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Journal Articles

Detection of Simulated Fukushima Daiichi Fuel Debris Using a Remotely Operated Vehicle at the Naraha Test Facility

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

Sensors (Internet), 19(20), p.4602_1 - 4602_16, 2019/10

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:100(Chemistry, Analytical)

In order to contribute to fuel debris search at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, we developed a system to search for submerged fuel debris by mounting a sonar on the remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The system can obtain 3D images of submerged fuel debris in real time by using the positioning system, depth sensor, and collected sonar data. As a demonstration test, a simulated fuel debris was installed at the bottom of the water tank facility at the Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development, and a 3D image was successfully obtained.

Journal Articles

Irradiation growth behavior of improved Zr-based alloys for fuel cladding

Amaya, Masaki; Kakiuchi, Kazuo; Mihara, Takeshi

Proceedings of International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference / Light Water Reactor Fuel Performance Conference (Global/Top Fuel 2019) (USB Flash Drive), p.1048 - 1056, 2019/09

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.

Journal Articles

Online chemical adsorption studies of Hg, Tl, and Pb on SiO$$_{2}$$ and Au surfaces in preparation for chemical investigations on Cn, Nh, and Fl at TASCA

Lens, L.*; Yakushev, A.*; D$"u$llmann, Ch. E.*; Asai, Masato; Ballof, J.*; Block, M.*; David, H. M.*; Despotopulos, J.*; Di Nitto, A.*; Eberhardt, K.*; et al.

Radiochimica Acta, 106(12), p.949 - 962, 2018/12

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:75.54(Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear)

Online gas-solid adsorption studies with single atom quantities of Hg, Tl, and Pb on SiO$$_{2}$$ and Au surfaces were carried out using short-lived radioisotopes with half-lives in the range of 4-49 s. This is a model study to measure adsorption enthalpies of superheavy elements Cn, Nh, and Fl. The short-lived isotopes were produced and separated by the gas-filled recoil separator TASCA at GSI. The products were stopped in He gas, and flushed into gas chromatography columns made of Si detectors whose surfaces were covered by SiO$$_{2}$$ or Au. The short-lived Tl and Pb were successfully measured by the Si detectors with the SiO$$_{2}$$ surface at room temperature. On the other hand, the Hg did not adsorb on the SiO$$_{2}$$ surface, but adsorbed on the Au surface. The results demonstrated that the adsorption properties of short-lived Hg, Tl, and Pb could be studied with this setup, and that this method is applicable to the experiment for Cn, Nh, and Fl.

Journal Articles

Behaviors of high-burnup LWR fuels with improved materials under design-basis accident conditions

Amaya, Masaki; Udagawa, Yutaka; Narukawa, Takafumi; Mihara, Takeshi; Taniguchi, Yoshinori

Proceedings of Annual Topical Meeting on Reactor Fuel Performance (TopFuel 2018) (Internet), 10 Pages, 2018/10

JAEA Reports

Petrographic data of silicic igneous rocks in the Tono area, central Japan

Ueki, Tadamasa; Niwa, Masakazu

JAEA-Data/Code 2018-005, 94 Pages, 2018/08


Mountain development has an influence on long-term changes of uplift, erosion, and groundwater flow related to change in hydraulic gradient. Provenance analysis is one of promising geological methods to understand origin and formation process of mountains. Case study in the Tono area, central Japan has been done for research and development of individual technique to estimate a provenance. In this report, petrological descriptions by meso- and microscopic observations and elemental distributions using scanning X-ray analytical microscope of basement rocks (silicic igneous rocks) from the study area were compiled.

Journal Articles

Thermal-hydraulics technological strategy roadmap 2017; An Approach for continuous safety improvement of LWRs

Itoi, Tatsuya*; Iwaki, Chikako*; Onuki, Akira*; Kito, Kazuaki*; Nakamura, Hideo; Nishida, Akemi; Nishi, Yoshihisa*

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi, 60(4), p.221 - 225, 2018/04

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Polar rotor scattering as atomic-level origin of low mobility and thermal conductivity of perovskite CH$$_{3}$$NH$$_{3}$$PbI$$_{3}$$

Li, B.; Kawakita, Yukinobu; Liu, Y.*; Wang, M.*; Matsuura, Masato*; Shibata, Kaoru; Kawamura, Seiko; Yamada, Takeshi*; Lin, S.*; Nakajima, Kenji; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 8, p.16086_1 - 16086_9, 2017/06

 Times Cited Count:37 Percentile:9.56(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

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Challenges for enhancing Fukushima environmental resilience, 2; Features of radionuclide release and deposition with accident progress

Saito, Kimiaki; Nagai, Haruyasu; Kinase, Sakae; Takemiya, Hiroshi

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi, 59(6), p.40 - 44, 2017/06

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

A Remote-operated system to map radiation dose in the Fukushima Daiichi primary containment vessel

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

Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications (ANIMMA 2017) (USB Flash Drive), 6 Pages, 2017/06

We are developping a submersible ROV system, coupled with radiation detectors aimed at mapping the interior of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. To map the $$gamma$$-ray intensity environment a cerium bromide (CeBr$$_{3}$$) inorganic scintillator detector sensitive to $$gamma$$-rays has been incorporated into the ROV to measure $$gamma$$-ray intensity and identify radioactive isotopes. The ROV is a cylindrical shape with a diameter of about 150 mm, and it have two end caps of five pumps each allowing control of the ROV in 5 degree of freedom. It is possible to directly replace the CeBr$$_{3}$$ detector with a single crystal chemical vapour deposition (CVD) neutron detector with a $$^{6}$$Li convertor foil that is capable of mapping the thermal neutron flux.

Journal Articles

Thermal-hydraulics technological strategy roadmap that improves safety of LWRs

Arai, Kenji*; Umezawa, Shigemitsu*; Oikawa, Hirohide*; Onuki, Akira*; Nakamura, Hideo; Nishi, Yoshihisa*; Fujii, Tadashi*

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi, 58(3), p.161 - 166, 2016/03

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Thermophysical properties of americium-containing barium plutonate

Tanaka, Kosuke; Sato, Isamu; Hirosawa, Takashi; Kurosaki, Ken*; Muta, Hiroaki*; Yamanaka, Shinsuke*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 52(10), p.1285 - 1289, 2015/10

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:74.39(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Polycrystalline specimens of americium-containing barium plutonate have been prepared by mixing the appropriate amounts of (Pu$$_{0.91}$$Am$$_{0.09}$$)O$$_{2}$$ and BaCO$$_{3}$$ powders followed by reacting and sintering at 1600 K under the flowing gas atmosphere of dry-air. The sintered specimens had a single phase of orthorhombic perovskite structure and were crack-free. The elastic moduli were determined from the longitudinal and shear sound velocities. The Debye temperature was also determined from the sound velocities and lattice parameter measurements. The thermal conductivity was calculated from the measured density at room temperature, literature values of heat capacity, and thermal diffusivity measured by laser flash method in vacuum. The thermal conductivity of americium-containing barium plutonate was roughly independent of the temperature and was almost the same magnitude as that of BaPuO$$_{3}$$ and BaUO$$_{3}$$.

Journal Articles

Primary radiation damage in materials

Nordlund, K.*; Sand, A. E.*; Granberg, F.*; Zinkle, S. J.*; Stoller, R.*; Averback, R. S.*; Suzudo, Tomoaki; Malerba, L.*; Banhart, F.*; Weber, W. J.*; et al.

NEA/NSC/DOC(2015)9 (Internet), 86 Pages, 2015/00

Within this report, we review the current understanding of primary radiation damage from neutrons, ions and electrons with emphasis on the range of validity of the dpa concept in all main classes of materials, and in particular discuss known shortcomings. We recognise that the current NRT-dpa standard is fully valid in the sense of a scaled radiation exposure measure, as it is essentially proportional to the radiation energy deposited per volume. As such, it is highly recommended to be used in reporting neutron damage results to enable comparison between different nuclear reactor environments and ion irradiations. However, in the sense of a measure of damage production the NRT-dpa value has several well-known problems. We discuss this matter and propose an improved dpa definition.

JAEA Reports

On the requirement for remodelling the spent nuclear fuel transportation casks for research reactors; A Review of the drop impact analyses of JRC-80Y-20T

Review Group on the Structure of the Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Casks for

JAERI-Review 2005-023, 133 Pages, 2005/07


The Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) constructed two stainless steel transportation casks, JRC-80Y-20T, for spent nuclear fuels of research reactors and had utilized them for transportation since 1981. A modification of the design was applied to the USA for transportation of silicide fuels. Additional analyses employing the impact analysis code LS-DYNA that was often used for safety analysis were submitted by the JAERI to the USA to show integrity of the packages; the casks were still not approved, because inelastic deformation was occurred on the surface of the lid touching to the body. To resolve this problem on design approval of transportation casks, a review group was formed at the end of this June. The group examined the impact analyses by reviewing the input data and performing the sensitivity analyses. As the drop impact analyses were found to be practically reasonable, it was concluded that the approval of the USA for the transportation casks could not be obtained just by revising the analyses; therefore, remodelling the casks is required.

Journal Articles

Neutron science and high pressure; Inelastic neutron scattering associated with pressure-induced phase transition

Fujii, Yasuhiko

Koatsuryoku No Kagaku To Gijutsu, 14(2), p.113 - 118, 2004/05

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Numerical study of zonal flow dynamics and electron transport in electron temperature gradient driven turbulence

Li, J.; Kishimoto, Yasuaki

Physics of Plasmas, 11(4), p.1493 - 1510, 2004/04

 Times Cited Count:57 Percentile:12.01(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

The electron temperature gradient (ETG) driven turbulence in tokamak core plasmas is numerically investigated based on three-dimensional gyrofluid model with adiabatic ion response. Attentions are focused on the zonal flow dynamics in ETG fluctuations and the resultant electron heat transport. A high electron energy confinement mode is found in the weak magnetic shear regime, which is closely relevant with self-organization behavior of turbulence through the enhanced zonal flow dynamics rather than the weak shear stabilization of ETG fluctuations. It is demonstrated that the weak shear is favorable for the enhancement of zonal flows in ETG turbulence.

Journal Articles

Addendum to $lqlq Doping-Dependent Magnetic Structure of Tb$_{1-x}$$Ca$$_{x}$$MnO$$_{3}$$ rqrq

Machida, Akihiko; Moritomo, Yutaka*; Oyama, Kenji*

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 72(5), P. 1312, 2003/05

In order to investigate interrelation between the lattice structure and the magnetic structure, we have performed Rietveld structural analysis on the neutron powder patterns for Tb$$_{1-x}$$Ca$$_{x}$$MnO$$_3$$ at low temperature. In the concentration range of $$0.65 leq x leq 0.85$$, we observed the Bragg reflections due to the CE-like- and C-type structures. In this range, the powder patterns were reproduce by the two-phase model with $$Pnma$$ and $$P2_{1}/m$$ symmetries. The fractions of these phases change against concentration $$x$$. This variation of the fraction for the $$Pnma$$ phase is similar to the variation of the integrated intensities of the CE-like-type magnetic Bragg reflections. This indicates that the $$Pnma$$ phase is responsible for the CE-like spin-ordering. Furthermore, we discussed interrelation between the detailed lattice structure and magnetic structure.

Journal Articles

Charge disproportionation and magnetic properties in perovskite iron oxides

Kuzushita, Kaori; Morimoto, Shotaro*; Nasu, Saburo*

Physica B; Condensed Matter, 329-333(1-4), p.736 - 737, 2003/05

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:52.17(Physics, Condensed Matter)

The physical properties of perovskite iron oxides are closely related to the network of FeO$$_6$$ octahedra. The charge disproportionation (2Fe$$^{4+}$$ $$rightarrow$$ Fe$$^{3+}$$ + Fe$$^{5+}$$), not observed in SrFeO$$_3$$, occurs in the oxides being cut the network of FeO$$_6$$ octahedra, for example, by introduction of Fe$$^{3+}$$ by substitution La for Sr and change in the dimension by insertion of SrO layer. When Co is substituted 40% of Fe in Sr$$_3$$Fe$$_2$$O$$_7$$, the magnetic order changes to ferromagnetic from antiferromagnetic and charge disproportionation is suppressed.

Journal Articles

Radiation enhancement and impurity behavior in JT-60U reversed shear discharges

Kubo, Hirotaka; Sakurai, Shinji; Higashijima, Satoru; Takenaga, Hidenobu; Itami, Kiyoshi; Konoshima, Shigeru; Nakano, Tomohide; Koide, Yoshihiko; Asakura, Nobuyuki; Shimizu, Katsuhiro; et al.

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 313-316(1-3), p.1197 - 1201, 2003/03

 Times Cited Count:17 Percentile:24.23(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Thermal hydraulic analysis of the JMTR improved LEU-core

Tabata, Toshio; Nagao, Yoshiharu; Komukai, Bunsaku; Naka, Michihiro; Takeda, Takashi*; Fujiki, Kazuo

JAERI-Tech 2002-100, 108 Pages, 2003/01


After the investigation of the new core arrangement for the JMTR reactor in order to enhance the fuel burn-up and consequently extend the operation period, the "improved LEU core" that utilized 2 additional fuel elements instead of formerly installed reflector elements, was adopted. This report describes the results of the thermal-hydraulic analysis of the improved LEU core as a part of safety analysis for the licensing. The analysis covers steady state, abnormal operational transients and accidents, which were described in the annexes of the licensing documents as design bases events. Calculation conditions for the computer codes were conservatively determined based on the neutronic analysis results and others. The results of the analysis, that revealed the safety criteria were satisfied on the fuel temperature, DNBR and primary coolant temperature, were used in the licensing. The operation license of the JMTR with the improved LEU core was granted in March 2001, and the reactor operation with new core started in November 2001 as 142nd operation cycle.

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