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Implementation of a low-activation Au-In-Cd decoupler into the J-PARC 1 MW short pulsed spallation neutron source

Teshigawara, Makoto; Ikeda, Yujiro; Oi, Motoki; Harada, Masahide; Takada, Hiroshi; Kakishiro, Masanori*; Noguchi, Gaku*; Shimada, Tsubasa*; Seita, Kyoichi*; Murashima, Daisuke*; et al.

Nuclear Materials and Energy (Internet), 14, p.14 - 21, 2018/01

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

We developed an Au-In-Cd (AuIC) decoupler material to reduce induced radioactivity instead of Ag-In-Cd one, which has a cut off energy of 1eV. In order to implement it into an actual moderator-reflector assembly, a number of critical engineering issues need to be resolved with regard to large-sized bonding between AuIC and A5083 alloys by the hot isostatic pressing process. We investigated this process in terms of the surface conditions, sizes, and heat capacities of large AuIC alloys. We also show a successful implementation of an AuIC decoupler into a reflector assembly, resulting in a remarkable reduction of radioactivity by AuIC compared to AIC without sacrificing neutronic performance.

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Development of aluminum (Al5083)-clad ternary Ag-In-Cd alloy for JSNS decoupled moderator

Teshigawara, Makoto; Harada, Masahide; Saito, Shigeru; Oikawa, Kenichi; Maekawa, Fujio; Futakawa, Masatoshi; Kikuchi, Kenji; Kato, Takashi; Ikeda, Yujiro; Naoe, Takashi*; et al.

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 356(1-3), p.300 - 307, 2006/09

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:56.05(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

We adopted silver-indium-cadmium (Ag-In-Cd) alloy as a material of decoupler for decoupled moderator in JSNS. However, from the heat removal and corrosion protection points of view, the Ag-In-Cd alloy is needed to clad between Al alloys (Al5083). We attempted to obtain good bonding conditions for between Al5083 and ternary Ag-In-Cd alloys by HIPing tests. The good HIP condition was found for small test piece ($$Phi$$20mm). Though a hardened layer due to the formation of AlAg$$_{2}$$ was found in the bonding layer, the rupture strength of the bonding layer was more than 20 MPa, which was the calculated design stress. Bonding tests of a large size piece (200$$times$$200$$times$$30 mm$$^{3}$$), which simulated the real scale, were also performed according to the results of small size tests. The result also gave good bonding and enough required-mechanical-strength, however the rupture strength of the large size test was smaller than that of small one.

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Deterioration of pulse characteristics and burn-up effects with an engineering model in Japanese spallation neutron source

Harada, Masahide; Watanabe, Noboru; Teshigawara, Makoto; Kai, Tetsuya; Maekawa, Fujio; Kato, Takashi; Ikeda, Yujiro

LA-UR-06-3904, Vol.2, p.700 - 709, 2006/06

Pulse characteristics data for every neutron beam line are indispensable in designing devices for neutron scattering experiments of JSNS. A detailed model was built and pulse characteristics of each beam line were estimated using the PHITS code and the MCNP-4C code. These results have been disclosed on the J-PARC homepage since September 2004. Due to changes of moderator shapes in a progress of manufacture design, we observed from the calculation that pulse structures of decoupled moderators were deteriorated, especially, those of pulse tail. We found that this deterioration was caused by leakage neutron from gaps between decouplers and absorbing liners of the reflector. For a final stage of the manufacture design, we carefully tried to find other factors which deteriorated the pulse characteristics. Furthermore, pulse structures of poisoned and unpoisoned decoupled moderators were evaluated with the consideration of heterogeneous burn-up and leakage neutron spectra including high-energy region up to GeV were estimated for each neutron beam hole.

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Cladding technique for development of Ag-In-Cd decoupler

Teshigawara, Makoto; Harada, Masahide; Saito, Shigeru; Kikuchi, Kenji; Kogawa, Hiroyuki; Ikeda, Yujiro; Kawai, Masayoshi*; Kurishita, Hiroaki*; Konashi, Kenji*

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 343(1-3), p.154 - 162, 2005/08

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:59.05(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

For decoupled and poisoned moderator, a thermal neutron absorber, i.e., decoupler, is located around the moderator to give neutron beam with a short decay time. A B4C decoupler is already utilized, however, it is difficult to use in a MW class source because of He void swelling and local heating by (n,a) reaction. Therefore, a Ag-In-Cd (AIC) alloy which gives energy-dependence of macroscopic neutron cross section like that of B$$_{4}$$C was chosen. However, from heat removal and corrosion protection points of view, AIC is needed to bond between an Al alloy (A6061-T6), which is the structural material of a moderator. An AIC plate is divided into a Ag-In (15wt%) and Ag-Cd (35wt%) plate to extend the life time, shorten by burn up of Cd. We performed bonding tests by HIP (Hot Isostatic Pressing). We found out that a better HIP condition was holding at 803 K, 100 MPa for 1 h for small test pieces (f20mm). Though a hardened layer is found in the bonding layer, the rupture strength of the bonding layer is more than 20 MPa, which is less than that of the design stress.

Journal Articles

Silver-indium-cadmium decoupler and liner

Harada, Masahide; Saito, Shigeru; Teshigawara, Makoto; Kawai, Masayoshi*; Kikuchi, Kenji; Watanabe, Noboru; Ikeda, Yujiro

Proceedings of ICANS-XVI, Volume 2, p.677 - 687, 2003/07

As a decoupler material for intense neutron sources, we proposed a new composite material based on the (n,$$gamma$$) reaction, silver-indium-cadmium alloy (AIC), which had lettle helium gas production rate and higher decoupling energy ($$sim$$1eV). We compared an AIC decoupler with Cd and B$$_4$$C decouplers from various viewpoints and finally selected AIC as decoupler and liner materials. In the current design, we adopted AIC of 2.5mm thick with a composition of Ag-35wt%Cd and 0.5mm thick with Ag-15wt%In. A decoupler and a liner can be bonded to structural material (Al-alloy) by HIP for water cooling through Al-alloy. To find the optimal HIP condition, small pieces of Ag-Cd and Ag-In ($$phi$$20$$times$$2mm) were enclosed in Al-alloy capsules ($$phi$$22mm, 3mm thick bottom plate and 1mm thick cap) of several Al-alloys. The optimal condition was found to be 500$$^{circ}$$C with a holding time of 60 minutes under a fixed pressure of 100MPa. Large pieces (Ag-Cd: 200$$times$$200$$times$$2.5mm, Ag-In: 200$$times$$200$$times$$0.5mm, A5083 and A6061: 210$$times$$210$$times$$21mm) were also tested aiming at more realistic size conditions.

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Decoupler development at J-PARC neutron source facility

Oi, Motoki; Harada, Masahide; Teshigawara, Makoto

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J-PARC neutron source facility is 1MW pulsed spallation neutron source in Japan. There are three liquid hydrogen moderators, one is for high intensity, the others are for short pulse neutron beam. In order to make short pulsed neutron beam, neutron absorber called decoupler is attached around the moderators. Characteristics of the decoupler is described by the neutron cut-off energy (Ed). In J-PARC, Ed of 1eV is realized by the Ag-In-Cd decoupler at the 1MW spallation neutron source. Due to the radiation damage and burn-up of the decoupler material, we have to replace these moderator and reflector assembly in near future. For the second moderator and reflector assembly, we developed a Au-In-Cd alloy as a low activation material. Ed of Au-In-Cd alloy is 1eV. Activation of the Au-In-Cd is much lower than that of Ag alloy. We manufactured the Au-In-Cd alloy and processed the alloy by ourselves. Finally, it was installed into the moderator and reflector assembly.

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