Sato, Yuki; Minemoto, Kojiro*; Nemoto, Makoto*; Torii, Tatsuo
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 976, p.164286_1 - 164286_6, 2020/10
Hoshasen Seibutsu Kenkyu, 55(2), p.162 - 172, 2020/06
no abstracts in English
Kumagai, Yuta; Jonsson, M.*
Dalton Transactions (Internet), 49(6), p.1907 - 1914, 2020/02
This study aims to reveal possible involvements of organic acids in the oxidative dissolution of UO. Using phthalic acid as a model compound, we have measured adsorption on UO and investigated effects on the reaction between HO and UO and on oxidative dissolution induced by -irradiation. Significant adsorption of phthalic acid was observed even at neutral pH. However, the reaction between HO and UO in phthalic acid solution induced oxidative dissolution of U(VI) similarly to aqueous bicarbonate solution. These results indicate that even though phthalic acid adsorbs on the UO surface, it is not involved in the interfacial reaction by HO. In contrast, the dissolution of U by irradiation was inhibited in aqueous phthalic acid solution, whereas HO generated by radiolysis was consumed by UO. The inhibition suggests that radical species derived from phthalic acid was involved in the redox reaction process of UO.
Kaburagi, Masaaki; Torii, Tatsuo; Ogawa, Toru
JAEA-Review 2019-031, 251 Pages, 2020/01
There is high expectation for advanced remote technology and robotics to reduce the radiation exposure for workers in harsh nuclear environments such as the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS). However, the radiation tolerance of state-of-the-art key components, sensors and electronic devices, for remote operation is still limited. In order to extend the application of robotics in nuclear energy, it is pertinent to develop "Radiation hardness" of components and "Radiation smartness" in operation procedures. Furthermore, developments of "Radiation measurement" and "Technology to recognize the location and to grasp the surrounding environment", including the radiation imaging of the high dose-rate fields inside the FDNPS and the detection of nuclear fuel debris, are necessary for the future nuclear fuel debris retrieval. This Fukushima Research Conference aims to share the future vision for advancing the remote technology among experts from diverse fields.
Kumada, Takayuki; Oba, Yojiro; Motokawa, Ryuhei; Morooka, Satoshi; Tominaga, Aki; Tanida, Hajime; Shobu, Takahisa; Konno, Azusa; Owada, Kenji*; Ono, Naoko*; et al.
Journal of Nuclear Materials, 528, p.151890_1 - 151890_7, 2020/01
We have developed an anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering (ASAXS) diffractometer in SPring-8 to investigate irradiation-induced nanostructural change in ion-beam irradiated stainless steel. A thermally-aged MA956 stainless steel sample displays power-law scattering that follows the Porod law at the magnitude of scattering vector, Q, below 0.5 nm and an overlapped shoulder around 0.7 nm. After the ion-beam irradiation, the intensity of the shoulder remained unchanged, whereas that of the power-law scattering nearly doubled. This result indicates that none of the structural parameters of the Cr-rich nanoprecipitates, such as the number density, size, and interface roughness, were changed by the irradiation.
AIP Conference Proceedings 2182, p.030007_1 - 030007_5, 2019/12
There are many new application of room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) for many different fields. One of them is reprocessing spent nuclear fuels and then research of irradiation effects on RTILs are very important. The positron annihilation techniques are very strong tool to investigate fast reactions of excess electrons. Positron annihilation age-momentum correlation (AMOC) experiment was applied to deepen understanding the phenomena occurred at very young positron ages. We clarified that Ps bubble formation in RTILs was very slow and, finally, oscillation of Ps bubble was observed just after the Ps formation at near melting temperatures. These results can indicate that Ps formation occurred in very short time in RTILs. The phenomena observed by Ps just in RTILs will be discussed.
Saito, Kimiaki; Onda, Yuichi*; Hisamatsu, Shunichi*
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 210, p.106003_1 - 106003_2, 2019/12
no abstracts in English
Kim, M.; Malins, A.; Sakuma, Kazuyuki; Kitamura, Akihiro; Machida, Masahiko; Hasegawa, Yukihiro*; Yanagi, Hideaki*
Isotope News, (765), p.30 - 33, 2019/10
Here we outline a system for generating three dimensional models of urban and rural areas in Fukushima Prefecture. The Cs and Cs radioactivity distribution can be set flexibly across the different components of the model. The models incorporate realistic representations of local buildings, individual conifer and broadleaf trees, and the topography of the land surface. The system is demonstrated by modelling a suburban area 4 km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that has yet to be decontaminated. Air dose rates calculated in PHITS were correlated with measurements taken across the site in a car-borne survey.
Wakaida, Ikuo; Hasegawa, Shuichi*; Tadokoro, Takahiro*
Nippon Kikai Gakkai-Shi, 122(1211), p.18 - 20, 2019/10
no abstracts in English
Hata, Kuniki; Inoue, Hiroyuki*
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(9-10), p.842 - 850, 2019/09
To investigate the effect of dissolved species from steels on the radiolysis processes of Cl, radiolysis simulations of solutions containing both Cl and Fe were carried out. The results showed that the generation of radiolytic products (HO, O and H) increased mainly by the addition of Fe, and a drop in the pH was caused by the hydrolysis of Fe. This pH drop enhanced the reactivity of Cl with OH, which induced additional generation of HO and O. These results show that low concentrations of Cl (1 10 mol/dm = 35ppm) in the presence of Fe could influence the generation of HO and O during water radiolysis. However, it is considered that these effects of Fe and low concentration of Cl on water radiolysis are less important for corrosion of steels due to the low concentrations of HO and O generated. The other process, such as dissolution of iron enhanced by FeOOH, might predominantly induce corrosion under the conditions of solutions with low concentrations of HO and O.
Miwa, Kazuji; Terasaka, Yuta; Ochi, Kotaro; Futemma, Akira; Sasaki, Miyuki; Hirouchi, Jun
Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi, 61(9), p.687 - 691, 2019/09
This report summarizes the contents of the session of the Health Physics and Environment Science Division, which was held in Atomic Energy Society of Japan 2019 Spring Meeting. In this session, six students and young researchers who engaged in the field of nuclear energy and radiation gave a lecture about health physics and environmental science research through their expertise. After the all presentations end, we took discussion time about the issues and future development in this field with all attendees. In this report, we summarized each lecture outline and discussion contents.
Yokoyama, Sumi*; Hamada, Nobuyuki*; Tsujimura, Norio
International Journal of Radiation Biology, 95(8), p.1103 - 1112, 2019/08
Hoshasen To Sangyo, (146), p.48 - 52, 2019/06
no abstracts in English
Fukushima Inobeshon, Kosuto Koso, Hama Dori No Mirai O Hiraku Jitsuyoka Kaihatsu Purojekuto 2018-Nendoban, P. 35, 2019/05
no abstracts in English
Manabe, Kentaro; Sato, Kaoru; Takahashi, Fumiaki
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(5), p.385 - 393, 2019/05
At high energy accelerator facilities, various radionuclides are produced by nuclear reactions of high energy particles with structure and/or ambient air of the facilities. Consequently, the radionuclides are potential sources of internal exposure for works of the facilities. However, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) do not provide dose coefficients, which are committed effective doses per intake, for the short-lived radionuclides whose half-lives are shorter than 10 minutes in accordance with the ICRP 2007 Recommendations. Then, we estimated the dose coefficients for inhalation and ingestion of these short-lived radionuclides in accordance with the ICRP 2007 Recommendations. In addition, we compared the dose coefficients with those in accordance with the ICRP 1990 Recommendations. As a result, a decreasing tendency was shown in the dose coefficients for inhalation cases; an increasing tendency was observed in those for ingestion cases. It was found that these changes in dose coefficients were mainly caused by the revision of the dose calculation procedures, alimentary tract models. The result of this study will be useful for planning of radiation protection at the high energy facilities.
Hiraoka, Hirokazu; Hokama, Tomonori; Munakata, Masahiro
Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-27) (Internet), 5 Pages, 2019/05
Neighboring inhabitants of nuclear facilities must evacuate according to an ambient dose rate at a nuclear accident. The evacuation is judged by the measured value by monitoring posts (MPs). However, if the measured value increase by artificial radionuclide deposited to MP, it is considered that the dose rate of the surrounding environment is overestimated. The purpose of this research is to evaluate exactly the dose rate even if the radionuclide deposit to the MP, in order to adequately evacuate inhabitants. Just a MP and horizontal ground was simulated. To calculate ambient dose rates from the roof surface of MP and ground surface, Monte Carlo calculation was done. And, it was obtained that the ratio which the dose rate from the roof account for sum of two these dose rates. According to the result, the ratio was 42%. It suggested that the radionuclide could increase the measured value. However, because simulated system was simple, it is considered that the ratio was overestimated.
Kumagai, Yuta; Fidalgo, A. B.*; Jonsson, M.*
Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 123(15), p.9919 - 9925, 2019/04
Radiation-induced oxidative dissolution of uranium dioxide (UO) is one of the most important chemical processes of U driven by redox reactions. We have examined the effect of UO stoichiometry on the oxidative dissolution of UO induced by hydrogen peroxide (HO) and -ray irradiation. By comparing the reaction kinetics of HO between stoichiometric UO and hyper-stoichiometric UO, we observed a significant difference in reaction speed and U dissolution kinetics. The stoichiometric UO reacted with HO much faster than the hyper-stoichiometric UO. The U dissolution from UO was initially much lower than that from UO, but gradually increased as the oxidation by HO proceeded. The -ray irradiation induced the U dissolution that is analogous to the kinetics by the exposure to a low concentration (0.2 mM) of HO. The exposure to higher HO concentrations caused lower U dissolution and resulted in deviation from the U dissolution behavior by -ray irradiation.
Genshiryoku No Ima To Ashita, p.109 - 111, 2019/03
The Atomic Energy Society of Japan has planned to publish a document for public, entitled "Current and tomorrow of atomic energy, -Experiences from the accident at the Tokyo Electronic Power Company Fukushima Dai-ichi NPPs-". The documents give us basics and usages of radiations, in addition to nuclear power plants and the accident at TEPCO Fukushima Dai-ichi NPPs. This manuscript explains physical quantities (e.g., absorbed dose), protection quantities and operational quantities that are used for radiation measurement and protection. The unit of radioactivity is also explained, because radioactivity is measured for work places in a radiation facility for internal exposure protection. In addition, radiation dose constants that relate radiation dose to the activity are also introduced, as useful radiation units for radiation protection.
Genshiryoku No Ima To Ashita, p.106 - 109, 2019/03
The Atomic Energy Society of Japan has planned to publish a document for public, entitled "Current and tomorrow of atomic energy, -Experiences from the accident at the Tokyo Electronic Power Company Fukushima Dai-ichi NPPs-". The documents give us basics and usages of radiations, in addition to nuclear power plants and the accident at TEPCO Fukushima Dai-ichi NPPs. This manuscript explains interactions and penetrations in material for -rays, -rays, -rays and neutrons. In addition, exposure characteristics that is determined by properties of radiations are expressed here. This manuscript also explains characteristics in internal exposure and countermeasures of radiation protection following the TEPCO accident for Iodine-131 and Cesium-137.
JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 25, p.011022_1 - 011022_3, 2019/03
OH radicals which are very reactive are formed by radiation decomposition in water. The behavior of OH radicals is important in corrosion of materials and reactions in living bodies. Recently, the reaction occurring between positronium (Ps) formed by OH radicals formed at the end of the positron track when positron is incident and positronium (Ps) formed by reaction of excess electrons formed with OH radical formation with the thermo-positron, it is reported that quantum beat occurs due to spin correlation. This quantum beat seems to have a period depending on the hyperfine coupling constant of OH radical. It is thought that the period and intensity of the quantum beat depends on the temperature, and it seems that it reflects the state around the OH radical. From the temperature dependence of the quantum beat detected by the reaction of this spin-correlated OH radical and triplet positronium we will explain what the liquid structure might be.