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Superdeformation in $$^{35}$$S

Go, Shintaro*; Ideguchi, Eiji*; Yokoyama, Rin*; Kobayashi, Motoki*; Kisamori, Keiichi*; Takaki, Motonobu*; Miya, Hioyuki*; Ota, Shinsuke*; Michimasa, Shinichiro*; Shimoura, Susumu*; et al.

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 6, p.030005_1 - 030005_4, 2015/06

Journal Articles

Development of a compact vertical splitting system for the cold neutron beam at JRR-3

Tamura, Itaru; Maruyama, Ryuji; Yamazaki, Dai; Nakamura, Kiyoshi; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Aizawa, Kazuya; Soyama, Kazuhiko

Journal of Physics; Conference Series, 528, p.012012_1 - 012012_7, 2014/07

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100

To achieve efficient implementation of usage of neutron beam instruments, the instruments were rearranged at C2 cold neutron beam line at JRR-3 by using a newly developed compact vertical splitting system. The splitting system has two compact multi channel benders. The bender has been developed using Ni/Ti supermirrors coated on both sides of 0.2 mm thickness silicon substrates. The curvature radius of the bender is 938 mm and the length of the bender is 320 mm yielding deflection angles of 20$$^{circ}$$. Supermirrors with m=3 were deposited on both sides of silicon substrate by an ion beam sputtering apparatus in JAEA. Neutron flux at the end of the neutron guide that installed at the bender exit of which the deflection angle is 20$$^{circ}$$ was measured by the gold foil activation method. It was measured 1.58 $$times$$ 10$$^{7}$$ n/cm$$^{2}$$/s. The present study showed that the supermirrors coated on both sides with high reflectivity are suitable for the compact bender.

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Development of the supervisory systems for the ITER diagnostic systems in JADA

Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi; Hashimoto, Yasunori*; Serizawa, Yasunori*; Inamoto, Shuji*; Sato, Kazuyoshi; Sugie, Tatsuo; Takeuchi, Masaki; Kawano, Yasunori

Fusion Engineering and Design, 89(5), p.532 - 535, 2014/05

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:88.23(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The diagnostic systems are essential for the plasma control and physics understandings. JAEA has proposed the new concept of supervisory system which manages operation sequences, current state and configuration parameters for the measurement based on our experiences in operating plasma diagnostic systems. We designed the supervisory system satisfying the requirements from both CODAC system and diagnostic systems. In our design, the tool which converts operational steps described as flowcharts into EPICS Records templates is introduced. This tool will ensure reduction of the system designers' efforts. We also designed the sequencing simulator that can submit transition commands internally instead of CODAC system for the calibration and commissioning. The mechanism which changes the limit values and consistency check algorithms in accordance with the conditions of the diagnostics system is also proposed.

JAEA Reports

Developing the soil moisture sensor using optical fiber technique (Joint research)

Komatsu, Mitsuru*; Nishigaki, Makoto*; Seno, Shoji*; Hirata, Yoichi*; Takenobu, Kazuyoshi*; Tagishi, Hirotaka*; Kunimaru, Takanori; Maekawa, Keisuke; Yamamoto, Yoichi; Toida, Masaru*; et al.

JAEA-Research 2012-001, 77 Pages, 2012/09


This research focused on methods of estimating the amounts of groundwater recharge, which are normally required as upper boundary conditions in groundwater flow analyses, based on measurements of infiltrating water in the ground, to systematize the methods and establish systems which are stable and measurable on site over a long time. Regarding developing measurement systems, fiber-optic strain measurement methods that enable multiple-point and long-distance measurement were used for measuring three quantities: suction pressure, soil moisture and volumetric water content rate obtained by applying water absorption swelling material, and each measurement was discussed. The results showed that the fiber-optic soil aquameter has two types of practical application: one for measuring suction pressure (Type I), and the other for measuring volumetric water content rate obtained by applying water absorption swelling material (Type III). Furthermore, by using measurement instruments in actual fields, the validity of the two methods for estimating the rainfall infiltration capacities of shallow-layer soils, that is, estimating the capacities either directly by measurements of soil water or from unsaturated hydraulic conductivities, was confirmed.

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Estimation of infiltration amount from in-situ moisture measuring method in shallow ground

Komatsu, Mitsuru*; Nishigaki, Makoto*; Seno, Shoji*; Toida, Masaru*; Tagishi, Hirotaka*; Takenobu, Kazuyoshi*; Yamamoto, Yoichi

Chikasui Jiban Kankyo Ni Kansuru Shimpojium 2011 Happyo Rombunshu (CD-ROM), p.17 - 26, 2011/11

no abstracts in English

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Commentaries for third secondary national examination on fiscal 2010 for the professional engineer of nuclear and radiation; Commentaries (Part 1) including key point for elective examinations

Sasaki, Satoru; Suto, Toshiyuki; Harada, Akio; Kurihara, Ryoichi; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Tsuchida, Noboru; Shimizu, Isamu; Nomura, Toshibumi

Genshiryoku eye, 57(1), p.66 - 75, 2011/01

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Plan and reports of coupled irradiation (JRR-3 and JOYO of research reactors) and hot facilities work (WASTEF, JMTR-HL, MMF and FMF); R&D project on irradiation damage management technology for structural materials of long-life nuclear plant

Matsui, Yoshinori; Takahashi, Hiroyuki; Yamamoto, Masaya; Nakata, Masahito; Yoshitake, Tsunemitsu; Abe, Kazuyuki; Yoshikawa, Katsunori; Iwamatsu, Shigemi; Ishikawa, Kazuyoshi; Kikuchi, Taiji; et al.

JAEA-Technology 2009-072, 144 Pages, 2010/03


"R&D Project on Irradiation Damage Management Technology for Structural Materials of Long-life Nuclear Plant" was carried out from FY2006 in a fund of a trust enterprise of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The coupled irradiations or single irradiation by JOYO fast reactor and JRR-3 thermal reactor were performed for about two years. The irradiation specimens are very important materials to establish of "Evaluation of Irradiation Damage Indicator" in this research. For the acquisition of the examination specimens irradiated by the JOYO and JRR-3, we summarized about the overall plan, the work process and the results for the study to utilize these reactors and some facilities of hot laboratory (WASTEF, JMTR-HL, MMF and FMF) of the Oarai Research-and-Development Center and the Nuclear Science Research Institute in the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

JAEA Reports

Determination of boron concentration in whole blood by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry for boron neutron capture therapy

Horiguchi, Hironori; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Kishi, Toshiaki; Otake, Shinichi*; Kumada, Hiroaki*

JAEA-Research 2009-015, 38 Pages, 2009/07


The boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) has been conducted at JRR-4. There is an increased number of cases due to the expansion of application against head and neck cancer and skin cancer. Therefore, the BNCT requires the establishment of procedure to perform more cases in a day. The determination of boron concentration in blood is important to determine the prescribed dose given to a patient. Currently, prompt $$gamma$$ ray analysis (PGA) is applied to the determination of boron concentration. But the PGA is not applied to more than three times BNCT a day. Therefore, swiftness and precision method by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) is studied. Using BSH for Boron standard of the ICP-AES, we enabled to analyze accurately without an intricate sample preparation. The measurement precision of the ICP-AES was within 5% by the correction factor based on the PGA. We established the method of swiftness determination of boron concentration in blood for BNCT.

Journal Articles

Conceptual design of experimental equipment for large-diameter NTD-Si

Yagi, Masahiro; Watanabe, Masanori; Oyama, Koji; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Komeda, Masao; Kashima, Yoichi; Yamashita, Kiyonobu

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 67(7-8), p.1225 - 1229, 2009/07

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:45.41(Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear)

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Performance measurement of the scintillator with optical fiber detector for boron neutron capture therapy

Komeda, Masao; Kumada, Hiroaki; Ishikawa, Masayori*; Nakamura, Takemi; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Matsumura, Akira*

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 67(7-8, Suppl.), p.S254 - S257, 2009/07

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:72.81(Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear)

Journal Articles

Performance measurement of the SOF detector for boron neutron capture therapy

Komeda, Masao; Kumada, Hiroaki; Ishikawa, Masayori*; Nakamura, Takemi; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Matsumura, Akira*

Proceedings of 13th International Congress on Neutron Capture Therapy (ICNCT-13) (CD-ROM), 3 Pages, 2008/11

In this report, deterioration of a SOF detector that can measure thermal neutron in real time was investigated in irradiation experiments. Sensitivity of a SOF detector decreased by 2.0% after an irradiation of about 4 hours. Then thermal neutron fluence was approximately 2.0$$times$$10$$^{13}$$ (n/cm$$^{2}$$). And after the SOF detector was used for about 2 months, sensitivity decreased to 42%. Then thermal neutron fluence was approximately 6.4$$times$$10$$^{14}$$ (n/cm$$^{2}$$). Supposing that thermal neutron fluence is 2$$times$$10$$^{12}$$ (n/cm$$^{2}$$) on the surface of a patient at a BNCT, sensitivity of a SOF detector is considered to be decreased by approximately 0.3% at a BNCT. Therefore it is considered that countermeasure against deterioration is necessary for using a SOF detector at BNCT in the future.

JAEA Reports

Investigation of the irradiation method for 12 inch NTD silicon in JRR-3 (Contract research)

Komeda, Masao; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Yagi, Masahiro; Sagawa, Hisashi

JAEA-Technology 2008-064, 77 Pages, 2008/10


We investigated the irradiation method to irradiate 12 inch NTD silicon uniformly in JRR-3, where 6 inch NTD silicon is being irradiated at present, by using MVP of the Monte Carlo calculation code. In the case of irradiating 12 inch NTD silicon, the deviation of the doping distribution in the radial direction becomes 1.17 by the same irradiation method of 6 inch NTD silicon. Therefore the thermal neutron filter was introduced for uniform doping (the deviation is less than 1.10) in the radial direction and the effect was analyzed. As the result, it was indicated that the deviation of the doping distribution in the radial direction became less than 1.1 by using the neutron filter, which was made from aluminum alloy of 2 mm thickness including natural boron of 1%.

Journal Articles

Full core burn-up calculation at JRR-3 with MVP-BURN

Komeda, Masao; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Kusunoki, Tsuyoshi

Proceedings of International Conference on the Physics of Reactors, Nuclear Power; A Sustainable Resource (PHYSOR 2008) (CD-ROM), 7 Pages, 2008/09

Research reactors use a burnable poison to suppress an excess reactivity in the beginning of reactor lifetime. The JRR-3 (Japan Research Reactor No.3) has used cadmium wires of radius 0.02cm as a burnable poison. This report describes burn-up calculations of plate fuel models and full core models with MVP-BURN, which is a burn-up calculation code using Monte Carlo method and has been developed in JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency). As the results of calculations of plate models, between a model composed of one burn-up region along the radius direction and a model composed of a few burn-up regions along the radius direction, the effective absorption cross section of $$^{113}$$Cd has had different tendency on reaching approximate 40th day (10000 MWd/t). And as results of calculations of full core model, it has been indicated that k$$_{eff}$$ is almost same till approximate 80th day (22000 MWd/t) between a model composed of one burn-up region along the vertical direction and a model composed of a few burn-up regions along the vertical direction. However difference of $$^{113}$$Cd burn-up becomes pronounced and each k$$_{eff}$$ makes a difference after 80th day.

JAEA Reports

Characterization measurement of JRR-4 utilization facility

Kishi, Toshiaki; Motohashi, Jun; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Kumada, Hiroaki; Torii, Yoshiya

JAEA-Technology 2008-054, 99 Pages, 2008/08


JRR-4 had carried out modification works for the purpose of reducing the enrichment level of fuel. About utilization facilities, followings were installed new neutron beam facility, renewal irradiation facility that was modified pneumatic irradiation facility for activation analysis of short-lived nuclides. This report describes the characteristic measurement by initial core and equilibrium core in 2001 by renewal JRR-4. Utilization facilities had been identified equal performance before modify about neutron flux and cadmium ratio on 1998 and 2001. And we have achieved less than 5% of irradiation uniformity at N-pipe. The maximum neutron flux is about 2.2$$times$$10$$^{13}$$m$$^{-2}$$$$cdot$$s$$^{-1}$$ at the New neutron beam facility and the maximum neutron flux is about 1$$times$$10$$^{11}$$m$$^{-2}$$$$cdot$$s$$^{-1}$$ at the prompt $$gamma$$-ray analysis facility got good quality performance for medical irradiation and fundamental examination of it.

JAEA Reports

Conceptual design of irradiation experimental device for 12 inch NTD-Si ingot in JRR-4 (Contract research)

Yagi, Masahiro; Watanabe, Masanori; Oyama, Koji; Komeda, Masao; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Kashima, Yoichi

JAEA-Technology 2008-015, 91 Pages, 2008/03


The irradiation experimental device is designed by surveying analytically an irradiation condition to improve the neutron flux distribution of the radial direction on NTD-Si by using neutron transportation calculation Monte Carlo calculation code MCNP5 in order to develop neutron irradiation technology for the large-diameter silicon to 12 inches diameter at the maximum and an irradiation experiment will be performed in JRR-4. Thus the validity of the design technique of the irradiation device will be confirmed by this experiment. The irradiation experimental device is installed in the side of the core tank outer wall. A 12 inches silicon ingot of 60cm in height is irradiated in a reflector cover which surrounds the silicon ingot for increasing the flux. The silicon ingot is rotated during irradiation in order to require the condition of uniformly distributed thermal neutron flux over whole circumferences. A uniform irradiation condition was achieved by the pass-through core method, in which silicon ingot moved up and down with rotating. The condition was satisfied when silicon was covered with the thermal neutron filter, which is made from aluminum alloy of thickness of 2mm with natural boron element ratio of 1.5%, and was moved in the range from -42mm to 22mm for the center of the reactor core. The deviation of the Si-30 neutron absorption reaction rate was range from -3.2% to +5.3% in the intermediate volume of 40cm height and the neutron absorption reaction ratio of the circumference to the center was within 1.09 in the volume.

JAEA Reports

Guidance of operation practice and nuclear physics experiments using JRR-4

Yokoo, Kenji; Horiguchi, Hironori; Yagi, Masahiro; Nagadomi, Hideki; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Sasajima, Fumio; Oyama, Koji; Ishikuro, Yasuhiro; Sasaki, Tsutomu; Hirane, Nobuhiko; et al.

JAEA-Technology 2007-018, 104 Pages, 2007/03


Reactor operation training using JRR-4 (Japan Research Reactor No.4) was started in FY 1969, one of the curriculums of Nuclear Technology and Education Center (NuTEC). After that, the program was updated and carried out for reactor operation training, control rod calibration, and measurement of various kind of characteristics. JRR-4 has been contributed for nuclear engineer training that is over 1,700 trainees from bother domestic and foreign countries. JRR-4 can be used for experiment from zero power to 3500kW, and the trainees can make experience to operate the reactor from start up to shut down, not only zero-power experiments (critical approach, control rod calibration, reactivity measurement, etc.) but also other experiments under high power operation (xenon effect, temperature effects, reactor power calibration, etc.). This report is based on various kinds of guidance texts using for training, and collected for operation and experiments for reactor physics.

Journal Articles

Development of JCDS, a computational dosimetry system at JAEA for boron neutron capture therapy

Kumada, Hiroaki; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Matsumura, Akira*; Yamamoto, Tetsuya*; Nakagawa, Yoshinobu*

Journal of Physics; Conference Series, 74, p.021010_1 - 021010_7, 2007/00

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Experiments of JRR-4 low-enriched-uranium-silicied fuel core

Hirane, Nobuhiko; Ishikuro, Yasuhiro; Nagadomi, Hideki; Yokoo, Kenji; Horiguchi, Hironori; Nemoto, Takumi; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Yagi, Masahiro; Arai, Nobuyoshi; Watanabe, Shukichi; et al.

JAEA-Technology 2006-028, 115 Pages, 2006/03


JRR-4, a light-water-moderated and cooled, swimming pool type research reactor using high-enriched uranium plate-type fuels had been operated from 1965 to 1996. In order to convert to low-enriched-uranium-silicied fuels, modification work had been carried out for 2 years, from 1996 to 1998. After the modification, start-up experiments were carried out to obtain characteristics of the low-enriched-uranium-silicied fuel core. The measured excess reactivity, reactor shutdown margin and the maximum reactivity addition rate satisfied the nuclear limitation of the safety report for licensing. It was confirmed that conversion to low-enriched-uranium-silicied fuels was carried out properly. Besides, the necessary data for reactor operation were obtained, such as nuclear, thermal hydraulic and reactor control characteristics. This report describes the results of start-up experiments and burnup experiments. The first criticality of low-enriched-uranium-silicied core was achieved on 14th July 1998, and the operation for joint-use has been carried out since 6th October 1998.

Journal Articles

Development of computational dosimetry system "JCDS" for neutron capture therapy

Kumada, Hiroaki; Yamamoto, Kazuyoshi; Matsumura, Akira*; Nakagawa, Yoshinobu*

Hoshasen, 31(4), p.287 - 297, 2005/10

no abstracts in English

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