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Journal Articles

Comparison of sodium fast reactor core assembly seismic evaluation using the Japanese and French simulation tools

Yamamoto, Tomohiko; Matsubara, Shinichiro*; Harada, Hidenori*; Saunier, P.*; Martin, L.*; Gentet, D.*; Dirat, J.-F.*; Collignon, C.*

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 383, p.111406_1 - 111406_14, 2021/11

Japan-France collaboration on ASTRID (Advanced Sodium Technological Reactor for Industrial Demonstration) project is launched in 2014. In this project, Japan-France evaluates core assemblies with interferences on seismic event. The object of this study is to verify the seismic evaluation method on core assemblies between Japan and France by comparing the results. The analysis of this benchmark calculation shows a satisfactory agreement between the Japanese and French tools and the figures show a good behavior of the core in horizontal direction under French seismic condition.

Journal Articles

Effect of B$$_{4}$$C addition on the solidus and liquidus temperatures, density and surface tension of type 316 austenitic stainless steel in the liquid state

Fukuyama, Hiroyuki*; Higashi, Hideo*; Yamano, Hidemasa

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 554, p.153100_1 - 153100_11, 2021/10

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.02(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

The effects of B$$_{4}$$C addition on the solidus and liquidus temperatures of type 316 austenitic stainless steel (SS), and on the density and surface tension of molten SS, were experimentally studied. The solidus temperature of SS-x mass% B$$_{4}$$C (from 0 to 10) monotonically decreased from 1666 to 1307 K with B$$_{4}$$C addition. The liquidus temperature had a minimum at around 2.5 mass% B$$_{4}$$C, and increased with further B$$_{4}$$C addition up to 10 mass%. The density and surface tension of molten SS-x mass %B$$_{4}$$C were successfully measured over a wide temperature range (including an undercooling region) via an electromagnetic-levitation technique. The density of each sample decreased linearly with temperature. The density also monotonically decreased with B$$_{4}$$C content. Although the addition of B$$_{4}$$C had no clear effect on the surface tension of SS-x mass %B$$_{4}$$C, sulfur dissolved in SS316L caused a significant decrease in the surface tension.

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Observation of collapse behavior of bentonite during swelling pressure test using X-ray CT measurement

Takayama, Yusuke; Kikuchi, Hirohito*

Doboku Gakkai Rombunshu, C (Chiken Kogaku) (Internet), 77(3), p.302 - 313, 2021/09

Numerous swelling pressure tests have been conducted to understand the swelling properties of benton-ite which is planned to be used as a buffer material in repositories for the geological disposal of radioac-tive waste. In this study, in order to clarify the cause of the decrease in swelling pressure during the swell-ing pressure test period, the change in wet density distribution inside the specimen during the swelling pressure test was observed by X-ray CT measurement. It was supposed that this phenomenon was caused by the collapse inside the specimen. Furthermore, in order to confirm that collapse is generated by water absorption, the swelling deformation test was carried out under various load conditions. As a result, it was confirmed that collapse occurs even under the load conditions that are equal to or slightly smaller than the swelling pressure. These test data are expected to be used for validation of coupled analysis codes for evaluating the mechanical behavior of disposal facilities during re-saturation period.

Journal Articles

$$^{129}$$I/$$^{127}$$I and $$Delta$$$$^{14}$$C records in a modern coral from Rowley Shoals off northwestern Australia reflect the 20th-century human nuclear activities and ocean/atmosphere circulations

Mitsuguchi, Takehiro; Okabe, Nobuaki*; Yokoyama, Yusuke*; Yoneda, Minoru*; Shibata, Yasuyuki*; Fujita, Natsuko; Watanabe, Takahiro; Kokubu, Yoko

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 235-236, p.106593_1 - 106593_10, 2021/09

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Environmental Sciences)

For a contribution to developing the usage of iodine-129 ($$^{129}$$I) as a tracer of deep-seated fluid, $$^{129}$$I/$$^{127}$$I and $$Delta$$$$^{14}$$C were measured for annual bands (AD 1931-1991) of a modern coral collected from Northwestern Australia; the measurements were performed using the JAEA-AMS-TONO-5MV for $$^{129}$$I/$$^{127}$$I and an AMS facility of the University of Tokyo for $$Delta$$$$^{14}$$C. Results indicate that both $$^{129}$$I/$$^{127}$$I and $$Delta$$$$^{14}$$C distinctly increase from 1950s. The $$Delta$$$$^{14}$$C increase can be ascribed to atmospheric nuclear tests, while the $$^{129}$$I/$$^{127}$$I increase is due to nuclear-fuel reprocessing as well as atmospheric nuclear tests. These results are in good agreement with previous studies, indicating that the $$^{129}$$I/$$^{127}$$I measurement by JAEA-AMS-TONO-5MV has been further developed.

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Viscosities of molten B$$_{4}$$C-stainless steel alloys

Nishi, Tsuyoshi*; Sato, Rika*; Ota, Hiromichi*; Kokubo, Hiroki*; Yamano, Hidemasa

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 552, p.153002_1 - 153002_7, 2021/08

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.02(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Determining high precision viscosities of molten B$$_{4}$$C-stainless steel (B$$_{4}$$C-SS) alloys is essential for the core disruptive accident analyses of sodium-cooled fast reactors and for analysis of severe accidents in boiling water reactors (BWR) as appeared in Fukushima Daiichi. However, there are no data on the high precision viscosities of molten B$$_{4}$$C-SS alloys due to experimental difficulties. In this study, the viscosities of molten SS (Type 316L), 2.5mass%B$$_{4}$$C-SS, 5.0mass%B$$_{4}$$C-SS, and 7.0mass%B$$_{4}$$C-SS alloys were measured using the oscillating crucible method in temperature ranges of 1693-1793 K, 1613-1793 K, 1613-1793 K, and 1713-1793 K, respectively. The viscosity was observed to increase as the B$$_{4}$$C concentration increased from 0 to 7.0 mass%. Using the experimental data of the molten 2.5mass%B$$_{4}$$C-SS and 5.0mass%B$$_{4}$$C-SS and 7.0mass%B$$_{4}$$C-SS in the temperature range of 1713-1793 K, the equation for the viscosity of molten B$$_{4}$$C-SS alloys was determined, and the measurement error of the viscosity of molten B$$_{4}$$C-SS alloys is less than $$pm$$8%.

Journal Articles

Kinetic study on eutectic reaction between boron carbide and stainless steel by differential thermal analysis

Kikuchi, Shin; Nakamura, Kinya*; Yamano, Hidemasa

Mechanical Engineering Journal (Internet), 8(4), p.20-00542_1 - 20-00542_13, 2021/08

In a postulated severe accidental condition of sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR), eutectic melting between boron carbide (B$$_{4}$$C) and stainless steel (SS) may take place. Thus, kinetic behavior of B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic melting is one of the important phenomena to be considered when evaluating the core disruptive accidents in SFR. In this study, for the first step to obtain the fundamental information on kinetic feature of B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic melting, the thermal analysis using the pellet type samples of B$$_{4}$$C and Type 316L SS as different experimental technique was performed. The differential thermal analysis endothermic peaks for the B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic melting appeared from 1483K to 1534K and systematically shifted to higher temperatures when increasing heating rate. Based on this kinetic feature, apparent activation energy and pre-exponential factor for the B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic melting were determined by Kissinger method. It was found that the kinetic parameters obtained by thermal analysis were comparable to the literature values.

Journal Articles

Study on the predictive evaluation method for loads acting on roof and sidewall of cylindrical tank in nonlinear sloshing based on simplified equations

Ikesue, Shunichi*; Morita, Hideyuki*; Ishii, Hidekazu*; Sago, Hiromi*; Yokoi, Shinobu*; Yamamoto, Tomohiko

Proceedings of ASME 2021 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference (PVP 2021) (Internet), 8 Pages, 2021/07

In this paper, a new method is proposed for the nonlinear sloshing condition of a cylindrical tank, which can evaluate the vertical load acting on the roof and the horizontal load acting on the sidewall. This method is a combination of simplified equations for the liquid surface level and velocity proposed in the past study and the new pressure model modified from the existing model. A long calculation time as CFD analysis is not needed, because this method is consisted of simplified equations. The validity of this method was confirmed by comparing them with the CFD and the test. And future issues on the improvement of this method were clarified from the result.

Journal Articles

Evaluation report of Task 9B based on comparisons and analyses of modelling results for the $"A$sp$"o$ HRL LTDE-SD experiments

Soler, J. M.*; Meng, S.*; Moreno, L.*; Neretnieks, I.*; Liu, L.*; Kek$"a$l$"a$inen, P.*; Hokr, M.*; $v{R}$$'i$ha, J.*; Vete$v{s}$n$'i$k, A.*; Reimitz, D.*; et al.

SKB TR-20-17, 71 Pages, 2021/07

Task 9B of the SKB Task Force on Modelling of Groundwater Flow and Transport of Solutes in fractured rock focused on the modelling of experimental results from the LTDE-SD in situ tracer test performed at the $"A$sp$"o$ Hard Rock Laboratory in Sweden. Ten different modelling teams provided results for this exercise, using different concepts and codes. Three main types of modelling approaches were used: (1) analytical solutions to the transport-retention equations, (2) continuum-porous-medium numerical models, and (3) microstructure-based models accounting for small-scale heterogeneity (i.e. mineral grains and microfracture distributions). The modelling by the different teams allowed the comparison of many different model concepts, especially in terms of potential zonations of rock properties (porosity, diffusion, sorption), such as the presence of a disturbed zone at the rock and fracture surface, the potential effects of micro- and cm-scale fractures.

Journal Articles

Depositional age constraint on channel sediments in an incised meandering river using feldspar OSL dating: A case study in the Totsukawa River, Kii Mountains

Ogata, Manabu; Komatsu, Tetsuya; Nakanishi, Toshimichi

Dai Yonki Kenkyu, 60(2), p.27 - 41, 2021/06

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Fundamental study on seismic safety margin for seismic isolated structure using the laminated rubber bearings

Fukasawa, Tsuyoshi*; Miyagawa, Takayuki*; Uchita, Masato*; Yamamoto, Tomohiko; Miyazaki, Masashi; Okamura, Shigeki*; Fujita, Satoshi*

Nihon Kikai Gakkai Rombunshu (Internet), 87(898), p.21-00007_1 - 21-00007_17, 2021/06

This paper describes a fundamental study on the seismic safety margin for the isolated structure using laminated rubber bearings. The variation of the seismic response assumed in the isolated structure will occur under the superposition of "Variations in seismic response due to input ground motions" and "Error with design value accompanying manufacture of the isolation devices ". The seismic response analysis which allows to their conditions is important to assess the seismic safety margin for the isolated structure. This paper clarifies that the seismic safety margin of the isolated structure, which consists of rubber bearings, for Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) is ensured against the basis ground motions of Japan Electric Association Guide 4601 (JEAG4601) and SFR through the seismic response analysis considering the variation factors of seismic response. In addition, a relationship between the seismic safety margin and the excess probability of linearity limits is discussed using the results of seismic response analysis.

JAEA Reports

(U-Th)/He dating analysis at Tono Geoscience Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency; Determination of He contents (Contract research)

Kanno, Mizuho; Sueoka, Shigeru; Fukuda, Shoma

JAEA-Testing 2020-010, 38 Pages, 2021/03


This report provides procedures of He measurement for (U-Th)/He dating at Tono Geoscience Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency. (U-Th)/He method is a radiometric dating based on alpha decay of U and Th series isotopes, being utilized as a thermochronometer. (U-Th)/He thermochronometries on zircon and apatite are especially useful to estimate thermal history at low temperatures. The procedures are presented with the details, tips, and cautions because parts of the procedures can be carried out by beginners, including students and contractors. This report also includes some document formats helpful for conducting the procedures.

Journal Articles

Ultra-low-temperature thermochronology using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL)

Ogata, Manabu; Sueoka, Shigeru

Radioisotopes, 70(3), p.159 - 172, 2021/03

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Backfill material characteristics using the bentonite/excavated rock mixture in the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project (Contract research)

Sugita, Yutaka; Kikuchi, Hirohito*; Hoshino, Emiko*

JAEA-Data/Code 2020-017, 39 Pages, 2021/01


In Japan, high-level radioactive waste (HLW) will be buried in a purpose built repository in deep underground. In the vertical disposal concept of HLW, nuclear waste canisters will be emplaced in excavated vertical disposal holes, surrounded by bentonite/sand mixture. And the galleries will be backfilled with bentonite/excavated rock mixture, which will be isolated with a concrete plug. Japan Atomic Energy Agency has performed swelling test, permeability test, thermal property measurement, uniaxial compression test, water potential measurement and infiltration tests to identify coupled thermal-hydraulic-mechanical-chemical behavior that will operate in the backfill material using excavated rock in the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory (URL). The obtained data will be used to support an ongoing full scale, in-situ experiment being conducted in the Horonobe URL.

Journal Articles

Dating of a fault zone distributed in the South Kyushu shear zone based on fission-track thermochronology and U-Pb dating

Sueoka, Shigeru; Shimada, Koji; Terusawa, Shuji*; Iwano, Hideki*; Danhara, Toru*; Ogita, Yasuhiro; Hirata, Takafumi*

Chishitsugaku Zasshi, 127(1), p.25 - 39, 2021/01

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Solidification depth and crystallization age of the Shiaidani Granodiorite; Constraints to the average denudation rate of the Hida Range, central Japan

Kawakami, Tetsuo*; Sueoka, Shigeru; Yokoyama, Tatsunori; Kagami, Saya; King, G. E.*; Herman, F.*; Tsukamoto, Sumiko*; Tagami, Takahiro*

Island Arc, 30(1), p.e12414_1 - e12414_11, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Geosciences, Multidisciplinary)

Journal Articles

XAFS analysis of ruthenium in simulated iron phosphate radioactive waste glass

Okamoto, Yoshihiro; Kobayashi, Hidekazu; Shiwaku, Hideaki; Sasage, Kenichi; Hatakeyama, Kiyoshi*; Nagai, Takayuki

Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 551, p.120393_1 - 120393_8, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.02(Materials Science, Ceramics)

The chemical state of ruthenium in simulated iron phosphate radioactive waste glass was investigated by conventional X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and imaging XAFS analyses. The EXAFS analysis suggested that ruthenium was contained as glass phase when content of the waste components was less than 10wt.% in 30 mol%Fe$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$-P$$_{2}$$O$$_{5}$$ base glass. In other samples, crystalline RuO$$_{2}$$ was predominant. According to the imaging XAFS analysis, RuO$$_{2}$$ particles in all samples had length smaller than 50$$mu$$m. Aggregations of RuO$$_{2}$$, which are found in nuclear waste borosilicate glass, were not seen in any of the iron phosphate glass samples.

Journal Articles

Electrochemical behavior of carbon steel with bentonite/sand in saline environment

Kitayama, Ayami; Taniguchi, Naoki; Mitsui, Seiichiro

Materials and Corrosion, 72(1-2), p.211 - 217, 2021/01

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

JAEA Reports

Impact assessment of density change on the buffer material on the coupled thermal-hydraulic and mechanical (THM) behavior in the near-field (Contract research)

Suzuki, Hideaki*; Takayama, Yusuke

JAEA-Research 2020-015, 52 Pages, 2020/12


It is anticipated that the coupled thermal hydraulic and mechanical (THM) processes will occur, involving an interactive process with radioactive decay heat arising from the vitrified waste, infiltration of groundwater from the host rock into the buffer material, swelling pressure of buffer material due to its saturation in the near-field of a geological disposal system for high-level radioactive waste repository. In order to evaluate these phenomena in the near-field, the THM model has been developed. In this report, the density dependence of thermal, hydraulic and mechanical properties of the buffer material was investigated to evaluate the near-field environment. These density dependence schemes were added to the coupled THM model. The THM analysis of the in-situ experiment of engineered barrier system (EBS) experiment at the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory was carried out. As a result, the effect of the density change of the buffer material on the temperature and infiltration behavior of buffer material was found. A case analysis on the long-term behavior of the near field was also carried out. Then, the behavior that the buffer material swelled out toward the backfill material and the density of the buffer material decreasing was shown.

Journal Articles

Safety enhancement approach against external hazard on JSFR reactor building

Yamamoto, Tomohiko; Kato, Atsushi; Chikazawa, Yoshitaka; Hara, Hiroyuki*

Nuclear Technology, 206(12), p.1875 - 1890, 2020/12

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

This paper gives a detailed evaluation of the countermeasures for the external hazards and severe accidents that could impact the 2010 JSFR design building by lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (Fukushima I NPP) accident.

JAEA Reports

A Catalog showing distribution and features of lineaments and related landforms in an active shear zone with unclear fault displacement topography; An Example of an active left-lateral shear zone in southern Kyushu Island, southwest Japan (Contract research)

Goto, Akira; Sasaki, Akimichi*; Komatsu, Tetsuya; Miwa, Atsushi*; Terusawa, Shuji*; Kagohara, Kyoko*; Shimada, Koji

JAEA-Research 2020-013, 88 Pages, 2020/11


Improvement of the investigation techniques to identify active faults is important for the implementation of geological disposal projects from the viewpoint of avoiding locations where permeability increases due to fault displacement. Generally, the existence of active faults is confirmed by aerial photography interpretation of fault displacement topography, which is a topographical trace of fault movement, and on-site geological surveys. However, the investigation method for cases where the topographical traces are unclear is not sufficiently developed. Therefore, to improve existing topographical methods, this study deciphered lineaments up to the rank of poorly defined features, which are almost neglected in general active fault research. The investigation area is one of the geodetic strain concentration zone, called the southern Kyushu shear zone, where the seismogenic faults of the 1997 Kagoshima northwest earthquakes are concealed. We conducted aerial photography interpretation of 62 sheets of 1/25,000 topographic maps, and obtained 1,327 lineaments. Distribution density, direction and length of lineaments were also investigated with topographic and geologic information. As a result, it was clarified that the east-west lineaments in the south Kyushu shear zone predominate in the western part, and the lineaments are densely distributed in the aftershock distribution area of the Kagoshima northwest earthquake. Along with these results, we have compiled a catalog of typical 13 lineaments based on combinations of clarity, direction, length and geomorphic characters of lineaments.

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