Radioactive Waste Management Funding and Research Center

Chūō-ku, Japan

Radioactive Waste Management Funding and Research Center

Chūō-ku, Japan
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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: Fission-2013-1.1.2 | Award Amount: 14.73M | Year: 2013

The CAST project (CArbon-14 Source Term) aims to develop understanding of the generation and release of 14C from radioactive waste materials under conditions relevant to waste packaging and disposal to underground geological disposal facilities. The project will focus on releases from irradiated metals (steels, Zircaloys) and from ion-exchange materials as dissolved and gaseous species. A study to consider the current state of the art knowledge with regards to 14C release from irradiated graphite will also be undertaken, to further our knowledge from existing projects in this area i.e. CARBOWASTE. The scientific understanding obtained from these studies will then be considered in terms of national disposal programmes and impact on safety assessments. The knowledge gained from the whole of CAST will be disseminated within the project partners and to wider stakeholders and organisation, with a specific objective on education and training.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NFRP-06-2014 | Award Amount: 9.66M | Year: 2015

The Modern2020 project aims at providing the means for developing and implementing an effective and efficient repository operational monitoring programme, taking into account the requirements of specific national programmes. The work allows advanced national radioactive waste disposal programmes to design monitoring systems suitable for deployment when repositories start operating in the next decade and supports less developed programmes and other stakeholders by illustrating how the national context can be taken into account in designing dedicated monitoring programmes tailored to their national needs. The work is established to understand what should be monitored within the frame of the wider safety cases and to provide methodology on how monitoring information can be used to support decision making and to plan for responding to monitoring results. Research and development work aims to improve and develop innovative repository monitoring techniques (wireless data transmission, alternative power supply sources, new sensors, geophysical methods) from the proof of feasibility stage to the technology development and demonstration phase. Innovative technical solutions facilitate the integration and flexibility of required monitoring components to ease the final implementation and adaptation of the monitoring system. Full-scale in-situ demonstrations of innovative monitoring techniques will further enhance the knowledge on the operational implementation of specific disposal monitoring and will demonstrate the performance of the state-of-the-art, the innovative techniques and their comparison with conventional ones. Finally, Modern2020 has the ambition to effectively engage local citizen stakeholders in the R&D monitoring activity by involving them at an early stage in a repository development programme in order to integrate their concerns and expectations into monitoring programmes.

Satoh H.,Mitsubishi Group | Ishii T.,Radioactive Waste Management Funding and Research Center | Owada H.,Radioactive Waste Management Funding and Research Center
Clay Minerals | Year: 2013

In situ measurements were carried out to quantify montmorillonite dissolution rates at a compaction pressure ranging from 0.04 to 10.00 MPa and temperature of 70 C in 0.3M NaOH solution (pH 12.1 at 70 C) using vertical scanning interferometry (VSI) and an auto-compaction cell. Ex situ measurements of the reacted samples using atomic force microscopy (AFM) were performed to quantify the ratio of edge surface area (ESA) to total surface area (TSA) (X ESA = ESA/TSA). Accordingly, the actual ESA for the montmorillonite examined by in situ VSI could be estimated. The X ESA value increases as a function of run duration or compaction pressure. At atmospheric pressure, X ESA is approximately 0.0054 and converges to ∼0.0107 at 10 MPa, An expression that relates reactive surface area and montmorillonite compaction (X ESA/X ESA initial = kX ESA, k: variable factor) is kX ESA = 1.0 + 0.64628 P 0.1527 where P is in MPa. Using the calculated X ESA, dissolution rates from the in situ VSI measurements are obtained. The early dissolution (<1500 min) at less compaction pressure tends to show faster rates (>1.0 6 1011 mol/m2/s) than that at higher compaction pressure. The rates after >1500 min are slower, with values of less than 3 6 1012 mol/m2/s, but there is no significant dependency on the density in the range from 1.0 to 1.7 Mg/m3. These observed rates for compacted montmorillonite are two-orders of magnitude slower (2.63 6 1013 mol/m2/s) than dissolution rates in the suspended state. © 2013 Mineralogical Society.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NFRP-06-2014 | Award Amount: 5.95M | Year: 2015

The HORIZON 2020 EURATOM Collaborative Project Cement-based materials, properties, evolution, barrier functions (Cebama) is developed with the overall objective to support implementation of geological disposal of nuclear waste by improving the knowledge base for the Safety Case. Cement-based materials are highly relevant in this context, being used as waste forms, liners and structural components or sealing materials in different types of host rocks and disposal concepts. Specific objectives of Cebama are (i) experimental studies of interface processes between cement based materials and host rocks or bentonite, and assessing the specific impact on transport properties, (ii) quantifying radionuclide retention under high pH cement conditions, and (iii) developing comprehensive modeling approaches. Modeling will support interpretation of results and prediction of the long-term evolution of key transport characteristics such as porosity, permeability and diffusion parameters especially in the interface between cement based materials and the engineered and natural barriers. Further objectives cover dissemination of results to scientific and non-scientific stakeholders as well as training and education of young professionals for carrying over the expertise into future implementation programms. To a large extent, the experimental and modelling work will be part of PhD theses, aiming at high scientific-technical impact and quality with respect to peer-reviewed publications. The 4 years project is implemented by a consortium of 27 partners consisting of large Research Institutions, Universities, one TSO and one SME from 9 EURATOM Signatory States, Switzerland and Japan. National Waste Management Organizations support Cebama by co-developing the work plan, participation in the End-User Group, granting co-funding to some beneficiaries, and providing for knowledge and information transfer.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: Fission-2008-1.1.2 | Award Amount: 5.11M | Year: 2009

The MoDeRn project aims at providing a reference framework for the development and possible implementation of monitoring activities and associated stakeholder engagement during relevant phases of the radioactive waste disposal process, i.e. during site characterisation, construction, operation and staged closure, as well as a post-closure institutional control phase. Monitoring provides operators and other stakeholders with in-situ data on repository evolutions, to contribute to operational safety, to help manage construction, operation and/or closure activities, and may allow for a comparison with prior safety assessments. It thus provides information to inform necessary decisions. If, in addition, monitoring activities respond to stakeholder needs and provide them with understandable results, they will contribute to transparency and possibly to stakeholder confidence in the disposal process. The project is structured into six work packages (WPs). The first four WPs are dedicated to (i) analyze key objectives and propose viable strategies, based on both technical and stakeholder considerations; to (ii) establish the state of the art and provide technical developments to match specific repository requirements; to (iii) conduct in-situ monitoring demonstration experiments using innovative techniques; and to (iv) conduct a case study of monitoring and its integration into staged disposal, including specific scenarii analysis aimed at providing guidance on how to handle and communicate monitoring results, in particular when these provide unexpected information. In order to provide a shared international view on how monitoring can be developed within a given national context, WP5 regroups key dissemination activities and WP6 will provide a reference framework integrating project results and describing feasible monitoring activities, suggesting relevant stakeholder engagement activities, and illustrating possible uses of monitoring results for decision-making.

Ohnuki T.,Japan Atomic Energy Agency | Yoshida T.,Radioactive Waste Management Funding and Research Center
Chemistry Letters | Year: 2012

We have studied the interactions of REEs (La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er) desferrioxamine B (DFO) complexes with Pseudomonas fluorescens cells and with γ-Al 2O 3, at pH 49. Higher adsorption of REEs was obtained at lower pHs on P. fluorescens cells and at higher pHs on γ-Al 2O 3. The degree of negative anomaly of Ce compared to its neighboring REEs, La(III) and Pr(III) increased with increasing pH. XAFS analysis showed that Ce exists as the Ce(IV)DFO complex in pH higher than 6. Thus, the pH dependence of Ce anomaly is predominantly dependent on the stability of Ce(IV)DFO complex. © 2012 The Chemical Society of Japan.

Fukuda D.,Hokkaido University | Nara Y.,Kyoto University | Kobayashi Y.,Hokkaido University | Kobayashi Y.,Tokyo Gas Co. | And 6 more authors.
Cement and Concrete Research | Year: 2012

High-strength and ultra-low-permeability concrete (HSULPC) is thought to be useful as a radioactive waste package. Thus, a high confining ability is desirable. For cementitious materials, sealing of cracks may occur in water due to the precipitation of calcium compounds. This can affect the confining ability. In this study, the sealing of a crack in HSULPC in water was investigated using micro-focus X-ray computed tomography (CT). The sealing by precipitation occurred only around the end of the specimen. Sealed regions of the crack were identified using three-dimensional image registration and CT image subtraction of images obtained for the specimen before and after it was immersed in water to evaluate temporal changes of the sealing deposits in the crack. The sealing deposits increased as the HSULPC specimen was kept in water longer. It was concluded that cracks in HSULPC in water are sealed by precipitation. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Kurumisawa K.,Hokkaido University | Nawa T.,Hokkaido University | Owada H.,Radioactive Waste Management Funding and Research Center | Shibata M.,Taiheiyo Consultant Co.
Cement and Concrete Research | Year: 2013

In this report, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and 29Si-MAS-NMR was used for the evaluation of deteriorated hardened cement pastes. The deterioration by ammonium nitrate solution was accompanied by changes in the pore structure as well as by structural changes in the C-S-H in the hardened cement paste. The CaO/SiO2 ratio of the C-S-H decreased with the progress of deterioration, there was also polymerization of the silicate in the C-S-H. It was confirmed that the degree of polymerization of silicate of the C-S-H in hardened cement paste can be determined by XPS. It was also shown that the polymerization depends on the structure of the C-S-H. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Kurumisawa K.,Hokkaido University | Nawa T.,Hokkaido University | Owada H.,Radioactive Waste Management Funding and Research Center
Cement and Concrete Composites | Year: 2012

A three-dimensional image of hardened cement paste was reconstructed using a backscattered electron image (BEI) and used to predict the diffusion properties of hardened cement paste. After the BEI observations, an autocorrelation function (ACF) was calculated for each phase of the hardened cement paste, including the unhydrated cement, portlandite, and large pores. A three-dimensional image was reconstructed on the basis of the ACF based on random distributions. The dynamic elastic modulus and diffusion coefficient were calculated using a finite-element or finite difference method with the reconstructed three-dimensional images. The elastic modulus of the C-S-H phase was determined by micro-indentation, and the diffusivity of C-S-H was calculated using this elastic modulus based on previous reports. The resulting predicted dynamic elastic moduli and diffusion coefficients were in good agreement with the experimental results. Although, it was observed that the predicted values of the diffusivity of the blended cement pastes is different from the measured values, a new relationship between diffusivity and porosity of C-S-H in blended cement pastes was developed in this study. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Kamaya M.,Japan Institute of Nuclear Safety System | Kawakubo M.,Japan Institute of Nuclear Safety System | Kawakubo M.,Radioactive Waste Management Funding and Research Center
International Journal of Fatigue | Year: 2015

Influence of mean stress on fatigue life and fatigue limit was investigated for Type 316 stainless steel. The results for prestrained specimens revealed that fatigue life was almost the same in the same strain range regardless of stress amplitude, maximum peak stress and mean strain. The fatigue life was shortened when applying the mean stress for the same strain range, whereas it was increased for the same stress amplitude. It was shown that the reduction in fatigue life was brought about by the change in the effective strain range, which was caused by the increase in minimum peak stress and the ratcheting strain. The fatigue life could be predicted conservatively even if the mean strain was applied by assuming the effective strain range to be equal to the total strain range (by assuming the crack mouth to be never closed). It was concluded that the mean stress correction was not necessary for the load-controlled cyclic loading and for the region where the ratcheting strain was constrained. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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