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Development of ROV system to explore fuel debris in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Kamada, So*; Kato, Michio*; Nishimura, Kazuya*; Nancekievill, M.*; Watson, S.*; Lennox, B.*; Jones, A.*; Joyce, M. J.*; Okumura, Keisuke; Katakura, Junichi*

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 6, p.199 - 202, 2019/01

As a technology development to investigate the distribution of submerged fuel debris in the primary containment vessel (PCV) of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, we are conducting development experiments of sonar system to be mounted in a compact ROV. The experiments were conducted in two types of water tanks with different depths, simulating the PCV, using sonar with different sizes, ultrasonic frequencies, and beam scanning method, and simulated fuel debris. As a result, we characterized the shape discrimination performance of the simulated debris, and the noise due to multi-path in narrow closed space.

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Development of a radiological characterization submersible ROV for use at Fukushima Daiichi

Nancekievill, M.*; Jones, A. R.*; Joyce, M. J.*; Lennox, B.*; Watson, S.*; Katakura, Junichi*; Okumura, Keisuke; Kamada, So*; Kato, Michio*; Nishimura, Kazuya*

IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 65(9), p.2565 - 2572, 2018/09

 Percentile:100(Engineering, Electrical & Electronic)

In order to contribute to the development of technology to search fuel debris submerged in water inside the primary containment vessel of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, we are developing a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) system equipped with a compact radiation detector and sonar. A cerium bromide (CeBr$$_{3}$$) scintillator detector for dose rate monitoring and $$gamma$$ ray spectroscopy was integrated into ROV and experimentally validated with a $$^{137}$$Cs source, both in the conditions of laboratory and submerged. In addition, the ROV combined with the IMAGENEX 831L sonar could characterize the shape and size of a simulated fuel debris at the bottom of the water pool facility.

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Experimental determination of the topological phase diagram in Cerium monopnictides

Kuroda, Kenta*; Ochi, Masayuki*; Suzuki, Hiroyuki*; Hirayama, Motoaki*; Nakayama, Mitsuhiro*; Noguchi, Ryo*; Bareille, C.*; Akebi, Shuntaro*; Kunisada, So*; Muro, Takayuki*; et al.

Physical Review Letters, 120(8), p.086402_1 - 086402_6, 2018/02

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:10.74(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

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A Remote-operated system to map radiation dose in the Fukushima Daiichi primary containment vessel

Nancekievill, M.*; Jones, A. R.*; Joyce, M. J.*; Lennox, B.*; Watson, S.*; Katakura, Junichi*; Okumura, Keisuke; Kamada, So*; Kato, Michio*; Nishimura, Kazuya*

Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications (ANIMMA 2017) (USB Flash Drive), 6 Pages, 2017/06

We are developping a submersible ROV system, coupled with radiation detectors aimed at mapping the interior of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. To map the $$gamma$$-ray intensity environment a cerium bromide (CeBr$$_{3}$$) inorganic scintillator detector sensitive to $$gamma$$-rays has been incorporated into the ROV to measure $$gamma$$-ray intensity and identify radioactive isotopes. The ROV is a cylindrical shape with a diameter of about 150 mm, and it have two end caps of five pumps each allowing control of the ROV in 5 degree of freedom. It is possible to directly replace the CeBr$$_{3}$$ detector with a single crystal chemical vapour deposition (CVD) neutron detector with a $$^{6}$$Li convertor foil that is capable of mapping the thermal neutron flux.

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A Comparative study of the modelling of cement hydration and cement-rock laboratory experiments

Savage, D.*; Soler, J. M.*; Yamaguchi, Kohei; Walker, C.; Honda, Akira; Inagaki, Manabu; Watson, C.*; Wilson, J.*; Benbow, S.*; Gaus, I.*; et al.

Applied Geochemistry, 26(7), p.1138 - 1152, 2011/07

 Times Cited Count:16 Percentile:41.4(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

The use of cement and concrete as fracture grouting or as tunnel seals in a geological disposal facility for rad wastes creates potential issues concerning chemical reactivity. From a long term safety perspective, it is desirable to be able model these interactions and changes quantitatively. As part of the LCS (Long-term Cement Studies) project programme, a modelling inter-comparison has been conducted, involving the modelling of two experiments describing cement hadration and cement-rock reaction, with teams representing the NDA (UK), Posiva (Finland), and JAEA. This modelling exercise showed that the dominant reaction pathways in the two experiments are fairly well understood and are consistent between the different modelling teams, although significant differences existed amongst the precise parameterisation. Future modelling exercises of this type should focus on a suitable natural or industrial analogue that might aid assessing mineral-fluid reactions at these longer timescales.

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Natural systems evidence for the alteration of clay under alkaline conditions; An Example from Searles Lake, California

Savage, D.*; Benbow, S.*; Watson, C.*; Takase, Hiroyasu*; Ono, Kaori*; Oda, Chie; Honda, Akira

Applied Clay Science, 47(1-2), p.72 - 81, 2010/01

 Times Cited Count:23 Percentile:28.37(Chemistry, Physical)

Mudstones containing smectite have been altered under mildly alkaline conditions (9 $$<$$ pH $$<$$ 10) at Searles Lake, California over a 3 million-year time period. This natural alteration has been simulated incorporating time-dependent boundary conditions of sedimentation and fluid composition, a Pitzer model for activities of aqueous species, and a coupled hydrogeological model for time-dependent flow in the sediment layers. Kinetic dissolution of detrital smectite under alkaline conditions was described using one of two models based on departure from thermodynamic equilibrium or by an empirical rate dependent upon aqueous Si concentrations. The zonal pattern of smectite dissolution observed at Searles Lake was reproduced reasonably well by the "Cama-TST" model of montmorillonite dissolution. This assessment provides a test of the accuracy and reliability of published data in the application of models of smectite dissolution in the long-term.

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Natural analogue in relation to alkaline alteration of clayey buffer material; An Example from the Searles Lake, California, 2; A Geochemical-transport modelling

Oda, Chie; Savage, D.*; Benbow, S.*; Watson, C.*; Takase, Hiroyasu*

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An natural clay alteration at Searles Lake, California has been investigated using reaction-transport modelling with the computer code employing time-dependent boundary conditions of sedimentation and fluid composition. The evidence in natural systems can demonstrate that alkaline alteration will be controlled by kinetic-geochemical reaction and transport coupling process, and that advective fluid flow and the salinity of the pore fluid eill be important factors.

Oral presentation

Natural analogue in relation to alkaline alteration of clayey buffer material; An Example from the Searles Lake, California

Oda, Chie; Yamaguchi, Kohei; Savage, D.*; Benbow, S.*; Watson, C.*; Takase, Hiroyasu*

no journal, , 

Mudstones containing smectite have been altered under mildly alkaline conditions (9 $$<$$ pH $$<$$ 10) at Searles Lake. This natural alteration has been investigated using reaction-transport modelling. These data demonstrate that smectite alteration will be controlled by the kinetics of dissolution-precipitation reaction and the salinity of the pore fluid.

Oral presentation

Reactive transport modelling of iron-bentonite interface evolution

Wilson, J.*; Watson, C.*; Benbow, S.*; Savage, D.*; Sasamoto, Hiroshi

no journal, , 

Iron steel overpack will be surrounded by bentonite buffer as a engineering barrier system for the high-level radioactive waste disposal. It is concerned that iron-bentonite interactions result in the alteration of montmorillonite to non-swelling Fe-rich minerals. In the present study, reactive transport modeling of iron-bentonite interface evolution has been conducted to evaluate the long-term behavior of bentonite stability. A number of model cases were produced in order to assess which processes are likely to dominate at iron-bentonite interfaces.

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