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MELCOR validation study on sodium pool fire model with comparison to SPHINCS

Louie, D. L. Y.*; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, p.316 - 329, 2022/06

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A Preliminary validation study for removal performance of iodine gas in sodium pool with a simplified approach

Kam, D. H.*; Grabaskas, D.*; Starkus, T.*; Bucknor, M.*; Uchibori, Akihiro

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 126(1), p.536 - 539, 2022/06

Removal of gaseous radionuclides from the bubbles released into the sodium pool is an important consideration of fuel pin failure accident in sodium-cooled fast reactors. To support modeling of this phenomenon as a part of development of the SRT (Simplified Radionuclide Transport) code in Argonne National Laboratory, numerical analysis of experiment on Iodine gas transport to sodium pool was performed. A proposed evaluation method can be regarded to be reasonably predicting the measured decontamination factors.

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Verification of the multi-group generation capability of FRENDY nuclear data processing code for recent nuclear data through comparison of one-group reaction rates

Yamamoto, Akio*; Tada, Kenichi; Chiba, Go*; Endo, Tomohiro*

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 124(1), p.544 - 547, 2021/06

Verification calculations for the capability of multi-group cross section generation in FRENDY (FRENDY/MG) are carried out through the comparison of one-group reaction rates using the multi-group cross sections obtained by FRENDY/MG and NJOY2016. Three different neutron spectra (LWR, FR, and 1/E) are used to calculate one-group reaction rates. The discrepancies of one-group reaction rates are small for most cases, showing the validity of FRENDY/MG. The FRENDY/MG will be released as the part of FRENDY nuclear data processing system in the near future.

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Multi-group cross section library generation by FRENDY for fast reactor neutronics calculations

Chiba, Go*; Yamamoto, Akio*; Tada, Kenichi; Endo, Tomohiro*

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 124(1), p.556 - 558, 2021/06

The FRENDY nuclear data processing code has been used to generate multi-group cross section libraries for the CBZ reactor physics code system. The newly generated libraries have been applied to neutronics calculations of a fast reactor core MET-1000, and several neutronics parameters are calculated. Calculations with other libraries generated by NJOY2016 have been also conducted, and differences in obtained neutronics parameters between the FRENDY-based library and the NJOY-based library have been quantified. Generally reasonable agreement between them has been obtained, so it has been demonstrated that the multi-group libraries for fast reactor neutronics calculations can be generated successfully by FRENDY. Detailed investigation on the impact of the difference in the processing codes on k-effective has been also carried out with a help of the perturbation theory, and the causes of the differences have been identified.

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Perturbation-theory-based sensitivity analysis of prompt neutron decay constant for water-only system

Endo, Tomohiro*; Noguchi, Akihiro*; Yamamoto, Akio*; Tada, Kenichi

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 124(1), p.184 - 187, 2021/06

This study confirmed that the sensitivity analysis of the alpha-eigenvalue can be carried even for non-neutron multiplication systems such as water-only systems. The preliminary results of nuclear data-induced uncertainties of alpha-eigenvalue were smaller than the differences between numerical and experimental results of alpha-eigenvalue. For further investigation, it is necessary to reconsider the experimental bias and the nuclear data-induced uncertainty in alpha-eigenvalue due to the thermal scattering law data of water.

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Study of sodium pool fire model improvement in MELCOR for SFR

Louie, D. L. Y.*; Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 124(1), p.824 - 827, 2021/06

The Sodium Chemistry (NAC) package in MELCOR has been developed to enhance application to sodium cooled fast reactors. Based on the recommendations in the previous study through the benchmark analyses of the F7-1 pool fire experiment, this study aims to improve the MELCOR models capturing the oxide layer effect, sodium pool spreading and pool-pan heat transfer, respectively. Each of these models enable a better characterization of the all the processes of relevance to sodium pool fires as observed during the F7-1 test. The MELCOR sodium pool fire enhancement has demonstrated the importance of the improved models.

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Development of FRENDY nuclear data processing code; Generation capability of multi-group cross sections from ACE file

Yamamoto, Akio*; Endo, Tomohiro*; Tada, Kenichi

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 122(1), p.714 - 717, 2020/06

A generation capability of multi-group cross sections from point-wise cross sections in ACE files is being developed as a function of the nuclear data processing code FRENDY. This presentation describes features of this function and comparison of the processing results between this function and GROUPR module in NJOY.

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Sodium fire models for in- and ex-vessel safety analysis code SPECTRA

Aoyagi, Mitsuhiro; Uchibori, Akihiro; Takata, Takashi; Ohshima, Hiroyuki

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 122(1), p.862 - 865, 2020/06

Development of a new simulation system SPECTRA has been started to enable a simulation of comprehensive in- and ex-vessel events during a severe accident in a sodium-cooled fast reactor. The simulation system SPECTRA consists of two basic modules of thermal-hydraulics; in-vessel basic module and ex-vessel one, and some sub-modules for specific phenomena or events. A sodium fire models are implemented as one sub-module of the ex-vessel module. The sodium fire models are adapted from existing sodium fire analysis codes AQUA-SF and SPHINCS. As the result of verification test, the results show good agreement with the one of original codes. The validation analysis for single droplet falling and combustion corresponds well with the experimental data reasonably.

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Primary knock-on atoms for accelerator facilities; Simulations and experimental design

Tsai, P.-E.; Iwamoto, Yosuke; Hagiwara, Masayuki*

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 121(1), p.13 - 16, 2019/11

The importance of PKA characteristics to radiation damage assessment for proton accelerators has been demonstrated in the paper by the PHITS simulations. In order to obtain accurate results of displacement cross section calculated by PHITS, it is therefore critical to have the physics models implemented in PHITS be properly validated by experimental data. With the new measurement system, which has been being developed here at JAEA, it is expected to provide experimental PKA data with low measurement thresholds and good mass resolutions. The test result we obtained at CYRIC, Tohoku University, for the $$Delta E$$-$$E$$ gas ionization chamber as a part of the new measurement system was very promising. We were able to successfully distinguish C, B, Be, Li, and He elements with threshold energies lower than 1 MeV/nucleon in the configuration of 70-MeV proton beam and 920-nm thick C target. More experiments and tests shall continue in the future with heavier targets and higher proton beam energies.

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Modeling and simulation of redistribution of oxygen-to-metal ratio in MOX

Hiroka, Shun; Kato, Masato; Watanabe, Masashi

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 118, p.1624 - 1626, 2018/06

This study suggested the time development of oxygen-to-metal ratio (O/M) redistribution model with oxygen-related properties in MOX. Irradiation simulation including the suggested O/M redistribution and pore migration with vaporization-condensation model which bares density redistribution was demonstrated. The simulation results showed that O/M redistribution proceeded at lower temperature than density redistribution, which indicated that oxygen diffusion got influential at lower temperature than vaporization-condensation of MOX. Another find was that O/M redistribution was very slow at the surface because temperature kept low. However, near the surface (inside from the surface) where the temperature exceeded 1000 K, O/M redistribution was rather recognizable with oxygen flown from inner region to the near-surface. The results will be evaluated by comparison with post-irradiation examination data.

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Effect of a raw material powder on sintered CeO$$_{2}$$ pellets by 28 GHz microwave irradiation

Akashi, Masatoshi; Matsumoto, Taku; Kato, Masato

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 118, p.1391 - 1394, 2018/06

In this study, CeO$$_{2}$$ pellet sintering by irradiating microwave at a frequency of 28 GHz was carried out to investigate the effect of particle diameter of raw powder on the density of sintered pellet. The highest bulk density is 94.2 %T.D. under the condition of 30 min holding at 1473 K. The bulk density decreases with increasing the particle diameter of used raw powder. On the other hand, all of the apparent density of sintered pellet is more than 93.5 %T.D.. The difference between the bulk density and the apparent density is caused by the difference of open porosity for each sample pellet. It seems that the high density sintered pellets with porous structure are obtained because sample pellet is heated internally and uniformly in microwave sintering.

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Towards enhancing Fukushima environmental resilience

Miyahara, Kaname

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 117(1), p.51 - 52, 2017/10

This presentation highlights JAEA's challenges for contributing to recovering the previous life of residents and the development of resilient communities in Fukushima Prefecture based on considering needs of local people on the environmental restoration categorized by the state of evacuation orders and the lifting of such orders.

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Validation study in SAS4A code in simulated mild TOP condition

Kawada, Kenichi; Suzuki, Toru

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 115(1), p.1597 - 1598, 2016/11

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The Research of MOX fuels in Japan

Kato, Masato

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 114, p.987 - 988, 2016/06

In Japan, uranium and plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) has been developed as fuels of sodium-cooled fast reactors. The developing MOX fuels come in variety of O/M ratio, Pu content, minor actinide (MA) content and density. We have studied a science based fuel technology to evaluate fuel behaviors in fabrication process and irradiation condition of such various fuels. The technologies which are constructed based on experimental database can apply to mechanistic evaluation of fuel behaviors. To develop the science based fuel technology, many different varieties of basic properties have been investigated, and experimental database was constructed. And a mechanistic physical property model has been studied. The models contribute to describe various behaviors in fuel fabrication process and irradiation condition.

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Oxygen potential measurement and point defect chemistry of UO$$_{2}$$

Watanabe, Masashi; Kato, Masato; Sunaoshi, Takeo*

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 114, p.1081 - 1082, 2016/06

Many studies on the oxygen potential of UO$$_{2}$$ have been carried out so far. However, the oxygen potential data for UO$$_{2}$$ near the stoichiometric composition in the high temperature region (1673-1873 K) are limited. In this work, the oxygen potential data of UO$$_{2+x}$$ were extended to high temperature range of 1673-1873 K by gas equilibrium method. The measured data were analyzed based on a defect chemistry model.

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Measurement of void fraction distribution in steam-water two-phase flow in a 4$$times$$4 bundle at 2 MPa

Liu, W.; Nagatake, Taku; Shibata, Mitsuhiko; Takase, Kazuyuki; Yoshida, Hiroyuki

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 114, p.875 - 878, 2016/06

To contribute to the clarification of the Fukushima Daiichi Accident, JAEA is working on getting instantaneous void fraction distribution data in steam water two - phase flow in rod bundle geometry under high pressure, high temperature condition, with using Wire Mesh Sensor (WMS) developed at JAEA for high pressure, high temperature condition, focusing on the low flow rate condition after the reactor scram. This paper reports the experimental results for the measured void fraction distribution in steam vapor two-phase flow in a 4 $$times$$ 4 bundle under 1.6 MPa (202 $$^{circ}$$C), 2.1 MPa (215 $$^{circ}$$C) and 2.6 MPa (226 $$^{circ}$$C) conditions. The data is expected to be used in the validation of the detailed two-phase flow codes TPFIT and ACE3D developed at JAEA. The time and space averaged void fraction data is also expected being used in the validation of the drift flux models implemented in the two fluids codes, such as TRACE code.

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Fuel restructuring behavior analysis of MA-bearing MOX fuels irradiated in a fast reactor

Ozawa, Takayuki; Ikusawa, Yoshihisa; Kato, Masato

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 113(1), p.622 - 624, 2015/10

A recycle system for minor actinides (MAs), in which MAs are recycled by reprocessing and irradiating them in a fast reactor, is studied to reduce the degree of hazard and the amount of high-level radioactive wastes. MAs would be used as mixed oxide (MOX) fuels with plutonium and uranium in fast reactors. Since MA content of MA-bearing MOX (MA-MOX) to be used in fast reactors is assumed to reach $$sim$$5 wt%HM, the effects on not only fuel properties but also fuel behaviors have to be estimated to use MA-MOX as fast reactor fuels. As the MOX fuels to be used will be irradiated at a comparably high linear power and the fuel center temperature would be assumed to be over 2,273 K during irradiation in the fast reactors, fuel restructuring would take place due to void migration towards the fuel center under the radial temperature gradient, and a central void would be formed. Since the fuel center temperature would be decreased by the effect of formation of the central void, the fuel restructuring is one of the most important behaviors for fast reactor fuels. In this study, the effect of MA content on fuel restructuring behavior was estimated from the results of irradiation experiments such as B11 and B14 performed in Joyo to study the irradiation behaviors of MA-MOX and the calculation results using a fuel restructuring model which can take into account MA-MOX dependence on vapor pressure.

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Physical property model for advanced oxide fuels

Kato, Masato; McClellan, K.*

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 113(1), p.613 - 614, 2015/10

A joint study on advanced oxide fuels is being carried out under the Civil Nuclear Energy Working Group (CNWG) bilateral collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The main goal of this study is to support development and validation of a science-based fuel analysis code for minor actinide (MA) bearing MOX fuel. In analysis and evaluation of fuel performance, it is essential to understand the physical properties of the advanced oxide fuels. Therefore, we are investigating physical properties of (U,Pu)O$$_{2}$$, (U,Ce,)O$$_{2}$$, PuO$$_{2}$$, CeO$$_{2}$$ and other related compounds to prepare a physical property database and to construct an integrated mechanistic physical property model. In this paper, we describe the derivation of a model to represent heat capacity and thermal conductivity of (U,Pu)O$$_{2-x}$$ that is based on the experimental database.

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Early-in-life fuel restructuring behavior of Am-bearing MOX fuels

Tanaka, Kosuke; Sasaki, Shinji; Katsuyama, Kozo; Koyama, Shinichi

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 113(1), p.619 - 621, 2015/10

In order to evaluate the microstructural change behavior of Am-MOX fuels at the initial stage of irradiation, detailed investigations using image analysis were performed on X-ray Computed Tomography (X-ray CT) images and on ceramographs from fuels irradiated in both B11 and B14.

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Sintering behavior of (U,Ce)O$$_{2}$$ and (U,Pu)O$$_{2}$$

Nakamichi, Shinya; Hiroka, Shun; Sunaoshi, Takeo*; Kato, Masato; Nelson, A.*; McClellan, K.*

Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 113(1), p.617 - 618, 2015/10

Cerium dioxide has been used as a surrogate material for plutonium dioxide. Dorr et al reported the use of hyper-stoichiometric conditions causes the start of shrinkage of (U,Ce)O$$_{2}$$ at low temperature compared with the sintering in reducing atmosphere. However, the precise stoichiometry of the samples investigated was not controlled or otherwise monitored, preventing any quantitative conclusions regarding the similarities or differences between (U,Ce)O$$_{2}$$ and (U,Pu)O$$_{2}$$. The motivation for the present work is therefore to compare the sintering behavior of MOX and the (U,Ce)O$$_{2}$$ MOX surrogates under controlled atmospheres to assess the role of oxygen defects on densification in both systems.

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