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Computational Study for Inventory Estimation of Se-79, Tc-99, Sn-126, and Cs-135 in High-Level Radioactive Wastes From Spent Nuclear Fuels of Light Water Reactors

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Keisuke Okumura, Shiho Asai, Yukiko Hanzawa, Tsutomu Okamoto, Hideya Suzuki, Masaaki Toshimitsu, Jun Inagawa, Takaumi Kimura

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai, Ibaraki, Japan

Kensuke Suzuki, Satoru Kaneko

Tokyo Electric Power Company, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. ICEM2011-59087, pp. 1443-1450; 8 pages
doi:10.1115/ICEM2011-59087
From:
  • ASME 2011 14th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • ASME 2011 14th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Parts A and B
  • Reims, France, September 25–29, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5498-3
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME

abstract

Inventory estimation of long-lived fission products (LLFPs) in high-level radioactive wastes (HLW) from spent nuclear fuels of light water reactors is important for a safety assessment of their disposal. In order to develop an inventory estimation method of difficult-to-measure LLFPs (Se-79, Tc-99, Sn-126, and Cs-135), a parametric study was carried out by using a sophisticated burnup calculation code and data. In the parametric study, fuel specifications and irradiation conditions are changed in the conceivable range. The considered parameters are fuel assembly types (PWR / BWR), U-235 enrichment, moderator temperature, void fraction, power density, and so on. From the calculated results, we clarify the burnup characteristics of the target LLFPs and their possible ranges of generations. Finally, candidates of the key nuclide are proposed for the scaling factor method of HLW.

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