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Journal Articles

Thermodynamic and thermophysical properties of the actinide nitrides

Uno, Masayoshi*; Nishi, Tsuyoshi*; Takano, Masahide

Comprehensive Nuclear Materials, 2nd Edition, Vol.7, p.202 - 231, 2020/08

On the thermodynamic and thermophysical properties of the actinide nitrides in Comprehensive Nuclear Materials published by Elsevier as the first edition in 2012, we have revised them by adding some brand-new data. The main topics added are the solid solubility of the actinide nitrides into the zirconium nitride matrix for transmutation fuel, the lattice expansion of actinide nitrides induced by self-irradiation damage, the influence of defects accumulation on thermal conductivity, and the thermal expansion in curium nitride lattice.

Journal Articles

Development of nitride fuel cycle technology for transmutation of minor actinides

Hayashi, Hirokazu; Nishi, Tsuyoshi*; Sato, Takumi; Kurata, Masaki

Proceedings of 21st International Conference & Exhibition; Nuclear Fuel Cycle for a Low-Carbon Future (GLOBAL 2015) (USB Flash Drive), p.1811 - 1817, 2015/09

Transmutation of long-lived radioactive nuclides including minor actinides (MA: Np, Am, Cm) has been studied in Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). Accelerator-driven system (ADS) is regarded as one of the powerful tools for transmutation of MA under the double strata fuel cycle concept. Uranium-free nitride fuel was chosen as the first candidate fuel for MA transmutation using ADS. To improve the transmutation ratio of MA, reprocessing of spent fuel and reusing MA recovered from the spent fuels is necessary. Our target is to transmute 99% of MA arisen from commercial power reactor fuel cycle, with which the period until the radiotoxicity drops below that of natural uranium can be shorten from about 5000 years to about 300 years. A pyrochemical process has been proposed as the first candidate for reprocessing of the spent nitride fuel. This paper overviews the current status of the nitride fuel cycle technology. Our recent study on fuel fabrication, fuel property measurements, reprocessing of spent fuel, development of the property database of MA nitride fuel, and fuel behavior simulation code are introduced. Our research and development (R&D) plan based on the roadmap of the development is also introduced.

Journal Articles

Properties of minor actinide compounds relevant to nuclear fuel technology

Minato, Kazuo; Takano, Masahide; Nishi, Tsuyoshi; Ito, Akinori; Akabori, Mitsuo

Recent Advances in Actinide Science, p.317 - 322, 2006/06

To reduce the radiotoxicity of the high-level waste and to use the repository efficiently, recycling of minor actinides (MA: Np, Am, Cm) as well as plutonium is an option for the future nuclear fuel cycle. For MA-bearing fuel development, new facilities with inert atmosphere were installed and the thermal properties of minor actinide compounds, especially nitrides and oxides, were measured. Minor actinide nitrides were prepared by carbothermic reduction of the oxides. Lattice parameter and its thermal expansion were measured by high-temperature X-ray diffraction, and thermal diffusivity by laser flash method.

Journal Articles

Present status and future perspective of research and development on partitioning and transmutation technology at JAERI

Oigawa, Hiroyuki; Minato, Kazuo; Kimura, Takaumi; Morita, Yasuji; Arai, Yasuo; Nakayama, Shinichi; Nishihara, Kenji

Proceedings of International Conference on Nuclear Energy System for Future Generation and Global Sustainability (GLOBAL 2005) (CD-ROM), 6 Pages, 2005/10

JAERI is engaging in the R&D on the Double-strata Fuel Cycle concept in accordance with the results of the check and review on the Partitioning and Transmutation (PT) technology made by the Atomic Energy Commission of Japan in 2000. As for the partitioning process, after the establishment of the "4-group Partitioning Process Concept", an innovative concept called ARTIST is also being studied. As for the fuel technology, minor actinide nitrides such as NpN and AmN were synthesized and their material properties have been measured. To reprocess the irradiated fuel, the pyrochemical process has been studied. The R&D of the accelerator-driven transmutation system are in progress for an accelerator, lead-bismuth, and a subcritical reactor. In addition, JAERI has started the high-intensity proton accelerator project (J-PARC), which includes the Transmutation Experimental Facility (TEF) as the Phase-II. The impact of PT technology on the backend of the nuclear energy utilization is also being discussed.

Journal Articles

Research and development on accelerator-driven transmutation system at JAERI

Sasa, Toshinobu; Oigawa, Hiroyuki; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi; Nishihara, Kenji; Kikuchi, Kenji; Kurata, Yuji; Saito, Shigeru; Futakawa, Masatoshi; Umeno, Makoto*; Ouchi, Nobuo; et al.

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 230(1-3), p.209 - 222, 2004/05

 Times Cited Count:32 Percentile:88.72(Nuclear Science & Technology)

JAERI carries out research and development on accelerator-driven system (ADS) to transmute minor actinides and long-lived fission products. The system is composed of high intensity proton accelerator, lead-bismuth spallation target and lead-bismuth cooled subcritical core with nitride fuel. About 2,500 kg of minor actinide is loaded into the subcritical core. Annual transmutation amount using this system is 250 kg with 800MW of thermal output. A superconducting linear accelerator with the beam power of 30MW is connected to drive the subcritical core. Many research and development activities are under way and planned in the fields of subcritical core design, spallation target technology, lead-bismuth handling technology, accelerator development, and minor actinide fuel development. Especially, to study and evaluate the feasibility of the ADS from physics and engineering aspects, the Transmutation Experimental Facility (TEF) is proposed under a framework of the High-Intensity Proton Accelerator Project.

Journal Articles

Fabrication of nitride fuels for transmutation of minor actinides

Minato, Kazuo; Akabori, Mitsuo; Takano, Masahide; Arai, Yasuo; Nakajima, Kunihisa; Ito, Akinori; Ogawa, Toru

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 320(1-2), p.18 - 24, 2003/09

 Times Cited Count:50 Percentile:94.55(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

In the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, the concept of the transmutation of minor actinides (MA: Np, Am and Cm) with accelerator-driven systems is being studied. The MA nitride fuel has been chosen as a candidate because of the possible mutual solubility among the actinide mononitrides and excellent thermal properties besides supporting hard neutron spectrum. MA nitrides of AmN, (Am,Y)N, (Am,Zr)N and (Cm0.4Pu0.6)N were prepared from the oxides by the carbothermic reduction method. The prepared MA nitrides were examined by X-ray diffraction and the contents of impurities of oxygen and carbon were measured. The fabrication conditions for MA nitrides were improved so as to reduce the impurity contents. For an irradiation test of U-free nitride fuels, pellets of (Pu,Zr)N and PuN+TiN were prepared and a He-bonded fuel pin was fabricated. The irradiation test started in May 2002 and will go on for two years in the Japan Materials Testing Reactor.

Journal Articles

Research and development on nuclear transmutation, B; Transmutation fuel and reprocessing

Minato, Kazuo; Arai, Yasuo

Genshikaku Kenkyu, 47(6), p.31 - 38, 2003/06

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Research and development on accelerator-driven transmutation system at JAERI

Sasa, Toshinobu; Oigawa, Hiroyuki; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi; Nishihara, Kenji; Kikuchi, Kenji; Kurata, Yuji; Saito, Shigeru; Futakawa, Masatoshi; Umeno, Makoto*; Ouchi, Nobuo; et al.

Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-11) (CD-ROM), 9 Pages, 2003/04

JAERI carries out research and development on accelerator-driven system (ADS) to transmute minor actinides and long-lived fission products in high-level radioactive waste. The system is composed of high intensity proton accelerator, lead-bismuth spallation target and lead-bismuth cooled subcritical core with nitride fuel. About 2500 kg of minor actinide is loaded into the subcritical core. Annual transmutation amount using this system is 250 kg with 800MW of thermal output. A superconducting linear accelerator with the beam power of 20 - 30MW is connected to drive the subcritical core. The nitride fuel without uranium, such as (Np, Am, Pu)N, is selected. The fuel irradiated in the ADS is reprocessed by pyrochemical process followed by the re-fabrication of the fuel. Many research and development activities are under way. Especially, to study and evaluate the feasibility of the ADS from physics and engineering aspects, the Transmutation Experimental Facility (TEF) is proposed under a framework of the High-Intensity Proton Accelerator Project.

Journal Articles

Study on the stability of AmN and (Am,Zr)N

Takano, Masahide; Ito, Akinori; Akabori, Mitsuo; Minato, Kazuo; Numata, Masami

Proceedings of GLOBAL2003 Atoms for Prosperity; Updating Eisenhower's Global Vision for Nuclear Energy (CD-ROM), p.2285 - 2291, 2003/00

Stability of AmN and (Am,Zr)N was studied comparatively from the viewpoints of the hydrolytic and evaporative behavior. AmN powder reacted with moisture to form hydroxide Am(OH)$$_{3}$$, while the solid solution (Am$$_{0.1}$$Zr$$_{0.9}$$)N remained stable as long as 1000 hours. Stabilization effect of ZrN was found to depend significantly on its mole fraction from the experiments on (Dy,Zr)N. In the oxidation experiments on (Dy,Zr)N by TG-DTA technique, rapid weight gain by the oxidation occurred above 700 K. Effect of ZrN on the stability against oxygen was slight. Nitrogen release by the evaporation of AmN and (Am$$_{0.1}$$Zr$$_{0.9}$$)N in He gas flow was measured by gas chromatography. Evaporation rate constants of AmN were obtained at 1623-1733 K. Although the evaporation rate constant of AmN in the solid solution were lower than those of the pure AmN, the selective evaporation of AmN from the solid slution were recognized, which resulted in a decrease in the Am mole fraction.

Journal Articles

Research and development on accelerator-driven system for transmutation of long-lived nuclear waste at JAERI

Oigawa, Hiroyuki; Sasa, Toshinobu; Takano, Hideki; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi; Nishihara, Kenji; Kikuchi, Kenji; Kurata, Yuji; Saito, Shigeru; Futakawa, Masatoshi; Umeno, Makoto*; et al.

Proceedings of 13th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference (PBNC 2002) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2002/10

To reduce the burden on the final disposal of the nuclear waste, the Acclelerator-Driven System (ADS) which can transmute minor actinides efficiently has been studied in JAERI. The proposed ADS design is an 800MWth subcritical core with lead-bismuth coolant and minor-actinide nitride fuel driven by a neutron source of a superconductivity linear accelerator with 30MW and a lead-bismuth spallation target. To realize the ADS, many research and development are under way in the fields of the accelerator, the spallation target and the nitride fuel. Moreover, a new experimental facility, the Transmutation Experimental Facility, is proposed under a framework of the High-Intensity Proton Accelerator Project to study the feasibility of the ADS from physics and engineering aspects.

Journal Articles

Research on nitride fuel for transmutation of minor actinides

Minato, Kazuo; Arai, Yasuo; Akabori, Mitsuo; Nakajima, Kunihisa

Proceedings of American Nuclear Society Conference "Nuclear Applications in the New Millennium" (AccApp-ADTTA '01) (CD-ROM), 6 Pages, 2002/00

In the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI), the concept of the transmutation of minor actinides (MA: Np, Am and Cm) with accelerator-driven systems (ADS) is being studied, where MA nitride is adopted as a fuel material of sub-critical core. The nitride fuel has been chosen as a candidate because of the possible mutual solubility among the actinide mononitrides and excellent thermal properties besides supporting hard neutron spectrum. Highly enriched N-15 would have to be used for the nitride fuel in order to prevent the formation of hazardous C-14. By applying pyrochemical process in the treatment of spent fuel, N-15 could be readily recovered and recycled. The present paper describes an overview of the research on the nitride fuel performed in JAERI. Fabrication experiments of actinide nitrides, measurements of vaporization behavior and thermal properties, and irradiation tests of actinide nitrides are summarized.

JAEA Reports

Review of actinide nitride properties with focus on safety aspects

Albiol, T.*; Arai, Yasuo

JAERI-Review 2001-040, 50 Pages, 2001/12

JAERI-Review-2001-040.pdf:3.08MB

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Dissolution and formation of nuclear materials in molten media

Ogawa, Toru; Minato, Kazuo

Pure and Applied Chemistry, 73(5), p.799 - 806, 2001/05

 Times Cited Count:15 Percentile:55.14(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

The Current status of R&D for accelerator-driven system at JAERI

Sasa, Toshinobu; Oigawa, Hiroyuki; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi; Nishihara, Kenji; Umeno, Makoto*; Takano, Hideki*

Proceedings of International Conference on Global Environment and Advanced Nuclear Power Plants (GENES4/ANP 2003) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2000/09

Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) performs research and development for accelerator-driven transmutation systems to improve the environmental impact and increase a capacity of waste disposal plant. The system consists of a superconducting proton LINAC, Pb-Bi eutectic spallation target and Pb-Bi cooled subcritical core. Thermal output of the system is 800MW by injection of the proton beam with the power of 20 to 30MW and then, about 250kg of minor actinides can be transmuted annually. To study and evaluate the feasibility of ADS by a physical and an engineering viewpoint, the Transmutation Experimental Facility is proposed under a framework of J-PARC project. In the presentation, the R&D activities by the contract between the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology will be presented.

Journal Articles

Thermochemical properties of advanced fission fuel materials

Ogawa, Toru; Okamoto, Yoshihiro; R.J.K.Konings*

Advances in Science and Technology, 24, p.381 - 392, 1999/00

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Actinide nitrides and nitride-halides in high-temperature systems

Ogawa, Toru; Kobayashi, Fumiaki; Sato, Tadashi; R.G.Haire*

Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 271-273, p.347 - 354, 1998/00

 Times Cited Count:16 Percentile:69.43(Chemistry, Physical)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Thermochemical modeling of actinide alloys related to advanced fuel cycles

Ogawa, Toru; Akabori, Mitsuo; R.G.Haire*; Kobayashi, Fumiaki

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 247, p.215 - 221, 1997/00

 Times Cited Count:11 Percentile:66.72(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Dense fuel cycles for actinide burning and thermodynamic database

Ogawa, Toru; ; Kobayashi, Fumiaki; Ito, Akinori; Mukaiyama, Takehiko; Handa, Nuneo; R.G.Haire*

Global 1995,Int. Conf. on Evaluation of Emerging Nuclear Fuel Cycle Systems, 1, p.207 - 214, 1995/00

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Anodic dissolution of uranium mononitride in lithium chloride-potassium chloride eutectic melt

Kobayashi, Fumiaki; Ogawa, Toru; Akabori, Mitsuo;

Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 78(8), p.2279 - 2281, 1995/00

 Times Cited Count:21 Percentile:69.74(Materials Science, Ceramics)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Present status of TRU fuels behavior analysis and their data bases

Ogawa, Toru

Shometsu Shori Kenkyu No Genjo; Atarashii Genshiryoku Gijutsu No Kanosei O Motomete, 0, p.117 - 124, 1994/08

no abstracts in English

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