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Recent improvements of probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis code PASCAL for reactor pressure vessels

Lu, K.; 高見澤 悠; 勝山 仁哉; Li, Y.

International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping, 199, p.104706_1 - 104706_13, 2022/10

A probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis code PASCAL was developed in Japan for probabilistic integrity assessment of reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) in pressurized water reactors (PWRs) considering neutron irradiation embrittlement and pressurized thermal shock (PTS) transients. To strengthen the practical applications of PFM methodology in Japan, PASCAL has been upgraded to a new version, PASCAL5, which enables PFM analyses of RPVs in both PWRs and boiling water reactors (BWRs) subjected to a broad range of transients, including PTS and normal operational transients. In this paper, the recent improvements in PASCAL5 are described such as the incorporated stress intensity factor solutions and corresponding calculation methods for external surface cracks and embedded cracks near the RPV outer surface. In addition, the analysis conditions and evaluation models recommended for PFM analyses of Japanese RPVs in BWRs are investigated. Finally, PFM analysis examples for core region of a Japanese BWR-type model RPV subjected to two transients (i.e., low-temperature over pressure and heat-up transients) are presented using PASCAL5.


Abrupt change in electronic states under pressure in new compound EuPt$$_3$$Al$$_5$$

小泉 尭嗣*; 本多 史憲*; 佐藤 芳樹*; Li, D.*; 青木 大*; 芳賀 芳範; 郷地 順*; 長崎 尚子*; 上床 美也*; 金子 良夫*; et al.

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 91(4), p.043704_1 - 043704_5, 2022/04

A new ternary europium compound EuPt$$_3$$Al$$_5$$ is reported. It orders antiferromagnetically at 12.4 K. Application of hydrostatic pressure varies the transition temperature and the compound becomes non-magnetic above the critical pressure 9 GPa. The pressure-temperature phase diagram is indicative of a possible valence crossover at the critical pressure.



鳥川 智旦*; 大平 直也*; 伊藤 大介*; 伊藤 啓*; 齊藤 泰司*; 松下 健太郎; 江連 俊樹; 田中 正暁

混相流, 36(1), p.63 - 69, 2022/03



Development of the high-power spallation neutron target of J-PARC

羽賀 勝洋; 粉川 広行; 直江 崇; 涌井 隆; 若井 栄一; 二川 正敏

Proceedings of 19th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-19) (Internet), 13 Pages, 2022/03



Evaluation of brittle crack arrest toughness for highly-irradiated reactor pressure vessel steels

岩田 景子; 端 邦樹; 飛田 徹; 廣田 貴俊*; 高見澤 悠; 知見 康弘; 西山 裕孝

Proceedings of ASME 2021 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference (PVP 2021) (Internet), 7 Pages, 2021/07

The crack arrest fracture toughness, K$$_{Ia}$$, values for highly-irradiated reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels are estimated according to a linear relationship between crack arrest toughness reference temperature, T$$_{KIa}$$, and the temperature corresponding to a fixed arrest load, equal to 4 kN, T$$_{Fa4kN}$$, obtained by instrumented Charpy impact test. The relationship between T$$_{KIa}$$ derived from the instrumented Chrapy impact test and fracture toughness reference temperature, T$$_{o}$$, was expressed as an equation proposed in a previous report. The coefficients in the equation could be fine-tuned to obtain a better fitting curve using the present experimental data and previous K$$_{Ia}$$ data. The K$$_{Ia}$$ curve for RPV;A533B class1 steels irradiated up to 1.3$$times$$10$$^{20}$$ n/cm$$^{2}$$ (E $$>$$ 1 MeV) was compared with a K$$_{IR}$$ curve defined in JEAC4206-2016. It was shown that the K$$_{IR}$$ curve was always lower than the 1%ile curve of K$$_{Ia}$$ for these irradiated RPV steels. This result indicates that the conservativeness of the method defined in JEAC4206-2016 to evaluate K$$_{Ia}$$ using K$$_{IR}$$ curve is confirmed for highly-irradiated RPV steels.


Data report of ROSA/LSTF experiment SB-PV-09; 1.9% pressure vessel top small break LOCA with SG depressurization and gas inflow

竹田 武司

JAEA-Data/Code 2021-006, 61 Pages, 2021/04


ROSA-V計画において、大型非定常実験装置(LSTF)を用いた実験(実験番号: SB-PV-09)が2005年11月17日に行われた。ROSA/LSTF SB-PV-09実験では、加圧水型原子炉(PWR)の1.9%圧力容器頂部小破断冷却材喪失事故を模擬した。このとき、非常用炉心冷却系(ECCS)である高圧注入系の全故障と蓄圧注入(ACC)タンクから一次系への非凝縮性ガス(窒素ガス)の流入を仮定した。実験では、上部ヘッドに形成される水位が破断流量に影響を与えることを見出した。アクシデントマネジメント(AM)策として、両ループの蒸気発生器(SG)逃し弁開放によるSG二次側減圧を炉心出口最高温度が623Kに到達した時点で開始した。SG二次側圧力が一次系圧力に低下するまで、このAM策は一次系減圧に対して有効とならなかった。一方、炉心出口温度の応答が遅くかつ緩慢であるため、模擬燃料棒の被覆管表面最高温度がLSTFの炉心保護のために予め決定した値(958K)を超えたとき、炉心出力は自動的に低下した。炉心出力の自動低下後、低温側配管内でのACC水と蒸気の凝縮により両ループのループシールクリアリング(LSC)が誘発された。LSC後、炉心水位が回復して炉心はクエンチした。ACCタンクから窒素ガスの流入開始後、一次系とSG二次側の圧力差が大きくなった。ECCSである低圧注入系の作動を通じた継続的な炉心冷却を確認後、実験を終了した。本報告書は、ROSA/LSTF SB-PV-09実験の手順、条件および実験で観察された主な結果をまとめたものである。


Application of probabilistic fracture mechanics to reactor pressure vessel using PASCAL4 code

Lu, K.; 勝山 仁哉; Li, Y.; 吉村 忍*

Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, 143(2), p.021505_1 - 021505_8, 2021/04

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:0(Engineering, Mechanical)

Probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) is considered to be a promising methodology in structural integrity assessments of pressure-boundary components in nuclear power plants since it can rationally represent the inherent probabilistic distributions for influence parameters without over-conservativeness. To strengthen the applicability of PFM methodology in Japan, Japan Atomic Energy Agency has developed a PFM analysis code PASCAL4 which enables the failure frequency evaluation of reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) considering neutron irradiation embrittlement and thermal transients. PASCAL4 is expected to make a significant contribution to the probabilistic integrity assessment of Japanese RPVs. In this study, PFM analysis for a Japanese model RPV in a pressurized water reactor (PWR) was conducted using PASCAL4, and the effects of nondestructive examination (NDE) and neutron flux reduction on failure frequencies of the RPV were quantitatively evaluated. From the analysis results, it is concluded that PASCAL4 is useful for probabilistic integrity assessments of embrittled RPVs and can enhance the applicability of PFM methodology.


Nonmagnetic-magnetic transition and magnetically ordered structure in SmS

吉田 章吾*; 小山 岳秀*; 山田 陽彦*; 中井 祐介*; 上田 光一*; 水戸 毅*; 北川 健太郎*; 芳賀 芳範

Physical Review B, 103(15), p.155153_1 - 155153_5, 2021/04

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:0(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

SmS, a protopypical intermediate valence compound, has been studied by performing high-pressure nuclear magnetic resonance measurements. The observation of an additional signal at high pressure gives evidence of a magnetic phase transition. The cancellation of the hyperfined fields at the S site suggests a type-II antiferromagnetic structure.


Effect of gas microbubble injection and narrow channel structure on cavitation damage in mercury target vessel

直江 崇; 木下 秀孝; 粉川 広行; 涌井 隆; 若井 栄一; 羽賀 勝洋; 高田 弘

Materials Science Forum, 1024, p.111 - 120, 2021/03



Pressure-dependent structure of methanol-water mixtures up to 1.2 GPa; Neutron diffraction experiments and molecular dynamics simulations

Temleitner, L.*; 服部 高典; 阿部 淳*; 中島 陽一*; Pusztai, L.*

Molecules (Internet), 26(5), p.1218_1 - 1218_12, 2021/03

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:0(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

全組成域にわたるメタノール水混合系(CD$$_{3}$$OD-D$$_{2}$$O)の全構造因子を中性子回折により約1.2GPaまでの圧力で調べた。最も大きな圧力変化は、$$Q=$$ 5 $AA$^{-1}$$以下の範囲において、第一および第2ピークのシフトとして見られた。この変化の起源を明らかにするために、実験した圧力での分子動力学計算を行った。その結果、ピーク高はあまり再現できなかったものの、ピークシフトは、定量的に再現できた。圧力が隣接分子間の斥力に大きな影響を与えることを考慮すると、実験と計算の一致は満足できるものであると言える。圧力の局所構造への影響を調べるために、計算で得られた構造を水素結合に関係した部分動径分布関数や水素結合環状構造のサイズ分布の観点から解析した。その結果、水リッチおよびメタノールリッチな組成域で、構造の圧力変化に大きな違いがあることが分かった。


Data report of ROSA/LSTF experiment SB-SL-01; Main steam line break accident

竹田 武司

JAEA-Data/Code 2020-019, 58 Pages, 2021/01


ROSA-IV計画において、大型非定常実験装置(LSTF)を用いた実験(実験番号: SB-SL-01)が1990年3月27日に行われた。ROSA/LSTFSB-SL-01実験では、加圧水型原子炉(PWR)の主蒸気管破断(MSLB)事故を模擬した。このとき、両ループの蒸気発生器(SG)二次側への補助給水(AFW)とともに、非常用炉心冷却系である高圧注入(HPI)系から両ループの低温側配管内への冷却材注入を仮定した。MSLBにより、破断ループのSGは急減圧し、破断ループのSG二次側広域水位は低下した。しかし、破断ループのSG二次側へのAFWにより、破断ループのSG二次側広域水位は回復した。一次系圧力は、MSLB直後一時的に若干低下したが、SG主蒸気隔離弁の閉止に従い16.1MPaまで上昇した。一次系圧力が10MPa以下に低下した数分後、HPI系から両ループの低温側配管内へ冷却材を手動注入した。一次系圧力は、HPI系からの冷却材注入により上昇したが、加圧器逃し弁の開放により16.2MPa以下に維持された。実験中、炉心はサブクール水で満たされた。健全ループでは、流れが停滞し、HPI系からの冷却材注入時に低温側配管での温度成層が観察された。一方、破断ループでは、顕著な自然循環が継続した。HPI系からの冷却材の連続注入による継続的な炉心冷却を確認して実験を終了した。取得した実験データは、PWRのMSLBを伴う多重故障事故時の回復操作および手順の検討に役立てることができる。本報告書は、ROSA/LSTFSB-SL-01実験の手順、条件および実験で観察された主な結果をまとめたものである。


Effects of pressure and heat loss on the unstable motion of cellular-flame fronts caused by intrinsic instability in hydrogen-air lean premixed flames

門脇 敏; Thwe, T. A.; 古山 大誠*; 河田 一正*; 勝身 俊之; 小林 秀昭*

Journal of Thermal Science and Technology (Internet), 16(2), p.20-00491_1 - 20-00491_12, 2021/00



Plasticity correction on stress intensity factor evaluation for underclad cracks in reactor pressure vessels

Lu, K.; 勝山 仁哉; Li, Y.

Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, 142(5), p.051501_1 - 051501_10, 2020/10

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:0(Engineering, Mechanical)

Structural integrity assessment of reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) is essential for the safe operation of nuclear power plants. For RPVs in pressurized water reactors (PWRs), the assessment should be performed by considering neutron irradiation embrittlement and pressurized thermal shock (PTS) events. To assess the structural integrity of an RPV, a traditional method is usually employed by comparing fracture toughness of the RPV material with the stress intensity factor ($$K_{rm I}$$) of a crack postulated near the RPV inner surface. When an underclad crack (i.e., a crack beneath the cladding of an RPV) is postulated, $$K_{rm I}$$ of this crack can be increased owing to the plasticity effect of cladding. This is because the yield stress of cladding is lower than that of base metal and the cladding may yield earlier than base metal. In this paper, detailed three-dimensional (3D) finite element analyses (FEAs) were performed in consideration of the plasticity effect of cladding for underclad cracks postulated in Japanese RPVs. Based on the 3D FEA results, a plasticity correction method was proposed on $$K_{rm I}$$ calculations of underclad cracks. In addition, the effects of RPV geometries and loading conditions were investigated using the proposed plasticity correction method. Moreover, the applicability of the proposed method to the case which considers the hardening effect of materials after neutron irradiation was also investigated. All of these results indicate that the proposed plasticity correction method can be used for $$K_{rm I}$$ calculations of underclad cracks and is applicable to structural integrity assessment of Japanese RPVs containing underclad cracks.


Extension of PASCAL4 code for probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis of reactor pressure vessel in boiling water reactor

Lu, K.; 勝山 仁哉; Li, Y.

Proceedings of ASME 2020 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference (PVP 2020) (Internet), 10 Pages, 2020/08

In Japan, Japan Atomic Energy Agency has developed a probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis code, PASCAL4, for probabilistic evaluation of reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) in pressurized water reactors (PWRs) considering neutron irradiation embrittlement and pressurized thermal shock (PTS) events. Besides severe PTS events, however, transients associated with normal operations, such as the cooldown and heatup transients associated with reactor shutdown and startup, respectively, should also be considered in the integrity assessment of RPVs in both PWRs and boiling water reactors (BWRs). With regard to a heatup transient, because temperature is at its minimum, and tensile stress at its maximum on the RPV outer surface, outer surface crack and embedded crack near the RPV outer surface should be taken into account. To extend the applicability of PASCAL4, we improved the code to include analysis functions for these cracks. The improved PASCAL4 can be used to run PFM analyses of RPVs subjected to both cooldown (including PTS) and heatup transients. In this paper, improvements made to PASCAL4 are firstly described, including the incorporated stress intensity factor solutions and the corresponding calculation methods for vessel outer surface crack and embedded crack near the outer surface. Using the improved PASCAL4, PFM analysis examples for a Japanese BWR-type model RPV subjected to thermal transients including a low temperature overpressure event and a heatup transient are presented.


Recent verification activities on probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis code PASCAL4 for reactor pressure vessel

Lu, K.; 勝山 仁哉; Li, Y.; 宮本 裕平*; 廣田 貴俊*; 板橋 遊*; 永井 政貴*; 鈴木 雅秀*; 関東 康祐*

Mechanical Engineering Journal (Internet), 7(3), p.19-00573_1 - 19-00573_14, 2020/06

Probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) is considered a promising methodology in assessing the integrity of structural components in nuclear power plants because it can rationally represent the influence parameters in their probabilistic distributions without over-conservativeness. In Japan, Japan Atomic Energy Agency has developed a PFM analysis code PASCAL4 (PFM Analysis of Structural Components in Aging LWRs Version 4) which enables the probabilistic integrity assessment of reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) considering neutron irradiation embrittlement and pressurized thermal shock events. Several efforts have been made to verify PASCAL4 to ensure that this code can provide reliable analysis results. In particular, a Japanese working group, which consists of different participants from the industry and from universities and institutes, has been established to conduct the verification studies. This paper summarizes verification activities of the working group in the past two years. Based on those verification activities, the reliability and applicability of PASCAL4 for structural integrity assessments of Japanese RPVs have been confirmed with great confidence.


Neutron diffraction study on the deuterium composition of nickel deuteride at high temperatures and high pressures

齋藤 寛之*; 町田 晃彦*; 服部 高典; 佐野 亜沙美; 舟越 賢一*; 佐藤 豊人*; 折茂 慎一*; 青木 勝敏*

Physica B; Condensed Matter, 587, p.412153_1 - 412153_6, 2020/06

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:23.44(Physics, Condensed Matter)

重水素を含んだfcc Niを、3.36GPaで1073Kから300Kへ冷却した際の、構造中の重水素(D)の席占有率を中性子その場観察により調べた。多くの重水素はfccの金属格子の八面体サイトを占め、またわずかながら四面体サイトへの占有も見られた。八面体サイトの占有率は、1073Kから300Kへの冷却で0.4から0.85へ増大した。一方、四面体サイトの占有率は約0.02のままであった。この温度に依存しない四面体サイトの占有率は普通でなく、その理由はよくわからない。水素による膨張の体積と水素組成の直線関係から、重水素の侵入による体積膨張は、2.09(13) ${AA $^{3}$/D}$原子と求められた。この値は、過去NiやNi$$_{0.8}$$ Fe$$_{0.2}$$合金で報告されている2.14-2.2 ${AA $^{3}$/D}$原子とよく一致している。


Improvements on evaluation functions of a probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis code for reactor pressure vessels

Lu, K.; 勝山 仁哉; Li, Y.

Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, 142(2), p.021208_1 - 021208_11, 2020/04

 被引用回数:3 パーセンタイル:65.8(Engineering, Mechanical)

In Japan, a probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis code PASCAL was developed for structural integrity assessment of reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) considering neutron irradiation embrittlement and pressurized thermal shock (PTS) events. By reflecting the latest knowledge and findings, the evaluation functions are continuously improved and have been incorporated into PASCAL4 which is the most recent version of the PASCAL code. In this paper, the improvements made in PASCAL4 are explained in detail, such as the evaluation model of warm prestressing (WPS) effect, evaluation function of confidence levels for PFM analysis results by considering the epistemic and aleatory uncertainties in probabilistic variables, the recent stress intensity factor (KI) solutions, and improved methods for KI calculations when considering complicated stress distributions. Moreover, using PASCAL4, PFM analysis examples considering these improvements are presented.


Guideline on probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis for Japanese reactor pressure vessels

勝山 仁哉; 小坂部 和也*; 宇野 隼平*; Li, Y.; 吉村 忍*

Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, 142(2), p.021205_1 - 021205_10, 2020/04

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:31.67(Engineering, Mechanical)



Mitigation of cavitation damage in J-PARC mercury target vessel

直江 崇; 木下 秀孝; 粉川 広行; 涌井 隆; 若井 栄一; 羽賀 勝洋; 高田 弘

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 28, p.081004_1 - 081004_6, 2020/02




相原 純; 後藤 実; 植田 祥平; 橘 幸男

JAEA-Data/Code 2019-018, 22 Pages, 2020/01



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