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Design of small reduced-moderation water reactor

Okubo, Tsutomu; Iwamura, Takamichi; Takeda, Renzo*; Moriya, Kumiaki*; Yamauchi, Toyoaki*; Aritomi, Masanori*

Nippon Kikai Gakkai 2003-Nendo Nenji Taikai Koen Rombunshu, Vol.3, p.245 - 246, 2003/08

A design study on a 300MWe class small Reduced-Moderation Water Reactor (RMWR) has been performed, based on the experienced LWR technology. The core can be cooled by the natural circulation and can achieve a conversion ratio of 1.01, a negative void reactivity coefficient, a core average burn-up of 65 GWd/t and a cycle length of 25 months. The system has been simplified as much as possible by introducing the passive safety components, in order to reduce the construction cost per electric power output overcoming “the scale demerit" for a small reactor comparing with the large one. The results show a 1.35 times higher cost than for the ABWR case, but suggest the possible lower cost when the effects such as the mass production are taken into account.

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Design study on PWR-type reduced-moderation light water core; Investigation of core adopting seed-blanket fuel assemblies

Shimada, Shoichiro*; Kugo, Teruhiko; Okubo, Tsutomu; Iwamura, Takamichi

JAERI-Research 2003-003, 72 Pages, 2003/03

JAERI-Research-2003-003.pdf:3.82MB

As a part of the design study on PWR-type Reduced-Moderation Water Reactors (RMWRs), a light water cooled core with the seed-blanket type fuel assemblies has been investigated. An assembly with seed of 13 layers and blanket of 5 layers was selected by optimization calculations. The core was composed with the 163 assemblies. The following results were obtained by burn-up calculations with the MVP-BURN code; The cycle length is 15 months by 3-batch refueling. The discharge burn-up including the inner blanket is about 25 GWd/t. The conversion ratio is about 1.0. The void reactivity coefficient is about -26.1pcm/%void at BOC and -21.7pcm/%void at EOC. Effects of about 10% of MA or about 2 % of FP on core performances were investigated, and they were confirmred within the design margins. Capability of multi-recycling of plutonium was confirmed, using discharged plutonium for 4 cycles, if fissile plutonium of 15.5wt% is used.

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Design study on Reduced-Moderation Water Reactor (RMWR) core for plutonium multiple recycling

Okubo, Tsutomu; Iwamura, Takamichi; Takeda, Renzo*; Yamauchi, Toyoaki*; Okada, Hiroyuki*

Proceedings of International Conference on Global Environment and Advanced Nuclear Power Plants (GENES4/ANP 2003) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2003/00

A water-cooled reactor concept named Reduced-Moderation Water Reactor is under development for effective fuel utilization through plutonium multiple recycling based on the water-cooled reactor technology. The reactor aims at achievement of a high conversion ratio more than 1.0 with MOX fuel. Especially, the core performances during the Pu multiple recycling have been investigated for the advanced fuel reprocessing schemes with low decontamination factors than the current PUREX process, and are shown to achieve the conversion ratio more than 1.0 and the negative void reactivity coefficient.

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Design of small Reduced-Moderation Water Reactor (RMWR) with natural circulation cooling

Okubo, Tsutomu; Suzuki, Motoe; Iwamura, Takamichi; Takeda, Renzo*; Moriya, Kumiaki*; Kanno, Minoru*

Proceedings of International Conference on the New Frontiers of Nuclear Technology; Reactor Physics, Safety and High-Performance Computing (PHYSOR 2002) (CD-ROM), 10 Pages, 2002/10

A small scale around 300 MWe reduced-moderation water reactor (RMWR) concept has been developed. For the core, a BWR type core concept with the tight-lattice fuel rod arrangement and the high void fraction is adopted to attain a high conversion ratio over 1.0. The negative void reactivity coefficients are also required, and the very flat short core concept is adopted to make the natural circulation cooling (NC) possible. The core burn-up of 60 GWd/t and the operation cycle of 24 months are also attained. For the system, simplification of the system with the passive safety features is a basic approach to overcome the scale demerit as well as the NC. For example, the HPCF system is replaced with the passive accumulator system resulting in the expensive emergency DGs reduction. The cost evaluation for concerned NSSS components gives about 20% reduction. Since MOX fuels in the RMWR contains Pu around 30 wt% and is irradiated to a high burn-up, the fuel safety evaluation has been performed and the acceptable results have been obtained from the thermal feasibility point of view.

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Design study on Reduced-Moderation Water Reactor (RMWR)

Okubo, Tsutomu; Iwamura, Takamichi; Yamamoto, Kazuhiko*; Okada, Hiroyuki*

Nippon Kikai Gakkai Dai-8-Kai Doryoku, Enerugi Gijutsu Shimpojiumu Koen Rombunshu, p.571 - 574, 2002/00

Based on the experienced light water reactor technology, conceptual design studies on advanced water-cooled reactors have been performed. They are named “Reduced-Moderation Water Reactor" (RMWR) with the high conversion ratio more than 1.0 and the negative void reactivity coefficients. Several concepts have been successfully established for them based on the neutronics calculations. Based on these concepts, detailed investigations on such as plutonium multiple recycling and control rod planning have been performed as well as improvement on core performances. Through these detailed core design investigation, the feasibility of those designs has been confirmed step by step.

Journal Articles

Conceptual designing of reduced-moderation water reactor with heavy water coolant

Hibi, Koki*; Shimada, Shoichiro*; Okubo, Tsutomu; Iwamura, Takamichi; Wada, Shigeyuki*

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 210(1-3), p.9 - 19, 2001/12

 Times Cited Count:22 Percentile:15.84

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Study on safety and core improvement of Reduced-Moderation Water Reactor (RMWR) with high conversion ratio

Okubo, Tsutomu; Takeda, Renzo*; Iwamura, Takamichi

JAERI-Research 2001-021, 84 Pages, 2001/03

JAERI-Research-2001-021.pdf:11.26MB

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Activities of design studies on innovative small and medium LWRs in JAERI

Iwamura, Takamichi; Ochiai, Masaaki

Proceedings of 1st Asian Specialist Meeting of Future Small-Sized LWR Development, p.7_1 - 7_9, 2001/00

JAERI has developed two types of small and medium size Light Water Reactors to meet the goals of innovative nuclear reactors such as sustainability and diversification of energy utilization. One is the Reduced-Moderation light Water Reactor (RMWR) with passive safety features. The reactor core consists of MOX fuel assemblies with tight lattice arrangement to increase the conversion ratio by reducing the moderation of neutron energy. The core design of 330MWe output with the operational cycle of 26 months was accomplished. A breeding ratio of 1.01, negative void coefficient and natural circulation cooling of the core were realized under the discharged burn-up of 60GWd/t. The other is the Passive Safe small Reactor for Distributed energy systems (PSRD) to diversify the nuclear energy utilization. An innovative advanced marine reactor (MRX) is used to supply the small grid electricity or electricity and heat co-supply by installing it on a barge. A small integral LWR for underground deployment is also studied for exclusive use of heat supply to household or office.

Journal Articles

Conceptual designing of reduced-moderation water reactor (RMWR)

Okubo, Tsutomu; Iwamura, Takamichi; Akimoto, Hajime; Araya, Fumimasa; Onuki, Akira; Yamamoto, Kazuhiko*

Dai-7-Kai Doryoku Enerugi Gijutsu Shimpojiumu Koen Rombunshu (00-11), p.250 - 253, 2000/11

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Study on reduced-moderation water reactor (RMWR) core design; Joint research report, FY1998-1999 (Joint research)

Research Group for Advanced Reactor System; Research Group for Reactor Physics; Research Group for Thermal and Fluid Engineering

JAERI-Research 2000-035, 316 Pages, 2000/09

JAERI-Research-2000-035.pdf:19.81MB

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

A Plan of reactor physics experiments for reduced-moderation water reactors with MOX fuel in TCA

Shimada, Shoichiro*; Akie, Hiroshi; Suzaki, Takenori; Okubo, Tsutomu; Usui, Shuji*; Shirakawa, Toshihisa*; Iwamura, Takamichi; Kugo, Teruhiko; Ishikawa, Nobuyuki

JAERI-Research 2000-026, 74 Pages, 2000/06

JAERI-Research-2000-026.pdf:4.07MB

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Research and Development of future type LWR in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute

Iwamura, Takamichi

Genshiryoku eye, 46(1), p.19 - 23, 2000/00

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Conceptual designing of reduced-moderation water reactors, 2; Design for PWR-type reactors

Hibi, Koki*; Kugo, Teruhiko; Tochihara, Hiroshi*; Shimada, Shoichiro*; Okubo, Tsutomu; Iwamura, Takamichi; Wada, Shigeyuki*

Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-8) (CD-ROM), p.11 - 0, 2000/00

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Conceptual designing of reduced-moderation water reactors, 1; Design for BWR-type reactors

Okubo, Tsutomu; Shirakawa, Toshihisa*; Takeda, Renzo*; Yokoyama, Tsugio*; Iwamura, Takamichi; Wada, Shigeyuki*

Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-8) (CD-ROM), p.7 - 0, 2000/00

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Conceptual designing of water-cooled reactors with increased or reduced moderation

Okubo, Tsutomu; ; *; Shimada, Shoichiro*; Ochiai, Masaaki

Proc. of Workshop on Advanced Reactors with Innovative Fuels, p.127 - 137, 1998/10

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Reactor physics experiment on high conversion light water reactor at FCA

Osugi, Toshitaka

Dai-30-Kai Robutsuri Kaki Semina Tekisuto, p.118 - 137, 1998/00

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Measurements of the modified conversion ratio by gamma-ray spectrometry of fuel rods for water-moderated UO$$_{2}$$ cores

Nakajima, Ken; ; Suzaki, Takenori

Nuclear Science and Engineering, 116, p.138 - 146, 1994/00

 Times Cited Count:15 Percentile:21.34(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Neutron Spectrum Analysis of a Heavy-Water-Moderated and Light-Water-Cooled Reactor

Tasaka, Kanji;

JAERI-M 7128, 43 Pages, 1977/06

JAERI-M-7128.pdf:1.44MB

no abstracts in English

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