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JAEA Reports

Development of prototype for TEF-T integral control system of J-PARC

Sakai, Kenji; Obayashi, Hironari; Saito, Shigeru; Sasa, Toshinobu; Sugawara, Takanori; Watanabe, Akihiko*

JAEA-Technology 2019-009, 18 Pages, 2019/07

JAEA-Technology-2019-009.pdf:2.34MB

Construction of Transmutation Experimental Facility (TEF) is under planning in the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC) program to promote R&D on the transmutation technology with using accelerator driven systems (ADS). ADS Target Test Facility (TEF-T) in TEF will develop spallation target technology and study on target materials with irradiating high intensity proton beams on a lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) target. For safe and efficient beam operation, a general control system (GCS) will be constructed in TEF-T. GCS comprises several subsystems, such as a network system (LAN), an integral control system (ICS), an interlock system (ILS), and a timing distribution system (TDS) according to their roles. Especially, the ICS plays the important role that executes integral operations in the entire facility, acquires, stores and distributes operation data. We planned to develop a prototype of the ICS, to evaluate its concrete performances such as data transmission speeds, data storage capability, control functions, long-term stability of the system, and to utilize them for design of the actual ICS. This report mentions to product the prototype of ICS and to apply it to remote operations of instruments for developing LBE target technology.

JAEA Reports

Report of summer holiday practical training 2018; Feasibility study on nuclear battery using HTTR core; feasibility study for nuclear design

Ishitsuka, Etsuo; Matsunaka, Ichiro*; Ishida, Hiroki*; Ho, H. Q.; Ishii, Toshiaki; Hamamoto, Shimpei; Takamatsu, Kuniyoshi; Kenzhina, I.*; Chikhray, Y.*; Kondo, Atsushi*; et al.

JAEA-Technology 2019-008, 12 Pages, 2019/07

JAEA-Technology-2019-008.pdf:2.37MB

As a summer holiday practical training 2018, the feasibility study for nuclear design of a nuclear battery using HTTR core was carried out. As a result, it is become clear that the continuous operations for about 30 years at 2 MW, about 25 years at 3 MW, about 18 years at 4 MW, about 15 years at 5 MW are possible. As an image of thermal design, the image of the nuclear battery consisting a cooling system with natural convection and a power generation system with no moving equipment is proposed. Further feasibility study to confirm the feasibility of nuclear battery will be carried out in training of next fiscal year.

JAEA Reports

Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project; Investigation program for the 2019 fiscal year

Aoyagi, Kazuhei

JAEA-Review 2019-008, 20 Pages, 2019/07

JAEA-Review-2019-008.pdf:3.33MB

As part of the research and development program on the geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW), the Horonobe Underground Research Center, a division of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), is implementing the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project (Horonobe URL Project) with the aim at investigating sedimentary rock formations. According to the research plan described in the 3rd Mid- and Long- term Plan of JAEA, "Near-field performance study", "Demonstration of repository design option", and "Verification of crustal-movement buffering capacity of sedimentary rocks" are the top priority issues of the Horonobe URL Project, and schedule of future research and backfill plans of the project will be decided by the end of 2019 Fiscal Year. The Horonobe URL Project is planned to extend over a period of about 20 years. The investigations will be conducted in three phases, namely "Phase 1: Surface-based investigations", "Phase 2: Construction phase" (investigations during construction of the underground facilities) and "Phase 3: Operation phase" (research in the underground facilities). This report summarizes the investigation program for the 2019 fiscal year (2019/2020). In the 2019 fiscal year, investigations in "geoscientific research", including "development of techniques for investigating the geological environment", "development of engineering techniques for use in the deep underground environment" and "studies on the long-term stability of the geological environment", are continuously carried out. Investigations in "research and development on geological disposal technology", including "improving the reliability of disposal technologies" and "enhancement of safety assessment methodologies", are also continuously carried out.

JAEA Reports

Operation, test, research and development of the High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR); FY2017

Department of HTTR

JAEA-Review 2019-006, 97 Pages, 2019/07

JAEA-Review-2019-006.pdf:10.18MB

The High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR) was constructed to establish and upgrade basic technologies for HTGRs. In the fiscal year 2017 we continued activities for re-operation of the HTTR and have been inspected the application document for the HTTR licensing to prove conformity with the new regulatory requirements for research reactors taken effect since December 2013 had been applied. This report summarizes activities and results of HTTR operation, maintenance, international cooperation and so on which were carried out in the fiscal year 2017.

JAEA Reports

Construction of thin-client system with hosted desktop infrastructure

Yashiro, Shigeo; Shoji, Makoto; Ueno, Tokio; Ueno, Asuka

JAEA-Testing 2019-001, 28 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Testing-2019-001.pdf:3.51MB

Center for Computational Science & e-Systems of Japan Atomic Energy Agency, provides an environment for using PCs with thin client systems to our organization's officers, operation management organization, common business organization, base management department, and offices for each research and development department. Supports the efficient and smooth implementation of our decision-making, core operations and related tasks. This report is the characteristics and construction policy (basic requirements) of the thin client system and hardware newly obtained in the subsequent operation, which were arranged and examined on the introduction of the existing thin client system updated in October 2017. It is a summary of the results, findings, etc. of the occupied thin client system.

JAEA Reports

Constraction of the sodium test loop in advanced technology experiment sodium facility (AtheNa)

Imamura, Hiroaki; Suzuki, Masashi*; Shimoyama, Kazuhito; Miyakoshi, Hiroyuki

JAEA-Technology 2019-005, 163 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Technology-2019-005.pdf:25.24MB

For the R&D of safety enhance in future fast reactor development, the constracted the large sodium test loop (mother loop) in advanced technology experiment sodium facility (AtheNa) was completed. The sodium test loop possesses the largest capacity of about 240 tons of the world's largest sodium and can supply impurity-controlled high temperature sodium to large structural and technology demonstration test sections. It is greatly expected as R&D such as future international cooperation. For the purpose of future R&D tests, this report compiled the design specifications, fabrication and performance confirmation results of sodium test loop.

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Study on the evaluation method to determine the radioactivity concentration in radioactive waste generated from the dismantling of research reactors

Murakami, Masashi; Hoshino, Yuzuru; Nakatani, Takayoshi; Sugaya, Toshikatsu; Fukumura, Nobuo*; Sanda, Toshio*; Sakai, Akihiro

JAEA-Technology 2019-003, 50 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Technology-2019-003.pdf:4.42MB

Toward the establishment of a common approach to determine the radioactivity concentrations in dismantling wastes arising from research reactors, radionuclide concentrations in the reactor structure materials of aluminum, carbon steel, shield concrete, and graphite of TRIGA Mark II reactor at Rikkyo University, Japan, were evaluated with both radiochemical analysis and theoretical calculation. The measured nuclides by the radiochemical analysis were $$^{3}$$H, $$^{60}$$Co, and $$^{63}$$Ni in aluminum, $$^{3}$$H, $$^{60}$$Co, $$^{63}$$Ni, and $$^{152}$$Eu in carbon steel, $$^{3}$$H, $$^{60}$$Co, and $$^{152}$$Eu in shield concrete, and $$^{3}$$H, $$^{14}$$C, $$^{60}$$Co, $$^{63}$$Ni, and $$^{152}$$Eu in graphite. Neutron-flux distributions and neutron-induced activities were computed with DORT and ORIGEN-ARP codes, respectively. Using the results of material composition analysis, radioactivity concentrations were conservatively predicted with good accuracy except for graphite material.

JAEA Reports

Report of the erosion-corrosion of metallic materials under solid-liquid two phase flow

Otani, Kyohei; Sato, Tomonori; Kaji, Yoshiyuki; Yamamoto, Masahiro

JAEA-Review 2019-007, 15 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Review-2019-007.pdf:2.35MB

Metallic pipes under solid-liquid two phase flow is damaged by collision of solid particle to the pipe walls, and this phenomenon is named "erosion". In the case of the liquid is corrosive solution, further damage is occurred on the pipe walls chemically, and this named "erosion-corrosion". In the Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning project, the fuel debris will be crushed during removal operation of the debris and micro debris particles would be generated. It is estimated that the pipes of the circulating cooling system would be damaged under the solid-liquid two phase flow containing fuel debris particles. For the reason, the previous study about erosion and erosion-corrosion of metallic materials under solid-liquid two phase flow was surveyed. The survey showed that the damage rate by erosion and erosion-corrosion is influence by a lot of parameter in comparison to the corrosion rate which occurred in no-flow solution. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to selecting the experimental method and condition before the investigation about erosion-corrosion of metallic materials under solid-liquid two phase flow is carried out.

JAEA Reports

Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project; Annual report for fiscal year 2017

Takeuchi, Ryuji; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Matsui, Hiroya; Nohara, Tsuyoshi; Onoe, Hironori; Ikeda, Koki; Mikake, Shinichiro; Hama, Katsuhiro; Iyatomi, Yosuke; Sasao, Eiji

JAEA-Review 2019-005, 76 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Review-2019-005.pdf:24.91MB

The Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU) project is being pursued by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to enhance the reliability of geological disposal technologies through investigations of the deep geological environment in the crystalline rock (granite) at Mizunami City, Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. On the occasion of the research program and management system revision of the entire JAEA organization in 2014, JAEA identified three remaining important issues on the geoscientific research program based on the latest results of the synthesizing research and development: "Development of countermeasure technologies for reducing groundwater inflow", "Development of modeling technologies for mass transport" and "Development of drift backfilling technologies". The research and development on three remaining important issues have been carrying out on the MIU project. In this report, the current status of the research and development activities and construction in fiscal year 2017 is summarized.

JAEA Reports

Assessment report on research and development activities in FY 2018; Activity "Research and development in science and technology using neutron and synchrotron radiation" (Interim report)

Materials Sciences Research Center

JAEA-Evaluation 2019-005, 121 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Evaluation-2019-005.pdf:12.19MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) consulted an assessment committee, "Evaluation Committee of Research Activities for Research and Development in Science and Technology using Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation" (Committee) for interim assessment of "Research and Development in Science and Technology using Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation", in accordance with "General Guideline for the Evaluation of Government Research and Development (R&D) Activities" by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, "Guideline for Evaluation of R&D in Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology" and "Regulation on Conduct for Evaluation of R&D Activities" by JAEA. In response to the JAEA's request, the Committee assessed the research program and activities on Research and Development in Science and Technology using Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation in Materials Sciences Research Center (MSRC) and Neutron Science Section (NSS) in Materials and Life Science Division (MLSD) of J-PARC Center during the period from April 2015 to December 2018. The Committee evaluated the management, research and development activities based on the explanatory documents prepared by MSRC and NSS and oral presentations with questions-and-answers by the Director General and the Division Heads of the MSRC and the Section Leader of the NSS. This report summarizes the results of the assessment by the Committee with the Committee report attached.

JAEA Reports

Assessment report on research and development activities; Activity "Research and development on fast reactor cycle technologies" (Interim report)

Sector of Fast Reactor and Advanced Reactor Research and Development

JAEA-Evaluation 2019-004, 47 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Evaluation-2019-004.pdf:2.32MB
JAEA-Evaluation-2019-004-appendix(CD-ROM).zip:14.87MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (hereafter referred to as "JAEA") consulted with the "Evaluation Committee of Research and Development Activities for Fast Reactor Cycle" (hereinafter referred to as "Committee"), which consists of specialists in the fields of the evaluation subjects of fast reactor cycle technologies, for interim assessment of R&D activities of fast reactor cycle in the 3rd Mid- and Long-Term Plan (from April 2015 to March 2022) in accordance with "General Guideline for the Evaluation of Government Research and Development (R&D) Activities" by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, "Guideline for Evaluation of R&D in Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology" and Regulation on Conduct for Evaluation of R&D Activities" by JAEA. In response to the JAEA's request, the Committee assessed the R&D program of fast reactor cycle technologies during the period of four years from April 2015 to March 2018. The Committee evaluated the management and R&D activities based on the explanatory documents and oral presentations by JAEA. The results of the evaluation were compiled in assessment report that was organized including the reasons for evaluation and the opinions and recommendations. This report is issued for the purpose of actively disseminate evaluation information to the people of Japan (based on General Guideline), which lists the members of the Committee and outlines the assessment items and the review process for procedure of the assessment. The assessment report which was issued by the Committee is attached.

JAEA Reports

Assessment report on research and development activities in FY 2018; Activity "Research and development on J-PARC" (Interim report)

J-PARC Center

JAEA-Evaluation 2019-003, 52 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Evaluation-2019-003.pdf:6.61MB

Evaluation Committee of Research Activities for J-PARC for interim assessment of Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex evaluated the management and research activities of J-PARC center on the explanatory documents and oral presentations during the period from April 2015 to December 2018. This report summarizes the results of the assessment by the Committee with the Committee report attached.

JAEA Reports

Assessment report of research and development activities in FY2018; Activity "Nuclear science and engineering research" (Interim evaluation)

Nuclear Science and Engineering Center; Center for Computational Science & e-Systems

JAEA-Evaluation 2019-002, 44 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Evaluation-2019-002.pdf:2.69MB
JAEA-Evaluation-2019-002-appendix(CD-ROM).zip:12.94MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (hereinafter referred to as "JAEA") consults an assessment committee, "Evaluation Committee of Research Activities for Nuclear Science and Engineering" (hereinafter referred to as "Committee") for interim evaluation of "Nuclear Science and Engineering", in accordance with "General Guideline for the Evaluation of Government Research and Development (R&D) Activities" by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, "Guideline for Evaluation of R&D in Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology" and "Regulation on Conduct for Evaluation of R&D Activities" by the JAEA. In response to the JAEA's request, the Committee assessed the research program of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Center (hereinafter referred to as "NSEC")and Center for Computational Science and e-Systems (hereinafter referred to as "CCSE"). The Committee evaluated the management and research activities of the NSEC and the CCSE based on explanatory documents prepared by the NSEC and the CCSE, and oral presentations with questions-and-answers.

JAEA Reports

Assessment report on research and development activities for nuclear safety research in FY 2018 (Interim assessment)

Nuclear Safety Research Center

JAEA-Evaluation 2019-001, 138 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Evaluation-2019-001.pdf:9.54MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) consulted an assessment committee, Evaluation Committee of Research and Development (R&D) Activities for Nuclear Safety Research, for interim assessment of Nuclear Safety Research, in accordance with General Guideline for Evaluation of Government R&D Activities by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, Guideline for Evaluation of R&D in Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Regulation on Conduct for Evaluation of R&D Activities by JAEA. In response to the JAEA's request, the Committee assessed the progress of the R&D project according to guideline, which addressed the rationale behind the R&D project, the relevance of the project outcome and the efficiency of the project implementation during the period of the current plan. As a result, the Committee concluded that the progress of the R&D project is satisfactory. This report summarizes the result of the assessment by the Committee. In addition, the appendix of the report contains the responses from JAEA on the comments and suggestions by the Committee and the presentation materials submitted to the Committee.

JAEA Reports

Technical design of the pressure-resistant chamber for open inspections of the storage containers of nuclear fuel materials

Marufuji, Takato; Sato, Takumi; Ito, Hideaki; Suzuki, Hisashi; Fujishima, Tadatsune; Nakano, Tomoyuki

JAEA-Technology 2019-006, 22 Pages, 2019/05

JAEA-Technology-2019-006.pdf:2.84MB

Radioactive contamination incident occurred at Plutonium Fuel Research Facility (PFRF) in Oarai Research and Development Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency on June 6, 2017. During inspection work of storage container containing nuclear fuel materials, the PVC bag packaging in the storage container ruptured when a worker opened the lid in the hood, and a part of contents was spattered over the room. The cause of the increase of internal pressure of the storage container was gas generation by alpha radiolysis of the epoxy resin mixed with nuclear fuel materials. Opening inspection of about 70 similar containers stored in PFRF has been planned to confirm the condition of the contents and to stabilize the stored materials containing organic compounds. For safe and reliable open inspection of the storage containers with high internal pressure in the glove box, it is necessary to develop a pressure-resistant chamber in which the storage containers are opened and the contents are inspected under gastight condition. This report summarizes the concerns and countermeasures of the chamber design and the design results of the chamber.

JAEA Reports

Technical report on the development of finance and contract information system Ver.4

Kimura, Hideo; Hikasa, Naoki*; Kugenuma, Yuji*; Doi, Toshiharu*; Kikuchi, Yoshitaka*

JAEA-Technology 2019-004, 25 Pages, 2019/05

JAEA-Technology-2019-004.pdf:3.02MB

JAEA has developed the "Financial and contract information system" for effective and efficient accomplishment of the mission-critical tasks. Because the development of the next system was necessary with the end in the support time limit of the current system, we carried out the development of the next system in 2018. While the addition of the electronic approval function or the adoption of the latest package software largely performed a functional enhancement until now by applying distributed systems construction technique based on the separation procurement that we devised progressively, in development, we extremely realized procurement with the low cost.

JAEA Reports

Training programs of emergency response robots operation for operators in each site of JAEA beginner class / intermediate class

Chiba, Yusuke; Nishiyama, Yutaka; Tsubaki, Hirohiko; Iwai, Masaki

JAEA-Technology 2019-002, 29 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Technology-2019-002.pdf:2.43MB

Act on Special Measures Concerning Nuclear Emergency Preparedness was amended on the 30th of October in 2017. As the JAEA Emergency Assistance Organization, Maintenance and Operation Section for Remote Control Equipment in Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development started training for emergency response robots operation for operators in each site of JAEA in response to the new amendment. The training consists of three operations: small crawler-type mobile scouting robots, big crawler-type mobile robots with a manipulator or a long tong and small radio-controlled helicopters. The training has three classes (beginner, intermediate and advanced classes) depending on skills and experiences. This paper reports the training programs of emergency response robots operation of the beginner and intermediate classes which were used in the first half of fiscal 2018.

JAEA Reports

Separation of radiocaesium-bearing micro particle from environmental samples; Application to litter samples

Tagomori, Hisaya; Dohi, Terumi; Ishii, Yasuo; Kanaizuka, Seiichi*; Fujiwara, Kenso; Iijima, Kazuki

JAEA-Technology 2019-001, 37 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Technology-2019-001.pdf:26.85MB

An efficient methodology for separating the radiocaesium-bearing micro particles (CsMPs) released by the TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station accident is required to investigate their spatial distribution and physicochemical properties. In this report we developed an efficiency separation method for CsMP from litters since the radiocaesium in litter may affect the radiocaesium cycling in forest ecosystem. One CsMP separation from litter containing lots of soil particles was attained within three days using electron microscopic analysis with digestion treatment of organic matter. This methodology is expected as CsMPs efficient separation method for not only forest floor litter but also barks and leaves of living tree, and other organic materials in the forested environment.

JAEA Reports

Study on the basic system of the common non-destructive radioactivity measuring equipment for disposal of radioactive wastes generated from research, industrial and medical facilities

Izumo, Sari; Hayashi, Hirokazu; Nakata, Hisakazu; Amazawa, Hiroya; Motoyama, Mitsushi*; Sakai, Akihiro

JAEA-Technology 2018-018, 39 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Technology-2018-018.pdf:2.8MB

JAEA has planed the near surface disposal of LLW generated from research, industrial, and medical facilities. Maximum radioactivity concentration of each waste and total radioactivity of disposed wastes are needed to be less than the permitted values in the license of disposal facility. Thus, it is important not to evaluate the radioactivity of each waste in unduly conservative ways so as to dispose of the total amount of the waste that is originally planned. Accordingly, the detection limit is required to be as low as the clearance level for the very low level radioactive waste planned to be disposed of trench-type. In this report, the feasibility of the non-destructive assay method is studied by model calculations for gamma emitters. It is confirmed that the detection limit less than the clearance level can be achieved as regards the box type metal container that is difficult to measure. This report summarizes the requirements for the non-destructive measuring equipment.

JAEA Reports

Planning for in-situ backfilling test to the gallery in the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory

Toguri, Satohito*; Yahagi, Ryoji*; Okihara, Mistunobu*; Takeuchi, Nobumitsu*; Kurosaki, Hiromi*; Matsui, Hiroya

JAEA-Technology 2018-017, 161 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Technology-2018-017.pdf:28.26MB

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency has been conducting research on three critical issues for development of: engineering techniques for underground construction, modelling techniques of mass transfer and tunnel backfilling methods at the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory on the basis of Medium to Long-Term Plan of Japan Atomic Energy Agency. This report describes the overall plan of in-situ test to backfill a part of Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory, which is planned for "development of tunnel backfilling method".

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