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Comparative study on the thermal behavior of structural concretes of sodium-cooled fast reactor

Kikuchi, Shin; Koga, Nobuyoshi*; Yamazaki, Atsushi*

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 137(4), p.1211 - 1224, 2019/08

In this study, two siliceous concretes with similar specification as structural concretes of SFR were selected for the comparative study of the thermal behavior. The thermal behavior of the structural concretes was investigated in a temperature range from room temperature to 1900 K using TG-differential thermal analysis (DTA) and other supplementary techniques. The softening and melting of the concretes initiated in the thermal decomposition product of the cement portion in the temperature range 1400-1600 K. Because the compositional difference between the cement portion of two different siliceous concretes was characterized by different Ca(OH)$$_{2}$$/CaCO$$_{3}$$ ratios, the melting temperature ranges of those thermal decomposition products are not so significantly different. On the other hand, the melting of the aggregate is directly influenced by the initial composition of SiO$$_{2}$$ compounds.

JAEA Reports

Prototype fast breeder reactor Monju; Its history and achievements

Tsuruga Comprehensive Research and Development Center

JAEA-Technology 2019-007, 159 Pages, 2019/07


This report summarizes the history and achievements of the prototype fast breeder reactor Monju. The development of Monju started in 1968 as a prototype reactor following the experimental fast reactor Joyo. The development covers all the activity related to the fast reactor; plant design, mockup tests, construction, operation, and plant management. This report summarizes the history and achievements for 11 technical areas: history and principal achievements, design and construction, operation test, plant safety, core physics, fuel, plant system, sodium technology, materials and mechanical design, plant management, and trouble management.

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Three-dimensional numerical study on pool stratification behavior in molten corium-concrete interaction (MCCI) with MPS method

Li, X.; Sato, Ikken; Yamaji, Akifumi*; Duan, G.*

Proceedings of 26th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-26) (Internet), 8 Pages, 2018/07

Molten corium-concrete interaction (MCCI) is an important ex-vessel phenomenon that could happen during the late phase of a hypothetical severe accident in a light water reactor. In the present study, a three-dimensional (3-D) numerical study has been performed to simulate COMET-L3 test carried out by KIT with a stratified molten pool configuration of simulant materials with improved MPS method. The heat transfer between corium/crust/concrete was modeled with heat conduction between particles. Moreover, the potential influence of the siliceous aggregates was also investigated by setting up two different case studies since there was previous study indicating that siliceous aggregates in siliceous concrete might contribute to different axial and radial concrete ablation rates. The simulation results have indicated that metal melt as corium in MCCI can have completely different characteristics regarding concrete ablation pattern from that of oxidic corium, which needs to be taken into consideration when assessing the containment melt-through time in severe accident management.

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The Development of method for extinguishing / treating metallic sodium using calcium chloride

Abe, Yuta; Nagai, Keiichi; Maie, Mitsuyoshi*; Nakano, Natsuko*; Kawashima, Yuichi*; Takesue, Naohisa*; Saito, Junichi

Dai-23-Kai Doryoku, Enerugi Gijutsu Shimpojiumu Koen Rombunshu (USB Flash Drive), 5 Pages, 2018/06

no abstracts in English

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Kinetic study on eutectic reaction between boron carbide and stainless steel in sodium-cooled fast reactor

Kikuchi, Shin; Yamano, Hidemasa

Dai-23-Kai Doryoku, Enerugi Gijutsu Shimpojiumu Koen Rombunshu (USB Flash Drive), 4 Pages, 2018/06

In a postulated severe accidental condition of sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR), eutectic reaction between boron carbide (B$$_{4}$$C) and stainless steel (SS) may probably occur. Elucidation on the behavior of cited eutectic reaction is very important in terms of evaluation of core disruptive accidents in SFRs. For the first step to clarify the kinetic feature of B$$_{4}$$C-SS eutectic reaction, the preliminary thermogavimetry-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) measurements using individual reagent were performed to obtain the fundamental information and to confirm the applicability of sample crucibles. It was found that alumina crucible was applicable in terms of eutectic behavior. Based on the DTA curves at different heating rates, the kinetic parameters were roughly estimated by using Kissinger method.

Journal Articles

Application of nontransfer type plasma heating technology for core-material-relocation tests in boiling water reactor severe accident conditions

Abe, Yuta; Sato, Ikken; Nakagiri, Toshio; Ishimi, Akihiro; Nagae, Yuji

Journal of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science, 4(2), p.020901_1 - 020901_8, 2018/04

A new experimental program using non-transfer type plasma heating is under consideration in JAEA to clarify the uncertainty on core-material relocation (CMR) behavior of BWR. In order to confirm the applicability of this new technology, authors performed preparatory plasma heating tests using small-scale test pieces (107 mm $$times$$ 107 mm $$times$$ 222 mm (height)). An excellent perspective in terms of applicability of the non-transfer plasma heating to melting high melting-temperature materials such as ZrO$$_{2}$$ has been obtained. In addition, molten pool was formed at the middle height of the test piece indicating its capability to simulate the initial phase of core degradation behavior consistent with the real UO$$_{2}$$ fuel Phebus-FPT tests. Furthermore, application of EPMA, SEM/EDX and X-ray CT led to a conclusion that the pool formed consisted mainly of Zr with some concentration of oxygen which tended to be enhanced at the upper surface region of the pool. Based on these results, an excellent perspective in terms of applicability of the non-transfer plasma heating technology to the Severe Accident (SA) experimental study was obtained.

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Evaluation of target-wastage in consideration of sodium-water reaction environment formed on the periphery of an adjacent tube in steam generator of sodium-cooled fast reactor

Kurihara, Akikazu; Umeda, Ryota; Shimoyama, Kazuhito; Kikuchi, Shin

Nippon Kikai Gakkai Rombunshu (Internet), 84(859), p.17-00382_1 - 17-00382_11, 2018/03

Wastage on adjacent tubes (target-wastage) arise from water/steam leak in steam generators of sodium-cooled fast reactors (sodium-water reaction). Target-wastage is likely to be caused by liquid droplet impingement erosion (LDI) and Na-Fe composite oxidation type corrosion with flow (COCF) in an environment marked by high temperature and high-alkali (reaction jet) due to sodium-water reaction. In the previous study, the authors quantitatively evaluated the effect of material temperature and fluid velocity on COCF rate, and revealed that COCF was sodium-iron composite oxidation type corrosion from metallographic observation and element assay. In this study, the applicability of new wastage correlations was confirmed for each tube in sodium-water reaction test with straight vertical tube bundle under practical steam generator operation condition. The authors established that the new wastage correlations were applicable to each tube of tube bundle in the above test, and the time progress of wastage was qualitatively investigated for the two penetrated tubes in the period including the water and/or steam blowdown.

Journal Articles

Thermal behavior of sodium hydroxide-structural concrete composition of sodium-cooled fast reactor

Kikuchi, Shin; Koga, Nobuyoshi*

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 131(1), p.301 - 308, 2018/01

Under postulated accidental condition of sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR), liquid sodium spill into the floor may lead to fail the steel liner resulting in sodium-concrete reaction (SCR). In this study, the sodium hydroxide (NaOH)-silica (SiO$$_{2}$$) reaction as one of possible secondary stage reactions was investigated for safety assessment of SFR. Thermal behavior of NaOH-SiO$$_{2}$$ reaction such as reaction onset was determined using a differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). As a result of DSC measurement, it was revealed that NaOH-SiO$$_{2}$$ reaction occurs as rapid reaction right after NaOH melting at 583 K. Therefore, it was expected that NaOH-SiO$$_{2}$$ reaction is dominant in the time frame of secondary stage of SCR if significant amount of NaOH has been generated during the initial stage reaction.

JAEA Reports

Cutting operation of simulated fuel assembly heating examination by AWJ

Abe, Yuta; Nakagiri, Toshio; Watatani, Satoshi*; Maruyama, Shinichiro*

JAEA-Technology 2017-023, 46 Pages, 2017/10


This is a report on Abrasive Water Jet (AWJ) cutting work carried out on specimen, which was used for Simulated Fuel Assembly Heating Examination by Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Science (CLADS) molten core behavior analysis group in February 2016. The simulated fuel assembly is composed of Zirconia for the outer crucible/simulated fuel, stainless steel for the control blade and Zircaloy (Zr) for the cladding tube/channel box. Therefore, it is necessary to cut at once substances having a wide range of fracture toughness and hardness. Moreover, it is a large specimen with an approximate size of 300 mm. In addition, epoxy resin has high stickiness, making it more difficult to cut. Considering these effects, AWJ cutting was selected. The following two points were devised, and this specimen could be cut with AWJ. If it was not possible to cut at one time like a molten portion of boride, it was repeatedly cut. By using Abrasive Suspension Jet (ASJ) system with higher cutting ability than Abrasive Injection Jet (AIJ, conventional method) system, cutting time was shortened. As a result of this work, the cutting method in Simulated Fuel Assembly Heating Examination was established. Incidentally, in the cutting operation, when the cutting ability was lost at the tip of the AWJ, a curved cut surface, which occurs when the jet flowed away from the feeding direction, could be confirmed at the center of the test body. From the next work, to improve the cutting efficiency, we propose adding a mechanism such as turning the cutting member itself for re-cutting from the exit side of the jet and appropriate traverse speed to protect cut surface.

Journal Articles

Evaluation and demonstration of cutting the fuel assembly heating examination by AWJ

Maruyama, Shinichiro*; Watatani, Satoshi*

Mitsui Sumitomo Kensetsu Gijutsu Kenkyu Kaihatsu Hokoku, (15), p.107 - 112, 2017/10

It is essential to estimate characteristics and forms of fuel debris for safe and reliable removing at the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (1F). For the estimation, melting behavior of fuel assembly in the accident is being researched. To proceed the research, the fuel debris were need to cut, and the abrasive water jet (AWJ) which had enough results for cutting ceramic material or mixed material of zirconium alloy and stainless. The test results demonstrated that AWJ could cut the fuel assembly and accumulated the cutting data which will be subservient when removing the fuel debris in future.

JAEA Reports

Phenomenon elucidation experiment for target wastage caused in steam generator of sodium-cooled fast reactor; Corrosion experiment in flowing high-temperature sodium hydroxide environment

Umeda, Ryota; Shimoyama, Kazuhito; Kurihara, Akikazu

JAEA-Technology 2017-018, 70 Pages, 2017/08


In case of the water leak into sodium in a SG of SFRs due to tube failure, reaction jet is formed by sodium-water reaction with exothermic heat. The reaction jet forms highly alkaline environment with high temperature and high pressure, which cause local thinning of adjacent heat transfer tubes (target wastage). In this report, for the purpose of elucidation of target wastage, the authors developed the experimental apparatus and experimental technique which enable the separate evaluation of wastage influence factors, including temperature, impingement velocity, reagent ratio and so on by using high temperature sodium hydroxide as major reaction product and sodium monoxide as secondary reaction product. In addition, the impingement corrosion experiments have been conducted by using high temperature reagents (NaOH and Na$$_{2}$$O). Based on the corrosive data, authors quantitatively evaluated the influence factors of wastage and formulated the average corrosive equations.

Journal Articles

Progress of design and related researches of sodium-cooled fast reactor in Japan

Kamide, Hideki; Sakamoto, Yoshihiko; Kubo, Shigenobu; Oki, Shigeo; Ohshima, Hiroyuki; Kamiyama, Kenji

Proceedings of International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles; Next Generation Nuclear Systems for Sustainable Development (FR-17) (USB Flash Drive), 10 Pages, 2017/06

Development of a sodium-cooled fast reactor has been implemented in Japan from the viewpoint of severe accident countermeasures in order to strengthen safety of a fast reactor since the Great East Japan Earthquake. This paper describes the progress of design study and research and development related to safety enhancement and the severe accident countermeasures. For the purpose of strengthening of decay heat removal function, several researches have been carried out on the decay heat removal in a core disruptive accident (CDA), diversity and applicability of decay heat removal systems, and thermal hydraulic evaluation methods. In order to elucidate the behavior of molten fuel during CDA, some in-pile and out-of-pile tests has been performed by international collaboration including basic experiments. Core design was also improved from the viewpoint of preventing the occurrence of severe accident.

Journal Articles

SAS4A analysis study on the initiating phase of ATWS events for generation-IV loop-type SFR

Kubota, Ryuzaburo; Koyama, Kazuya*; Moriwaki, Hiroyuki*; Yamada, Yumi*; Shimakawa, Yoshio*; Suzuki, Toru; Kawada, Kenichi; Kubo, Shigenobu; Yamano, Hidemasa

Proceedings of 2017 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2017) (CD-ROM), 10 Pages, 2017/04

This paper describes an analysis study on the initiating phase of the ATWS events with SAS4A in order to confirm the appropriateness of the core design for the medium-scale SFR (750MWe-1765MWt). Not using a conventional lumping method that multiple fuel sub-assemblies having a similar characteristic were assigned to one channel (representing fuel assembly in SAS4A), each channel represents only the sub-assemblies of identical operating condition. In addition, the detailed power and reactivity distribution were set reflecting the change of insertion position of control rods. Applying these detailed analysis conditions, the SAS4A analyses were performed for unprotected loss-of-flow (ULOF) and unprotected transient overpower (UTOP) during both of the nominal power and the partial power operation. As a result, more proper event progression including incoherency of events especially fuel dispersion after fuel failure was successfully evaluated and then this analysis study suggested that the power excursion with prompt criticality leading to large mechanical energy release can be prevented in the initiating phase of the current design.

Journal Articles

Reaction path and product analysis of sodium-water chemical reactions using laser diagnostics

Deguchi, Yoshihiro*; Muranaka, Ryota*; Kamimoto, Takahiro*; Takagi, Taku*; Kikuchi, Shin; Kurihara, Akikazu

Applied Thermal Engineering, 114, p.1319 - 1324, 2017/03

The purpose of this study aims to clarify the gas phase sodium-water reaction path and reaction products quantitatively. The counter-flow diffusion experiment device was employed to analyze the reaction path and reaction products using laser diagnostics. The main product of sodium-water reaction was determined to be NaOH and the sodium oxide was not notably measured compared with NaOH.

Journal Articles

Progress of thermal hydraulic evaluation methods and experimental studies on a sodium-cooled fast reactor and its safety in Japan

Kamide, Hideki; Ohshima, Hiroyuki; Sakai, Takaaki; Tanaka, Masaaki

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 312, p.30 - 41, 2017/02

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:64.68(Nuclear Science & Technology)

In the framework of the Generation-IV International Forum, the safety design criteria (SDC) incorporating safety-related Research and Development results on innovative technologies and lessons learned from Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plants accident has been established to provide the set of general criteria for the safety designs of structures, systems and components of Generation-IV Sodium-cooled Fast Reactors (Gen-IV SFRs). A number of thermal-hydraulic evaluations are necessary to meet the concept of the criteria in the design studies of Gen-IV SFRs. This paper focuses on four kinds of thermal-hydraulic issues associated with the SDC, i.e., fuel subassembly thermal-hydraulics, natural circulation decay heat removal, core disruptive accidents, and thermal striping. Progress of evaluation methods on these issues is shown with activities on verification and validation (V and V) and experimental studies towards commercialization of SFR in Japan. These evaluation methods are planned to be eventually integrated into a comprehensive numerical simulation system that can be applied to all possible phenomena in SFR systems and that can be expected to become an effective tool for the development of human resource and the handing our knowledge and technologies down.

JAEA Reports

Rapid heating rupture experiment using the high chromium steel tubes

Umeda, Ryota; Kurihara, Akikazu; Shimoyama, Kazuhito

JAEA-Technology 2016-030, 50 Pages, 2016/12


In case of tube failure of a steam generator in sodium-cooled fast reactors, the reaction jet with high temperature and high velocity under highly alkaline environment is formed by cited exothermic reaction (sodium-water reaction). When the high temperature reaction jet covers the adjacent tubes, the material strength of tube decreases in the high temperature condition, and the adjacent tube may be swollen and failed by inner pressure (overheating tube rupture). For evaluation of the overheating tube rupture, tube failure is judged by comparison the hoop stress loaded by inner pressure with stress strength standard defined as creep strength depending on tube temperature. Thus, it is important to confirm the validation of this failure criterion based on the findings obtained in the simulated experiment of overheating tube rupture. In this report, for consideration on the validation of the failure criteria and elucidation on the failure mode and strength characteristics of failure, the authors carried out the rapid heating rupture experiment for the thin single and double-walled 9Cr steel tubes at high temperature up to 1500 K by using TRUST-2 rig in the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

Journal Articles

An Empirical correlation to predict the distance for fragmentation of simulated Molten-Core materials discharged into a sodium pool

Matsuba, Kenichi; Isozaki, Mikio; Kamiyama, Kenji; Suzuki, Toru; Tobita, Yoshiharu

Proceedings of 11th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics, Operation and Safety (NUTHOS-11) (USB Flash Drive), 8 Pages, 2016/10

In order to evaluate the distance for fragmentation of molten core material discharged into the lower sodium plenum during core disruptive accidents in sodium-cooled fast reactors, experiments with simulated molten materials and coolants (water, sodium) was carried out, where an empirical correlation of the distance for fragmentation was developed. The empirical correlation developed by this study showed a good agreement with the measurement results obtained by the present experiments. It was found that in order to well-predict the distance for fragmentation in sodium, thermal phenomena, such as sodium boiling and resultant vapor expansion, needed to be considered.

Journal Articles

Experimental study and kinetic analysis on sodium oxide-silica reaction

Kikuchi, Shin; Koga, Nobuyoshi*; Seino, Hiroshi; Ohno, Shuji

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(5), p.682 - 691, 2016/05

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:57.25(Nuclear Science & Technology)

In a sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR), if considering hypothetical severe accidental condition such as the steel liner failure of structural concrete caused by intensive leakage of liquid sodium (Na) coolant, the liquid sodium-concrete reaction (SCR) may take place. The major consequences of SCR are hydrogen release, energy release and concrete ablation. Thus, it is important to understand the phenomenology of SCR. As a part of a series of studies on SCR, this study focused on the reaction between sodium oxide (Na$$_{2}$$O) and silica (SiO$$_{2}$$). Through thermoanalytical and X-ray diffraction measurements, it was revealed that Na$$_{2}$$O-SiO$$_{2}$$ reaction to form sodium orthosilicate (Na$$_{4}$$SiO$$_{4}$$) occurs at significantly lower temperature in comparison with Na-SiO$$_{2}$$ reaction.

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Distance for fragmentation of a simulated molten-core material discharged into a sodium pool

Matsuba, Kenichi; Isozaki, Mikio; Kamiyama, Kenji; Tobita, Yoshiharu

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(5), p.707 - 712, 2016/05

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:23.48(Nuclear Science & Technology)

In order to develop an evaluation method of the distance for fragmentation of molten core material discharged into the sodium plenum, a sodium experiment with visual observation was conducted using an X-ray imaging system. In the current experiments, 0.9 kg of molten aluminum (initial temperature: around 1473 K) was discharged into a sodium pool (initial temperature: 673 K) through a nozzle (inner diameter: 20 mm). Based on the experimental results, the distance for fragmentation of the liquid column was estimated to be 100 mm in the experiments. Through the sodium experiment, useful knowledge was obtained for the future development of an evaluation method of the distance for fragmentation of molten core material. As a next step, sodium experiments using higher-density molten materials will be conducted to enrich the experimental knowledge. Besides, a new semi-empirical correlation will be developed to evaluate more appropriately the distance for fragmentation under CDA conditions.

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Development of the evaluation methodology for the material relocation behavior in the core disruptive accident of sodium-cooled fast reactors

Tobita, Yoshiharu; Kamiyama, Kenji; Tagami, Hirotaka; Matsuba, Kenichi; Suzuki, Toru; Isozaki, Mikio; Yamano, Hidemasa; Morita, Koji*; Guo, L.*; Zhang, B.*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(5), p.698 - 706, 2016/05


 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:42.29(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The in-vessel retention (IVR) of core disruptive accident (CDA) is of prime importance in enhancing safety characteristics of sodium-cooled fast reactors (SFRs). In the CDA of SFRs, molten core material relocates to the lower plenum of reactor vessel and may impose significant thermal load on the structures, resulting in the melt through of the reactor vessel. In order to enable the assessment of this relocation process and prove that IVR of core material is the most probable consequence of the CDA in SFRs, a research program to develop the evaluation methodology for the material relocation behavior in the CDA of SFRs has been conducted. This program consists of three developmental studies, namely the development of the analysis method of molten material discharge from the core region, the development of evaluation methodology of molten material penetration into sodium pool, and the development of the simulation tool of debris bed behavior.

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