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Journal Articles

Oxidation behavior of high-burnup advanced fuel cladding tubes in high-temperature steam

Narukawa, Takafumi; Amaya, Masaki

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(7), p.650 - 660, 2019/07

Journal Articles

Universal methodology for statistical error and convergence of correlated Monte Carlo tallies

Ueki, Taro

Nuclear Science and Engineering, 193, p.776 - 789, 2019/07

It is known that the convergence of standardized time series (STS) to Brownian bridge yields standard deviation estimators of the sample mean of correlated Monte Carlo tallies. In this work, a difference scheme based on a stochastic differential equation is applied to STS in order to obtain a new functional statistic (NFS) that converges to Brownian motion (BM). As a result, statistical error estimation improves twofold. First, the application of orthonormal weighting to NFS yields a new set of asymptotically unbiased standard deviation estimators of sample mean. It is not necessary to store tallies once the updating of estimator computation is finished at each generation. Second, it becomes possible to assess the convergence of sample mean in an assumption-free manner by way of the comparison of power spectra of NFS and BM. The methodology is demonstrated for three different types of problems encountered in Monte Carlo criticaliti calculation.

JAEA Reports

Assessment report on research and development activities for nuclear safety research in FY 2018 (Interim assessment)

Nuclear Safety Research Center

JAEA-Evaluation 2019-001, 138 Pages, 2019/06

JAEA-Evaluation-2019-001.pdf:9.54MB

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) consulted an assessment committee, Evaluation Committee of Research and Development (R&D) Activities for Nuclear Safety Research, for interim assessment of Nuclear Safety Research, in accordance with General Guideline for Evaluation of Government R&D Activities by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, Guideline for Evaluation of R&D in Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Regulation on Conduct for Evaluation of R&D Activities by JAEA. In response to the JAEA's request, the Committee assessed the progress of the R&D project according to guideline, which addressed the rationale behind the R&D project, the relevance of the project outcome and the efficiency of the project implementation during the period of the current plan. As a result, the Committee concluded that the progress of the R&D project is satisfactory. This report summarizes the result of the assessment by the Committee. In addition, the appendix of the report contains the responses from JAEA on the comments and suggestions by the Committee and the presentation materials submitted to the Committee.

Journal Articles

Model updates and performance evaluations on fuel performance code FEMAXI-8 for light water reactor fuel analysis

Udagawa, Yutaka; Amaya, Masaki

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(6), p.461 - 470, 2019/06

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Plastic collapse stresses based on flaw combination rules for pipes containing two circumferential similar flaws

Hasegawa, Kunio; Li, Y.; Kim, Y.-J.*; Lacroix, V.*; Strnadel, B.*

Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, 141(3), p.031201_1 - 031201_5, 2019/06

When discrete multiple flaws are in the same plane, and they are close to each other, it can be determined whether they are combined or standalone in accordance with combination rules provided by Fitness-For-Service (FFS) codes. However, specific criteria of the rules are different amongst these FFS codes. On the other hand, plastic collapse bending stresses for stainless steel pipes with two circumferential similar flaws were obtained by experiments and the prediction procedure for collapse stresses for pipes with two similar flaws were developed analytically. Using the experimental data and the analytical procedure, plastic collapse stresses for pipes with two similar flaws are compared with the stresses in compliance with the flaw combination criteria. It is shown that the calculated plastic collapse stresses based on the flaw combination criteria are significantly different from the experimental and analytical stresses.

Journal Articles

Analysis of chemical behavior of nitrogen oxide formed by thermal decomposition of FP nitrates in accident of evaporation to dryness by boiling of reprocessed high-level liquid waste

Yoshida, Kazuo; Tamaki, Hitoshi; Yoshida, Naoki; Yoshida, Ryoichiro; Amano, Yuki; Abe, Hitoshi

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai Wabun Rombunshi, 18(2), p.69 - 80, 2019/06

An accident of evaporation to dryness by boiling of high level liquid waste (HLLW) is postulated as one of the severe accidents at a fuel reprocessing plant. In this case, volatile radioactive materials, such as ruthenium (Ru) are released from the tanks with water and nitric-acid mixed vapor into atmosphere. In addition to this, nitrogen oxides are also released formed by the thermal decomposition of metal nitrates of fission products (FP) in HLLW. It has been observed experimentally that nitrogen oxide affects strongly to the transport behavior of Ru. Chemical reactions of nitrogen oxide with water and nitric acid are also recognized as the complex phenomena to undergo simultaneously in the vapor and liquid phases. An analysis method has been developed with coupling two types of computer codes to simulate not only thermo-hydraulic behavior but also chemical reactions in the flow paths of carrier gases. A simulation study has been also carried out with a typical facility building.

Journal Articles

Experimental investigation of decontamination factor dependence on aerosol concentration in pool scrubbing

Sun, Haomin; Shibamoto, Yasuteru; Okagaki, Yuria; Yonomoto, Taisuke

Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations, 2019, p.1743982_1 - 1743982_15, 2019/06

Journal Articles

Development of a function calculating internal dose coefficients based on ICRP 2007 Recommendations

Manabe, Kentaro; Sato, Kaoru; Takahashi, Fumiaki

BIO Web of Conferences (Internet), 14, p.03011_1 - 03011_2, 2019/05

Dose coefficients, which are committed effective dose per unit intake of radionuclides, are fundamental amounts for dose estimation and protection standards against internal exposures. In this study, we built a calculation function of dose coefficients using the latest dosimetric models and data as a part of development of internal dosimetry code in accordance with 2007 Recommendations of the International Commission of Radiological Protection (ICRP). Quality of the function was assured by comparing the results generated by the function to values recorded in a database of dose coefficients for workers provided by ICRP. In the presentation, we will report the results of quality assurance and the future plans of code development.

Journal Articles

The effect of hydride morphology on the failure strain of stress-relieved Zircaloy-4 cladding with an outer surface pre-crack under biaxial stress states

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

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(5), p.432 - 439, 2019/05

 Percentile:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Journal Articles

Influence evaluation of sampling methods of the non-destructive examination on failure probability of piping based on probabilistic fracture mechanics analyses

Mano, Akihiro; Katsuyama, Jinya; Li, Y.

Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-27) (Internet), 7 Pages, 2019/05

In Japanese nuclear power plants, non-destructive examinations (NDEs) are performed for welds in piping in accordance with the rules such as Rules on Fitness-for-Service for Nuclear Power Plant of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME FFS). A set of NDEs is performed in each 10-year interval, and the extent of examination in each interval is specified in the rules. Welding lines to be examined are selected considering the extent of examination based on two sampling methods. One is the fixed location sampling method that welds to be examined are selected from welds examined in the last interval. The other is the random location sampling method that welds to be examined are selected from other than welds examined in the last interval. The selection of the sampling methods is considered to be one of the important factors in in-service inspection. Probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis is expected to be more rational method for the structural integrity assessment because it can consider the uncertainties of various influence factors and evaluate the quantitative values such as failure probability of a cracked component as the solution. In this study, we investigated the influence of the sampling methods related to the NDE on failure probability of typical nuclear piping based on PFM analyses. Through sensitivity PFM analyses, we confirmed that failure probability value obtained from PFM analysis is useful as a quantitative numerical index for selecting the sampling method in an in-service inspection.

Journal Articles

Effect of experimental setting and surface roughness on oxidation behavior of Zry-4 in steam at 1273 K

Negyesi, M.; Amaya, Masaki

Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-27) (Internet), 8 Pages, 2019/05

Journal Articles

Simulation analysis on local damage to reinforced concrete panels subjected to oblique impact by different projectiles, 1; Comparison of impact behavior for rigid projectiles with flat and hemispherical nose shape

Kang, Z.; Nagai, Minoru*; Nishida, Akemi; Tsubota, Haruji; Li, Y.

Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-27) (Internet), 9 Pages, 2019/05

Many empirical formulae have been proposed for evaluating the local damage to reinforced concrete (RC) structures caused by rigid projectile impact. The majority of these formulae aim at impact tests perpendicular to target structures, while few impact tests oblique to the target structure have been studied. The final objective of this study is to propose a new formula for evaluating the local damage to RC structures caused by oblique impact based on past experimental and simulation results. The finite element code LS-DYNA R7.1.2 is used to perform the numerical analysis by adopting Lagrangian finite elements and explicit time integration. So far, we validated the analytical method by comparison with the experimental results and conduct the simulation analysis of impact assessment on RC panel by rigid/soft projectile with flat nose shape using the validated approach. Results of reduction coefficient with respect to rigid/soft projectile and impact angle were obtained. Therefore, in this study, we focus on the impact problems caused by rigid projectile with hemispherical nose shape. The same analytical method is used to simulate the local damage to RC panels caused by oblique impact of rigid projectile with hemispherical nose shape. The results associated with penetration depth of RC structure, energy contribution ratio, etc. are presented. According to the comparison analysis of results of local damage to RC structure by rigid projectiles with flat and hemispherical nose shape, the influence of different nose shapes of rigid projectile on the local damage of RC panels caused by oblique impact is investigated.

Journal Articles

Verification of a probabilistic fracture mechanics code PASCAL4 for reactor pressure vessels

Lu, K.; Katsuyama, Jinya; Li, Y.; Miyamoto, Yuhei*; Hirota, Takatoshi*; Itabashi, Yu*; Nagai, Masaki*; Suzuki, Masahide*; Kanto, Yasuhiro*

Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-27) (Internet), 9 Pages, 2019/05

Journal Articles

Simulation analysis on local damage to reinforced concrete panels subjected to oblique impact by different projectiles, 2; Comparison of impact behavior for soft projectiles with flat and hemispherical nose shape

Nagai, Minoru*; Kang, Z.; Nishida, Akemi; Tsubota, Haruji; Li, Y.

Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-27) (Internet), 8 Pages, 2019/05

In this study, the final purpose is to propose a new formula for evaluating the local damage caused by oblique impact based on past experimental results and previous research achievements. Up to now, we validated the analytical method by comparison with the experimental results and conducted simulation analysis associated with impact assessment on RC panel by soft/rigid projectile with flat nose shape using the validated approach. In the part 1 of this study, the same procedure of our previous work is followed to investigate the local damage to RC panel caused by rigid projectile with flat and hemispherical nose shape. In the part 2, we focus on the comparison analysis of simulation results of local damage to RC panel subjected to oblique impact by soft missile with flat and hemispherical nose shape. The structural damage of RC panel and projectiles, energy contribution ratio, etc. is studied for each case. The results indicate the difference of nose shape of projectile is of great importance to influence the penetration depth generated by oblique impact of soft projectile.

Journal Articles

Preparedness and response for nuclear or radiological emergency as a designated public corporation

Okuno, Hiroshi; Okamoto, Akiko; Ebine, Noriya; Hayakawa, Tsuyoshi; Tanaka, Tadao

Proceedings of 27th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-27) (Internet), 15 Pages, 2019/05

In the event of a nuclear or radiological emergency, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) as a designated public corporation assigned in the Disaster Countermeasures Basic Act of Japan undertakes a role to support the national government and local governments. This paper (1) illuminates the roles of the JAEA as a designated public corporation for preparedness and response to a nuclear or radiological emergency of nuclear facilities; (2) summarizes emergency response activities of the JAEA in accordance with its Disaster Management Operation Plan against the off-site radiological emergencies attributed to a loss of control of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station that occurred in 2011; and (3) reports its activities in normal times especially participation in the drills organized by the national government and local governments in the light of the Basic Disaster Management Plan of Japan and Local Disaster Management Plans of prefectural governments, respectively.

Journal Articles

Investigation of removal factors of various materials inside houses after Nuclear Power Station Accident

Mori, Airi; Ishizaki, Azusa; Futemma, Akira; Tanabe, Tsutomu; Wada, Takao; Kato, Mitsugu; Munakata, Masahiro

Hoken Butsuri, 54(1), p.45 - 54, 2019/04

Journal Articles

Plastic collapse stresses for pipes with inner and outer circumferential cracks

Mares, V.*; Hasegawa, Kunio; Li, Y.; Lacroix, V.*

Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, 141(2), p.021203_1 - 021203_6, 2019/04

 Percentile:100(Engineering, Mechanical)

Appendix C-5320 of ASME BPV Code Section XI provides an equation of bending stress at the plastic collapse, where the equation is applicable for both inner and outer surface cracks. That is, the collapse stresses for pipes with inner and outer surface cracks are the same. Authors considered the separated pipe mean radii at the cracked ligament and at the un-cracked ligament and equations of plastic collapse stresses for both inner and outer cracked pipes were developed. As the results of the calculations, when the crack angle and depth are the same, the collapse stress for outer cracked pipe is lower than that calculated by the Appendix C equation. It is found that the Appendix C equation gives un-conservative plastic collapse stress.

JAEA Reports

Training programs of emergency response robots operation for operators in each site of JAEA beginner class / intermediate class

Chiba, Yusuke; Nishiyama, Yutaka; Tsubaki, Hirohiko; Iwai, Masaki

JAEA-Technology 2019-002, 29 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Technology-2019-002.pdf:2.43MB

Act on Special Measures Concerning Nuclear Emergency Preparedness was amended on the 30th of October in 2017. As the JAEA Emergency Assistance Organization, Maintenance and Operation Section for Remote Control Equipment in Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development started training for emergency response robots operation for operators in each site of JAEA in response to the new amendment. The training consists of three operations: small crawler-type mobile scouting robots, big crawler-type mobile robots with a manipulator or a long tong and small radio-controlled helicopters. The training has three classes (beginner, intermediate and advanced classes) depending on skills and experiences. This paper reports the training programs of emergency response robots operation of the beginner and intermediate classes which were used in the first half of fiscal 2018.

JAEA Reports

Photon transmittance data collection of building materials for evaluating radiation protection capability of buildings (Contract research)

Ishizaki, Azusa; Futemma, Akira; Takubo, Kazuya*; Nakanishi, Chika*; Munakata, Masahiro

JAEA-Data/Code 2018-022, 20 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Data-Code-2018-022.pdf:2.05MB

If a nuclear disaster occurs, we may evacuate indoor escape facilities and buildings such as houses as avoid extra exposure doses. In order to evaluate exposure doses, it is necessary to estimate shielding capabilities of the building materials constituting the sheltering facility. Therefore, photon irradiation tests with three kinds of photon energy were carried out for Japanese familiar building materials in Japan, and photon transmittance of each building material is acquired and summarized. As a result, it was found that the shielding capabilities of composite walls and roofs which are widely used in a tree structure and a steel structure were relatively low. And, difference of materials used for composite walls and roofs resulted in a difference in shielding capabilities. For example, in the case of composite walls, compared with the photon transmittance of wall with ceramic-based siding materials, those of wall with lightweight concrete were lower. Furthermore, photon transmittance was also measured for building materials with relatively low shielding performance added shielding materials as additional measures to enhance shielding capabilities.

Journal Articles

Failure bending moment of pipes containing multiple circumferential flaws with complex shape

Li, Y.; Azuma, Kisaburo*; Hasegawa, Kunio

International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping, 171, p.305 - 310, 2019/03

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