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Journal Articles

A New measuring method for elemental ratio and Vickers hardness of metal-oxide-boride materials based on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)

Abe, Yuta; Otaka, Masahiko; Okazaki, Kodai*; Kawakami, Tomohiko*; Nakagiri, Toshio

Proceedings of 2019 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2019) (Internet), 7 Pages, 2019/05

Since the hardness of fuel debris containing boride from B$$_{4}$$C pellet in control rod is estimated to be two times higher as that of oxide, such as UO$$_{2}$$ and ZrO$$_{2}$$, it is necessary to select the efficient and appropriate operation for removal of fuel debris formed in the severe accident of nuclear power plants. We focused on the characteristics of LIBS, an innovative rapid chemical in-situ analysis technology that enables simultaneous detection of B, O, and other metal elements in fuel debris. Simulated solidified melt specimens were obtained in the plasma heating tests (CMMR-0/-2, performed by JAEA) of simulated fuel assembly (ZrO$$_{2}$$ is used to simulated UO$$_{2}$$ pellet, other materials such as stainless steel, B$$_{4}$$C are same as fuel assembly). The LIBS signals of (B/O)/Zr ratio showed good linear relationship with Vickers hardness. This technique can be also applied as in-situ assessment tool for elemental composition and Vickers hardness of metal-oxide-boride materials.

Journal Articles

Development of ROV system to explore fuel debris in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Kamada, So*; Kato, Michio*; Nishimura, Kazuya*; Nancekievill, M.*; Watson, S.*; Lennox, B.*; Jones, A.*; Joyce, M. J.*; Okumura, Keisuke; Katakura, Junichi*

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 6, p.199 - 202, 2019/01

As a technology development to investigate the distribution of submerged fuel debris in the primary containment vessel (PCV) of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, we are conducting development experiments of sonar system to be mounted in a compact ROV. The experiments were conducted in two types of water tanks with different depths, simulating the PCV, using sonar with different sizes, ultrasonic frequencies, and beam scanning method, and simulated fuel debris. As a result, we characterized the shape discrimination performance of the simulated debris, and the noise due to multi-path in narrow closed space.

JAEA Reports

Analysis of post irradiation examination of used BWR fuel with SWAT4.0

Kikuchi, Takeo; Tada, Kenichi; Sakino, Takao; Suyama, Kenya

JAEA-Research 2017-021, 56 Pages, 2018/03

JAEA-Research-2017-021.pdf:2.15MB

The criticality management of the fuel debris is one of the most important research issues in Japan. The current criticality management adopts the fresh fuel assumption. The adoption of the fresh fuel assumption for the criticality control of the fuel debris is difficult because the k$$_{rm eff}$$ of the fuel debris could exceed 1.0 in most of cases which the fuel debris contains water and does not contain neutron absorbers such as gadolinium. Therefore, the adoption of the burnup credit is considered. The prediction accuracy of the isotopic composition of used nuclear fuel must be required to adopt the burnup credit for the treatment of the fuel debris. JAEA developed a burnup calculation code SWAT4.0 to obtain reference calculation results of the isotopic composition of the used nuclear fuel. This code is used to evaluate the composition of fuel debris. In order to investigate the prediction accuracy of SWAT4.0, we analyzed the PIE of BWR obtained from 2F2DN23.

Journal Articles

Analysis of used BWR fuel assay data with the integrated burnup code system SWAT4.0

Tada, Kenichi; Kikuchi, Takeo*; Sakino, Takao; Suyama, Kenya

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 55(2), p.138 - 150, 2018/02

 Percentile:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The criticality safety of the fuel debris in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is one of the most important issues and the adoption of the burnup credit is desired for the criticality analysis. The assay data of used nuclear fuel irradiated in 2F2 is evaluated to validate SWAT4.0 for BWR fuel burnup problem. The calculation results revealed that number density of many heavy nuclides and FPs showed good agreement with the experimental data except for $$^{235}$$U, $$^{237}$$Np, $$^{238}$$Pu and Sm isotopes. The cause of the difference is assumption of the initial number density and void ratio and overestimation of the capture cross section of $$^{237}$$Np. The C/E-1 values do not depend on the types of fuel rods (UO$$_{2}$$ or UO$$_{2}$$-Gd$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$) and it is similar to that for the PWR fuel. These results indicate that SWAT4.0 appropriately analyzes the isotopic composition of the BWR fuel and it has sufficient accuracy to be adopted in the burnup credit evaluation of the fuel debris.

Journal Articles

Characterization study of four candidate technologies for nuclear material quantification in fuel debris at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

Nagatani, Taketeru; Komeda, Masao; Shiba, Tomooki; Nauchi, Yasushi*; Maeda, Makoto; Sagara, Hiroshi*; Kosuge, Yoshihiro*; Kureta, Masatoshi; Tomikawa, Hirofumi; Okumura, Keisuke; et al.

Energy Procedia, 131, p.258 - 263, 2017/12

 Percentile:100

Journal Articles

Study of experimental core configuration of the modified STACY for measurement of criticality characteristics of fuel debris

Gunji, Satoshi; Tonoike, Kotaro; Izawa, Kazuhiko; Sono, Hiroki

Progress in Nuclear Energy, 101(Part C), p.321 - 328, 2017/11

Criticality safety of fuel debris, particularly MCCI (Molten-Core-Concrete-Interaction) products, is one of the major safety issues for decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Criticality or subcriticality condition of the fuel debris is still uncertain; its composition, location, neutron moderation, etc. are not yet confirmed. The effectiveness of neutron poison in cooling water is also uncertain for use as a criticality control of fuel debris. A database of computational models is being built by Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), covering a wide range of possible conditions of such composition, neutron moderation, etc., to facilitate assessing criticality characteristics once fuel debris samples are taken and their conditions are known. The computational models also include uncertainties which are to be clarified by critical experiments. These experiments are planned and will be conducted by JAEA with the modified STACY (STAtic experiment Critical facilitY) and samples to simulate fuel debris compositions. Each of the samples will be cladded by a zircalloy tube whose outer shape is compatible with the fuel rod of STACY and loaded into an array of the fuel rods. This report introduces a study of experimental core configurations to measure the reactivity worth of samples simulating MCCI products. Parameters to be varied in the computation models for the experimental series are:(1) Uranium dioxide with $$^{235}$$U enrichments of 3, 4, and 5 wt.%; (2) Concrete volume fraction in the samples of 0, 20, 40, 60, and 80%; and (3) Porosity of the samples filled from 0 to 80% where the sample void is filled with water. It is concluded that the measurement is feasible in both under- and over-moderated conditions. Additionally, the required amount of samples was estimated.

Journal Articles

Sensitivity analysis on safety functions of engineered and natural barriers for fuel debris disposal

Shimada, Taro; Nishimura, Yuki; Takeda, Seiji

MRS Advances (Internet), 2(12), p.687 - 692, 2017/01

A disposal measure for fuel debris generated at the accident in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has been studied so far. However, physical and chemical properties of the fuel debris have not yet investigated in reactor containment vessels. In order to investigate the safety function of barriers required for disposal of fuel debris, sensitivity analyses for radionuclide migration were carried out, considering with uncertainty of the properties. As a result, it is indicated that it was important for evaluation of fuel debris disposal to obtain the physical and chemical properties of $$^{14}$$C and $$^{129}$$I during release to groundwater, in addition to $$^{238}$$U.

Journal Articles

The Outline of Japan Atomic Energy Agency's Okuma Analysis and Research Center, 1; The Total progress of Labolatory-1 and Labolatory-2

Inoue, Toshihiko; Ogawa, Miho; Sakazume, Yoshinori; Yoshimochi, Hiroshi; Sato, Soichi; Koyama, Shinichi; Koyama, Tomozo; Nakayama, Shinichi

Proceedings of 54th Annual Meeting of Hot Laboratories and Remote Handling (HOTLAB 2017) (Internet), 7 Pages, 2017/00

Decommissioning of TEPCO's 1F is in progress according to the Roadmap. The Roadmap assigned the construction of a hot laboratory and analysis to the JAEA. The hot laboratory, Okuma Analysis and Research Center consists of the three buildings; Administrative building, the Laboratory-1 and Laboratory-2. The Laboratory-1 and Laboratory-2 are hot laboratories. Laboratory-1 is for radiometric analysis of low and medium level radioactive rubble and secondary wastes. The license of the Laboratory-1's implementation was approved by The Secretariat of the Nuclear Regulation Authority and the construction started in April 2017 and plans an operational start in 2020. Laboratory-2 provides concrete cells, steel cells for the analysis of the fuel debris and high level radioactive rubble. The Laboratory-2's major analysis items is reviewed by review meeting organized of cognoscente.

Journal Articles

Status of research for fuel debris retrieval with remote technology

Yoshinaka, Kazuyuki

Gijutsushi, 28(10), p.4 - 7, 2016/10

AA2016-0264.pdf:0.32MB

For decommissioning the Fukushima-Daiichi Power Plant, various studies and activities have continued. In this paper, it was mainly described the status of research for fuel debris retrieval with remote technologies, which was the most difficult challenge, introduced in CPD program. Investigation and analyzing for debris condition in each reactor have done. Various researches and developments for the way of fuel debris retrieval with remote technology, including in access route, from the top or side, have continued with the result.

Journal Articles

Characterization study of four candidate technologies for nuclear material quantification in fuel debris at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Interim report)

Nagatani, Taketeru; Komeda, Masao; Shiba, Tomooki; Maeda, Makoto; Nauchi, Yasushi*; Sagara, Hiroshi*; Kosuge, Yoshihiro*; Kureta, Masatoshi; Tomikawa, Hirofumi; Okumura, Keisuke; et al.

Proceedings of INMM 57th Annual Meeting (Internet), 10 Pages, 2016/07

Journal Articles

Study of experimental core configuration of the modified STACY for reactivity worth measurement of MCCI products

Gunji, Satoshi; Tonoike, Kotaro; Izawa, Kazuhiko; Sono, Hiroki

Proceedings of International Conference on the Physics of Reactors; Unifying Theory and Experiments in the 21st Century (PHYSOR 2016) (USB Flash Drive), p.3927 - 3936, 2016/05

Criticality safety of fuel debris including MCCI products is one of the major safety is-sues for decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Criticality or subcriticality condition of the fuel debris is still uncertain since its composition, location, neutron moderation, etc. are not confirmed. Also uncertain in criticality control of fuel debris is the effectiveness of neutron poison in cooling water. A database is being built by computation in JAEA, covering a wide range of possible conditions of such composition, neutron moderation, etc., to facilitate assessing criticality characteristics when fuel debris samples are taken and their conditions are known. The computation also has uncertainties to be clarified by critical experiments, which is planned by JAEA to be conducted with the modified STACY and samples simulating fuel debris compositions. This report introduces a study of experimental core configurations for reactivity worth measurements of samples simulating MCCI products. It is concluded that the measurement is feasible in both under- and over-moderated conditions. Additionally, required amount of samples was estimated.

Journal Articles

Accumulation of gadolinium isotopes in used nuclear fuel

Suyama, Kenya; Kashima, Takao

Proceedings of International Conference on Nuclear Criticality Safety (ICNC 2015) (DVD-ROM), p.273 - 282, 2015/09

In the technical development of the criticality safety control of the fuel debris of Fukushima accident in Japan, there have been a discussion on a possibility of adopting BUC with FP. The Expert Group on Burnup Credit Criticality Safety (EGBUC) under the Working Party on Nuclear Criticality Safety (WPNCS) in OECD/NEA Nuclear Science Committee had carried out an international burnup calculation benchmark "Phase-IIIB" and "Phase-IIIC" for BWR fuel assemblies. In these benchmarks the difference of the calculation results of $$^{155}$$Gd among the participants obtained keen interests because it showed rather larger difference among the participants. Authors has been carried out additional analyses on the accumulation of the gadolinium isotopes in the used nuclear fuel during the burnup. Without cooling time, the assembly-averaged amount of $$^{155}$$Gd against the burnup value depends on the burnout property of gadolinium in the burnable poison rods. However, after few year cooling time, $$^{155}$$Gd increase drastically by the decay of $$^{155}$$Eu. In this case, the amount of gadolinium isotopes in the burnable poison rods has less importance. It means that the adopted parameters and data concerning the $$^{155}$$Eu generation have much more importance than the burnup treatment of the burnable poison rods for better prediction of $$^{155}$$Gd.

Journal Articles

Basic technology development of advanced non-destructive detection / Measurement of nuclear material for nuclear security and nuclear nonproliferation

Seya, Michio; Naoi, Yosuke; Kobayashi, Naoki; Nakamura, Takahisa; Hajima, Ryoichi; Soyama, Kazuhiko; Kureta, Masatoshi; Nakamura, Hironobu; Harada, Hideo

Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai (INMM) Nippon Shibu Dai-35-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 9 Pages, 2015/01

The Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Nuclear Security (ISCN) of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has been conducting (based on collaborations with JAEA other centers) the following basic technology development programs of advanced non-destructive detection/measurement of nuclear material for nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation. (1) The demonstration test of the Pu-NDA system for spent fuel assembly using PNAR and SINRD (JAEA/USDOE(LANL) collaboration, completed in JFY2013), (2) Basic development of NDA technologies using laser Compton scattered $$gamma$$-rays (Demonstration of an intense mono-energetic $$gamma$$-ray source), (3) Development of alternative to He-3 neutron detection technology, (4) Development of neutron resonance densitometry (JAEA/JRC collaboration)This paper introduces above programs.

JAEA Reports

Research on removal technologies of fuel debris and in-vessel structures using laser light, 2; Research activities on FY2013

Muramatsu, Toshiharu; Yamada, Tomonori; Hanari, Toshihide; Takebe, Toshihiko; Nguyen, P. L.; Matsunaga, Yukihiro

JAEA-Research 2014-018, 41 Pages, 2014/09

JAEA-Research-2014-018.pdf:42.21MB

In decommissioning works of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants, it is required that fuel debris solidifying mixed materials of fuels and in-vessel structures should be removed. The fuel debris is considered to have characteristics, such as indefinite shapes, porous bodies, multi-compositions, higher hardness, etc. from the knowledge in the U.S. and the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Laser lights are characterized by higher power density, local processability, remote controllabilitiy, etc. and can be performed thermal cutting and crushing-up for various materials which does not depend on fracture toughness. This report describes a research program and research activities in FY2013 aiming at developing removal system of fuel debris by the use of laser lights.

Oral presentation

The Status of the Japanese project on material accountancy of fuel debris and U.S.-Japan cooperation on survey of technologies for nuclear material accountancy at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Hori, Keiichiro; Heinberg, C.; Conner, J.*; Browne, M.*; Colin, C.*

no journal, , 

At the time of accident, about 270 tons of fuel were in Units 1- 3 at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Up to that time, material accountancy was implemented as an item facility for adequate material control and for the International Atomic Energy Agency's safeguards verification. Fuel debris contains nuclear fuel materials, fission products and structural materials, etc. Fuel debris will need to be controlled adequately after removal from the reactors, but material accountancy measures as an item facility no longer can be applied because of meltdown of the fuel. Development of measurement technologies for fuel debris may be required for adequate material control and accountancy of special nuclear material in the fuel debris at Fukushima Daiichi. Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) have agreed to collaborate to investigate past experience on material control at severe accidents involving reactor core fuels and potential measurement technologies for fuel debris measurement. Besides DOE/NNSA and JAEA, Japanese Government, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) and the U.S. National Laboratories have been collaborating in this effort. This paper describes the purpose, objectives, structure and process of this collaboration.

Oral presentation

Recommendations for measurement systems for nuclear material accountancy of Fukushima Daiichi fuel debris; $$gamma$$ technologies

Tomikawa, Hirofumi; Heinberg, C.; Nauchi, Yasushi*; Vo, D.*; Carroll, C.*; Hori, Keiichiro

no journal, , 

In order to survey technologies to be developed for nuclear material quantification of fuel debris at 1F, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and United States Department of Energy (DOE) started collaborative research from November 2012. Under the collaborative research, three Working Groups, Neutron Working Group (NWG), Gamma Working Group (GWG) and Source Term Working Group (STWG) were established. The roles of GWG are to identify measurement systems that could be studied further for possible implementation at 1F. Candidate $$gamma$$ measurement technologies are $$gamma$$ Gross Counting, $$gamma$$ Dosimetry, $$gamma$$-ray Spectroscopy, $$gamma$$-ray Densitometry, $$gamma$$-ray Imaging, Transmission (X-ray) Radiography, Prompt Fission $$gamma$$-ray Counting and Spectroscopy, and Neutron Induced $$gamma$$-ray Spectroscopy. Taking into account system cost, system size, measurement time, development period, and potential for applicability to fuel debris, GWG members have identified recommended combinations among the $$gamma$$ technologies supplemented with neutron measurement technologies. The evaluation was carried out by literature search and simulation works. This paper provides recommendations of the GWG for measurement systems based on mainly $$gamma$$ measurement technologies for nuclear material accountancy of fuel debris at 1F.

Oral presentation

Applicability of pyro-reprocessing technologies to the treatment of fuel debris, 1; Investigation of influence of lithium zirconates

Nakayoshi, Akira; Kitawaki, Shinichi; Kofuji, Hirohide; Sakamura, Yoshiharu*; Murakami, Tsuyoshi*; Uruga, Kazuyoshi*; Ando, Hidekazu*

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Applicability of pyro-reprocessing technologies to the treatment of fuel debris, 2; Electrolytic reduction tests for simulated fuel debris

Sakamura, Yoshiharu*; Uruga, Kazuyoshi*; Ando, Hidekazu*; Kitawaki, Shinichi; Nakayoshi, Akira; Kofuji, Hirohide

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Applicability of pyro-reprocessing technologies to the treatment of fuel debris, 3; Chlorination experiments of simulated fuel debris by use of zirconium chloride

Uruga, Kazuyoshi*; Murakami, Tsuyoshi*; Sakamura, Yoshiharu*; Nakayoshi, Akira; Kitawaki, Shinichi; Kofuji, Hirohide

no journal, , 

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Characteristic studies on simulated fuel debris (high temperature reactions with sea salt deposit and B$$_{4}$$C control blade)

Takano, Masahide

no journal, , 

This joint meeting is held by Division of Nuclear Fuel, Division of Water Chemistry, and Materials Science and Technology Division of Atomic Energy Society of Japan. The key topic is "Interaction among fuel, reactor materials and seawater" in order to discuss the problems within the fuel debris removal operation from the view points of materials and water chemistry. This presentation introduces the recent results of characteristic studies on simulated fuel debris, especially on the high temperature reaction products between simulated corium debris and sea salt deposit, and on the solidified melt among materials of UO$$_{2}$$ fuel and B$$_{4}$$C control blade.

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