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Journal Articles

Fracture-mechanics-based evaluation of failure limit on pre-cracked and hydrided Zircaloy-4 cladding tube under biaxial stress states

Li, F.; Mihara, Takeshi; Udagawa, Yutaka; Amaya, Masaki

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 57(6), p.633 - 645, 2020/06

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

Journal Articles

Characterization of Pt and Pd epitaxial films on sapphire substrates by RBS/channeling

Yamamoto, Shunya; Hakoda, Teruyuki; Yoshikawa, Masahito

JAEA-Review 2014-050, JAEA Takasaki Annual Report 2013, P. 129, 2015/03

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

The Evaluation of the influence of hydride rim and biaxial stress condition on the cladding failure under a reactivity-initiated-accident by using EDC test method

Shinozaki, Takashi; Mihara, Takeshi; Udagawa, Yutaka; Sugiyama, Tomoyuki; Amaya, Masaki

JAEA-Research 2014-025, 34 Pages, 2014/12


EDC test is a test method on the mechanical property of fuel cladding tube, and it focuses on the stress condition generated by PCMI under a RIA. We conducted EDC tests which simulate the mechanical conditions during a RIA by using the unirradiated cladding tubes which simulate hydride rim. Circumferential residual strains observed in post-test specimens tended to decrease with increasing the hydrogen concentration in the test cladding tubes and the thickness of the hydride rim. We also prepared RAG tube and performed EDC tests on it. It was observed that circumferential total strains at failure tended to decrease with increasing pre-crack depth on the outer surface of RAG tube specimen. We conducted biaxial stress tests by applying longitudinal tensile load onto RAG tube specimens. It was observed that circumferential total strains at failure under biaxial stress conditions tended to decrease compared to the results under uniaxial tensile condition.

Journal Articles

Development of vortex model with realistic axial velocity distribution

Ito, Kei; Ezure, Toshiki; Ohshima, Hiroyuki

Nihon Kikai Gakkai Rombunshu (Internet), 80(818), p.FE0299_1 - FE0299_9, 2014/10

A vortex is considered as one of significant phenomena which may cause gas entrainment (GE) and/or vortex cavitation in sodium-cooled fast reactors. In this study, a new vortex model with realistic axial velocity distribution is proposed. As the verification, the new vortex model is applied to the evaluation of a simple vortex experiment, and shows good agreements with the experimental data in terms of the circumferential velocity distribution and the free surface shape. In addition, it is confirmed that the Burgers vortex model fails to calculate accurate velocity distribution with the assumption of uniform axial velocity. However, the calculation accuracy of the Burgers vortex model can be enhanced close to that of the new vortex model in consideration of the effective axial velocity which is calculated as the average value only in the vicinity of the vortex center.

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Formation of Cu precipitates by ion implantation and thermal annealing for the growth of oxide nanorods

Takeyama, Akinori; Yamamoto, Shunya; Ito, Hiroshi; Yoshikawa, Masahito

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 232(1-4), p.333 - 337, 2005/05

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Instruments & Instrumentation)

Cu precipitates were formed on Si(100) by 200 keV Cu ion implantation and subsequent annealing at 773 K. The shape of the Cu precipitates evolved from a large rectangle to a small elongated pyramid with increasing annealing time. This shape evolution seemed to result from the epitaxial formation of Cu precipitates to minimize the interfacial energy between the precipitate and the Cu implanted substrate. The average density of Cu precipitates monotonously increased and the average diameter of Cu precipitates decreased with increasing annealing time up to 1 h. These indicate that the morphology, size and average density of Cu precipitates can be controlled by varying annealing time, and that Cu ion implantation and subsequent annealing were effective in producing a substrate dispersed with catalytic particles for oxide nanorods growth.

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Study on brittle fracture model for multiaxial tensile stress

Hanawa, Satoshi; Ishihara, Masahiro; Motohashi, Yoshinobu*

Zairyo, 54(2), p.201 - 206, 2005/02

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Critical power correlation for tight-lattice rod bundles

Liu, W.; Kureta, Masatoshi; Onuki, Akira; Akimoto, Hajime

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 42(1), p.40 - 49, 2005/01

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

In this research, critical power correlation for tight-lattice rod bundles is newly proposed using 7-rod axially uniform-heated data, 7-rod and 37-rod axially double-humped-heated data at Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). For low mass velocity region ($$<$$ 300 kg/m$$^{2}$$s), the correlation is written in critical quality - annular flow length type. For high mass velocity region ($$>$$ 300 kg/m$$^{2}$$s), it is written in local critical heat flux - critical quality type. The standard deviation of ECPR (Experimental Critical Power Ratio) to the whole JAERI data (694 data points) is 6%. The correlation is verified by Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory data (177 points, standard deviation: 7.7%). The correlation is confirmed being able to give good prediction for the effects of mass velocity, inlet temperature, pressure and heated equivalent diameter on critical power. The applicable range of the correlation is: gap between rods from 1.0 to 2.29 mm, heated length from 1.26 to 1.8 m, mass velocity from 150 to 2000 kg/m$$^{2}$$s and pressure from 2 to 11 MPa.

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Investigation of hydride rim effect on failure of Zircaloy-4 cladding with tube burst test

Nagase, Fumihisa; Fuketa, Toyoshi

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 42(1), p.58 - 65, 2005/01

 Times Cited Count:37 Percentile:92.04(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Tube burst tests have been performed with artificially hydrided Zircaloy-4 specimens at room temperature and at 620 K. Pressurization rate was increased to a maximum of 3.4 GPa/s in order to simulate rapid PCMI that occurs in high burnup fuel rods during a pulse-irradiation in the NSRR. Hydrogen content in the specimens ranged from 150 to 1050 ppm. Hydrides were accumulated in the cladding periphery and formed "hydride rim" as observed in high burnup PWR fuel claddings. The hydrided cladding tubes failed with an axial crack at the room temperature tests. Brittle fracture appeared in the hydride rim, and failure morphology was similar to that observed in the NSRR experiments. The hydrides rim obviously reduced burst pressure and residual hoop strain at the tests. The residual hoop strain was very small even at 620 K when thickness of the hydride rim exceeded 18% of cladding thickness. The present result accordingly indicates an important role of the hydrides layer in high burnup fuel rod failure under RIA conditions.

Journal Articles

Magnetic structure of spin-density waves in Cr(001)/Sn multilayers with periodic monatomic spacer layers of nonmagnetic Sn

Takeda, Masayasu; Mibu, Ko*; Shinjo, Teruya*; Endo, Yasuo*; Suzuki, Junichi

Physical Review B, 70(10), p.104408_1 - 104408_9, 2004/09

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:42.35(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Detailed magnetic structure of spin-density waves (SDWs) in epitaxial Cr(001)/Sn multilayer was investigated by neutron scattering combined with M$"o$ssbauer spectroscopic studies. Monatomic Sn layers were embedded in 240 nm thick Cr(001) films with varying the periodic spacing from 4.2 to 16.2 nm. All samples were revealed to be a commensurate antiferromagnetic (CAF) phase at 300 K. The CAF structures changed to incommensurate SDW states with complex waveforms whose wavelength are controlled by the artificial periodicity at low temperatures although the CAF structure in the sample with the period of 4.2 nm persisted even at 10 K. The phase transition depends on the thickness of the Cr layers intervening between Sn monatomic layers. An appreciable phase slip in the SDW was observed during the phase transition in the sample with the period of 10.2 nm. The SDW structure is discussed by taking account of the competing forces between the nesting of Fermi surface and a pinning of antinodes at the Sn monatomic layers.

JAEA Reports

Neutronic study on seed-blanket type reduced-moderation water reactor fuel assembly

Shelley, A.; Kugo, Teruhiko; Shimada, Shoichiro*; Okubo, Tsutomu; Iwamura, Takamichi

JAERI-Research 2004-002, 47 Pages, 2004/03


Neutronic study has been done for a PWR-type reduced-moderation water reactor with seed-blanket fuel assemblies to achieve a high conversion ratio, a negative void coefficient and a high burnup by using a MOX fuel. The results of the precise assembly burnup calculations show that the recommended numbers of seed and blanket layers are 15(S15) and 5(B5), respectively. By the optimization of axial configuration, the S15B5 assembly with the seed of 1000$$times$$2 mm high, internal blanket of 150 mm high and axial blanket of 400$$times$$2 mm high is recommended. In this configuration, the conversion ratio is 1.0 and the core average burnup is 38 GWd/t. The S15B5 assembly can attain the core average burnup of 45 GWd/t by decreasing the height of seed to 500$$times$$2 mm, however, the conversion ratio becomes 0.97. The void and fuel temperature coefficients are negative for both of the configurations. Effect of metal or T-MOX (PuO$$_{2}$$+ThO$$_{2}$$) fuel has been also investigated. Metal improves the conversion ratio but makes the void coefficient worse. T-MOX improves the void coefficient, but decreases the conversion ratio.

Journal Articles

Multiple coulomb excitation experiment of $$^{68}$$Zn

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Seki, Akiyuki*; Toh, Yosuke; Osa, Akihiko; Utsuno, Yutaka; Kimura, Atsushi; Oshima, Masumi; Hayakawa, Takehito; Hatsukawa, Yuichi; Katakura, Junichi; et al.

Nuclear Physics A, 730(1-2), p.46 - 58, 2004/01

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:64.85(Physics, Nuclear)

Coulomb excitation experiment was carried out with a $$^{68}$$Zn beam bombarding a $$^{nat}$$Pb target. Two $$E2$$ matrix elements and the quadrupole moment of the 2$$_{1}$$$$^{+}$$ state were newly derived with the least-squares search code GOSIA. The potential energy surface (PES) was calculated with the Nilsson-Strutinsky model, showing two shallow minima: the first minimum does not contain the $$1g_{9/2}$$ orbit below the Fermi surface, while the second minimum does. The ground state band and the intruder band seem to be constructed on the first and the second minimum, respectively. As for the ground state band, the asymmetric rotor model and the IBM in O(6) limit reproduced the experimental values rather well. The shallow PES may suggest unstability of the shape. The ground state band structure may be explained assuming a soft triaxial deformation.

Journal Articles

Multiple Coulomb Excitation Experiment of $$^{66}$$Zn

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Seki, Akiyuki*; Toh, Yosuke; Oshima, Masumi; Osa, Akihiko; Kimura, Atsushi; Hatsukawa, Yuichi; Shizuma, Toshiyuki; Hayakawa, Takehito; Matsuda, Makoto; et al.

European Physical Journal A, 18(1), p.87 - 92, 2003/10

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:66.15(Physics, Nuclear)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

An Energy spread minimization system for microbeam generation in the JAERI AVF cyclotron

Fukuda, Mitsuhiro; Kurashima, Satoshi; Miyawaki, Nobumasa; Okumura, Susumu; Kamiya, Tomihiro; Oikawa, Masakazu*; Nakamura, Yoshiteru; Nara, Takayuki; Agematsu, Takashi; Ishibori, Ikuo; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 210, p.33 - 36, 2003/09

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:34.53(Instruments & Instrumentation)

A heavy ion microbeam with energy of hundreds MeV is a significantly useful probe for research in biotechnology. A single-ion hitting technique using a 260 MeV $$^{20}$$Ne$$^{7+}$$ microbeam is being developed at the JAERI AVF cyclotron facility for biofunction elucidation. Production of a microbeam with a spot size of one micro-meter in diameter requires reducing the energy spread of the beam to 0.02 % to minimize an effect of chromatic aberrations in focusing lenses. The typical energy spread of the cyclotron beam is around 0.1 % in an ordinary acceleration mode using a sinusoidal voltage waveform. The energy spread can be reduced by superimposing the fifth-harmonic voltage waveform on the fundamental one to generate a flattop waveform for uniform energy gain. We have designed an additional coaxial cavity to generate the fifth-harmonic voltage, coupled to the main resonator of one-fourth wavelength coaxial type. In a power test we successfully observed the fifth-harmonic voltage waveform by picking up an acceleration voltage signal.

Journal Articles

Heat transfer characteristics of gas heated type steam reformer

Takeda, Tetsuaki; Ohashi, Hirofumi; Inagaki, Yoshiyuki

Nihon Kikai Gakkai 2003-Nendo Nenji Taikai Koen Rombunshu, Vol.3, p.17 - 18, 2003/08

A technology development of a hydrogen production system by a nuclear heat are being performed as a heat application system of a high-temperature gas cooled reactor in the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. The objective of this study is to clarify heat transfer characteristics of the steam reformer in the HTTR hydrogen production system. An experiment has been performed using a double coaxial vertical tube to obtain the heat transfer characteristics and to evaluate the effectiveness of heat transfer enhancement. The amount of produced hydrogen increases with increasing not only reaction rate of catalysis but also the heat transfer coefficient. It is necessary to take into account of heat transfer from both surfaces of the double coaxial tube in order to obtain the amount of transferred heat from the heated tube to the coolant gas.

Journal Articles

Application of microstructure based brittle fracture model to biaxial strength of graphite materials

Hanawa, Satoshi; Ishihara, Masahiro; Shibata, Taiju

Transactions of 17th International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT-17) (CD-ROM), 6 Pages, 2003/08

From a viewpoint of advanced design method of graphite components, it is important to apply the realistic fracture model in the design method. The applicability of the microstructure based brittle fracture model under multiaxial stress condition was, therefore, investigated. The fracture model is possible to treat grain size as well as pore size with fracture mechanics approach taking account of the crystal structure of the graphite. The model was applied to the biaxial strength prediction of near isotropic nuclear graphite using grain/pore related microstructural parameters. Prediction results were compared with biaxial strength data obtained by simultaneous loadings of inner pressure and longitudinal load with thin-walled cylindrical specimen. From this study, it was found that the fracture model predicted fairly good not only mean strength but also strength distribution under biaxial stress condition, and it was concluded that the microstructure based brittle fracture model would be applicable as the advanced design method.

Journal Articles

Development of fission source acceleration method for slow convergence in criticality analyses by using matrix eigenvector applicable to spent fuel transport cask with axial burnup profile

Kuroishi, Takeshi; Nomura, Yasushi

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 40(6), p.433 - 440, 2003/06

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:11.39(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Effective source acceleration method is studied in criticality safety analysis for realistic spent fuel transport cask. Various axial burnup profiles based on in-core flux measurements are proposed in the OECD/NEA/BUC benchmark Phase II-C. In some cases, calculations by ordinary Monte Carlo method show very slow convergence of fission source distribution, and unacceptably large skipped cycles are needed. The matrix eigenvector calculation that has been developed and incorporated in the ordinary Monte Carlo calculation to improve the slow convergence is applied to the benchmark. The efficiency of this method depends on the precision of matrix elements. In a certain stage of insufficient convergence of fission source distribution, especially for this benchmark of very slow convergence, more acceleration procedure causes anomalous results because of large statistical fluctuations of matrix elements corresponding to low source levels. Therefore, we propose effective source acceleration method with less calculation time than increasing histories for the estimation of matrix elements.

JAEA Reports

Extended calculations of OECD/NEA phase II-C burnup credit criticality benchmark problem for PWR spent fuel transport cask by using MCNP-4B2 code and JENDL-3.2 library

Kuroishi, Takeshi; Hoang, A.; Nomura, Yasushi; Okuno, Hiroshi

JAERI-Tech 2003-021, 60 Pages, 2003/03


The reactivity effect of the asymmetry of axial burnup profile is studied for PWR spent fuel transport cask proposed in OECD/NEA Phase II-C benchmark. The axial burnup profiles are based on in-core flux measurements. Criticality calculations are performed with the continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP-4B2 and the nuclear data library JENDL-3.2. Calculations are carried out not only for cases in the benchmark but also for symmetric burnup cases. Both actinide-only approach and actinide plus fission product approach is considered. The end effect is more sensitive to higher burnup asymmetry. The axial fission distribution becomes strongly asymmetric as its peak shifts toward the fuel top end. The peak of fission distribution gets higher with the increase of either the burnup asymmetry or the assembly-averaged burnup. The conservatism of uniform axial burnup assumption for the actinide-only approach is estimated quantitatively in comparison with the keff result calculated with experiment-based strongest asymmetric axial burnup profile for the actinide plus fission product approach.

Journal Articles

Multiaxial creep behavior of nickel-base heat-resistant alloys Hastelloy XR and Ni-Cr-W superalloy at elevated temperatures

Kaji, Yoshiyuki; Tsuji, Hirokazu; Nishi, Hiroshi; Muto, Yasushi; Penkalla, H. J.*; Schubert, F.*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 39(8), p.923 - 928, 2002/08

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:45.84(Nuclear Science & Technology)

A series of uniaxial and multiaxial creep tests was carried out on Hastelloy XR and Ni-Cr-W superalloy, which were developed as the high temperature structural materials for nuclear application at the JAERI, in order to investigate multiaxial creep behavior of these materials and to verify the laws for the description of deformation under multiaxial loadings. Norton's creep law and von Mises' flow rule were applied to the prediction of multiaxial creep behavior of a tube under some significant loading conditions. In most cases the multiaxial creep behavior of these materials were successfully described with the constitutive equations based on the material parameters fitting uniaxial creep test results, though a few exceptional cases were observed. The present study has revealed that the method based on Norton's creep law and von Mises' flow rule are basically applicable for the description of the multiaxial creep behavior for Hastelloy XR and Ni-Cr-W superalloy as the conventional design method.

Journal Articles

High-quality epitaxial TiO$$_{2}$$ thin films grown on $$alpha$$-Al$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$ substrates by pulsed laser deposition

Shinohara, Ryuji*; Yamaki, Tetsuya; Yamamoto, Shunya; Ito, Hisayoshi; Asai, Keisuke*

Journal of Materials Science Letters, 21(12), p.967 - 969, 2002/06

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:38.24(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Study of high burnup fuel behavior under LOCA conditions at JAERI; Hydrogen effects on the failure-bearing capability of cladding tubes

Nagase, Fumihisa; Uetsuka, Hiroshi

NUREG/CP-0176, p.335 - 342, 2002/05

no abstracts in English

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