analysis of the deep underground geological environment in relation to the disposal of radioactive waste. The main studies were: (1) a study on the research and development (R&D) topics proven to have practical application for the investigation, analysis and understanding of the deep underground geological environment, and, (2) a study on leading edge technology that can provide the advanced technical basis for the investigation, analysis and understanding of the deep underground geological environment. The principal results obtained from the studies are as follows: Regarding the R&D topics (1, above), the specific investigations, measurements, numerical and chemical analyses were reviewed with respect to engineering technology and the geological environment in this year. Based on the results of the review, topics requiring collaboration research in overlapping research fields, including safety assessment, were identified. Also, the near field concept (NFC) was reconsidered in terms of both the generic model and for crystalline rock. Regarding advanced technology (2, above), based on the objectives of the JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency) research project, the study was implemented considering previous R&D results and detailed research result at the research site and thus an assessment of the need for advanced technical basis for investigation and analysis. This study contributed to the R&D development and its practical application.

JAEA Reports

JAEA thermodynamic database for performance assessment of geological disposal of high-level and TRU wastes; Selection of thermodynamic data on cobalt and nickel

Kitamura, Akira; Kirishima, Akira*; Saito, Takumi*; Shibutani, Sanae*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Yui, Mikazu

JAEA-Research 2009-037, 91 Pages, 2009/11

JAEA-Research-2009-037.pdf:4.04MB

Within the scope of the JAEA thermodynamic database project for performance assessment of geological disposal of high-level and TRU radioactive wastes, the selection of the thermodynamic data on the inorganic compounds and complexes of cobalt and nickel have been carried out. For cobalt, extensive literature survey has been performed and all the obtained literatures have been carefully reviewed to select the thermodynamic data. Selection of thermodynamic data of nickel has been based on a thermodynamic database published by the OECD/NEA, which has been carefully reviewed by the authors, and then thermodynamic data have been selected after surveying latest literatures. Based on the similarity of chemical properties between cobalt and nickel, complementary thermodynamic data of nickel and cobalt species expected under the geological disposal condition have been selected to complete the thermodynamic data set for the performance assessment of geological disposal of radioactive wastes.

JAEA Reports

Study on systemizing technology on investigation and analysis of deep underground geological environment; Japanese fiscal year, 2007 (Contract research)

Kojima, Keiji*; Onishi, Yuzo*; Watanabe, Kunio*; Nishigaki, Makoto*; Tosaka, Hiroyuki*; Shimada, Jun*; Aoki, Kenji*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Yoshida, Hidekazu*; Ogata, Nobuhisa; et al.

JAEA-Research 2008-099, 171 Pages, 2009/03

JAEA-Research-2008-099-1.pdf:28.65MB
JAEA-Research-2008-099-2.pdf:49.14MB

In this year, the following studies were carried out with the aim of systemizing the technology on the investigation and analysis to understand the deep underground geological environment in relation to the radioactive waste disposal. (1) The study on the research and development (R&D) subjects which turned to the practical investigation and analysis of deep underground geological environment. (2) The study on the advanced technical basis for the investigation and analysis of deep underground geological environment. The results obtained from the studies are as follows: Regarding (1), the specific investigations, measurements, numerical and chemical analyses were performed particularly for research subjects: (a) the repository design and engineering technology and (b) geological environment. Based on the results on (1), (c) tasks of collaboration research on niche area between the research fields, including the safety assessment field, were selected. Also subject's items of the NFC (Near Field Concept) redefinition were discussed. Regarding (2), based on the extraction tasks of JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency) research project, the study was implemented with applying previous R&D results and detailed research at the research field was carried out. This study contributed to the R&D development for its practical application.

JAEA Reports

Study on systemizing technology on the investigation and analysis of deep underground geological environment; Japanese fiscal year, 2006 (Contract research)

Kojima, Keiji*; Onishi, Yuzo*; Watanabe, Kunio*; Nishigaki, Makoto*; Tosaka, Hiroyuki*; Shimada, Jun*; Aoki, Kenji*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Yoshida, Hidekazu*; Ogata, Nobuhisa; et al.

JAEA-Research 2008-042, 236 Pages, 2008/04

JAEA-Research-2008-042.pdf:23.43MB

The following study was done with the aim of systemizing the technology on the investigation and analysis to grasp deep underground geological environment in relation to the radioactive waste disposal. (1) The study on the research and development (R&D) subjects which turned to the practical investigation and analysis of deep underground geological environment. (2) The study on the advanced technical basis of the investigation and analysis of deep underground geological environment. It continued in the former year and got the following results. Concerning (1), the concrete investigation, measurements, numerical analyses and chemical analyses were enforced about the following item and extracted some subjects with the viewpoint of radioactive waste disposal. Concerning (2), the evaluation of the results and a way to the practical use were discussed on the R&D activities of the following item. The R&D activities of the study group concerning (2) are related to the fundamental and elemental technology. It was discussed if these results could be taken into the practical investigation programs which characterize the geological environment and engineering technology in the Tono Geoscience Center. The Study group also discussed and gave the comment on the 2nd phase (the shaft construction phase of the MIU (Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory) research program in the JAEA.

JAEA Reports

Study on systemizing the technology on the investigation and analysis of deep underground geological environment; Japanese fiscal year, 2006 (Contract research)

Kojima, Keiji*; Onishi, Yuzo*; Watanabe, Kunio*; Nishigaki, Makoto*; Tosaka, Hiroyuki*; Shimada, Jun*; Aoki, Kenji*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Yoshida, Hidekazu*; Ogata, Nobuhisa; et al.

JAEA-Research 2007-060, 210 Pages, 2007/09

JAEA-Research-2007-060-1.pdf:43.82MB
JAEA-Research-2007-060-2.pdf:41.2MB
JAEA-Research-2007-060-3.pdf:6.42MB

The following study was done with the aim of systemizing the technology on the investigation and analysis to grasp deep underground geological environment in relation to the radioactive waste disposal. (1) The study on the research and development (R&D) subjects which turned to the practical investigation and analysis of deep underground geological environment. (2) The study on the advanced technical basis of the investigation and analysis of deep underground geological environment. It continued in the former year and got the following results. Concerning (1), the concrete investigation, measurements, numerical analyses and chemical analyses were enforced about the following item and extracted some subjects with the viewpoint of radioactive waste disposal. More over, the way to make the co-operative program among each field of the following (a), (b) and (c) was discussed. (a) The subjects extracted with the viewpoint of the repository design and engineering technology. (b) The subject extracted with the viewpoint of the safety assessment. (c) The subjects extracted with the viewpoint of the geological environment. The joint research subjects among each field of (a), (b), (c) were also discussed. Concerning (2), the evaluation of the results and a way to the practical use were discussed on the R&D activities. The Study group also discussed and gave the comment on the 2nd stage of the MIU (Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory) research program in the JAEA.

JAEA Reports

Announced document collection of the 1st Information Exchange Meeting on Radioactive Waste Disposal Research Network (Joint research)

Nakayama, Shinichi; Nagasaki, Shinya*; Inagaki, Yaohiro*; Oe, Toshiaki*; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Sato, Seichi*; Sato, Tsutomu*; Tanaka, Satoru*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Nagao, Seiya*; et al.

JAEA-Conf 2007-003, 120 Pages, 2007/03

JAEA-Conf-2007-003.pdf:53.18MB

The 1st information exchange meeting on Radioactive Waste Disposal Research Network was held in Nuclear Science Research Institute of Japan Atomic Energy Agency on August 4, 2006. Radioactive Waste Disposal Research Network was established by under Interorganization Atomic Energy Research Program of Japan Atomic Energy Agency, and the objective is to bring both research infrastructures and human expertise in Japan to an adequate performance level, thereby contributing to the development of the fundamental research area in the field of radioactive waste disposal. This lecture material is a collection of research presentations and discussions during the information exchange meeting.

Journal Articles

Sulfurization of rare-earth oxides in simulated spent fuel

Shinohara, Genki*; Sato, Nobuaki*; Kirishima, Akira*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Sato, Soichi

Proceedings of 16th Iketani Conference: Masuko Symposium, p.153 - 160, 2006/11

For the recovery of uranium from spent nuclear fuel, the sulfide reprocessing process has been proposed. The process consists of voloxidation and sulfurization steps followed by either magnetic separation or selective leaching steps. In this process, selective sulfurization of the rare-earth elements is applied, while the uranium oxide remains unreacted. The sulfurization of rare-earth oxides R$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$ (R=Nd, Eu) was examined using CS$$_{2}$$, and found that they formed oxysulfide and sulfides even at temperatures lower than 500$$^{circ}$$C. From the results of the sulfurization of R$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$ in the simulated spent fuel, it was found that R$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$ for Nd and Eu were selectively sulfurized by CS$$_{2}$$ at 500$$^{circ}$$C forming Nd$$_{2}$$S$$_{3}$$ and EuS, respectively, while uranium remained as UO$$_{2}$$. Effects of sulfurizing temperature and time were also investigated and compared with the results of thermodynamic consideration.

JAEA Reports

Study on Sysytemizing the Technology on the Investigation and Analysis of Deep Underground Geological Environment, 2005.

Kojima, Keiji*; Onishi, Yuzo*; Watanabe, Kunio*; Nishigaki, Makoto*; Tosaka, Hiroyuki*; Shimada, Jun*; Aoki, Kenji*; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Yoshida, Eichi*

JNC-TJ7400 2005-081, 337 Pages, 2005/02

JNC-TJ7400-2005-081.pdf:39.72MB

The following study was done in this year with the aim of syatemizing the technology on the investigation and analysis to grasp deep underground geological environment in relation to the radioactive waste disposal. The study to extract the research and development (R&D) subjects turned to the practical investigation and analysis of deep undergruound geological environment. The study on the advanced technical basis of the investigation and analysis of deep underground geological environment.

Journal Articles

Speciation study on complex formation of uranium(VI) with phosphate and fluoride at high temperatures and pressures by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy

Kirishima, Akira; Kimura, Takaumi; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Yoshida, Zenko

Radiochimica Acta, 92(12), p.889 - 896, 2005/01

 Times Cited Count:17 Percentile:22.65(Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Luminescence properties of tetravalent uranium in aqueous solution

Kirishima, Akira; Kimura, Takaumi; Nagaishi, Ryuji; Tochiyama, Osamu*

Radiochimica Acta, 92(9-11), p.705 - 710, 2004/12

 Times Cited Count:23 Percentile:15.24(Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Speciation study on uranium(VI) hydrolysis at high temperatures and pressures

Kirishima, Akira; Kimura, Takaumi; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Yoshida, Zenko

Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 374(1-2), p.277 - 282, 2004/07

 Times Cited Count:23 Percentile:22.76(Chemistry, Physical)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Luminescence study of tetravalent uranium in aqueous solution

Kirishima, Akira*; Kimura, Takaumi; Tochiyama, Osamu*; Yoshida, Zenko

Chemical Communications, (7), p.910 - 911, 2003/04

no abstracts in English

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Tochiyama, Osamu*; Niibori, Yuichi*; *; *; Yui, Mikazu; Shibata, Masahiro; *

JNC-TY8400 2002-014, 129 Pages, 2002/05

JNC-TY8400-2002-014.pdf:2.35MB

None

JAEA Reports

Influence of naturally-occurring heterogeneous complex-forming materials on the migration behavior of actinides in the geosphere (III)

Tochiyama, Osamu*

JNC-TJ8400 2000-044, 53 Pages, 2000/02

JNC-TJ8400-2000-044.pdf:1.41MB

To estimate the polyelectrolyte effect and the effect of the heterogeneous composition of humic acids, the complex formation constants of Eu(III) and Ca(II) with Aldrich humic acid and polyacrylic acid were obtained, for Eu(10$$^{-8}$$ to 10$$^{-5}$$ M) by solvent extraction with TTA and TBP in xylene, for Ca (10$$^{-10}$$M) with TTA and TOPO in cyclohexane and for Ca(10$$^{-4}$$M) by using ion-selective electrode. By defining the apparent formation as $$beta_{alpha}$$ = [MR$$_{m}$$]/([M][R]), where [R] denotes the concentration of dissociated functional group, [M] and [MR$$_{m}$$] denote the concentration of free and bound metal ion and pcH is defined as-log[H], the values of log$$beta_{alpha}$$ have been obtained at pcH 4.8 - 5.5 in 0.1 - 1.0M NaClO$$_{4}$$ and NaCl. Log$$beta_{alpha}$$ of Eu-humate varied from 5.0 to 9.3 and that of Ca-humate from 2.0 to 3.4..For both humate and polyacrylate, log$$beta_{alpha}$$ increased with pcH or with the degree of dissociation. The increase in the ionic strength O.1 to 1.0 M decreased the log$$beta_{alpha}$$, the decrease in log$$beta_{alpha}$$ of Eu(III)-humate is 1.6, that of Eu(III), polyacrylate 0.7, that of Ca(II)-humate 1.9 and that of Ca(II)-polyacrylate 1.2. While the increase in the metal ion produced no effect on log$$beta_{alpha}$$ of polyacrylate, log$$beta_{alpha}$$ of humate decreased. Depending on the concentration of Eu(III), the coexistence of Ca(II) reduced log $$beta_{alpha}$$ of humate by 0 to 0.8. The dependence of log$$beta_{alpha}$$ of humate on the metal ion concentration suggests the coexistence of strong and weak binding sites in the hmnic acid.

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