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Environmental research on uranium at the Ningyo-Toge Environmental Engineering Center, JAEA

Sato, Kazuhiko; Yagi, Naoto; Nakagiri, Toshio

Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-27) (Internet), 6 Pages, 2019/05

no abstracts in English

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Safety measures in the melting facilities of The Advanced Volume Reduction Facilities; Document collection of discussion meetings related to melting facilities

Iketani, Shotaro; Yokobori, Tomohiko; Ishikawa, Joji; Yasuhara, Toshiyuki*; Kozawa, Toshiyuki*; Takaizumi, Hirohide*; Monma, Takeshi*; Kurosawa, Shingo*; Iseda, Hirokatsu; Kishimoto, Katsumi; et al.

JAEA-Review 2018-016, 46 Pages, 2018/12


Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) adopts melting process for the waste processing and packaging method of radioactive miscellaneous solid waste in NSRI because melting process is effective in radioactivity evaluation, volume reduction, and stabilization treatment. Metal melting processing facilities, Incinerator, and Nonmetal melting processing facilities (hereinafter referred to as melting process facilities) have taken lots of safety measures, including measures for preventing the recurrence of the fire accidents. To exchange opinions and discuss the validity of these measures and so on with internal personnel and external experts, "Discussions on Melting Process Facilities" was held. As a document collection, this paper summarizes presentation materials of discussion meetings. Presentation materials describe "Outline of AVRF", "Safety measures in the melting facilities in WVRF", "Operation management of the melting facilities in WVRF", "Comparison of the past accident cases between facilities in and outside Japan and WVRF", and "Introduction of past accident cases and safety measures in other facilities from each committee".

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Development of cement based encapsulation for low radioactive liquid waste in Tokai Reprocessing Plant

Matsushima, Ryotatsu; Sato, Fuminori; Saito, Yasuo; Atarashi, Daiki*

Proceedings of 3rd International Symposium on Cement-based Materials for Nuclear Wastes (NUWCEM 2018) (USB Flash Drive), 4 Pages, 2018/10

At TRP, LWTF was constructed as a facility for processing low radioactive liquid waste and solid waste generated at TRP, and a cold test is been carrying out. In this facility, initially, nitrate waste liquid after separation of nuclides generated with treatment of low radioactive liquid waste was to be solidified by using borate. However, at present, it is necessary to decompose the nitrate in the liquid waste to reduce the environmental burden. For the reason, as a plan to replace the nitrate with the carbonate and to make it as a cement based encapsulation, we are studying for the introduction of the facility. Currently, as a cement solidification technology development for this liquid waste, we are studying the application of cement material based on blast furnace slag (BFS) as a main component. In this report, we show the results of the test conducted on the actual scale (200 L drum can scale).

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Vitrification technology for radioactive wastes

Amamoto, Ippei

Journal of the Society of Inorganic Materials, Japan, 24(391), p.393 - 401, 2017/11

Glass is a non-crystalline solid, as such, it is relatively easy to change its composition to control its characteristics. The borosilicate glass, which is produced by the addition of boron oxide into sodium-lime glass, possesses excellent heat-resistant properties and mechanical strength. It has a wide variety of uses. The borosilicate glass is applied as the vitrified medium for radioactive wastes to immobilize and stabilize them for long term. The glass form which is loaded with high-level radioactive waste is called the vitrified waste. This paper classified the radioactive waste and describes treatment and production methods of vitrified waste, its characteristics, disposal method and also introduces alternative vitrified medium.

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Recent activities in the field of nuclear waste management

Kitamura, Akira; Kirishima, Akira*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 52(3), p.448 - 450, 2015/03

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:10.74(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology covers a variety of subjects in the field of nuclear waste management, which includes radioactive waste treatment, radioactive waste disposal and environment, decommissioning and dismantling. This summary introduces activities presented in recent years.

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Analytical surveillance on production methods of homogeneous and uniform solid materials from spent ion exchange residuum after ion coupled plasma volume-reduction process

Otani, Hiroshi; Mizui, Hiroyuki; Higashiura, Norikazu; Bando, Fumio*; Endo, Nobuyuki*; Yamagishi, Ryuichiro*; Kume, Kyo*

Heisei-25-Nendo Koeki Zaidan Hojin Wakasawan Enerugi Kenkyu Senta kenkyu Nempo, 16, P. 66, 2014/10

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Survey of the geological characteristics on the Japanese Islands for disposal of RI and research institute waste

Hagiwara, Shigeru*; Sakamoto, Yoshiaki; Takebe, Shinichi; Ogawa, Hiromichi; Nakayama, Shinichi

JAERI-Review 2002-038, 107 Pages, 2002/12


For the disposal of radioactive waste arising from radioactive utilization facilities and nuclear facilities, it is necessary to establish the disposal system in proportion to half-lives of radionuclides and radioactivity concentration in the waste. It is important to grasp the features of the earth scientific phenomena and geological structure of our country for the disposal system of radioactive waste. Then, for the porpose of the survey of the geological characteristics around the Japanese Islands whole neiborhood, the earth scientific phenomena at present, geological structure and geotectonic history were summarized on the basis of the existing literatures.

JAEA Reports

Proceedings of the 5th NUCEF Seminar; February 27, 2001, JAERI, Tokai, Japan

5th NUCEF Seminar Working Group

JAERI-Conf 2001-015, 92 Pages, 2001/12


no abstracts in English

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Manufacture history results of an investigation of the bitumen solidification object towards the check of an abandonment object

; ; *

JNC-TN8440 2001-024, 210 Pages, 2001/08


In order to make this book reflect in the investigation which turned the bitumen solidification object to maintenance of the abandonment object technical standard on condition of carrying out subterranean disposal in the future - solidification - it created for the purpose of utilizing as precious sources of information, such as a nuclide inventory in the living body, group-izing of the past campaign required for typical solidification object selection, and information offer at the time of disposal examination. A development operation history collected so that histories including the shift action in an institution of the formation of discharge reduction of the characteristic of solidification object manufacture outlines, such as composition of the process of an institution and a solidification object and a storage actual result, the contents of an examination of the past campaign, and the solidification object manufactured based on topics or radioactive iodine and radioactive carbon etc., such as the past contents of an examination / operation, may grasp comprehensively in creation, and it carried out as the composition stared the trend of future disposal fixedly. It was a period (for 16 years) until an bituminization demonstration facility processing institution will start a cold examination from April (Showa 57), 1982, and it starts a hot examination from May 4, it starts solidification processing technical development operation from october 6 and it results in the fire explosion accident on March 11 (Heisei 9), 1997, and low level radioactivity concentration waste fluid was processed 7,438 m$$^{3}$$, and 29,967 bitumen solidification objects were manufactured. According to the accident, it is necessary to hand it down to future generations with processing technology while the bitumen solidification object manufactured in 15 years although the bituminization demonstration facility processing institution came to close the mission holds information precious ...

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The calculation and estimation of wastes generated by decommissioning of nuclear facilities

; ; ; Takeda, Seiichiro

JNC-TN8420 2001-008, 134 Pages, 2001/07


This investigation was conducted as a part of planning the low-level radioactive waste management program (LLW management program). The aim of this investigation was contributed to compile the radioactive waste database of JNC's LLW management program. All nuclear facilities of the Tokai works and Ningyo-toge Environmental Engineering Center were investigated in this work. The wastes generated by the decomissioning of each nuclear facility were classified into radioactive waste and others (exempt waste and non-radioactive waste), and the amount of the wastes was estimated. The estimated amounts of radioactive wastes generated by decomissioning of the nuclear facilities are as follows. (1)Tokai works. The amount of waste generated by decommissioning of nuclear facilities of the Tokai works is about 1,079,100 ton. The amount of radioactive waste is about 15,400 ton. The amount of exempt waste and non-radioactive waste is about 1,063,700 ton. (2)Ningyo-toge Environmental Engineering Center. The amount of waste generated by decommissioning of nuclear facilities of Ningyo-toge Environmental Engineering Center is about 112,500 ton. The amount of radioactive waste is about 7,800 ton. The amount of exempt waste and non-radioactive waste is about 104,700 ton.

JAEA Reports

The 3rd technological meeting of Tokai reprocessing plant

Maki, Akira; ; Taguchi, Katsuya; ; Shimizu, Ryo; Shoji, Kenji;

JNC-TN8410 2001-012, 185 Pages, 2001/04


"The third technological meeting of Tokai Reprocessing plant (TRP)" was held in JNFL Rokkasyo site on March 14$$^{th}$$, 2001. The technical meetings have been held in the past two times. The first one was about the present status and future plan of the TRP and second one was about safety evaluation work on the TRP. At this time, the meeting focussed on the corrosion experrience, in-service inspection technology and future maintenance plan. The report contains the proceedings, transparancies and questionnaires of the meeting are contained.

JAEA Reports

Evaluation of operatinal condition in LWTF; Tests using technical scale equipment

; Murata, Eiichi*; Sawahata, Yoshikazu*; Saito, Akira*

JNC-TN8430 2001-002, 43 Pages, 2001/02


Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute (JNC) is designing the Low level radioactive Waste Treatment Facility (LWTF) in the Tokai Reprocessing Plant (TRP). The low level liquid waste generated the TRP is separated salt (NaNO$$_{3}$$, etc) and radionuclide in liquid treatment process of LWTF. The process can get higher volume reduction than previous bituminization. Based on the engineering tests equal to the liquid treatment process of LWTF, the validity of operational condition in LWTF is evaluated. As the results, it is confirmed that all operational condition in the processes which is Iodine immobilization, Pre-filter filtration, Pre-treatment, Coprecipitation and Ultrafiltration are available.

JAEA Reports

Long-term immersion tests of engineered materials in the Tono mine; Results for metals

; Taniguchi, Naoki;

JNC-TN7430 2000-002, 25 Pages, 2001/01


The burial tests of mild steel and pure titanium were performed in a gallery at Tono mine to assess the corrosion resistance of these materials under goundwater environment. Specimens were placed in the container and immersed into groundwater. After the immersion period, the apperance of the surface of these specimens were observed. The corrosion product of mild steel specimen was analysed by various methods. The average corrosion rate of mild steel for 10 years was assessed by the measurement of the weight loss of carbon steel specimen. The results of the test were summerised as follows : (1)The average corrosion rate of mild steel for 10 years was assessed to be 4.36 $$times$$10$$^{-3}$$mm/y by the weight loss of the specimen. (2)The corrosion product consists of outer porous substance and inner tight corrosion product film. The former contains ferric oxide such as goethite and the latter contains ferrous oxide such as magnetite. (3)The evidence of the initiation of localised corrosion was not observed on the titanium specimens.

JAEA Reports

Development of analytical method for plutonium in high active liquid waste solution by high performance spectrophotometry

Jitsukata, Shu*; *; ; ; Kurosawa, A.

JNC-TN8410 2001-002, 66 Pages, 2000/12


It was required from IAEA to determine a small amount of plutonium in the high active liquid waste solutions (HALW) in the tokai reprocessing plant. High performance spectrophotometer (HPSP), which could be obtained lower detection limit than conventional spectrophotometer, is studied to be applied to the inspection and verification analysis by the IAEA. [Cold Test] Neodymium, showing an absorption peak near the absorption wavelength of plutonium (VI), was used as an alternative element to plutonium, in order to review the calculation method of the peak intensity. As a result, the three-point correction method was found to be simple and effective. [Hot Test] Plutonium nitrate solution was used the fundamental test of this method. Since the method is known to be influenced by acidity, suspended sludge and coexistent elements in a sample, each dependency was examined. It was found that measurement results varied about 14% at a nitric acid concentration of 2-4 mol/L. Sludge should be removed by filtration before the measurement. The effect of coexisting elements could be eliminated adjusting the optical balance between reference and sample beam intensity. In the case of measuring a low concentration plutonium solution sample, a ratio of the peak intensity to the background intensity (S/B ratio) is relatively small. Therefore a method should be improved the S/B ratio by analyzing the obtained spectra. Accumulated average method, moving average method and Fourier transform method was tested. The results showed that a combination of the accumulated average method and the moving average method was the optimum method for the purpose. Linearity of the calibration curve was found between 0-11 mgPu/L. Synthetic sample solution, which simulated the actual constituents of the HALW with plutonium showed a good linear relation at 0-11 mgPu/L. The detection limit for plutonium concentration was 0.07 mgPu/L. When the synthetic HALW solution containing plutonium was measured, the de

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Long-term immersion tests of engineered materials in the Tono mine; Results for glass material

; ; *; Hirose, Ikuro

JNC-TN7430 2000-001, 47 Pages, 2000/12


Long-term immersion tests of glass material at ambient temperature (about 18 $$^{circ}$$C) for 10 years were performed in a gallery at the Tono mine in Japan, in order to assess durability of glass matelial contacted with natural groundwater. The gallery was constructed at a depth of 130 m below ground surface in the Toki Granite. Monolithic glass blocks with dimensions of 10 $$times$$ 10 $$times$$ 10 mm (cubic type) and of 25 mm in diameter and 8 mm in thickness (disk type: The wall of sample was covered by stainless steel of 1 mm thick.) were used for the tests. Both type of samples with and without clay were put in Teflon vessels, which have small holes on the wall, and inserted into boreholes excavated at the gallery floor. In addition to the immersion tests, static leaching test with cubic type glass and ground water was also performed at the gallery. The samples of each test were collected in time intervals of 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years and 10 years and were subjected to weight loss measurement and several surface analyses. The results were as follows: (1)Weight losses of each sample were proportional to time intervals. This result is attributable to constant dissolved silica concentration in the ground water during tests. (2)The weight losses of disk type glass were slightly larger than those of cubic type glass. This result is attributable to elemental release from internal cracks of disk type glass, instead of effect of stainless steel on the glass dissolution. (3)The weight losses for the tests with clay were slightly smaller than those for tests without clay. This result is attributable to higher concentration of dissolved silica in pore water of clay.

JAEA Reports



JNC-TN1440 2000-010, 145 Pages, 2000/11


no abstracts in English

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JNC-TJ6420 2000-005, 109 Pages, 2000/07


no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Proceedings of the 4th NUCEF Seminar; 18 Feb. 2000, JAERI Tokai, Japan

4th NUCEF Seminar Working Group

JAERI-Conf 2000-012, 52 Pages, 2000/07


no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Reliability evaluation of simulation models for nearfield groundwater flow and radionuclide transport computation

*; *; *; *

JNC-TJ8400 2000-005, 71 Pages, 2000/05


In this research, simulations with some parameters which characterize ground water flow and the reliability evaluation for the expansion of the calculation method of groundwater flow were carried out by using the radionuclide transport computations in nearfield heterogeneous porous media. Concretely contents are follows: (1)With the series of calculation method for three-dimensional saturated/unsaturated groundwater flow and one-dimensional radionuclide transport, the computational analyses with the parameters used in JNC report in 2000 was carried out and the influence of the different input flux was evaluated. (2)The examination of the application for the different ways of inverse laplace transformation which is used in one-dimensional radionuclide transport analysis code "MATRICS" was carried out. (3)The examination of the application of multi-element "MATRICS" (m-MATRICS) for radionuclide transport computations in nearfield heterogeneous porous media was carried out. (4)The series of calculation methods from three-dimensional saturated/unsaturated ground water flow simulation code to one-dimensional radionuclide transport simulation code was integrated.

JAEA Reports

Experimental studies of biodegradation of asphalt by microorganisms

Mine, Tatsuya*; Mihara, Morihiro; ; *; *

JNC-TN8430 2000-003, 33 Pages, 2000/04


On the geological disposal system of the radioactive wastes, the activities of the microorganisms that could degrade the asphalt might be significant for the assessment of the system performance. As the main effects of the biodegradation of the asphalt, the fluctuation of leaching behavior of the nuclides included in asphalt waste has been indicated. In this study, the asphalt biodegradation test was carried out. The microorganism of which asphalt degradation ability was comparatively higher under aerobic condition and anaerobic condition was used. The asphalt biodegradation rate was calculated and it was evaluated whether the asphalt biodegradation in this system could occur. The results show that the asphalt biodegradation rate under anaerobic and high alkali condition will be 300 times lower than under aerobic and neutral pH.

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