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Production of $$^{266}$$Bh in the $$^{248}$$Cm($$^{23}$$Na,5$$n$$)$$^{266}$$Bh reaction and its decay properties

Haba, Hiromitsu*; Fan, F.*; Kaji, Daiya*; Kasamatsu, Yoshitaka*; Kikunaga, Hidetoshi*; Komori, Yukiko*; Kondo, Narumi*; Kudo, Hisaaki*; Morimoto, Koji*; Morita, Kosuke*; et al.

Physical Review C, 102(2), p.024625_1 - 024625_12, 2020/08

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:57.67(Physics, Nuclear)

Journal Articles

Development of fabrication and inspection technologies for oxidation-resistant fuel element for high-temperature gas-cooled reactors

Aihara, Jun; Yasuda, Atsushi*; Ueta, Shohei; Ogawa, Hiroaki; Honda, Masaki*; Ohira, Koichi*; Tachibana, Yukio

Nihon Genshiryoku Gakkai Wabun Rombunshi, 18(4), p.237 - 245, 2019/12

Development of fabrication and inspection technologies of oxidation resistant fuel element for improvement of safety of high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) in severe oxidation accident was carried out. Simulated coated fuel particles (CFPs), alumina particles, were over-coated with mixed powder of Si, C and small amount of resin to form over-coated particles, and over-coated particles were molded and hot-pressed to sinter simulated oxidation resistant fuel elements with SiC/C mixed matrix. Simulated oxidation resistant fuel elements with matrix whose Si/C mole ratio is 1.00 were fabricated. Failure fraction of CFPs in fuel elements is one of very important inspection subjects of HTGR fuel. It is essential that CFPs are extracted from fuel elements without additional failure. Development of method for extraction of CFPs was carried out. Desolation of SiC by KOH method or pressurized acidolysis method should be applied to extraction of CFPs.

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Variation of half-life and internal-conversion electron energy spectrum between $$^{235m}$$U oxide and fluoride

Shigekawa, Yudai*; Kasamatsu, Yoshitaka*; Yasuda, Yuki*; Kaneko, Masashi; Watanabe, Masayuki; Shinohara, Atsushi*

Physical Review C, 98(1), p.014306_1 - 014306_5, 2018/07

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:29.6(Physics, Nuclear)

The nuclear half-life of $$^{235m}$$U has been reported to vary depending on the chemical environment. In this study, both the half-life and the internal-conversion (IC) electron energy spectrum were measured for $$^{235m}$$U with identical chemical environments for the first time. $$^{235m}$$U oxide and fluoride samples were subjected to these measurements, and clear differences in the half-life and the energy spectrum between these samples were observed. The peaks in the energy spectra were identified with the relativistic density functional theory calculation, and the molecular orbital states of the $$^{235m}$$U oxide and fluoride estimated from the energy spectra and the calculation qualitatively explained the difference in the half-lives between the samples.

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Feasibility study of advanced measurement technology for solution monitoring at reprocessing plant; Dose rate measurement for the solution including Pu with FP

Matsuki, Takuya; Yamanaka, Atsushi; Sekine, Megumi; Suzuki, Satoshi*; Yasuda, Takeshi; Tsutagi, Koichi; Tomikawa, Hirofumi; Nakamura, Hironobu; LaFleur, A. M.*; Browne, M. C.*

Proceedings of INMM 58th Annual Meeting (Internet), 8 Pages, 2017/07

The Tokai Reprocessing Plant (TRP) has been developing a new detector from 2015 to 2017 for purpose to monitor Pu amount in High Active Liquid Waste (HALW) containing FP. It can make a contribution to an advanced approach to effectively and efficiently conduct safeguards for reprocessing facilities because it becomes available to monitor and verify nuclear material movement continuously by a new detector, which has proposed by IAEA. For the second step of this project, we conducted dose rate measurement on the guide rail installing in the cell storing the HALW tank and comparison between measured dose rate distribution and calculation result by MCNP simulation in order to investigate the dose rate distribution which is needed for shielding design of a new detector that is used for radiation (neutron/$$gamma$$ spectrum) measurement in the cell and inquest on the monitoring position of the detector for Pu monitoring. In this paper, we report the result of the dose rate measurement in the cell, improvement of the simulation model which is cleared by comparison between measurement result and calculation result and our future plan.

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Feasibility study of advanced technology for Pu with FP solution monitoring; Overview of research plan and modelling for simulation

Sekine, Megumi; Matsuki, Takuya; Suzuki, Satoshi; Tanigawa, Masafumi; Yasuda, Takeshi; Yamanaka, Atsushi; Tsutagi, Koichi; Nakamura, Hironobu; Tomikawa, Hirofumi; LaFleur, A. M.*; et al.

EUR-28795-EN (Internet), p.788 - 796, 2017/00

The IAEA has proposed in its long-term R&D plan, the development of technology to enable real-time flow measurement of nuclear material as a part of an advanced approach to effective and efficient safeguards for reprocessing facilities. To address this, JAEA has designed and developed a neutron coincidence based nondestructive assay system to monitor Pu directly in solutions which is after purification process and contains very little fission products (FPs). A new detector to enable monitoring of Pu in solutions with numerous FPs is being developed as a joint research program with U.S. DOE at the High Active Liquid Waste (HALW) Storage Facility in Tokai Reprocessing Plant. As the first step, the design information of HALW tank was investigated and samples of HALW was taken and analyzed for Pu concentration and isotope composition, density, content of dominant nuclides emitting $$gamma$$ ray or neutron, etc. in order to develop a Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) of the HALW tank. In addition, $$gamma$$ ray source spectra simulated by Particle and Heavy Ion Transport code System (PHITS) was developed by extracting peaks from the analysis data with germanium detector. These outputs are used for the fundamental data in the MCNP model which is then used to evaluate the type of detector, shielding design and measurement positions. In order to evaluate available radiations to measure outside the cell wall, continuous $$gamma$$ ray and neutron measurement were carried out and the results were compared to the simulation results. The measurement results showed that there are no FP peaks above 3 MeV. This paper presents an overview of the research plan, characteristics of HALW, development of source term for MCNP, simulation of radiation dose from the HALW tank and radiation measurement results at outside of cell wall.

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Measurement of fluorine distribution in carious enamel around 1.5-year aged fluoride-containing materials

Komatsu, Hisanori*; Kojima, Kentaro*; Funato, Yoshiki*; Matsuda, Yasuhiro*; Kijimura, Taiki*; Okuyama, Katsushi*; Yamamoto, Hiroko*; Iwami, Yukiteru*; Ebisu, Shigeyuki*; Nomachi, Masaharu*; et al.

JAEA-Review 2011-043, JAEA Takasaki Annual Report 2010, P. 85, 2012/01

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Study on defects in H$$^+$$ ion implanted B2 type Fe-Al alloy using slow positron beam

Komagata, Eiichi*; Kawasuso, Atsuo; Yabuuchi, Atsushi*; Maekawa, Masaki; Batchuluun, C.*; Yasuda, Keisuke*; Ishigami, Ryoya*; Kume, Kyo*; Iwase, Akihiro*; Hori, Fuminobu*

Physics Procedia, 35, p.75 - 79, 2012/00

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:64.41

Fe48-at.% Al alloy were implanted with 50 keV H$$^+$$ ions to the fluence of 3$$times$$10$$^{16}$$ and 1$$times$$10$$^{18}$$ /cm$$^2$$ at room temperature. Positron annihilation Doppler broadening and lifetime measurements for these alloys have been carried out using slow positron beam apparatus with an energy range of 0.2 to 30.2 keV. The positron annihilation S-parameter decreased by H$$^+$$ ion irradiation. Also the positron lifetimes for hydrogen deposited region in the alloy decreased by the irradiation. These results show that implanted H atoms were trapped by vacancy type defects.

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Fluorine analysis of human enamel around fluoride-containing materials under different pH-cycling by $$mu$$-PIGE/PIXE system

Komatsu, Hisanori*; Yamamoto, Hiroko*; Matsuda, Yasuhiro*; Kijimura, Taiki*; Kinugawa, Michihiko*; Okuyama, Katsushi*; Nomachi, Masaharu*; Yasuda, Keisuke*; Sato, Takahiro; Oikawa, Masakazu*

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 269(20), p.2274 - 2277, 2011/10

 Times Cited Count:16 Percentile:80(Instruments & Instrumentation)

Journal Articles

Development of high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) fuel in Japan

Ueta, Shohei; Aihara, Jun; Sawa, Kazuhiro; Yasuda, Atsushi*; Honda, Masaki*; Furihata, Noboru*

Progress in Nuclear Energy, 53(7), p.788 - 793, 2011/09

 Times Cited Count:21 Percentile:86.19(Nuclear Science & Technology)

In Japan, high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) fuel fabrication technologies have been developed by Nuclear Fuel Industries, Ltd. (NFI) with the collaboration of JAEA through the HTTR project since 1960's. NFI successfully fabricated first and second loading fuel (0.9 tU each) for the HTTR of JAEA. Its excellent quality was confirmed from the first loading fuel through the long-termed high temperature operation by the end of March 2010. Based on the HTTR fuel technologies, silicon carbide (SiC) coated fuel is being developed for burn-up extension. For an advanced fuel designs, replacement of the SiC layer by a zirconium carbide (ZrC) layer is a very promising example. JAEA has performed ZrC coating tests to investigate the influence of coating parameters and material properties such as stoichiometry and density of ZrC.

Journal Articles

Effect of heat treatment on TEM microstructures of Zirconium carbide coating layer in fuel particle for advanced high temperature gas cooled reactor

Aihara, Jun; Ueta, Shohei; Yasuda, Atsushi*; Takeuchi, Hitoshi*; Mozumi, Yasuhiro*; Sawa, Kazuhiro; Motohashi, Yoshinobu*

Materials Transactions, 50(11), p.2631 - 2636, 2009/11

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:49.11(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

The ZrC coating layer has been fabricated using the bromide process at JAEA. The coated particles with IPyC layers reported in a previous study were annealed at around 1800$$^{circ}$$C for 1h, under which compact sintering will be done in a practical process, in order to study effects of the heat treatment (annealing) on their microstructure evolution. Then the microstructures of the ZrC layers in the cases (batches) of C/Zr = 1.11 and 1.35 were characterized by means of TEM and STEM. Certain changes in the shape and size of voids or free carbons region caused by the heat treatment were found in the cases of both batches. After the heat treatment, the voids or free carbons region have shown a clod like feature with diameters of 50 to 100 nm. The grain growth of ZrC was also observed in both cases: In the ZrC layer with C/Zr = 1.11, the fibrous carbons grew as of to stand from the PyC to ZrC layers on some places in the IPyC/ZrC boundary.

Journal Articles

Adsorption of Db and its homologues Nb and Ta, and the pseudo-homologue Pa on anion-exchange resin in HF solution

Tsukada, Kazuaki; Haba, Hiromitsu*; Asai, Masato; Toyoshima, Atsushi; Akiyama, Kazuhiko*; Kasamatsu, Yoshitaka; Nishinaka, Ichiro; Ichikawa, Shinichi; Yasuda, Kenichiro; Miyamoto, Yutaka; et al.

Radiochimica Acta, 97(2), p.83 - 89, 2009/02

 Times Cited Count:20 Percentile:80.79(Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear)

Anion-exchange chromatography of element 105, dubnium (Db), produced in the $$^{248}$$Cm($$^{19}$$F, 5n)$$^{262}$$Db reaction is investigated together with the homologues Nb and Ta, and the pseudo-homologue Pa in 13.9 M hydrofluoric acid (HF) solution. The distribution coefficient (K$$_{d}$$) of Db on an anion-exchange resin is successfully determined by running cycles of the 1702 chromatographic column separations. The result clearly indicates that the adsorption of Db on the resin is significantly different from that of the homologues and that the adsorption of anionic fluoro complexes of these elements decreases in the sequence of Ta $$approx$$ Nb $$>$$ Db $$geq$$ Pa.

JAEA Reports

Development of production technology of ZrC-coated particle, 2 (Contract research)

Yasuda, Atsushi; Ueta, Shohei; Aihara, Jun; Ishibashi, Hideharu*; Sawa, Kazuhiro

JAEA-Technology 2008-083, 11 Pages, 2009/01


The Very-High-Temperature Reactor (VHTR) is one of the candidates for the Generation IV nuclear energy system. ZrC coated fuel particles are expected to make the performance of the VHTR higher. Therefore, we are investigating the ZrC-coating process. From April 2007 to March 2008, ZrC-outer pyrolytic carbon (OPyC) layer continuous coating tests were carried out with the nonnuclear particles and we succeeded to coat continuously the ZrC layer and the OPyC layer with the thicknesses up to about 27 and about 48 $$mu$$m, respectively, in the batch scale of 100 g.

Journal Articles

TEM/STEM observation of ZrC coating layer for advanced high-temperature gas-cooled reactor fuel, Part II

Aihara, Jun; Ueta, Shohei; Yasuda, Atsushi; Ishibashi, Hideharu; Mozumi, Yasuhiro; Sawa, Kazuhiro; Motohashi, Yoshinobu*

Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 92(1), p.197 - 203, 2009/01

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:44.95(Materials Science, Ceramics)

The ZrC coating layer was fabricated with bromide process at JAEA. In a later stage of the project, we have successfully kept nominal deposition temperature almost constant. Microstructures of the ZrC layers, of which nominal deposition temperatures were able to measure, were characterized by means of TEM and STEM and the results were compared and discussed with those obtained for different batches including those reported in a previous study. The ZrC grains were oriented in the ZrC layers deposited at about 1630 K. This feature was rather different from that reported in the previous study. The formation of fairly different PyC structures was found on the PyC/ZrC boundary as well as around the pores existing near the boundary. Fibrous carbons were observed on the PyC/ZrC boundary produced in a batch deposited at a higher temperature (nominal temperature was 1769 K); no such fibrous carbons were found in a batch deposited at a lower temperature (nominal temperature was 1632 K).

JAEA Reports

Development of production technology of ZrC-coated particle, 1 (Contract research)

Yasuda, Atsushi; Ueta, Shohei; Aihara, Jun; Takeuchi, Hitoshi; Sawa, Kazuhiro

JAEA-Technology 2008-073, 18 Pages, 2008/11


As the conventional SiC-coated fuel particle, the ZrC-coated particle is proposed as a nuclear fuel for the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) which is one of Generation IV nuclear reactors. Therefore it is examined by ZrC-coating equipment to get a ZrC-coating condition of C/Zr ratio 1.0, e.g., Zr and C atomic ratio equal to 1:1. Raw materials as surrogated kernel are Stabilized Zirconium Oxide (SZR) particle and PyC-coated SZR particle. For getting the basic production technology for mass production, the ZrC-coating parametric exanimation (coating gas flow rate, coating temperature and so on) is done up to 100 g as the equipment inventory. As the result of parameter examination, finally it could make the ZrC-coated particle with a thickness of ZrC layer of 0.030 mm and high quality in quantity of the particle inventory 100 g.

Journal Articles

Fabrication of uniform ZrC coating layer for the coated fuel particle of the very high temperature reactor

Ueta, Shohei; Aihara, Jun; Yasuda, Atsushi; Ishibashi, Hideharu; Takayama, Tomoo; Sawa, Kazuhiro

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 376(2), p.146 - 151, 2008/05

 Times Cited Count:51 Percentile:95.81(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

The Very-High-Temperature Reactor (VHTR) is the one of the most promising candidates for the Generation IV Nuclear Energy System. The VHTR fuel should exhibit excellent safety performance up to burn-ups of about 15 to 20%FIMA and fluences of 6$$times$$10$$^{25}$$ n/m$$^{2}$$(E$$>$$0.1 MeV). There is no experimental data which has proved the intactness of conventional SiC-coated fuel particles under such severe condition. Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) developed Zirconium carbide (ZrC)-coated fuel particles which is expected to maintain its intactness under higher temperature and burn-up compared with SiC-coating layer. JAEA has newly started the development of coating process by large-scale and of inspection method, and the irradiation of ZrC-coated particles from 2004. The fabrication tests of ZrC-coating have been started by new-series coater, and uniform ZrC coating layer has successfully been fabricated by the improvement of temperature control technique.

Journal Articles

Development on fabrication and inspection techniques for the ZrC-coated fuel particle as an advanced high temperature gas cooled reactor fuel

Ueta, Shohei; Aihara, Jun; Yasuda, Atsushi; Ishibashi, Hideharu; Mozumi, Yasuhiro; Sawa, Kazuhiro; Minato, Kazuo

Hyomen, 46(4), p.222 - 232, 2008/04

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is developing the zirconium carbide (ZrC) coated fuel particle which has better refractoriness and chemical stability than the conventional silicon carbide (SiC) coated fuel particle. In the present study, ZrC coating tests were carried out by the enlarged 200 g-scale ZrC coater comparing with the previous study. Finally, the stoichiometric ZrC layer was successfully fabricated by obtaining relationships between properties of ZrC, coating temperature and batch size through coating tests. In addition, not only inspection methods for coating thickness and density, but also treatment technique to remove pyrocarbon (PyC) layer were developed in order to evaluate the quality of the ZrC coated fuel particle. Present R&D will contribute to the practicability of the ZrC coated fuel particle as a fuel for the advanced high temperature gas cooled reactor such as the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR).

Journal Articles

TEM/STEM observation of ZrC-coating layer for advanced high-temperature gas-cooled reactor fuel

Aihara, Jun; Ueta, Shohei; Yasuda, Atsushi; Ishibashi, Hideharu; Takayama, Tomoo; Sawa, Kazuhiro; Motohashi, Yoshinobu*

Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 90(12), p.3968 - 3972, 2007/12

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has started to study and develop ZrC coated fuel particles for advanced high temperature gas cooled reactors. This paper mainly focuses on the microstructures of the ZrC and isotropic dense pyrolytic carbon (PyC) coating layer produced in the early stage of the project. The structure of free carbon region in the ZrC coating layer appears to be such that c-plane was along with the ZrC grain boundary. It appears that the existence of the free carbon phase, especially with such structure, deteriorates the fission product (FP) retention performance in addition to the mechanical strength of ZrC. The PyC coating layer appears to be a medium-range ordered amorphous structure.

JAEA Reports

Investigation on inspection methods for ZrC-coated fuel particle; Applicability evaluation of inspection methods for SiC-coated fuel particle

Takayama, Tomoo*; Ueta, Shohei; Aihara, Jun; Yasuda, Atsushi*; Ishibashi, Hideharu*; Sawa, Kazuhiro

JAEA-Research 2007-061, 32 Pages, 2007/09


As the conventional SiC coated fuel particle, the ZrC coated fuel particle is proposed as a fuel for the Very High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (VHTR) which is one of Generation IV nuclear reactors. Applicability of inspection methods of SiC-coated fuel particle for ZrC-coated fuel particle has been examined by comparing properties of ZrC with SiC. It was suggested that hardness, absorption X-ray coefficient, density, oxidation-resistant and chemical stability of SiC were dominant properties for conventional inspection methods such as SiC coating layer thicknesses, coating layers densities for both SiC and O-PyC layers, thorough-coatings failure fraction and SiC coating layer failure fraction. With regards to the applicability of the inspection for the SiC-coated particle, some difficulties are revealed on coating layers densities for both ZrC and O-PyC layers and of ZrC failure fraction, and it was suggested that they were major issues to be solved.

Journal Articles

Improved technique of hydrogen concentration measurement in fuel cladding by backscattered electron image analysis

Onozawa, Atsushi; Harada, Akio; Honda, Junichi; Yasuda, Ryo; Nakata, Masahito; Kanazawa, Hiroyuki; Nishino, Yasuharu

JAEA-Conf 2006-003, p.212 - 221, 2006/05

In the Reactor Fuel Examination Facility (RFEF), a measuring method of hydrogen concentration by backscattered electron image analysis was improved to obtain more local hydrogen concentration data in fuel claddings. The sample preparation and image analysis procedures of this were able to measure hydrogen concentration efficiently and precisely.

JAEA Reports

Hydrogen concentration measurement in fuel cladding by backscattered electron image analysis

Onozawa, Atsushi; Harada, Akio; Honda, Junichi; Yasuda, Ryo; Nakata, Masahito; Kanazawa, Hiroyuki; Nishino, Yasuharu

JAEA-Technology 2006-010, 19 Pages, 2006/03


A measurement technique for hydrogen concentration using Backscattered Electron Image analysis (BEI method) had been developed by Studsvik Nuclear AB, Sweden. The hydrides in claddings are identified using BEIs which are imaged with Scanning Electron Microscope, and the hydrogen concentrations are calculated from the area fractions of the hydrides in the matrix. The BEI method is very useful for the measurement in local hydrogen concentrations of fuel claddings. In the Reactor Fuel Examination Facility, a sample preparation, imaging conditions of SEM and image analysis procedures for the BEI method were improved. In addition, the hydrogen concentrations obtained by the improved BEI method and Hot Vacuum Extraction (HVE) method were compared to confirm the reliability of the improved BEI method. The results showed, the improved BEI method has the same reliability as that of HVE method and can be applied for the Post-Irradiation Examination.

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