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Maxwellian-averaged neutron-induced reaction cross sections and astrophysical reaction rates for $$kT$$ = 1 keV to 1 MeV calculated from microscopic neutron cross section library JENDL-3.3

Nakagawa, Tsuneo; Chiba, Satoshi; Hayakawa, Takehito; Kajino, Toshitaka*

Atomic Data and Nuclear Data Tables, 91(2), p.77 - 186, 2005/11

 Times Cited Count:23 Percentile:80.83(Physics, Atomic, Molecular & Chemical)

no abstracts in English

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Estimation of covariance matrices for nuclear data of $$^{237}Np$$, $$^{241}Am$$ and $$^{243}Am$$

Nakagawa, Tsuneo

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 42(11), p.984 - 993, 2005/11

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:51.68(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

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Benchmark experiments of thermal neutron and capture $$gamma$$-ray distributions in concrete using $$^{252}$$Cf

Asano, Yoshihiro; Sugita, Takeshi*; Hirose, Hideyuki; Suzaki,Takenori

Nuclear Science and Engineering, 151(2), p.251 - 259, 2005/10

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

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Measurements of $$^{238}$$U doppler effect in the soft neutron spectra using FCA (Joint research)

Ando, Masaki; Kawasaki, Kenji*; Okajima, Shigeaki; Fukushima, Masahiro; Matsuura, Yutaka*; Kaneko, Yuji*

JAERI-Research 2005-026, 39 Pages, 2005/09

JAERI-Research-2005-026.pdf:4.37MB

$$^{238}$$U Doppler effect measurements in moderated neutron spectra (uranium fuel and MOX simulated fuel) were carried out using FCA for the purpose of contributing to the improvement in prediction accuracy for Doppler coefficient in LWR. In the mockup cores for MOX fuel, the measurements were performed in different neutron spectra, where the voidage of moderator material was varied systematically. The experimental data were obtained using cylindrical uranium samples with different outer diameter up to 800$$^{circ}$$C. Analyses were performed using a standard code system designed to analyze fast reactor mock-up experiments at FCA with the use of the JENDL-3.2 library. The results of the analyses showed that the calculation accuracy did not depend on the types of the core fuel or the Doppler samples. The calculated values agreed with the experimental ones within the experimental error. Any dependency of the prediction accuracy on the neutron spectra was not observed in the MOX simulated fuel cores.

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Benchmark analysis of KRITZ-2 critical experiments

Okumura, Keisuke; Kawasaki, Kenji*; Mori, Takamasa

JAERI-Research 2005-018, 64 Pages, 2005/08

JAERI-Research-2005-018.pdf:3.26MB

In the KRITZ-2 critical experiments, criticality and pin power distributions were measured at room temperature and high temperature (about 245 degree C) for three different cores loading slightly enriched UO$$_{2}$$ or MOX fuels. For nuclear data testing, benchmark analysis was carried out with a continuous-energy Monte Carlo code MVP and its four nuclear data libraries based on JENDL-3.2, JENDL-3.3, JEF-2.2 and ENDF/B-VI.8. As a result, fairly good agreements with the experimental data were obtained with any libraries for the pin power distributions. However, the JENDL-3.3 and ENDF/B-VI.8 give under-prediction of criticality and too negative isothermal temperature coefficients for slightly enriched UO$$_{2}$$ cores, while the older nuclear data JENDL-3.2 and JEF-2.2 give rather good agreements with the experimental data. From the detailed study with an infinite unit cell model, it was found that the differences among the libraries are mainly due to the different fission cross section of U-235 in the energy rage below 1.0 eV.

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Study on the prediction accuracy of nuclide generation and depletion with JENDL

Okumura, Keisuke; Oki, Shigeo*; Yamamoto, Munenari*; Matsumoto, Hideki*; Ando, Yoshihira*; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi; Sasahara, Akihiro*; Katakura, Junichi; Matsumura, Tetsuo*; Aoyama, Takafumi*; et al.

JAERI-Research 2004-025, 154 Pages, 2005/01

JAERI-Research-2004-025.pdf:19.46MB

This report summarizes the activity (FY2000-2003) of Working Group (WG) on Evaluation of Nuclide Generation and Depletion under Subcommittee on Nuclear Fuel Cycle of Japanese Nuclear Data Committee. In the WG, analyses of Post Irradiation Examinations have been carried out for UO$$_{2}$$ and MOX fuels irradiated in PWRs, BWRs and FBRs, and for actinide samples irradiated in fast reactors, by using ORIGEN or more detailed calculation codes with their libraries based on JENDL-3.2, JENDL-3.3 and other foreign nuclear data files. From these results, current prediction accuracy and problems for evaluation of nuclide generation and depletion are discussed. Furthermore, this report covers other products of our activity; development of the ORIGEN libraries for PWR, BWR and FBR based on JENDL-3.3, study on introduction of neutron spectrum index to ORIGEN calculations, and results of questionnaire survey on desirable accuracy of ORIGEN calculations.

Journal Articles

Uncertainty analyses of neutron cross sections for $$^{235}$$U in the resonance region

Shibata, Keiichi

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 42(1), p.130 - 133, 2005/01

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:47.08(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Covariances of neutron cross sections for $$^{235}$$U were evaluated in the resonance region to estimate the accuracy of various design calculations. Energy-averaged cross-section covariances were deduced from available measurements by using the least-square method. The data obtained were combined with the $$^{235}$$U data of JENDL-3.3 in order to complete uncertainty infomation required by users.

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A Set of ORIGEN2 cross section libraries based on JENDL-3.3 library; ORLIBJ33

Katakura, Junichi; Kataoka, Masaharu*; Suyama, Kenya; Jin, Tomoyuki*; Oki, Shigeo*

JAERI-Data/Code 2004-015, 115 Pages, 2004/11

JAERI-Data-Code-2004-015.pdf:16.52MB

A set of cross section libraries for ORIGEN2 code, ORLIBJ33, has been produced based on the latest Japanese Evaluated Nuclear Data Library JENDL-3.3. The produced libraries are for LWR's which include PWR, BWR and their MOX fuels. The libraries for FBR's are also produced. Using the libraries for LWR, comparisons with old libraries based on JENDL-3.2 were performed. The comparisons with measured PIE data were also carried out. For the libraries for FBR, the comparisons with the calculations using the old libraries were performed and the effects using different libraries were discussed.

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Integral benchmark experiments of the Japanese Evaluated Nuclear Data Library (JENDL)-3.3 for the fusion reactor design

Nishitani, Takeo; Ochiai, Kentaro; Maekawa, Fujio; Shibata, Keiichi; Wada, Masayuki*; Murata, Isao*

IAEA-CN-116/FT/P1-22 (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2004/11

no abstracts in English

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Integral validation of minor actinide nuclear data by using samples irradiated at dounreay prototype fast reactor

Tsujimoto, Kazufumi; Oigawa, Hiroyuki; Shinohara, Nobuo

Proceedings of International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology (ND 2004), 4 Pages, 2004/09

Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) has been developing technologies for partitioning and transmutation of long-lived nuclides in high-level radioactive waste. In the dedicated transmutation systems, reliable neuclear data of minor actinide (MA) are indispensable to obtain a reliable design of a transmutation system. Present status of MA nuclear data is not so satisfactory. To obtain reliable nuclear data of MA, radiochemically analyzed data of the actinide samples irradiated at the Dounreay Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) were used in this study. The samples were actinide oxides of 21 different isotopes from thorium to curium. The burnup calculations were performed and the calculated results were compared with the experimental data to validate the neutron cross section data of MA in an evaluated nuclear data file JENDL-3.3, ENDF/B-VI, and JEFF-3.0. The results for uraniumu and plutoniumu samples show good agreements with experimental data. On the other hand, in the results for americium and curiumu, relatively large disagreement with experimental data are showed.

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Production of MVP neutron cross section libraries based on the latest evaluated nuclear data files

Mori, Takamasa; Nagaya, Yasunobu; Okumura, Keisuke; Kaneko, Kunio*

JAERI-Data/Code 2004-011, 119 Pages, 2004/07

JAERI-Data-Code-2004-011.pdf:5.93MB

The 2nd version of code system, LICEM-2, has been developed to produce neutron cross section libraries for the MVP continuous energy Monte Carlo code from an evaluated nuclear data library in the ENDF format. The code system can process nuclear data in the latest ENDF-6 format and produce cross section libraries for MVP's capability of transport calculation at arbitrary temperature. By using the present system, MVP neutron cross section libraries have been prepared from the latest evaluations of JENDL, ENDF/B and JEFF data bases. This report describes the specification of MVP neutron cross section library, the details of each code in the code system, how to use them and MVP neutron cross section libraries produced with the code system.

Journal Articles

Calculation of nuclear characteristic parameters and drawing subcriticality judgment graphs of infinite fuel systems for typical nuclear fuels

Okuno, Hiroshi; Takada, Tomoyuki

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 41(4), p.481 - 492, 2004/04

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Nuclear characteristic parameters were calculated and subcriticality judgement graphs were drawn for revision purposes of the Data Collection for the Nuclear Criticality Safety Handbook. The nuclear characteristic parameters were the neutron multiplication factor in infinite media, migration area and diffusion constants for 11 kinds of typical fuels encountered in criticality safety evaluation of nuclear fuel cycle facilities. These fuels included ADU-H$$_{2}$$O, UF6-HF and Pu(NO$$_{3}$$)$$_{4}$$-UO$$_{2}$$(NO$$_{3}$$)$$_{2}$$ solution, of which data were not cited in the Data Collection. The calculation was made with the Japanese evaluated nuclear data library JENDL-3.2 and a sequence of criticality calculation codes, SRAC, POST and SIMCRI. The subcriticality judgement graphs that depict the region satisfying the inequality relation of the neutron multiplication factor less than 0.98 between the two variables (a) uranium enrichment, 239Pu/Pu ratio or plutonium enrichment and (b) H/(Pu+U) ratio were drawn for the same kinds of fuels except UF6-HF in infinite media.

JAEA Reports

Analysis of the TRIGA MARK-II benchmark IEU-COMP-THERM-003 with Monte Carlo code MVP

Mahmood, M. S.; Nagaya, Yasunobu; Mori, Takamasa

JAERI-Tech 2004-027, 30 Pages, 2004/03

JAERI-Tech-2004-027.pdf:2.26MB

The benchmark experiments of the TRIGA Mark-II reactor in the ICSBEP handbook have been analyzed with the Monte Carlo code MVP using the cross section libraries based on JENDL-3.3, JENDL-3.2 and ENDF/B-VI.8. MCNP calculations have been also performed with the ENDF/B-VI.6 library for comparison between the MVP and MCNP results. For both cores labeled 132 and 133, which have different core configurations, the ratio of the calculated to the experimental results (C/E) for keff obtained by the MVP code is 0.999 for JENDL-3.3, 1.003 for JENDL-3.2, and 0.998 for ENDF/B-VI.8. For the MCNP code, the C/E values are 0.998 for both the Core 132 and 133. All the calculated results agree with the reference values within the experimental uncertainties. The results obtained by MVP with ENDF/B-VI.8 and MCNP with ENDF/B-VI.6 differ only by 0.02% for Core 132, and by 0.01% for Core 133.

Journal Articles

Research activities of Japanese Nuclear Data Committee in the fiscal years of 2001 and 2002

Igashira, Masayuki*; Shibata, Keiichi; Takano, Hideki*; Yamano, Naoki*; Matsunobu, Hiroyuki*; Kitao, Kensuke*; Katakura, Junichi; Nakagawa, Tsuneo; Hasegawa, Akira; Iwasaki, Tomohiko*; et al.

Nihon Genshiryoku Gakkai Wabun Rombunshi, 3(1), p.128 - 139, 2004/03

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Evaluation of neutronic characteristics of TRACY water-reflected core system

Sono, Hiroki; Yanagisawa, Hiroshi*; Miyoshi, Yoshinori

JAERI-Tech 2003-096, 84 Pages, 2004/01

JAERI-Tech-2003-096.pdf:3.6MB

Prior to the supercritical experiments using a water-reflected core of the TRACY Facility, neutronic characteristics regarding criticality and reactivity of the core system were evaluated. In the analyses, a continuous energy Monte Carlo code, MVP, and a two-dimensional transport code, TWOTRAN, were used together with a nuclear data library, JENDL-3.3. By comparison to the characteristics in the former-used bare core system of TRACY, the water reflector was estimated not to change the kinetic parameter and to reduce the critical solution level by $$sim$$20 %, the temperature coefficient of reactivity by 6$$sim$$10 %, and the void coefficient of reactivity by $$sim$$18 %, respectively. According to the Nordheim-Fuchs model, the first peak power during a power excursion was evaluated to be $$sim$$15 % smaller than that in the bare system under the same conditions of fuel and reactivity insertion. The influence of the void feedback effect of reactivity, which is left out of consideration in the model, on the power characteristics will be evaluated from the results of the experiments.

JAEA Reports

Measurement of doppler effect on resonance materials for ROX fuel using FCA

Ando, Masaki; Nakano, Yoshihiro; Okajima, Shigeaki; Kawasaki, Kenji

JAERI-Research 2003-029, 72 Pages, 2003/12

JAERI-Research-2003-029.pdf:3.41MB

The objectives of this study is to clarify calculation accuracy for the Doppler effect of the resonance materials; erbium (Er), tungsten (W) and thorium (ThO$$_{2}$$). Doppler effect measurements were carried out in a fast neutron spectrum (XX-2 core) and in an intermediate neutron spectrum (XXI-1D2 core) by the sample-heated and reactivity worth measurement method up to 800$$^{circ}$$C using FCA. The experiment was analyzed with the standard analysis method for fast reactor cores at FCA with the use of the JENDL-3.2. The SRAC system was also used to investigate the calculation accuracy of the system and to compare it with that of the FCA standard analysis method. The standard analysis method underestimated for the XX-2 core and agreed the experiments within the experimental errors for the XXI-1D2 core. The analysis with the SRAC system gave smaller values by 3%$$sim$$10% for the Er sample and bigger values by 2%$$sim$$5% for the W sample than the standard analysis method.

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Evaluations of heavy nuclide data for JENDL-3.3

Kawano, Toshihiko*; Matsunobu, Hiroyuki*; Murata, Toru*; Zukeran, Atsushi*; Nakajima, Yutaka*; Kawai, Masayoshi*; Iwamoto, Osamu; Shibata, Keiichi; Nakagawa, Tsuneo; Osawa, Takaaki*; et al.

JAERI-Research 2003-026, 53 Pages, 2003/12

JAERI-Research-2003-026.pdf:2.48MB

New evaluations of neutron nuclear data for Uranium, Plutonium, and Thorium isotopes which are essential for applications to nuclear technology were carried out for the Japanese Evaluated Nuclear Data Library, JENDL-3.3. The objectives of the current release of JENDL were to fix several problems which have been reported for the previous version, to improve the accuracy of the data, and to evaluate covariances for the important nuclides. Quantities in JENDL-3.2 were extensively re-evaluated or replaced by more reliable values. The heavy nuclide data in JENDL-3.3 were validated with several benchmark tests, and it was reported that the current release gave a good prediction of criticalities.

Journal Articles

Evaluation of the $$^{210it m}$$Bi/$$^{210it g}$$Bi branching ratio of the $$^{209}$$Bi(${it n,$gamma$}$)$$^{210}$$Bi cross section in the neutron energy range from 200keV to 3.0MeV

Ichihara, Akira; Shibata, Keiichi

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 40(11), p.980 - 982, 2003/11

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:38.02(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

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Revised data for 2nd version of Nuclear Criticality Safety Handbook/Data Collection

Okuno, Hiroshi; Ryufuku, Susumu*; Suyama, Kenya; Nomura, Yasushi; Tonoike, Kotaro; Miyoshi, Yoshinori

JAERI-Conf 2003-019, p.116 - 121, 2003/10

This paper outlines the data prepared for the 2nd version of Data Collection of the Nuclear Criticality Safety Handbook. These data are discussed in the order of its preliminary table of contents. The nuclear characteristic parameters (k$$_{rm inf}$$, M$$^{2}$$, D) were derived, and subcriticality judgment graphs were drawn for eleven kinds of fuels which were often encountered in criticality safety evaluation of fuel cycle facilities. For calculation of criticality data, benchmark calculations using the combination of the continuous energy Monte Carlo criticality code MVP and the Japanese Evaluated Nuclear Data Library JENDL-3.2 were made. The calculation errors were evaluated for this combination. The implementation of the experimental results obtained by using NUCEF facilities into the 2nd version of the Data Collection is under discussion. Therefore, related data were just mentioned. A database is being prepared to retrieve revised data easily.

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Evaluations of medium-heavy nuclide data for JENDL-3.3

Shibata, Keiichi; Asami, Tetsuo*; Watanabe, Takashi*; Watanabe, Yukinobu*; Yamamuro, Nobuhiro*; Igashira, Masayuki*; Kitazawa, Hideo*

JAERI-Research 2003-021, 49 Pages, 2003/09

JAERI-Research-2003-021.pdf:2.82MB

Evaluations of neutron nuclear data for medium-heavy nuclides were performed for JENDL-3.3. The present work was undertaken to remove the drawbacks of the previous library JENDL-3.2. Recent measurements and nuclear model calculations were taken into account to improve the accuracy of the evaluated data. The data on natural elements were not produced in order to solve a problem of the inconsistency between elemental and isotopic data except for carbon and vanadium in JENDL-3.3.

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