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  1. Progress in tritium retention and release modeling for ceramic breeders

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    Tritium behavior in ceramic breeder blankets is a key design issue for this class of blanket because of its impact on safety and fuel self-sufficiency. Over the past 10-15 years, substantial theoretical and experimental efforts have been dedicated world-wide to develop a better understanding of tritium transport in ceramic breeders. Models that are available today seem to cover reasonably well all the key physical transport and trapping mechanisms. They have allowed for reasonable interpretation and reproduction of experimental data and have helped in pointing out deficiencies in material property data base, in providing guidance for future experiments, and in analyzing blanket tritium behavior. This paper highlights the progress in tritium modeling over the last decade. Key tritium transport mechanisms are briefly described along with the more recent and sophisticated models developed to help understand them. Recent experimental data are highlighted and model calibration and validation discussed. Finally, example applications to blanket cases are shown as illustration of progress in the prediction of ceramic breeder blanket tritium inventory

  2. Progress in tritium retention and release modeling for ceramic breeders

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    Tritium behavior in ceramic breeder blankets is a key design issue for this class of blanket because of its impact on safety and fuel self-sufficiency. Over the past 10-15 years, substantial theoretical and experimental effort has been dedicated worldwide to the development of a better understanding of tritium transport in ceramic breeders. The models available today seem to cover reasonably well all of the key physical transport and trapping mechanisms. They allow for reasonable interpretation and reproduction of experimental data, help to point out deficiencies in the material property database, provide guidance for future experiments and aid in the analysis of blanket tritium behavior.This paper highlights the progress in tritium modeling over the last decade. Key tritium transport mechanisms are briefly described, together with the more recent, sophisticated models which have been developed to help understand them. Recent experimental data are highlighted and model calibration and validation are discussed. Finally, example applications to blanket cases are shown as an illustration of the progress in the prediction of ceramic breeder blanket tritium inventory. (orig.)

  3. Modeling of tritium behavior in ceramic breeder materials

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    Computer models are being developed to predict tritium release from candidate ceramic breeder materials for fusion reactors. Early models regarded the complex process of tritium release as being rate limited by a single slow step, usually taken to be tritium diffusion. These models were unable to explain much of the experimental data. We have developed a more comprehensive model which considers diffusion and desorption from the grain surface. In developing this model we found that it was necessary to include the details of the surface phenomena in order to explain the results from recent tritium release experiments. A diffusion-desorption model with a desorption activation energy which is dependent on the surface coverage was developed. This model provided excellent agreement with the results from the CRITIC tritium release experiment. Since evidence suggests that other ceramic breeder materials have desorption activation energies which are dependent on surface coverage, it is important that these variations in activation energy be included in a model for tritium release. 17 refs., 12 figs

  4. Extraction of tritium from ceramic breeder material

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    The first generation of fusion reactors will use deuterium and tritium as fuel since this reaction takes place at relatively low temperature. Since tritium is not available in nature, it must be produced in the fusion reactor blanket which surrounds the plasma zone. The lithium bearing compound is available in plenty in earths crust and by absorbing neutron, lithium produces tritium by the reactions 6Li (n, α) T and 7Li (n, n'α) T. Natural lithium consists of 93% 7Li and the remaining 7% as 6Li. Since the inelastic scattering of 7Li with fast neutrons produces one tritium and one neutron, more than one tritium atom can be produced per neutron. Hence by suitably designing the lithium blanket, more than one tritium atom per fusion reaction can be produced. In the absence of thermonuclear reactions, the (D,T) neutrons which are energetic 14-MeV neutrons, are produced in the accelerator based neutron generators. In order to ensure that sufficient amount of tritium would be produced in the future fusion reactor blankets, experiments are carried out to irradiate the lithium assembly using the available neutron source and measurements are done to estimate the tritium breeding. Also, it is required to extract the tritium produced in the lithium blanket. This work consists of tritium breeding measurement technique and a design of tritium extraction system. (author)

  5. Considerations on techniques for improving tritium confinement in helium-cooled ceramic breeder blankets

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    Tritium control issues such as the development of permeation barriers and the choice of the coolant and purge-gas chemistry are of crucial importance for solid breeder blankets. In order to quantify these problems for the helium-cooled ceramic BIT blanket concept, the tritium leakage into the coolant was evaluated and the consequent tritium losses into the steam circuit were determined. Our results indicate that under certain specified conditions the total tritium release from the coolant can be limited to approximately 10 Ci/d, but only on the assumption that experimental data for tritium permeation barriers can be attained under realistic operating conditions. An experimental study on the impact of the gas chemistry on tritium losses is proposed. (orig.)

  6. Analysis of Time-Dependent Tritium Breeding Capability of Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket for CFETR

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    Gao, Fangfang; Zhang, Xiaokang; Pu, Yong; Zhu, Qingjun; Liu, Songlin

    2016-08-01

    Attaining tritium self-sufficiency is an important mission for the Chinese Fusion Engineering Testing Reactor (CFETR) operating on a Deuterium-Tritium (D-T) fuel cycle. It is necessary to study the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) and breeding tritium inventory variation with operation time so as to provide an accurate data for dynamic modeling and analysis of the tritium fuel cycle. A water cooled ceramic breeder (WCCB) blanket is one candidate of blanket concepts for the CFETR. Based on the detailed 3D neutronics model of CFETR with the WCCB blanket, the time-dependent TBR and tritium surplus were evaluated by a coupling calculation of the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) and the fusion activation code FISPACT-2007. The results indicated that the TBR and tritium surplus of the WCCB blanket were a function of operation time and fusion power due to the Li consumption in breeder and material activation. In addition, by comparison with the results calculated by using the 3D neutronics model and employing the transfer factor constant from 1D to 3D, it is noted that 1D analysis leads to an over-estimation for the time-dependent tritium breeding capability when fusion power is larger than 1000 MW. supported by the National Magnetic Confinement Fusion Science Program of China (Nos. 2013GB108004, 2015GB108002, and 2014GB119000), and by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11175207)

  7. Isotope exchange reactions on ceramic breeder materials and their effect on tritium inventory

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    Nishikawa, M.; Baba, A. [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Kawamura, Y.; Nishi, M.

    1998-03-01

    Though lithium ceramic materials such as Li{sub 2}O, LiAlO{sub 2}, Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}, Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} and Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} are considered as breeding materials in the blanket of a D-T fusion reactor, the release behavior of the bred tritium in these solid breeder materials has not been fully understood. The isotope exchange reaction rate between hydrogen isotopes in the purge gas and tritium on the surface of breeding materials have not been quantified yet, although helium gas with hydrogen or deuterium is planned to be used as the blanket purge gas in the recent blanket designs. The mass transfer coefficient representing the isotope exchange reaction between H{sub 2} and D{sub 2}O or that between D{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O in the ceramic breeding materials bed is experimentally obtained in this study. Effects of isotope exchange reactions on the tritium inventory in the bleeding blanket is discussed based on data obtained in this study where effects of diffusion of tritium in the grain, absorption of water in the bulk of grain, and adsorption of water on the surface of grain, together with two types of isotope exchange reactions are considered. The way to estimate the tritium inventory in a Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} blanket used in this study shows a good agreement with data obtained in such in-situ experiments as MOZART, EXOTIC-5, 6 and TRINE experiments. (author)

  8. Tritium-assisted fusion breeders

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    This report undertakes a preliminary assessment of the prospects of tritium-assisted D-D fuel cycle fusion breeders. Two well documented fusion power reactor designs - the STARFIRE (D-T fuel cycle) and the WILDCAT (Cat-D fuel cycle) tokamaks - are converted into fusion breeders by replacing the fusion electric blankets with 233U producing fission suppressed blankets; changing the Cat-D fuel cycle mode of operation by one of the several tritium-assisted D-D-based modes of operation considered; adjusting the reactor power level; and modifying the resulting plant cost to account for the design changes. Three sources of tritium are considered for assisting the D-D fuel cycle: tritium produced in the blankets from lithium or from 3He and tritium produced in the client fission reactors. The D-D-based fusion breeders using tritium assistance are found to be the most promising economically, especially the Tritium Catalyzed Deuterium mode of operation in which the 3He exhausted from the plasma is converted, by neutron capture in the blanket, into tritium which is in turn fed back to the plasma. The number of fission reactors of equal thermal power supported by Tritium Catalyzed Deuterium fusion breeders is about 50% higher than that of D-T fusion breeders, and the profitability is found to be slightly lower than that of the D-T fusion breeders

  9. Fabrication, properties, and tritium recovery from solid breeder materials

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    Johnson, C.E. (Argonne National Lab., IL (USA)); Kondo, T. (Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokyo (Japan)); Roux, N. (CEA Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)); Tanaka, S. (Tokyo Univ. (Japan)); Vollath, D. (Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany, F.R.))

    1991-01-01

    The breeding blanket is a key component of the fusion reactor because it directly involves tritium breeding and energy extraction, both of which are critical to development of fusion power. The lithium ceramics continue to show promise as candidate breeder materials. This promise was recognized by the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) design team in its selection of ceramics as the first option for the ITER breeder material. Blanket design studies have indicated properties in the candidate materials data base that need further investigation. Current studies are focusing on tritium release behavior at high burnup, changes in thermophysical properties with burnup, compatibility between the ceramic breeder and beryllium multiplier, and phase changes with burnup. Laboratory and in-reactor tests, some as part of an international collaboration for development of ceramic breeder materials, are underway. 133 refs., 1 fig.

  10. Research and development status of ceramic breeder materials

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    The breeding blanket is a key component of the fusion reactor because it directly involves tritium breeding and energy extraction, both of which are critical to development of fusion power. The lithium ceramics continue to show promise as candidate breeder materials. This promise was also recognized by the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) design team in its selection of ceramics as the first option breeder material. Blanket design studies have indicated areas in the properties data base that need further investigation. Current studies are focusing on issues such as tritium release behavior at high burnup, changes in thermophysical properties with burnup, compatibility between ceramic breeder and beryllium multiplier, and phase changes with burnup. Laboratory and in-reactor tests are underway, some as part of an international collaboration for development of ceramic breeder materials. 36 refs

  11. Tritium transport in lithium ceramics porous media

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    Tam, S.W.; Ambrose, V.

    1991-12-31

    A random network model has been utilized to analyze the problem of tritium percolation through porous Li ceramic breeders. Local transport in each pore channel is described by a set of convection-diffusion-reaction equations. Long range transport is described by a matrix technique. The heterogeneous structure of the porous medium is accounted for via Monte Carlo methods. The model was then applied to an analysis of the relative contribution of diffusion and convective flow to tritium transport in porous lithium ceramics. 15 refs., 4 figs.

  12. Tritium transport in lithium ceramics porous media

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    Tam, S.W.; Ambrose, V.

    1991-01-01

    A random network model has been utilized to analyze the problem of tritium percolation through porous Li ceramic breeders. Local transport in each pore channel is described by a set of convection-diffusion-reaction equations. Long range transport is described by a matrix technique. The heterogeneous structure of the porous medium is accounted for via Monte Carlo methods. The model was then applied to an analysis of the relative contribution of diffusion and convective flow to tritium transport in porous lithium ceramics. 15 refs., 4 figs.

  13. Preliminary test for reprocessing technology development of tritium breeders

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    In order to develop the reprocessing technology of lithium ceramics (Li2TiO3, CaO-doped Li2TiO3, Li4SiO4 and Li2O) as tritium breeder materials for fusion reactors, the dissolution methods of lithium ceramics to recover 6Li resource and the purification method of their lithium solutions to remove irradiated impurities (60Co) were investigated. In the present work, the dissolving rates of lithium from each lithium ceramic powder using chemical aqueous reagents such as HNO3, H2O2 and citric acid (C6H8O7 . H2O) were higher than 90%. Further the decontamination rate of 60Co added into the solutions dissolving lithium ceramics was higher than 97% using the activated carbon impregnated with 8-hydroxyquinolinol as chelate agent.

  14. Proceedings of the sixth international workshop on ceramic breeder blanket interactions

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    This report is the Proceedings of ''the Sixth International Workshop on Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions'' which was held as a workshop on ceramic breeders under Annex II of IEA Implementing Agreement on a Programme of Research and Development on Fusion Materials, and Japan-US Workshop 97FT4-01. This workshop was held in Mito city, Japan on October 22-24, 1997. About forty experts from EU, Japan, USA, and Chile attended the workshop. The scope of the workshop included the following: 1) fabrication and characterization of ceramic breeders, 2) properties data for ceramic breeders, 3) tritium release characteristics, 4) modeling of tritium behavior, 5) irradiation effects on performance behavior, 6) blanket design and R and D requirements, 7) hydrogen behavior in materials, and 8) blanket system technology and structural materials. In the workshop, information exchange was performed for fabrication technology of ceramic breeder pebbles in EU and Japan, data of various properties of Li2TiO3, tritium release behavior of Li2TiO3 and Li2ZrO3 including tritium diffusion, modeling of tritium release from Li2ZrO3 in ITER condition, helium release behavior from Li2O, results of tritium release irradiation tests of Li4SiO4 pebbles in EXOTIC-7, R and D issues for ceramic breeders for ITER and DEMO blankets, etc. The 23 of the papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  15. Proceedings of the fifteenth international workshop on ceramic breeder blanket interactions

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    This report is the Proceedings of 'the Fifteenth International Workshop on Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions' which was held as a workshop on ceramic breeders Under the IEA Implementing Agreement on the Nuclear Technology of Fusion Reactors. This workshop was held in Sapporo, Japan on 3-4, Sept. 2009. Twenty six participants from EU, Japan, India, Russia and USA attended the workshop. The scope of the workshop included 1) evolutions in ceramic breeder blanket design, 2) progress in ceramic breeder material development, 3) irradiation testing, 4) breeder material properties, 5) out-of-pile pebble bed experiment, 6) modeling of the thermal, mechanical and tritium transfer behavior of pebble beds and 7) interfacing issues of solid breeder blanket development. By this workshop, advance of key technologies for solid breeder blanket development was shared among the participants. Also, desired direction of further investigation and development was recognized. The 20 of the presented papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  16. Tritium system design studies of fusion experimental breeder

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    A summary of the tritium system design studies for the engineering outline design of a fusion experimental breeder (FEB-E) is presented. This paper is divided into three sections. In first section, the geometry, loading features and tritium concentrations in liquid lithium of tritium breeding zones of blanket are described. The tritium flow chart corresponding to the tritium fuel cycle system has been constructed, and the inventories in ten subsystems are calculated using SWITRIM code in section 2. Results show that the necessary initial tritium storage to start up FEB-E with fusion power of 143 MW is about 319 g. In final section, the tritium leakage issues under different operation circumstances have been analyzed. It was found that the potential danger of tritium leakage could be resulted from the exhausted gas of the diverter system. It is important to elevate the tritium burnup fraction and reduce the tritium throughput. (authors)

  17. Preliminary test for reprocessing technology development of tritium breeders

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    Hoshino, Tsuyoshi; Tsuchiya, Kunihiko; Hayashi, Kimio [Blanket Irradiation and Analysis Group, Directorates of Fusion Energy Research, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 4002, Narita-cho, Oarai-machi, Higashi Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki 311-1393 (Japan); Nakamura, Mutsumi; Terunuma, Hitoshi [KAKEN Co., Ltd., 1044, Hori, Mito-city, Ibaraki 310-0903 (Japan); Tatenuma, Katsuyoshi [KAKEN Co., Ltd., 1044, Hori, Mito-city, Ibaraki 310-0903 (Japan)], E-mail: tatenuma@kakenlabo.co.jp

    2009-04-30

    In order to develop the reprocessing technology of lithium ceramics (Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}, CaO-doped Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}, Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} and Li{sub 2}O) as tritium breeder materials for fusion reactors, the dissolution methods of lithium ceramics to recover {sup 6}Li resource and the purification method of their lithium solutions to remove irradiated impurities ({sup 60}Co) were investigated. In the present work, the dissolving rates of lithium from each lithium ceramic powder using chemical aqueous reagents such as HNO{sub 3}, H{sub 2}O{sub 2} and citric acid (C{sub 6}H{sub 8}O{sub 7} . H{sub 2}O) were higher than 90%. Further the decontamination rate of {sup 60}Co added into the solutions dissolving lithium ceramics was higher than 97% using the activated carbon impregnated with 8-hydroxyquinolinol as chelate agent.

  18. Proceedings of the sixth international workshop on ceramic breeder blanket interactions

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    Noda, Kenji [ed.

    1998-03-01

    This report is the Proceedings of `the Sixth International Workshop on Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions` which was held as a workshop on ceramic breeders under Annex II of IEA Implementing Agreement on a Programme of Research and Development on Fusion Materials, and Japan-US Workshop 97FT4-01. This workshop was held in Mito city, Japan on October 22-24, 1997. About forty experts from EU, Japan, USA, and Chile attended the workshop. The scope of the workshop included the following: (1) fabrication and characterization of ceramic breeders, (2) properties data for ceramic breeders, (3) tritium release characteristics, (4) modeling of tritium behavior, (5) irradiation effects on performance behavior, (6) blanket design and R and D requirements, (7) hydrogen behavior in materials, and (8) blanket system technology and structural materials. In the workshop, information exchange was performed for fabrication technology of ceramic breeder pebbles in EU and Japan, data of various properties of Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}, tritium release behavior of Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} and Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} including tritium diffusion, modeling of tritium release from Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} in ITER condition, helium release behavior from Li{sub 2}O, results of tritium release irradiation tests of Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles in EXOTIC-7, R and D issues for ceramic breeders for ITER and DEMO blankets, etc. The 23 of the papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  19. Proceedings of the eleventh international workshop on ceramic breeder blanket interactions

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    This report is the Proceedings of 'the Eleventh International Workshop on Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions' which was held as a workshop on ceramic breeders Under the IEA Implementing Agreement on the Nuclear Technology of Fusion Reactors, and the Japan-US Fusion Collaboration Framework. This workshop was held in Tokyo, Japan on December 15-17, 2003. About thirty experts from China, EU, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Russia and USA attended the workshop. The scope of the workshop included 1) evolutions in ceramic breeder blanket design, 2) progress in ceramic breeder material development, 3) irradiation testing, 4) breeder material properties, 5) out-of-pile pebble bed experiment, 6) modeling of the thermal, mechanical and tritium transfer behavior of pebble beds and 7) interfacing issues of solid breeder blanket. In the workshop, information exchange was performed for designs of solid breeder blankets and test blankets in EU, Russia and Japan, recent results of irradiation tests, HICU, EXOTIC-8 and the irradiation tests by IVV-2M, modeling study on tritium release behavior of Li2TiO3 and so on, fabrication technology developments and characterization of the Li2TiO3 and Li4SiO4 pebbles, research on measurements and modeling of thermo-mechanical behaviors of Li2TiO3 and Li4SiO4 pebbles, and interfacing issues, such as, fabrication technology for blanket box structure, neutronics experiments of blanket mockups by fusion neutron source and tritium recovery system. The 26 of the presented papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  20. Preliminary Design of a Helium-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket for CFETR Based on the BIT Concept

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    CFETR is the “ITER-like” China fusion engineering test reactor. The design of the breeding blanket is one of the key issues in achieving the required tritium breeding radio for the self-sufficiency of tritium as a fuel. As one option, a BIT (breeder insider tube) type helium cooled ceramic breeder blanket (HCCB) was designed. This paper presents the design of the BIT—HCCB blanket configuration inside a reactor and its structure, along with neutronics, thermo-hydraulics and thermal stress analyses. Such preliminary performance analyses indicate that the design satisfies the requirements and the material allowable limits. (fusion engineering)

  1. Preliminary Design of a Helium-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket for CFETR Based on the BIT Concept

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    Ma, Xuebin; Liu, Songlin; Li, Jia; Pu, Yong; Chen, Xiangcun

    2014-04-01

    CFETR is the “ITER-like” China fusion engineering test reactor. The design of the breeding blanket is one of the key issues in achieving the required tritium breeding radio for the self-sufficiency of tritium as a fuel. As one option, a BIT (breeder insider tube) type helium cooled ceramic breeder blanket (HCCB) was designed. This paper presents the design of the BIT—HCCB blanket configuration inside a reactor and its structure, along with neutronics, thermo-hydraulics and thermal stress analyses. Such preliminary performance analyses indicate that the design satisfies the requirements and the material allowable limits.

  2. Neutronics Analysis of Water-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket for CFETR

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    Zhu, Qingjun; Li, Jia; Liu, Songlin

    2016-07-01

    In order to investigate the nuclear response to the water-cooled ceramic breeder blanket models for CFETR, a detailed 3D neutronics model with 22.5° torus sector was developed based on the integrated geometry of CFETR, including heterogeneous WCCB blanket models, shield, divertor, vacuum vessel, toroidal and poloidal magnets, and ports. Using the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code MCNP5 and IAEA Fusion Evaluated Nuclear Data Library FENDL2.1, the neutronics analyses were performed. The neutron wall loading, tritium breeding ratio, the nuclear heating, neutron-induced atomic displacement damage, and gas production were determined. The results indicate that the global TBR of no less than 1.2 will be a big challenge for the water-cooled ceramic breeder blanket for CFETR. supported by the National Magnetic Confinement Fusion Science Program of China (Nos. 2013GB108004, 2014GB122000, and 2014GB119000), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11175207)

  3. Fluorine 18 in tritium generator ceramic materials

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    At present time, the ceramic materials generators of tritium are very interesting mainly by the necessity of to found an adequate product for its application as fusion reactor shielding. The important element that must contain the ceramic material is the lithium and especially the isotope with mass=6. The tritium in these materials is generated by neutron irradiation, however, when the ceramic material contains oxygen, then is generated too fluorine 18 by the action of energetic atoms of tritium in recoil on the 16 O, as it is showed in the next reactions: 1) 6 Li (n, α) 3 H ; 2) 16 O(3 H, n) 18 F . In the present work was studied the LiAlO2 and the Li2O. The first was prepared in the laboratory and the second was used such as it is commercially expended. In particular the interest of this work is to study the chemical behavior of fluorine-18, since if it would be mixed with tritium it could be contaminate the fusion reactor fuel. The ceramic materials were irradiated with neutrons and also the chemical form of fluorine-18 produced was studied. It was determined the amount of fluorine-18 liberated by the irradiated materials when they were submitted to extraction with helium currents and argon-hydrogen mixtures and also it was investigated the possibility about the fluorine-18 was volatilized then it was mixed so with the tritium. Finally it was founded that the liberated amount of fluorine-18 depends widely of the experimental conditions, such as the temperature and the hydrogen amount in the mixture of dragging gas. (Author)

  4. Development of the Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder Test Blanket Module in Japan

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    Enoeda, Mikio, E-mail: enoeda.mikio@jaea.go.jp [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka-shi, Ibaraki-ken 311-0193 (Japan); Tanigawa, Hisashi; Hirose, Takanori; Suzuki, Satoshi; Ochiai, Kentaro; Konno, Chikara; Kawamura, Yoshinori; Yamanishi, Toshihiko; Hoshino, Tsuyoshi; Nakamichi, Masaru; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu; Ezato, Koichiro; Seki, Yohji; Yoshikawa, Akira; Tsuru, Daigo; Akiba, Masato [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka-shi, Ibaraki-ken 311-0193 (Japan)

    2012-08-15

    The development of a Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder (WCCB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) is being performed as one of the most important steps toward DEMO blanket in Japan. For the TBM testing and evaluation toward DEMO blanket, the module fabrication technology development by a candidate structural material, reduced activation martensitic/ferritic steel, F82H, is one of the most critical items from the viewpoint of realization of TBM testing in ITER. In Japan, fabrication of a real scale first wall, side walls, a breeder pebble bed box and assembling of the first wall and side walls have succeeded. Recently, the real scale partial mockup of the back wall was fabricated. The fabrication procedure of the back wall, whose thickness is up to 90 mm, was confirmed toward the fabrication of the real scale back wall by F82H. Important key technologies are almost clarified for the fabrication of the real scale TBM module mockup. From the view point of testing and evaluation, development of the technology of the blanket tritium recovery, development of advanced breeder and multiplier pebbles and the development of the blanket neutronics measurement technology are also performed. Also, tritium production and recovery test using D-T neutron in the Fusion Neutronics Source (FNS) facility has been started as the verification test of tritium production performance. This paper overviews the recent achievements of the development of the WCCB TBM in Japan.

  5. Influence of start up and pulsed operation on tritium release and inventory of NET ceramic blanket

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    A first estimate for the tritium release behaviour of a ceramic breeder blanket in pulsed operation is obtained by assuming a linear steady state temperature distribution and taking into account the time constant of the thermal behaviour. The release behaviour of the breeder exposed to consecutive periods of tritium generation is described with an analytical solution of the diffusion equation. The results are compared with a simple exponential approach valid for surfacte desorption controlled release. The exponential model is used to simulate a blanket with aluminate as breeder material, which takes longest to reach steady state. The simulation demonstrates that a significant fraction (>67%) of steady state can be achieved after a testing time of about one day. (author). 7 refs.; 8 figs.; 3 tabs

  6. Lithium ceramics: sol-gel preparation and tritium release; Ceramiques lithiees: elaboration sol-gel et relachement du tritium

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    Renoult, O.

    1994-04-01

    Ceramics based on lithium aluminate (LiA1O{sub 2}), lithium zirconate (Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}) and lithium titanate (Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}) are candidates as tritium breeder blanket materials for forthcoming nuclear fusion reactors. Lithium silico-aluminate Li{sub 4+x}A1{sub 4-3x}Si{sub 2x}O{sub 8} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0,25) powders were synthetized from alkoxyde-hydroxyde sol-gel route. By direct sintering at 850-1100 deg C (without prior calcination), ceramics with controlled stoichiometry and homogenous microstructure were obtained. We have also prepared, using a comparable method, Li{sub 2}Zr{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0, x = 0,1 et x = 1) materials. All these ceramics, with different microstructures and compositions, have been tested in out-of-reactor experiments. Concerning lithium aluminate microporous ceramics, the silicon substitution leads to a significant improvement of the tritrium release. Classical models taking into account independent surface mechanisms are not able to describe correctly the observed tritium release kinetics. We show, using a simple model, that the release kinetics is in fact limited by an intergranular diffusion followed by a desorption. The delay in tritium release, which occurs when the ceramic compacity increases, is explained in terms of an enhancement of the ionic T{sup +} diffusion path length. The energy required for desorption includes a leading term independent of hydrogen contained in the sweep gas. This term is attributed to the limiting recombination step of T{sup +} in molecular species HTO. For similar microstructures, the facility of tritium release for the different studied materials is explained by three properties: the crystal structure of the ceramic, the acidity of oxides and finally the presence of electronic non-stoichiometric defects. (author). 89 refs., 50 figs., 2 tabs., 1 annexe.

  7. Lithium-based oxide ceramics for tritium-breeding applications

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    Material preparation techniques, crystallographic data, phase diagrams, metal compatibility, and thermal properties have been assembled for the lithium-based oxide ceramics designated as potential solid tritium breeders for fusion devices. The materials discussed in this report include: Li2O, β-Li5AlO4, γ-LiAlO2, Li4SiO4, Li2SiO3, Li4TiO4, Li2TiO3, Li8ZrO6, Li4ZrO4, and Li2ZrO3. The thermal properties covered were vaporization, thermal conductivity, specific heat, and linear thermal expansion. There has been no attempt to rank the above mentioned candidates, but rather to merely indicate points that must be considered when using the various materials as solid breeders. These encompass low lithium atom densities, destructive phase transformations, a higher thermal expansion, low thermal conductivity, excessive vaporization at low temperatures, corrosive nature toward metals and difficulty in sample preparation

  8. Modeling of tritium transport in lithium aluminate fusion solid breeders

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    Billone, M.C.; Clemmer, R.G.

    1985-02-01

    Lithium aluminate is a candidate tritium-breeding material for fusion reactor blankets. One of the concerns with using LiAlO/sub 2/ is tritium recovery from this material, particularly at low operating temperatures and high fluences. The data from various tritium release experiments with ..gamma..-LiAlO/sub 2/ and related materials are reviewed and analyzed to determine under what conditions bulk diffusion is the rate-limiting mechanism for tritium transport and what the effective bulk diffusion coefficient should be. Steady-state and transient models based on bulk diffusion are developed and used to interpret the data. Design calculations are then performed with the verified models to determine the steady-state inventory and time to reach equilibrium for a full-scale fusion blanket.

  9. R and D status on Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket Technology

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    Enoeda, Mikio, E-mail: enoeda.mikio@jaea.go.jp; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Hirose, Takanori; Nakajima, Motoki; Sato, Satoshi; Ochiai, Kentaro; Konno, Chikara; Kawamura, Yoshinori; Hayashi, Takumi; Yamanishi, Toshihiko; Hoshino, Tsuyoshi; Nakamichi, Masaru; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu; Nishi, Hiroshi; Suzuki, Satoshi; Ezato, Koichiro; Seki, Yohji; Yokoyama, Kenji

    2014-10-15

    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is performing the development of a Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder (WCCB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) as one of the most important steps toward DEMO blanket. Regarding the blanket module fabrication technology development using F82H, the fabrication of a real scale mockup of the back wall of TBM was completed. In the design activity of the TBM, electromagnetic analysis under plasma disruption events and thermo-mechanical analysis under steady state and transient state of tokamak operation have been performed and showed bright prospect toward design justification. Regarding the development of advanced breeder and multiplier pebbles for DEMO blanket, fabrication technology development of Li rich Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} pebble and BeTi pebble was performed. Regarding the research activity on the evaluation of tritium generation performance, the evaluation of tritium production and recovery test using D-T neutron in the Fusion Neutronics Source (FNS) facility has been performed. This paper overviews the recent achievements of the development of the WCCB Blanket in JAEA.

  10. A ceramic breeder in a poloidal tube blanket for a tokamak reactor

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    Amici, A.; Anzidei, L.; Gallina, M.; Rado, V.; Simbolotti, G.; Violante, V.; Zampaglione, V.; Petrizzi, L. (Associazione Euratom-CNEN sulla Fusione, Centro di Frascati (Italy))

    1989-04-01

    A conceptual study of a helium-cooled solid breeder blanket for a tokamak reactor is presented. Tritium breeding capability together with system reliability are taken as the main design criteria. The blanket consists of tubular poloidal modules made of a central bundle of ceramic rods ({gamma}LiAlO/sub 2/) with a coaxial distribution of the inlet/outlet coolant flow (He) surrounded by a multiplier material (Be) in the form of bored bricks. The Be to {gamma}LiAlO/sub 2/ volume ratio is 4/1. The He inlet and outlet branches are cooling Be and {gamma}LiAlO/sub 2/, respectively. A purge He flow running through small central holes of the ceramic rods is derived from the main flow. Under the typical conditions of a tokamak reactor (neutron wall load=2 MW/m/sup 2/), a full coverage tritium breeding ratio of 1.47 is achieved for the following design and operating parameters: outlet He temperature=570/sup 0/C; inlet He temperature=250/sup 0/; total extracted power=2700 MW; He pumping power percentage=2%; minimum/maximum {gamma}LiAlO/sub 2/ temperature=400/900/sup 0/C; maximum structural temperature=475/sup 0/C; and maximum Be temperature=525/sup 0/C. (orig.).

  11. Design and trial fabrication of a dismantling apparatus for irradiation capsules of solid tritium breeder materials

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    Hayashi, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Blanket Irradiation and Analysis Group, Fusion Research and Development Directorate, 4002 Narita-cho, Oarai-machi, Ibaraki-ken 311-1393 (Japan)], E-mail: hayashi.kimio@jaea.go.jp; Nakagawa, T.; Onose, S.; Ishida, T.; Nakamichi, M. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Blanket Irradiation and Analysis Group, Fusion Research and Development Directorate, 4002 Narita-cho, Oarai-machi, Ibaraki-ken 311-1393 (Japan); Takatsu, H. [Fusion Energy and Development Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 801-1 Mukouyama, Naka-shi, Ibaraki-ken 311-0193 (Japan); Nakamura, M.; Noguchi, T. [Kaken, Inc., 873-3 Shikada, Hokota-shi, Ibaraki-ken, 311-1416 (Japan)

    2009-04-30

    Irradiation experiments of solid breeder materials including Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} have been being carried out in preparation for a test blanket module (TBM) of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The present paper deals with design and trial-fabrication works for developing a dismantling apparatus for the irradiation capsules. The dismantling process leads to release of tritium which is left in free volumes of the capsule or in the breeder specimens. In the design of the dismantling apparatus, the released tritium is recovered safely by a purge-gas system during the cutting of the irradiation capsule by a band saw, and then the tritium is consolidated into a radioactive waste. Furthermore, an inner-box enclosing the dismantling apparatus works as a countermeasure of possible release of tritium in accidental events. Good performance of a trial fabrication model of the dismantling apparatus has been demonstrated by preliminary cutting runs using some mockups simulating the irradiation capsules. Thus, the present design of the apparatus, together with the trial mock-up runs, will contribute to the design of the TBM structure and to the planning of the dismantling process of the TBM.

  12. Design and trial fabrication of a dismantling apparatus for irradiation capsules of solid tritium breeder materials

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    Irradiation experiments of solid breeder materials including Li2TiO3 have been being carried out in preparation for a test blanket module (TBM) of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The present paper deals with design and trial-fabrication works for developing a dismantling apparatus for the irradiation capsules. The dismantling process leads to release of tritium which is left in free volumes of the capsule or in the breeder specimens. In the design of the dismantling apparatus, the released tritium is recovered safely by a purge-gas system during the cutting of the irradiation capsule by a band saw, and then the tritium is consolidated into a radioactive waste. Furthermore, an inner-box enclosing the dismantling apparatus works as a countermeasure of possible release of tritium in accidental events. Good performance of a trial fabrication model of the dismantling apparatus has been demonstrated by preliminary cutting runs using some mockups simulating the irradiation capsules. Thus, the present design of the apparatus, together with the trial mock-up runs, will contribute to the design of the TBM structure and to the planning of the dismantling process of the TBM.

  13. Tritium permeation and recovery for the helium-cooled molten salt fusion breeder

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    Design concepts are presented to control tritium permeation from a molten salt/helium fusion breeder reactor. This study assumes tritium to be a gas dissolved in molten salt, with TF formation suppressed. Tritium permeates readily through the hot steel tubes of the reactor and steam generator and will leak into the steam system at the rate of about one gram per day in the absence of special permeation barriers, assuming that 1% of the helium coolant flow rate is processed for tritium recovery at 90% efficiency per pass. The proposed permeation barrier for the reactor tubes is a 10 μm layer of tungsten which, in principle, will reduce tritium blanket permeation by a factor of about 300 below the bare-steel rate. A research and development effort is needed to prove feasibility or to develop alternative barriers. A 1 mm aluminum sleeve is proposed to suppress permeation through the steam generator tubes. This gives a calculated reduction factor of more than 500 relative to bare steel, including a factor of 30 due to an assumed oxide layer. The permeation equations are developed in detail for a multi-layer tube wall including a frozen salt layer and with two fluid boundary-layer resistances. Conditions are discussed for which Sievert's or Henry's Law materials become flux limiters. An analytical model is developed to establish the tritium split between wall permeation and reactor-tube flow

  14. Influence of chemisorption products of carbon dioxide and water vapour on radiolysis of tritium breeder

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    Highlights: • Chemisorption products affect formation proceses of radiation-induced defects. • Radiolysis of chemisorption products increase amount of radiation-induced defects. • Irradiation atmosphere influence radiolysis of lithium orthosilicate pebbles. - Abstract: Lithium orthosilicate pebbles with 2.5 wt% excess of silica are the reference tritium breeding material for the European solid breeder test blanket modules. On the surface of the pebbles chemisorption products of carbon dioxide and water vapour (lithium carbonate and hydroxide) may accumulate during the fabrication process. In this study the influence of the chemisorption products on radiolysis of the pebbles was investigated. Using nanosized lithium orthosilicate powders, factors, which can influence the formation and radiolysis of the chemisorption products, were determined and described as well. The formation of radiation-induced defects and radiolysis products was studied with electron spin resonance and the method of chemical scavengers. It was found that the radiolysis of the chemisorption products on the surface of the pebbles can increase the concentration of radiation-induced defects and so could affect the tritium diffusion, retention and the released species

  15. Tritium breeding mock-up experiments containing lithium titanate ceramic pebbles and lead irradiated with DT neutrons

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    Jakhar, Shrichand; Abhangi, M.; Tiwari, S. [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428 (India); Makwana, R. [Department of Physics, MS University, Vadodara (India); Chaudhari, V.; Swami, H.L.; Danani, C.; Rao, C.V.S.; Basu, T.K. [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428 (India); Mandal, D.; Bhade, Sonali; Kolekar, R.V.; Reddy, P.J. [Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Bhattacharyay, R.; Chaudhuri, P. [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428 (India)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Breeding benchmark experiment on LLCB TBM in ITER was performed. • Nuclear responses measured are TPR and reaction rate of {sup 115}In(n, n′){sup 115m}In reaction. • Measured responses are compared with calculations by MCNP and FENDL 2.1 library. • TPR measurements agree with calculations in the estimated error bar. • Measured {sup 115}In(n, n′){sup 115m}In reaction rates are underestimated by the calculations. - Abstract: Experiments were conducted with breeding blanket mock-up consisting of two layers of breeder material lithium titanate pebbles and three layers of pure lead as neutron multiplier. The radial dimensions of breeder, neutron multiplier and structural material layers are similar to the current design of the Indian Lead–Lithium cooled Ceramic Breeder (LLCB) blanket. The mock-up assembly was irradiated with 14 MeV neutrons from DT neutron generator. The local tritium production rates (TPR) from {sup 6}Li and {sup 7}Li in breeder layers were measured with the help of two different compositions of Li isotopes (60.69% {sup 6}Li and 7.54% {sup 6}Li) in Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. Tritium production in the multiplication layers were also measured with above mentioned two types of pellets to compare the experimental tritium production with calculations. TPR from {sup 6}Li at one location in the breeder layer was also measured by direct online measurement of tritons from {sup 6}Li(n, t){sup 4}He reaction using silicon surface barrier detector and {sup 6}Li to triton converter. Additional verification of neutron spectra (E{sub n} > 0.35 MeV) in the mock-up zones were obtained by measuring {sup 115}In(n, n′){sup 115m}In reaction rate and comparing it with calculated values in all five layers of mock-up. All the measured nuclear responses were compared with transport calculations using code MCNP with FENDL2.1 and FENDL3.0 cross-section libraries. The average C/E ratio for tritium production in enriched Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} pellets was 1

  16. Activation characteristics and waste management options for some candidate tritium breeders

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    Activation and transmutation characteristics are calculated for the candidate breeder compositions Li2O, LiAlO2, Li2SiO3, Li2ZrO3, LiVO3 and 17Li-83Pb. Irradiation conditions comprise a 2.5 y continuous exposure to the neutron flux appropriate to the outboard blanket zone of the EEF reference reactor with an assumed first wall neutron loading of 5 MW m-2. Results are presented for specific activity, surface γ-dose rate, ingestion and inhalation doses and compositional changes. Neglecting any retained tritium, activity is least for Li2 and LiVO3 and greatest for Li2ZrO3 and 17Li-83Pb. The silicate and aluminate are intermediate in level. Following reactor service, all the materials should be suitable, after appropriate conditioning, for geological disposal as Intermediate Level Waste. Alternatively, they could be considered for recycling to reclaim the unused lithium. In all cases, recycling is probably feasible within 10 y of removal from service and should be easier for the oxide silicate and vanadate. (orig.)

  17. Progress in Solid Tritium Breeder Materials%固态氚增殖剂研究进展

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    赵林杰; 肖成建; 陈晓军; 龚宇; 彭述明; 龙兴贵

    2015-01-01

    增殖包层作为实现可控核聚变燃料“自持”的关键,不仅能实现氚的增殖,而且起着能量转换的作用,氚增殖剂是其中最重要的功能材料。本文从材料体系的制备、性能以及改性总结了固态氚增殖剂的发展趋势。同时,基于当前的研究现状对固态氚增殖剂的发展进行了展望。%The breeding blanket is a key component of the fusion reactor because it directly involves tritium breeding and energy extraction.Tritium breeding material is one of the most important functional materials.Herein,we reviewed the trends in solid tritium breeder development,including the fabrication,properties and modification.Meanwhile,the focus of the solid tritium breeder materials were prospected based on the current research situa-tion.

  18. Assessment of the activation, decay heat, and waste disposal of the US helium-cooled ceramic breeder test blanket module in ITER

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    Youssef, Mahmoud Z. [University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (United States); University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)], E-mail: youssef@fusion.ucla.edu; Ying, Alice [University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (United States)

    2008-12-15

    The radioactivity inventory and decay heat in the US helium-cooled ceramic breeder (HCCB) test blanket module (TBM) have been assessed at shutdown and for several times thereafter. The sub-module will have its own FW and structural container box that houses the breeder and beryllium pebble bed units, arranged in an edge-on-configuration. Low activation ferritic steel (F82H) is used as the structure and helium is used as a coolant. The breeder beds are made of Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} pebbles in which lithium has been enriched up to 75% in Li-6. Pulsed operation mode is assumed. During operation in the D-T phase, the total heating rate in the TBM is {approx}263 kW. The total amount of tritium generated in the breeder and the beryllium multiplier is {approx}9 g and 0.07 g, respectively, after reaching the 0.3 MWa/m{sup 2} fluence limit. At shutdown, the total radioactivity and decay heat levels are {approx}0.89 MCi and {approx}0.002 MW, respectively. These values drop sharply after 1 min to {approx}0.098 MCi and {approx}0.0006 MW. The contribution from the F82H structure is the dominant one up to {approx}10 years following shutdown. After {approx}10 years, the contribution to the total activation and decay heat from the breeder material is the dominant one due to the generated tritium. The WDR of various components are far below unity and thus are well within ITER regulatory guidelines.

  19. Electrical behaviour of ceramic breeder blankets in pebble form after γ-radiation

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Lithium orthosilicate (Li4SiO4 ceramics in from of pebble bed is the European candidate for ITER testing HCPB (Helium Cooled Pebble Bed breeding modules. The breeder function and the shielding role of this material, represent the areas upon which attention is focused. Electrical measurements are proposed for monitoring the modification created by ionizing radiation and at the same time provide information on lithium movement in this ceramic structure. The electrical tests are performed on pebbles fabricated by Spray-dryer method before and after gamma-irradiation through a 60Co source to a fluence of 4.8 Gy/s till a total dose of 5 ∗ 105 Gy. The introduction of thermal annealing treatments during the electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS measurements points out the recombination effect of the temperature on the γ-induced defects.

  20. Tritium transport calculations for the IFMIF Tritium Release Test Module

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    Freund, Jana, E-mail: jana.freund@kit.edu; Arbeiter, Frederik; Abou-Sena, Ali; Franza, Fabrizio; Kondo, Keitaro

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Delivery of material data for the tritium balance in the IFMIF Tritium Release Test Module. • Description of the topological models in TMAP and the adapted fusion-devoted Tritium Permeation Code (FUS-TPC). • Computation of release of tritium from the breeder solid material into the purge gas. • Computation of the loss of tritium over the capsule wall, rig hull, container wall and purge gas return line. - Abstract: The IFMIF Tritium Release Test Module (TRTM) is projected to measure online the tritium release from breeder ceramics and beryllium pebble beds under high energy neutron irradiation. Tritium produced in the pebble bed of TRTM is swept out continuously by a purge gas flow, but can also permeate into the module's metal structures, and can be lost by permeation to the environment. According analyses on the tritium inventory are performed to support IFMIF plant safety studies, and to support the experiment planning. This paper describes the necessary elements for calculation of the tritium transport in the Tritium Release Test Module as follows: (i) applied equations for the tritium balance, (ii) material data from literature and (iii) the topological models and the computation of the five different cases; namely release of tritium from the breeder solid material into the purge gas, loss of tritium over the capsule wall, rig hull, container wall and purge gas return line in detail. The problem of tritium transport in the TRTM has been studied and analyzed by the Tritium Migration Analysis Program (TMAP) and the adapted fusion-devoted Tritium Permeation Code (FUS-TPC). TMAP has been developed at INEEL and now exists in Version 7. FUS-TPC Code was written in MATLAB with the original purpose to study the tritium transport in Helium Cooled Lead Lithium (HCLL) blanket and in a later version the Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) blanket by [6] (Franza, 2012). This code has been further modified to be applicable to the TRTM. Results from the

  1. Tritium transport calculations for the IFMIF Tritium Release Test Module

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    Highlights: • Delivery of material data for the tritium balance in the IFMIF Tritium Release Test Module. • Description of the topological models in TMAP and the adapted fusion-devoted Tritium Permeation Code (FUS-TPC). • Computation of release of tritium from the breeder solid material into the purge gas. • Computation of the loss of tritium over the capsule wall, rig hull, container wall and purge gas return line. - Abstract: The IFMIF Tritium Release Test Module (TRTM) is projected to measure online the tritium release from breeder ceramics and beryllium pebble beds under high energy neutron irradiation. Tritium produced in the pebble bed of TRTM is swept out continuously by a purge gas flow, but can also permeate into the module's metal structures, and can be lost by permeation to the environment. According analyses on the tritium inventory are performed to support IFMIF plant safety studies, and to support the experiment planning. This paper describes the necessary elements for calculation of the tritium transport in the Tritium Release Test Module as follows: (i) applied equations for the tritium balance, (ii) material data from literature and (iii) the topological models and the computation of the five different cases; namely release of tritium from the breeder solid material into the purge gas, loss of tritium over the capsule wall, rig hull, container wall and purge gas return line in detail. The problem of tritium transport in the TRTM has been studied and analyzed by the Tritium Migration Analysis Program (TMAP) and the adapted fusion-devoted Tritium Permeation Code (FUS-TPC). TMAP has been developed at INEEL and now exists in Version 7. FUS-TPC Code was written in MATLAB with the original purpose to study the tritium transport in Helium Cooled Lead Lithium (HCLL) blanket and in a later version the Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) blanket by [6] (Franza, 2012). This code has been further modified to be applicable to the TRTM. Results from the

  2. Results of tritium experiments on ceramic electrolysis cells and palladium diffusers for application to fusion reactor fuel cleanup systems

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    Tritium tests at the Tritium Systems Test Assembly have demonstrated that ceramic electrolysis cells and palladium alloy diffuser developed in Japan are possible components for a fusion reactor fuel cleanup system. Both components have been successfully operated with tritium for over a year. A failure of the first electrolysis cell was most likely the result of an over voltage on the ceramic. A simple circuit was developed to eliminate this mode of failure. The palladium diffusers tubes exhibited some degradation of mechanical properties as a result of the build up of helium from the tritium decay, after 450 days of operation with tritium, however the effects were not significant enough to affect the performance. New models of the diffuser and electrolysis cell, providing higher flow rates and more tritium compatible designs are currently being tested with tritium. 8 refs., 5 figs

  3. Tauro: a ceramic composite structural material self-cooled Pb-17Li breeder blanket concept

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    The use of a low-activation (LA) ceramic composite (CC) as structural material appears essential to demonstrate the potential of fusion power reactors for being inherently or, at least, passively safe. Tauro is a self-cooled Pb-17Li breeder blanket with a SiC/SiC composite as structure. This study determines the required improvements for existing industrial LA composites (mainly SiC/SiC) in order to render them acceptable for blanket operating conditions. 3D SiC/SiC CC, recently launched on the market, is a promising candidate. A preliminary evaluation of a possible joining technique for SiC/SiC is also described. (orig.)

  4. Process for obtaining tritium as solid oxide material containing lithium by neutron irradiation

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    The process consists of: a) using a glass containing Li2O or a glass ceramic containing Li2O as breeder material, b) irradiating the breeder material in filled perforated pipes, c) having the breeder material in direct contact with the cooling gas accepting and transporting the reaction products resulting from irradiation, d) separating the forms of tritium with the cooling gas continuously from the breeding material. (orig./PW)

  5. Assessment of the activation, decay heat, and waste disposal of the US helium-cooled ceramic breeder test blanket module in ITER

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    Youssef, M.; Ying, A. [California Univ., Los Angeles, CA (United States)

    2007-07-01

    The radioactivity inventory and after heat in the U.S. helium-cooled ceramic breeder (HCCB) test blanket module (TBM) have been accessed at shut down and for several times thereafter. Also assessed is the waste disposal rating (WDR) of its various components. The objectives are: (1) to provide the information needed for further safety assessment of the generated radionuclides and their volatility, as well as after heat on the safety operation of ITER, and (2) to aid in determining the waiting cooling period prior to removing and transporting the TBM for further treatment outside ITER site. The TBM is proposed to be placed in one of the three dedicated test ports of ITER. The current proposal is that it will occupy 1/3 of the horizontal upper half of a port next to Japan and Korea sub-modules. The sub-module will have its own FW and structural container box that houses the breeder and beryllium pebble bed units, arranged in an edge-on-configuration. Helium is used to cool the FW, sides of the box, and the internal plates. Conventional ferritic steel (F82H) is used as the structure. The sub-module has 71 cm height, 38.9 cm wide and 60 cm depth in the radial direction. The breeder beds are made of Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} pebbles with 94% theoretical density and 62% packing factor (as the beryllium pebbles). Lithium-6 is enriched to 75%. A 2 mm thick beryllium layer is used as a plasma facing material on the FW area subjected to 0.78 MW/m{sup 2} neutron wall load. Pulsed operation mode is assumed. Each pulse is assumed to be 400 s full flat top followed by 1800 s dwell time, during which the decay of the generated radionuclides are accounted for. The 500 MW pulses are assumed to be generated one after another until a fluence limit of 0.3 MWa/m{sup 2} is reached without replacing the TBM. This gives upper conservative estimates for the radioactive inventory and decay heat. During operation in the D-T phase, the total heating rate in the TBM is {proportional_to}263 KW. The

  6. The VOM/JRR-2 experiments; performance of in-situ tritium release from the lithium ceramics

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    In-situ tritium release experiments on lithium ceramics used as tritium breeding materials have been carried out in Japan Research Reactor 2 (JRR-2) to support fusion reactor design activity. The in-situ tritium measurement system was specifically designed for the VOM experiment and several techniques in ceramic electrolysis cell, ionization chamber, capsule and associated components were utilized. The knowledge and experience gained from these experiments have been very useful for the design and fabrication of the IEA collaborative irradiation experiment, BEATRIX-II. This report compares the tritium release behavior between single crystal, ring monolithic and sintered pebble of Li2O in VOM-34 and 44 experiments. The tritium release behavior of Li2ZrO3, Li4SiO4 and Li2Be2O3 have been investigated in VOM-32 and 48 experiments. ((orig.))

  7. Preliminary dimensioning of the IFMIF Tritium Release Test Module

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    Arbeiter, Frederik, E-mail: frederik.arbeiter@kit.edu; Abou-Sena, Ali; Chen, Yuming; Freund, Jana; Klix, Axel; Kondo, Keitaro; Vladimirov, Pavel

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • The design of the IFMIF Tritium Release Test Module is explained. • Nuclear responses in the module and specimens are calculated. • Temperature fields during irradiation are calculated by 1D methods. • The tritium budget is calculated by 1D methods. -- Abstract: As part of the ongoing Engineering Validation and Engineering Design Activities for the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF), an experimental device suitable for the irradiation and online tritium release measurements of solid breeder ceramics and beryllium is investigated. This experimental device is called the Tritium Release Test Module (TRTM). In the preliminary design phase, the possible thermal conditions, the tritium diffusion budgets, and the mechanical loads have been studied by analytical calculations and numerical codes. The most important results concern the tritium production and nuclear heating induced in the structures, the temperature distribution in the specimen region and the structure, and the diffusion of tritium through the safety barriers.

  8. European DEMO BOT solid breeder blanket

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    The BOT (Breeder Outside Tube) Solid Breeder Blanket for a fusion DEMO reactor is presented. This is one of the four blanket concepts under development in the frame of the European fusion technology program with the aim to select in 1995 the two most promising ones for further development. In the paper the reference blanket design and external loops are described as well as the results of the theoretical and experimental work in the fields of neutronics, thermohydraulics, mechanical stresses, tritium control and extraction, development and irradiation of the ceramic breeder material, beryllium development, ferromagnetic forces caused by disruptions, safety and reliability. An outlook is given on the remaining open questions and on the required R and D program. (orig.)

  9. Exchange reaction of hydrogen isotopes on proton conductor ceramic of hydrogen pump for blanket tritium recovery system

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    Electrochemical hydrogen pump using ceramic proton conductor has been investigated to discuss its application for the blanket tritium recovery system of the nuclear fusion reactor. As the series of those work, the transportation experiments of H2-D2 mixture via ceramic proton conductor membrane have been carried out. Then, the phenomenon that was caused by the exchange reaction between the deuterium in the ceramic and the hydrogen in the gas phase has been observed. So, the ceramic proton conductor which doped deuterium was exposed to hydrogen under the control of zero current, and the effluent gas was analyzed. It is considered that the hydrogen in the gas phase is taken as proton to the ceramic by isotope exchange reaction, and penetrates to the ceramic by diffusion with replacement of deuteron. (author)

  10. Analysis of Tritium Breeding in the Test Module

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    Hong, SeongHee; Park, YunSeo; Kim, Myung Hyun [Kyung Hee University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    In this paper, neutronic analyses are conducted on redesign of TMs which have high tritium breeding performance based on results of previous study. Calculation model is simplified, there is no effect to cover very complex geometry of fusion reactor for this study. As spent fuel disposal problem is issued in nuclear industry, FFHR is one of the most fascinating candidates for solving this problem through waste transmutation. Our research team also was designed a full core FFHR for waste transmutation. However, in this study, Test Module (TM) as test bed of FFHR for various purposes are analyzed. Analysis of tritium breeding on the TM was conducted as a first phase among TMs having various purposes. Because there are no fissionable materials in the TM for tritium breeding, geometry and neutronic reactions of its simpler compared to TM for waste transmutation and power production. Additionally, it is important database for tritium self-sufficiency as basic design condition of TM. In the previous study, neutronic analyses are conducted on these various TMs: Helium cooled solid breeder (HCSB), water cooled solid breeder (WCSB), Helium cooled dual breeder (HCDB) and molten-salt cooled liquid breeder (MSLB) in order to understand design characteristics. Neutronics calculations are performed with MCNPX 2.6.0 with ENDF/B-VII.0 neutron cross section library and activity and time-dependent tritium production calculations are performed with CINDER'90. In this paper, analysis of tritium breeding on WCHESL and WCHELL as TM is conducted. WCHESL is designed for effective tritium breeding performance and it satisfies design conditions. On the other hand WCHELL is designed for tritium breeding as much as possible and it also satisfies design conditions. However, neutron multiplication performance with these TM is not outstanding. WCHESL consist ceramic Li breeder, its period is 4.15E+08 sec.

  11. ITER solid breeder blanket materials database

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    Billone, M.C. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Dienst, W. [Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Material- und Festkoerperforschung; Flament, T. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Commissariat A L`Energie Atomique; Lorenzetto, P. [NET Team, Garching (Germany); Noda, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takai, Ibaraki, (Japan); Roux, N. [CEA Centre d`Etudes et de Recherches Les Materiaux (France). Commissariat a L`Energie Atomique

    1993-11-01

    The databases for solid breeder ceramics (Li{sub 2},O, Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4}, Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} and LiAlO{sub 2}) and beryllium multiplier material are critically reviewed and evaluated. Emphasis is placed on physical, thermal, mechanical, chemical stability/compatibility, tritium, and radiation stability properties which are needed to assess the performance of these materials in a fusion reactor environment. Correlations are selected for design analysis and compared to the database. Areas for future research and development in blanket materials technology are highlighted and prioritized.

  12. Tritium Sequestration in Gen IV NGNP Gas Stream via Proton Conducting Ceramic Pumps

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    Chen, Fanglin Frank [Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (United States); Adams, Thad M. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Brinkman, Kyle [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Reifsnider, Kenneth [Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (United States)

    2011-09-30

    Several types of high-temperature proton conductors based on SrCeO3 and BaCeO3 have been systematically investigated in this project for tritium separation in NGNP applications. One obstacle for the field application is the chemical stability issues in the presence of steam and CO2 for these proton conductors. Several strategies to overcome such issues have been evaluated, including A site doping and B site co-doping method for perovskite-structured proton conductors. Novel zirconium-free proton conductors have also been developed with improved electrical conductivity and enhanced chemical stability. Novel catalytic materials for the proton-conducting separation membranes have been investigated. A tubular geometry proton-conducting membrane has been developed for the proton separation membranes. Total dose rate estimated from tritium decay (beta emission) under realistic membrane operating conditions, combined with electron irradiation experiments, indicates that proton ceramic materials possess the appropriate radiation stability for this application.

  13. Sources of tritium

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    A review of tritium sources is presented. The tritium production and release rates are discussed for light water reactors (LWRs), heavy water reactors (HWRs), high temperature gas cooled reactors (HTGRs), liquid metal fast breeder reactors (LMFBRs), and molten salt breeder reactors (MSBRs). In addition, release rates are discussed for tritium production facilities, fuel reprocessing plants, weapons detonations, and fusion reactors. A discussion of the chemical form of the release is included. The energy producing facilities are ranked in order of increasing tritium production and release. The ranking is: HTGRs, LWRs, LMFBRs, MSBRs, and HWRs. The majority of tritium has been released in the form of tritiated water

  14. Tritium transport analysis in HCPB DEMO blanket with the FUS-TPC Code (KIT Scientific Reports ; 7642)

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    Franza, Fabrizio

    2013-01-01

    In thermonuclear fusion reactors, the fuel is an high temperature deuterium-tritium plasma, in which tritium is bred by lithium isotopes present inside solid ceramic breeder (e.g. Li-Orthosilicate) or inside liquid eutectic alloys (e.g. Pb-16Li alloy). In the breeding areas a significant fraction of the tritium produced is extracted out from the Breeding Zone by the He gas purging the breeding ceramic in the Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) blanket concept or transported in solution by the owi...

  15. Crystal chemistry of immobilization of fast breeder reactor (FBR) simulated waste in sodium zirconium phosphate (NZP) ceramic matrix

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    Chourasia, Rashmi [Department of Chemistry, Dr. H.S. Gour University, Sagar 470 003 (India); Shrivastava, O.P., E-mail: dr_ops11@rediffmail.co [Department of Chemistry, Dr. H.S. Gour University, Sagar 470 003 (India); Ambashta, R.D.; Wattal, P.K. [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2010-02-15

    Fuel from the fast breeder reactor waste is reprocessed and subjected to cooling for a period of about one year. Fission and activation products of the fuel are the major constituents of this waste. Sodium zirconium phosphate (hereafter NZP) has been identified as a potential material for immobilization of long lived heat generating radio nuclides. It was found that most of the elements present in the radioactive waste could be immobilized in this ceramic matrix without significant changes of the three-dimensional framework of the host material. Simulated NZP waste forms synthesized by ceramic route at 1200 deg. C crystallize in the rhombohedral system (space group R-3c). The crystal chemistry of 0-35 wt.% waste loaded NZP waste forms have been investigated using General Structure Analysis System (GSAS) programming of the step analysis powder diffraction data. Rietveld refinement of crystal data on the waste oxide (WO{sub x}) loaded waste forms gives a satisfactory convergence of R-factors. The particle size along prominent reflecting planes ranges between 68 and 141 nm. The polyhedral distortions and effective valence calculations from bond strength data are also reported. Morphological examination by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) reveals that the size of almost rectangular parallelepiped shaped grains varies between 0.2 and 5 mum. The EDX analysis provides analytical evidence of immobilization of effluent cations in the matrix.

  16. Interactions of tritium and materials

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    Yamawaki, Michio; Yamaguchi, Kenji; Tanaka, Satoru; Ono, Futaba (Tokyo Univ., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Nuclear Engineering Research Lab.); Yamamoto, Takuya

    1993-11-01

    In D-T burning fusion reactors, problems related to tritium-material interactions are vitally important. From this point of view, plasma-material interactions, blanket breeder material-tritium interactions, safety aspects of tritium-material interactions and tritium storage materials are reviewed with emphasis on the works going on in the authors' laboratories. (author) 83 refs.

  17. RF test blanket sub-module with ceramic breeder and helium cooling for test in ITER

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    Kovalenko, V. [N.A. Dollezhal Research and Development Institute of Power Engineering, P.O. Box 788, Moscow 101000 (Russian Federation)]. E-mail: koval@nikiet.ru; Kapyshev, V. [N.A. Dollezhal Research and Development Institute of Power Engineering, P.O. Box 788, Moscow 101000 (Russian Federation); Leshukov, A. [N.A. Dollezhal Research and Development Institute of Power Engineering, P.O. Box 788, Moscow 101000 (Russian Federation); Poliksha, V. [N.A. Dollezhal Research and Development Institute of Power Engineering, P.O. Box 788, Moscow 101000 (Russian Federation); Shatalov, G. [Russian Research Center ' Kurchatov Institute' , Kurchatov Square 1, 123182 Moscow (Russian Federation); Strebkov, Yu. [N.A. Dollezhal Research and Development Institute of Power Engineering, P.O. Box 788, Moscow 101000 (Russian Federation); Strizhov, A. [N.A. Dollezhal Research and Development Institute of Power Engineering, P.O. Box 788, Moscow 101000 (Russian Federation); Sviridenko, M. [N.A. Dollezhal Research and Development Institute of Power Engineering, P.O. Box 788, Moscow 101000 (Russian Federation)

    2006-02-15

    International thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER) is anticipated as the only one step to DEMO fusion reactor. One of its main objectives is to demonstrate the availability and integration of technologies essential for a fusion reactor by testing of components for a future reactor including the test blanket modules (TBM) with different types of breeding materials. RF proposed to divide the TBM on two parts and to use two independent test blanket sub-modules (TBSM) which fixed on the frame in ITER horizontal experimental port for testing. CHC TBSM design description, its mechanical attachment on the frame, and principle schemes of helium cooling system and tritium cycle system are presented in this paper.

  18. Development of hi-tech ceramics fabrication technology

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    There are some ceramic materials being used in the nuclear energy such as nuclear fuel, coolant pump seals, tritium breeder materials, a high temperature absorber, and the solid electrolyte for recovering tritium. In addition, lots of researches recently have been conducted on the development of highly functional ceramics such as highly efficient shielding materials, functional graded materials and radioactive isotopes-separating materials. Therefore, one of the objectives of this project is to develop ultra-fine and pure powder manufacturing technology. Tritium breeder materials, LiAlO2, Li2ZrO3 and Li2TiO3 were made with a combustion process of mixed fuels that is developed indigenously in this project. Additionally, this study also focused on the development of promising low temperature electrolytes of ceria. By using the ceria powder made by the combustion process of GNP was investigated their sinterability and the electrolytic characteristics. (author). 167 refs., 74 tabs., 91 figs

  19. Application of non-porous alumina based ceramics as structural material for devices handling tritium at elevated temperatures

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    The article presents results of comparative tests for the determination of deuterium fluxes permeating through walls of austenitic stainless steel AISI304 (DIN 1.4301) chamber and Al2O3 based ceramic F99.7 chamber. Both chambers represent a piece of φ(ext)=26*φ(int)=22*117 mm3 tube with spherical bottom ending. It is shown that at 773 K and deuterium pressure of 1200 mbar the permeated deuterium flux through the stainless steel chamber constituted 8*10-5 cm3/s, while the flux through ceramic one it did not exceed the sensitivity of the measurement method threshold, namely about 1.5*10-7 cm3/s. The ceramic chamber turned out to survive more than 103 cycles of heating up to 773 K with no damages. It did not lose its tightness up to 10 bar of internal deuterium pressure. The authors also present test results of a prototype bed for reversible tritium storage. The bed's case was made of alumina based ceramic F99.7, titanium being used as tritide making metal and high frequency induction used for heating the tritide metal. (authors)

  20. Modeling tritium behavior in Li2ZrO3

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    Lithium metazirconate (Li2ZrO3) is a promising tritium breeder material for fusion reactors because of its excellent tritium release characteristics. In particular, for water-cooled breeding blankets (e.g., ITER), Li2ZrO3 is appealing from a design perspective because of its good tritium release at low operating temperatures. The steady-state and transient tritium release/retention database for Li2ZrO3 is reviewed, along with conventional diffusion and first-order surface resorption models which have been used to match the database. A first-order surface resorption model is recommended in the current work both for best-estimate and conservative (i.e., inventory upper-bound) predictions. Model parameters we determined and validated for both types of predictions, although emphasis is placed on conservative design predictions. The effects on tritium retention of ceramic microstructure, protium partial pressure in the purge gas and purge gas flow rate are discussed, along with other mechanisms for tritium retention which may not be dominant in the experiments, but may be important in blanket design analyses. The proposed tritium retention/release model can be incorporated into a transient thermal performance code to enable whole-blanket predictions of tritium retention/release during cyclic reactor operation. Parameters for the ITER driver breeding blanket are used to generate a numerical set of model predictions for steady-state operation

  1. Modeling tritium behavior in Li2ZrO3

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    Lithium metazirconate (Li2ZrO3) is a promising tritium breeder material for fusion reactors because of its excellent tritium release characteristics. In particular, for water-cooled breeding blankets (e.g., ITER), Li2ZrO3 is appealing from a design perspective because of its good tritium release at low operating temperatures. The steady-state and transient tritium release/retention database for Li2ZrO3 is reviewed, along with conventional diffusion and first-order surface desorption models which have been used to match the database. A first-order surface desorption model is recommended in the current work both for best-estimate and conservative (i.e., inventory upper-bound) predictions. Model parameters are determined and validated for both types of predictions, although emphasis is placed on conservative design predictions. The effects on tritium retention of ceramic microstructure, protium partial pressure in the purge gas and purge gas flow rate are discussed, along with other mechanisms for tritium retention which may not be dominant in the experiments, but may be important in blanket design analyses. The proposed tritium retention/release model can be incorporated into a transient thermal performance code to enable whole-blanket predictions of tritium retention/release during cyclic reactor operation. Parameters for the ITER driver breeding blanket are used to generate a numerical set of model predictions for steady-state operation. (author)

  2. Appendix for blanket - University of Wisconsin: tritium issues

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    The selection of the liquid metal alloys, Li17Pb83, as the tritium breeder with helium serving as the heat transfer fluid suggests two alternative techniques for the removal of tritium from the breeder. The low solubility of tritium in this liquid breeder requires only a simple vacuum degassing technique for tritium removal. Because of this high tritium partial pressure, tritium removal in the present design could potentially be achieved by either (a) slow circulation of the liquid LiPb alloy to an external degassing system, or (b) noncirculation of the liquid breeder so that the tritium permeates through the walls of the coolant tubes into the circulating helium for subsequent recovery. Both of these techniques were investigated with special attention given to the resultant tritium inventories in the liquid breeder and the helium system, and the potential for tritium permeation at the steam generator (SG)

  3. Neutronics and thermo-hydraulic design of supercritical-water cooled solid breeder TBM

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    Cheng, Jie; Wu, Yingwei, E-mail: wyw810@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Tian, Wenxi; Su, Guanghui; Qiu, Suizheng

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • A supercritical-water cooled solid breeder test blanket module (SWCB TBM) was designed. • The neutronics calculations show that the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) of SWCB TBM is 1.17. • The outlet temperature of SWCB TBM can reach as high as 500 °C. • Both thermal stress and deformation of the SWCB TBM design are within safety limits. - Abstract: In this paper, the supercritical-water cooled solid breeder test blanket module (SWCB TBM), using the supercritical water as the coolant, Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} lithium ceramic pebbles as a breeder, and beryllium pebbles as a neutron multiplier, was designed and analyzed for ITER. The results of neutronics, thermo-hydraulic and thermo-mechanical analysis are presented for the SWCB TBM. Neutronics calculations show that the proposed TBM has high tritium breeding ratio and power density. The tritium breeding ratio (TBR) of the proposed design is 1.17, which is greater than that of 1.15 required for tritium self-sufficiency. The thermo-hydraulic calculation proved that the TBM components can be effectively cooled to the allowable temperature with the temperature of outlet reaching 500 °C. According to thermo-mechanics calculation results, the first wall with the width of 17 mm is safe and the deformation of first wall is far below the limited value. All the results showed that the current TBM design was reasonable under the ITER normal condition.

  4. Neutronics and thermo-hydraulic design of supercritical-water cooled solid breeder TBM

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    Highlights: • A supercritical-water cooled solid breeder test blanket module (SWCB TBM) was designed. • The neutronics calculations show that the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) of SWCB TBM is 1.17. • The outlet temperature of SWCB TBM can reach as high as 500 °C. • Both thermal stress and deformation of the SWCB TBM design are within safety limits. - Abstract: In this paper, the supercritical-water cooled solid breeder test blanket module (SWCB TBM), using the supercritical water as the coolant, Li4SiO4 lithium ceramic pebbles as a breeder, and beryllium pebbles as a neutron multiplier, was designed and analyzed for ITER. The results of neutronics, thermo-hydraulic and thermo-mechanical analysis are presented for the SWCB TBM. Neutronics calculations show that the proposed TBM has high tritium breeding ratio and power density. The tritium breeding ratio (TBR) of the proposed design is 1.17, which is greater than that of 1.15 required for tritium self-sufficiency. The thermo-hydraulic calculation proved that the TBM components can be effectively cooled to the allowable temperature with the temperature of outlet reaching 500 °C. According to thermo-mechanics calculation results, the first wall with the width of 17 mm is safe and the deformation of first wall is far below the limited value. All the results showed that the current TBM design was reasonable under the ITER normal condition

  5. Conceptual design of a water cooled breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Liu, Songlin, E-mail: slliu@ipp.ac.cn [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Pu, Yong; Cheng, Xiaoman [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Li, Jia; Peng, ChangHong [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027 (China); Ma, Xuebing [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Chen, Lei [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027 (China)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • We proposed a water cooled ceramic breeder blanket with superheated steam. • Superheated steam is generated at the first wall and the front part of breeder zone. • Superheated steam has negligible impact on neutron absorption by coolant in FW and improves TBR. • The superheated steam at higher temperature can improve thermal efficiency. - Abstract: China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is an ITER-like superconducting tokamak reactor. Its major radius is 5.7 m, minor radius is 1.6 m and elongation ratio is 1.8. Its mission is to achieve 50–200 MW of fusion power, 30–50% of duty time factor, and tritium breeding ratio not less than 1.2 to ensure the self-sufficiency. As one of the breeding blanket candidates for CFETR, a water cooled breeder blanket with superheated steam is proposed and its conceptual design is being carried out. In this design, sub-cooling water at 265 °C under the pressure of 7 MPa is fed into cooling plates in breeding zone and is heated up to 285 °C with saturated steam generated, and then this steam is pre-superheated up to 310 °C in first wall (FW), final, the pre-superheated steam coming from several blankets is fed into the other one blanket to superheat again up to 517 °C. Due to low density of superheated steam, it has negligible impact on neutron absorption by coolant in FW so that the high energy neutrons entering into breeder zone moderated by water in cooling plate help enhance tritium breeding by {sup 6}Li(n,α)T reaction. Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} pebbles and Be{sub 12}Ti pebbles are chosen as tritium breeder and neutron multiplier respectively, because Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} and Be{sub 12}Ti are expected to have better chemical stability and compatibility with water in high temperature. However, Be{sub 12}Ti may lead to a reduction in tritium breeding ratio (TBR). Furthermore, a spot of sintered Be plate is used to improve neutron multiplying capacity in a multi-layer structure. As one alternative option

  6. Conceptual design of a water cooled breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Highlights: • We proposed a water cooled ceramic breeder blanket with superheated steam. • Superheated steam is generated at the first wall and the front part of breeder zone. • Superheated steam has negligible impact on neutron absorption by coolant in FW and improves TBR. • The superheated steam at higher temperature can improve thermal efficiency. - Abstract: China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is an ITER-like superconducting tokamak reactor. Its major radius is 5.7 m, minor radius is 1.6 m and elongation ratio is 1.8. Its mission is to achieve 50–200 MW of fusion power, 30–50% of duty time factor, and tritium breeding ratio not less than 1.2 to ensure the self-sufficiency. As one of the breeding blanket candidates for CFETR, a water cooled breeder blanket with superheated steam is proposed and its conceptual design is being carried out. In this design, sub-cooling water at 265 °C under the pressure of 7 MPa is fed into cooling plates in breeding zone and is heated up to 285 °C with saturated steam generated, and then this steam is pre-superheated up to 310 °C in first wall (FW), final, the pre-superheated steam coming from several blankets is fed into the other one blanket to superheat again up to 517 °C. Due to low density of superheated steam, it has negligible impact on neutron absorption by coolant in FW so that the high energy neutrons entering into breeder zone moderated by water in cooling plate help enhance tritium breeding by 6Li(n,α)T reaction. Li2TiO3 pebbles and Be12Ti pebbles are chosen as tritium breeder and neutron multiplier respectively, because Li2TiO3 and Be12Ti are expected to have better chemical stability and compatibility with water in high temperature. However, Be12Ti may lead to a reduction in tritium breeding ratio (TBR). Furthermore, a spot of sintered Be plate is used to improve neutron multiplying capacity in a multi-layer structure. As one alternative option, in spite of lower TBR, Pb is taken into

  7. Conceptual design of Tritium Extraction System for the European HCPB Test Blanket Module

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    Highlights: ► HCPB (Helium Cooled Pebble Bed) Test Blanket Module (TBM) to be tested in ITER. ► Tritium extraction by gas purging, removal and transfer to the Tritium Plant. ► Conceptual design of TES and revision of the previous configuration. ► Main components: adsorption column, ZrCo getter beds and PERMCAT reactor. - Abstract: The HCPB (Helium Cooled Pebble Bed) Test Blanket Module (TBM), developed in EU to be tested in ITER, adopts a ceramic containing lithium as breeder material, beryllium as neutron multiplier and helium at 80 bar as primary coolant. In HCPB-TBM the main function of Tritium Extraction System (TES) is to extract tritium from the breeder by gas purging, to remove it from the purge gas and to route it to the ITER Tritium Plant for the final tritium processing. In this paper, starting from a revision of the so far reference process considered for HCPB-TES and considering a new modeling activity aimed to evaluate tritium concentration in purge gas, an updated conceptual design of TES is reported.

  8. Conceptual design of Tritium Extraction System for the European HCPB Test Blanket Module

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    Ciampichetti, A., E-mail: andrea.ciampichetti@enea.it [ENEA CR Brasimone, 40032 Camugnano (Italy); European TBM Consortium of Associates (Germany); Nitti, F.S.; Aiello, A. [ENEA CR Brasimone, 40032 Camugnano (Italy); European TBM Consortium of Associates (Germany); Ricapito, I. [Fusion for Energy, 08019 Barcelona (Spain); Liger, K. [CEA, DEN, DTN/STPA/LIPC, Cadarache, 13108 St. Paul-lez-Durance (France); European TBM Consortium of Associates (Germany); Demange, D. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, ITEP-TLK, Postfach 36 40, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); European TBM Consortium of Associates (Germany); Sedano, L.; Moreno, C. [EURATOM-CIEMAT Association, 28040 Madrid (Spain); European TBM Consortium of Associates (Germany); Succi, M. [SAES Getters Spa, 20020 Lainate (Italy)

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer HCPB (Helium Cooled Pebble Bed) Test Blanket Module (TBM) to be tested in ITER. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Tritium extraction by gas purging, removal and transfer to the Tritium Plant. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Conceptual design of TES and revision of the previous configuration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Main components: adsorption column, ZrCo getter beds and PERMCAT reactor. - Abstract: The HCPB (Helium Cooled Pebble Bed) Test Blanket Module (TBM), developed in EU to be tested in ITER, adopts a ceramic containing lithium as breeder material, beryllium as neutron multiplier and helium at 80 bar as primary coolant. In HCPB-TBM the main function of Tritium Extraction System (TES) is to extract tritium from the breeder by gas purging, to remove it from the purge gas and to route it to the ITER Tritium Plant for the final tritium processing. In this paper, starting from a revision of the so far reference process considered for HCPB-TES and considering a new modeling activity aimed to evaluate tritium concentration in purge gas, an updated conceptual design of TES is reported.

  9. Impact of blanket tritium against the tritium plant of fusion reactor

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    The breeder blanket and the blanket tritium recovery system are tested using test blanket modules during ITER campaign. And then, these are integrated with the tritium plant for the first time at a prototype reactor after ITER. In this work, impact to the tritium plant by integration of the solid breeder blanket was discussed. The method of tritium extraction from the blanket and the choice of the process for breeder blanket interface should be discussed not only from the viewpoint of tritium release but also from the viewpoint of the load of processing. (author)

  10. Modeling tritium behavior in Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}.

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    Billone, M. C.

    1998-01-13

    Lithium metazirconate (Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}) is a promising tritium breeder material for fusion reactors because of its excellent tritium release characteristics. In particular, for water-cooled breeding blankets (e.g., ITER), Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} is appealing from a design perspective because of its good tritium release at low operating temperatures. The steady-state and transient tritium release/retention database for Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} is reviewed, along with conventional diffusion and first-order surface resorption models which have been used to match the database. A first-order surface resorption model is recommended in the current work both for best-estimate and conservative (i.e., inventory upper-bound) predictions. Model parameters we determined and validated for both types of predictions, although emphasis is placed on conservative design predictions. The effects on tritium retention of ceramic microstructure, protium partial pressure in the purge gas and purge gas flow rate are discussed, along with other mechanisms for tritium retention which may not be dominant in the experiments, but may be important in blanket design analyses. The proposed tritium retention/release model can be incorporated into a transient thermal performance code to enable whole-blanket predictions of tritium retention/release during cyclic reactor operation. Parameters for the ITER driver breeding blanket are used to generate a numerical set of model predictions for steady-state operation.

  11. Modeling tritium behavior in Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}

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    Billone, M.C. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Fusion Power Program

    1998-03-01

    Lithium metazirconate (Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}) is a promising tritium breeder material for fusion reactors because of its excellent tritium release characteristics. In particular, for water-cooled breeding blankets (e.g., ITER), Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} is appealing from a design perspective because of its good tritium release at low operating temperatures. The steady-state and transient tritium release/retention database for Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} is reviewed, along with conventional diffusion and first-order surface desorption models which have been used to match the database. A first-order surface desorption model is recommended in the current work both for best-estimate and conservative (i.e., inventory upper-bound) predictions. Model parameters are determined and validated for both types of predictions, although emphasis is placed on conservative design predictions. The effects on tritium retention of ceramic microstructure, protium partial pressure in the purge gas and purge gas flow rate are discussed, along with other mechanisms for tritium retention which may not be dominant in the experiments, but may be important in blanket design analyses. The proposed tritium retention/release model can be incorporated into a transient thermal performance code to enable whole-blanket predictions of tritium retention/release during cyclic reactor operation. Parameters for the ITER driver breeding blanket are used to generate a numerical set of model predictions for steady-state operation. (author)

  12. Tritium Burn-up Depth and Tritium Break-Even Time

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    LI Cheng-Yue; DENG Bai-Quan; HUANG Jin-Hua; YAN Jian-Cheng

    2006-01-01

    @@ Similarly to but quite different from the xenon poisoning effects resulting from fission-produced iodine during the restart-up process of a fission reactor, we introduce a completely new concept of the tritium burn-up depth and tritium break-even time in the fusion energy research area. To show what the least required amount of tritium storage is used to start up a fusion reactor and how long a time the fusion reactor needs to be operated for achieving the tritium break-even during the initial start-up phase due to the finite tritium breeding time that is dependent on the tritium breeder, specific structure of breeding zone, layout of coolant flow pipe, tritium recovery scheme, extraction process, the tritium retention of reactor components, unrecoverable tritium fraction in breeder, leakage to the inertial gas container, and the natural decay etc., we describe this new phenomenon and answer this problem by setting up and by solving a set of equations, which express a dynamic subsystem model of the tritium inventory evolution in a fusion experimental breeder (FEB). It is found that the tritium burn-up depth is 317g and the tritium break-even time is approximately 240 full power days for FEB designed detail configuration and it is also found that after one-year operation, the tritium storage reaches 1.18kg that is more than theleast required amount of tritium storage to start up three of FEB-like fusion reactors.

  13. Tritium release of Li4SiO4, Li2O and beryllium and chemical compatibility of beryllium with Li4SiO4, Li2O and steel (SIBELIUS irradiation)

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    The objective of the SIBELIUS irradiation, a joint EC-US project performed at CEN Grenoble, was to investigate the oxidation kinetics of beryllium in contact with ceramic and the nature and extent of beryllium in contact with ceramic and the nature and extent of beryllium interaction with (316 L and 1.4914) steel in a neutron environment. In this work post irradiation examinations of SIBELIUS specimens performed at KfK are described. Tritium release of Li4SiO4, Li2O and beryllium was studied by out-of-pile annealing and chemical compatibility of beryllium with Li4SiO4, Li2O and steel by microscopic examinations. Tritium release of the ceramics was found to be consistent with SIBELIUS inpile observations and previous tests. Release of tritium generated in beryllium was found to be very slow, in accordance with previous work. For beryllium which was in contact with ceramic during irradiation, a second type of tritium, caused by injection of 2.7 MeV tritons generated in the ceramic, is observed. Release of injected tritium is faster than that of generated. Evidence for injected tritium in beryllium was also found in the microscopic studies. The observed minor chemical reactions of beryllium with steel and probably also those with breeder materials under neutron irradiation are consistent with the results of laboratory annealing tests. (orig.)

  14. New progress on design and R and D for solid breeder test blanket module in China

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    Feng, K.M., E-mail: fengkm@swip.ac.cn; Zhang, G.S.; Hu, G.; Chen, Y.J.; Feng, Y.J.; Li, Z.X.; Wang, P.H.; Zhao, Z.; Ye, X.F.; Xiang, B.; Zhang, L.; Wang, Q.J.; Cao, Q.X.; Zhao, F.C.; Wang, F.; Liu, Y.; Zhang, M.C.

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • The new progress on design and R and D of Chinese solid breeder TBM are introduced. • The mock-up fabrication and component tests for Chinese HCCB TBM have being developed. • The neutron multiplier Be pebbles, tritium breeder Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles, and structure material CFL-1 are being prepared. • The fabrication of 1/3 sized mock-up is being carried-out. • The key technology development is proceeding to the large-scale mock-up fabrication. - Abstract: ITER will be used to test tritium breeding module concepts, which will lead to the design of DEMO fusion reactor demonstrating tritium self-sufficiency and the extraction of high grade heat for electricity production. China plans to test the HCCB TBM modules during different operation phases. Related design and R and D activities for each TBM module with the auxiliary system are introduced. The helium-cooled ceramic breeder (HCCB) test blanket module (TBM) is the primary option of the Chinese TBM program. The preliminary conceptual design of CN HCCB TBM has been completed. A modified design to reduce the RAFM material mass to 1.3 ton has been carried out based on the ITER technical requirement. Basic characteristics and main design parameters of CN HCCB TBM are introduced briefly. The mock-up fabrication and component tests for Chinese test blanket module are being developed. Recent status of the components of CN HCCB TBM and fabrication technology development are also reported. The neutron multiplier Be pebbles, tritium breeder Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles, and structure material CLF-1 of ton-class are being prepared in laboratory scale. The fabrication of pebble bed container and experiment of tritium breeder pebble bed will be started soon. The fabrication technology development is proceeding as the large-scale mock-up fabrication enters into the R and D stage and demonstration tests toward TBM testing on ITER test port are being done as scheduled.

  15. Neutronic optimization of solid breeder blankets for STARFIRE design

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    Extensive neutronic tradeoff studies were carried out to define and optimize the neutronic performance of the different solid breeder options for the STARFIRE blanket design. A set of criteria were employed to select the potential blanket materials. The basic criteria include the neutronic performance, tritium-release characteristics, material compatibility, and chemical stability. Three blanket options were analyzed. The first option is based on separate zones for each basic blanket function where the neutron multiplier is kept in a separate zone. The second option is a heterogeneous blanket type with two tritium breeder zones. In the first zone the tritium breeder is assembled in a neutron multiplier matrix behind the first wall while the second zone has a neutron moderator matrix instead of the neutron multiplier. The third blanket option is similar to the second concept except the tritium breeder and the neutron multiplier form a homogeneous mixture

  16. Fusion breeder

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    The fusion breeder is a fusion reactor designed with special blankets to maximize the transmutation by 14 MeV neutrons of uranium-238 to plutonium or thorium to uranium-233 for use as a fuel for fission reactors. Breeding fissile fuels has not been a goal of the US fusion energy program. This paper suggests it is time for a policy change to make the fusion breeder a goal of the US fusion program and the US nuclear energy program. The purpose of this paper is to suggest this policy change be made and tell why it should be made, and to outline specific research and development goals so that the fusion breeder will be developed in time to meet fissile fuel needs

  17. First adaptation of the European ceramic B. I. T. blanket design to the updated DEMO specifications

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    Anzidei, L.; Cecchi, P.; Cevolani, S.; Gallina, M.; Petrizzi, L.; Rado, V.; Talarico, C.; Violante, V.; Vettraino, V.; Zampaglione, V. (Associazione Euratom-ENEA sulla Fusione, Frascati (Italy)); Proust, E.; Giancarli, L.; Raepsaet, X.; Szczepanski, J.; Vallette, F.; Baraer, L.; Bielak, B.; Mercier, J. (Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, DRN/DMT/SERMA, C.E.N. Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France))

    1991-12-01

    The DEMO specifications defined so as to ensure the consistency of the various blanket conceptual design studies performed within the framework of the European Test Blanket Programme have been recently updated. A very first attempt has been made to adapt the European Ceramic Breeder Inside-Tube DEMO blanket to these new specifications. Two solutions have been investigated. The first would ensure tritium self-sufficiency of the plant with a large safety margin. The other one, which fully preserves the design simplicity and reliability of the initial design, appears to be somewhat marginal from the tritium breeding capability point of view, but to offer good improvement prospects. (orig.).

  18. Ceramic helium-cooled blanket test module

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    Leshukov, A. E-mail: leshu@entek.ru; Kovalenko, V.; Shatalov, G.; Goroshkin, G.; Obukhov, A

    2000-11-01

    The design of RF DEMO-relevant ceramic helium cooled blanket test module (CHC BTM) for testing in international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER) is under consideration. The RF concept of DEMO BTM is based upon the breeder inside tube (BIT)-concept. This concept suggests the use of solid breeding ceramic material, helium as coolant and tritium purge-gas, ferrite-martensite steel as structural material, and beryllium as neutron multiplier. The parameters of the primary circuit coolant are the following, pressure -8 MPa, inlet/outlet temperature -300/550 deg. C, respectively. Helium (0.1 MPa pressure) is used for tritium removal from ceramic breeder. The ITER water coolant is the secondary circuit coolant of DEMO BTM cooling system. Lithium orthosilicate (Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4}) is used as tritium breeding material (pebbles-bed of diameter 0.5-1 mm spheres). It is planned to use the beryllium as neutron multiplier (spheres diameter 1 mm pebbles-bed or the porous beryllium). The 3-D neutronic calculations on Monte Carlo method, in accordance with FENDL-1 library of the nuclear data, have been performed for CHC BTM. To validate the CHC BTM concept, the thermal hydraulic analysis has been performed for the design elements and cooling system equipment. The preliminary stress analysis for BTM design elements has been carried out on the ASME-code and RF strength regulations. The four types of LOFA and LOCA accidents have been investigated. The parameters of cooling, coolant purification and tritium extraction systems have been determined.

  19. New simulations to qualify eutectic lithium-lead as breeder material

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    Fraile García, Alberto; Cuesta Lopez, Santiago; Caro, Alfredo; Iglesias, R.; Perlado Martin, Jose Manuel

    2011-01-01

    Pb17Li is today a reference breeder material in diverse fusion R&D programs worldwide. One of the main issues is the problem of liquid metals breeder blanket behavior. The knowledge of eutectic properties like optimal composition, physical and thermodynamic behavior or diffusion coefficients of Tritium are extremely necessary for current designs. In particular, the knowledge of the function linking the tritium concentration dissolved in liquid materials with the tritium partial pressure at...

  20. Breeding blanket development; Tritium release from breeder

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    土谷 邦彦; 河村 弘; 長尾 美春

    2006-01-01

    核融合炉ブランケットを設計するためには、微小球を用いたブランケット構造体の中性子照射に関する工学的データが必要不可欠である。工学的データのうち、トリチウム生成放出特性は、最も重要なデータの1つである。このため、トリチウム増殖材料の候補材であるチタン酸リチウム(Li2TiO3)微小球からのトリチウム生成放出試験を行い、トリチウム放出特性に対するスイープガス流量,照射温度,スイープガス中の水素添加量,熱中性子束の変化等の効果について調べた。本試験の結果、(1)Li2TiO3微小球充填体の外壁温度が100circC以上になった時、トリチウム放出が観測された。また、充填体の外壁温度が300sim400circCのとき、トリチウム生成・放出率(R/G)は1に到達した。(2)スイープガス流量を100sim900cm3/min(Li2TiO3微小球充填体の空塔速度:0.53sim4.8cm/s)の範囲で変化させても、定常時におけるLi2TiO3微小球充填体からのトリチウム放出に影響はなかった。(3)スイープガス中の水素添加量はトリチウム放出に影響することがわかった。...

  1. Tritium breeding materials

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    Tritium breeding materials are essential to the operation of D-T fusion facilities. Both of the present options - solid ceramic breeding materials and liquid metal materials are reviewed with emphasis not only on their attractive features but also on critical materials issues which must be resolved

  2. Fusion breeder neutronics. Final report

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    Research efforts in fusion breeder neutronics have been focused on two tasks that are strongly related. Efforts in Task 1 concentrate on examining the required conditions to sustain fuel self-sufficiency in fusion reactors operated on a D-T fuel cycle. In this respect, in-depth and detailed engineering analyses have been performed on various blanket and reactor concepts to verify the potential of each blanket concept to exhibit a tritium breeding ratio (TBR) in excess of unity by a margin that compensates for losses, radioactive decay and other inventory requirements. Efforts in Task 2 concentrate on evaluating the overall uncertainties (both experimental and analytical) associated with the TBR

  3. Development of hi-tech ceramics fabrication technology

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    Kim, Young Suk; Park, Ji Yeon; Kim, Sun Jai; Jung Choong Hwan; Oh, Seok Jin

    1997-07-01

    There are some ceramic materials being used in the nuclear energy such as nuclear fuel, coolant pump seals, tritium breeder materials, a high temperature absorber, and the solid electrolyte for recovering tritium. In addition, lots of researches recently have been conducted on the development of highly functional ceramics such as highly efficient shielding materials, functional graded materials and radioactive isotopes-separating materials. Therefore, one of the objectives of this project is to develop ultra-fine and pure powder manufacturing technology. Tritium breeder materials, LiAlO{sub 2}, Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} and Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} were made with a combustion process of mixed fuels that is developed indigenously in this project. Additionally, this study also focused on the development of promising low temperature electrolytes of ceria. By using the ceria powder made by the combustion process of GNP was investigated their sinterability and the electrolytic characteristics. (author). 167 refs., 74 tabs., 91 figs

  4. Improvement of hydrogen isotope exchange reactions on Li4SiO4 ceramic pebble by catalytic metals

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    Cheng Jian Xiao; Chun Mei Kang; Xiao Jun Chen; Xiao Ling Gao; Yang Ming Luo; Sheng Hu; Xiao Lin Wang

    2012-01-01

    Li4SiO4 ceramic pebble is considered as a candidate tritium breeding material of Chinese Helium Cooled Solid Breeder Test Blanket Module (CH HCSB TBM) for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).In this paper,Li4SiO4 ceramic pebbles deposited with catalytic metals,including Pt,Pd,Ru and Ir,were prepared by wet impregnation method.The metal particles on Li4SiO4 pebble exhibit a good promotion of hydrogen isotope exchange reactions in H2-DzO gas system,with conversion equilibrium temperature reduction of 200-300 ℃.The out-of-pile tritium release experiments were performed using 1.0 wt% Pt/Li4SiO4 and Li4SiO4 pebbles irradiated in a thermal neutron reactor.The thermal desorption spectroscopy shows that Pt was effective to increase the tritium release rate at lower temperatures,and the ratio of tritium molecule (HT) to tritiated water (HTO) of 1.0 wt% Pt/Li4SiO4 was much more than that of Li4SiO4,which released mainly as HTO.Thus,catalytic metals deposited on Li4SiO4 pebble may help to accelerate the recovery of bred tritium particularly in low temperature region,and increase the tritium molecule form released from the tritium breeding materials.

  5. Global depletion analysis of Korean helium cooled solid breeder TBM model for demo fusion reactor

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    The Korean HCSB (helium cooled solid breeder) TBM (test blanket module) is proposed with its specific compositions of lithium ceramic, beryllium and graphite in pebble form. In the Korean HCSB TBM, the amount of beryllium is reduced and the reduction is replaced by graphite for a neutron reflector, while tritium breeding ratio (TBR) remains almost unchanged with relatively low Li6 enrichment of ∼40%. However, the previous Korean HCSB was designed based on the LOCAL assumption, in which the surroundings are assumed by the reflective boundary condition. In this research, we establish a simple GLOBAL neutronics model based on demo fusion reactor and perform neutronics analyses including depletion (transmutation) calculation during 100 EFPDs (effective full power days) using the modified MONTEBURNS code.

  6. Tritium self-sufficiency of HCPB blanket modules for DEMO considering time-varying neutron flux spectra and material compositions

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    Aures, A., E-mail: Alexander.Aures@ccfe.ac.uk; Packer, L.W.; Zheng, S.

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • Simulations on the tritium breeding performance of HCPB blanket modules were done. • MCNP5 and FISPACT were used for coupled transport and activation calculations. • Material transmutation affects the neutron flux spectra within the blanket modules. • The consequences of time-dependent spectra on TBR and tritium self-sufficiency were investigated. -- Abstract: Significant transmutation of solid-type breeding blanket materials affects the time and spatial variation of neutron energy within such materials. This has an impact on simulation assumptions required to accurately assess tritium surplus quantities for conceptual power plant devices. This paper details an investigation, via simulation, of the consequences for the tritium breeding ratio and the tritium self-sufficiency of a DEMO concept with homogeneous Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed blanket modules containing Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} ceramic breeder material. For this purpose, a code was developed to couple MCNP5 and FISPACT to supply material compositions from activation calculations to the neutron transport calculation in an iterative loop covering several time steps. Simulation results are presented for a simple 1D spherical device model and a DEMO tokamak model.

  7. Dosimetric impact evaluation of primary coolant chemistry of the internal tritium breeding cycle of a fusion reactor DEMO

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    Tritium will be responsible for a large fraction of the environmental impact of the first generation of DT fusion reactors. Today, the efforts of conceptual development of the tritium cycle for DEMO are mainly centred in the so called Inner Breeding Tritium Cycle, conceived as guarantee of reactor fuel self-sufficiency. The EU Fusion Programme develops for the short term of fusion power technology two breeding blanket conceptual designs both helium cooled. One uses Li-ceramic material (HCPB, Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed) and the other a liquid metal eutectic alloy (Pb15.7Li) (HCLL, Helium-Cooled Lithium Lead). Both are Li-6 enriched materials. At a proper scale designs will be tested as Test Blanket Modules in ITER. The tritium cycles linked to both blanket concepts are similar, with some different characteristics. The tritium is recovered from the He purge gas in the case of HCPB, and directly from the breeding alloy through a carrier gas in HCLL. For a 3 GWth self-sufficient fusion reactor the tritium breeding need is few hundred grams of tritium per day. Safety and environmental impact are today the top priority design criteria. Dose impact limits should determine the key margins and parameters in its conception. Today, transfer from the cycle to the environment is conservatively assumed to be operating in a 1-enclosure scheme through the tritium plant power conversion system (intermediate heat exchangers and helium blowers). Tritium loss is caused by HT and T2 permeation and simultaneous primary coolant leakage through steam generators. Primary coolant chemistry appears to be the most natural way to control tritium permeation from the breeder into primary coolant and from primary coolant through SG by H2 tritium flux isotopic swamping or steel (EUROFER/INCOLOY) oxidation. A primary coolant chemistry optimization is proposed. Dynamic flow process diagrams of tritium fluxes are developed ad-hoc and coupled with tritiated effluents dose impact evaluations. Dose

  8. Dosimetric impact evaluation of primary coolant chemistry of the internal tritium breeding cycle of a fusion reactor DEMO

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    Velarde, M. [Instituto de Fusion Nuclear (DENIM), ETSII, Universidad Politecnica Madrid UPM, J. Gutierrez Abascal 2, Madrid 28006 (Spain); Sedano, L. A. [Asociacion Euratom-Ciematpara Fusion, Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Perlado, J. M. [Instituto de Fusion Nuclear (DENIM), ETSII, Universidad Politecnica Madrid UPM, J. Gutierrez Abascal 2, Madrid 28006 (Spain)

    2008-07-15

    Tritium will be responsible for a large fraction of the environmental impact of the first generation of DT fusion reactors. Today, the efforts of conceptual development of the tritium cycle for DEMO are mainly centred in the so called Inner Breeding Tritium Cycle, conceived as guarantee of reactor fuel self-sufficiency. The EU Fusion Programme develops for the short term of fusion power technology two breeding blanket conceptual designs both helium cooled. One uses Li-ceramic material (HCPB, Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed) and the other a liquid metal eutectic alloy (Pb15.7Li) (HCLL, Helium-Cooled Lithium Lead). Both are Li-6 enriched materials. At a proper scale designs will be tested as Test Blanket Modules in ITER. The tritium cycles linked to both blanket concepts are similar, with some different characteristics. The tritium is recovered from the He purge gas in the case of HCPB, and directly from the breeding alloy through a carrier gas in HCLL. For a 3 GWth self-sufficient fusion reactor the tritium breeding need is few hundred grams of tritium per day. Safety and environmental impact are today the top priority design criteria. Dose impact limits should determine the key margins and parameters in its conception. Today, transfer from the cycle to the environment is conservatively assumed to be operating in a 1-enclosure scheme through the tritium plant power conversion system (intermediate heat exchangers and helium blowers). Tritium loss is caused by HT and T{sub 2} permeation and simultaneous primary coolant leakage through steam generators. Primary coolant chemistry appears to be the most natural way to control tritium permeation from the breeder into primary coolant and from primary coolant through SG by H{sub 2} tritium flux isotopic swamping or steel (EUROFER/INCOLOY) oxidation. A primary coolant chemistry optimization is proposed. Dynamic flow process diagrams of tritium fluxes are developed ad-hoc and coupled with tritiated effluents dose impact evaluations

  9. Breeder Reprocessing Engineering Test

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    Burgess, C.A.; Meacham, S.A.

    1984-01-01

    The Breeder Reprocessing Engineering Test (BRET) is a developmental activity of the US Department of Energy to demonstrate breeder fuel reprocessing technology while closing the fuel cycle for the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF). It will be installed in the existing Fuels and Materials Examination Facility (FMEF) at the Hanford Site near Richland, Washington, The major objectives of BRET are: (1) close the US breeder fuel cycle; (2) develop and demonstrate reprocessing technology and systems for breeder fuel; (3) provide an integrated test of breeder reactor fuel cycle technology - rprocessing, safeguards, and waste management. BRET is a joint effort between the Westinghouse Hanford Company and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 3 references, 2 figures.

  10. In-pile Tritium Permeation through F82H Steel with and without a Ceramic Coating of Cr2O3-SiO2 Including CrPO4

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    Development of coating on blanket structural materials with significant reduction capability of tritium permeation is highly required in order to realize a reasonable design of a tritium recovery and processing system of demonstration (DEMO) fusion reactors. An effective coating has been developed in Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) using a ceramic material of Cr2O3-SiO2 including CrPO4. In previous out-of-pile deuterium permeation experiments at 600 oC [T.V. Kulsartov et al., Fusion Eng. Des. 81 (2006) 701], a significant permeation reduction factor (PFR) of about 300 was obtained for the coating on the inner-side surface of tubular diffusion cells made by ferritic steel (F82H). In the present study, in-pile experiments on tritium permeation were conducted for F82H steel with and without the same coating, using a testing reactor IGV-1M in Kazakhstan. The tritium source used was liquid lithium-lead eutectics, Pb17Li, which was poured into a space around a tubular diffusion cell (specimen) of F82H steel with or without the coating on the inner side the cell. The irradiation time was about 4 hours, which corresponds to a fast-neuron fluence of about 2x1021m-2 (E > 1.1 MeV). The permeation reduction factor (PRF) was obtained by comparison of kinetics curves of tritium permeation through the diffusion cell of F82H steel with and without the coating. The PRFs at 600 and 500 oC were 292 and 30, respectively. These values are close to corresponding PRF values of 307 and 45, which had been obtained at 600 and 500 oC, respectively, in the previous out-of-pile experiments [T.V. Kulsartov et al., Fusion Eng. Des. 81 (2006) 701]. (author)

  11. Low technology high tritium breeding blanket concept

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    The main function of this low technology blanket is to produce the necessary tritium for INTOR operation with minimum first wall coverage. The INTOR first wall, blanket, and shield are constrained by the dimensions of the reference design and the protection criteria required for different reactor components and dose equivalent after shutdown in the reactor hall. It is assumed that the blanket operation at commercial power reactor conditions and the proper temperature for power generation can be sacrificed to achieve the highest possible tritium breeding ratio with minimum additional research and developments and minimal impact on reactor design and operation. A set of blanket evaluation criteria has been used to compare possible blanket concepts. Six areas: performance, operating requirements, impact on reactor design and operation, safety and environmental impact, technology assessment, and cost have been defined for the evaluation process. A water-cooled blanket was developed to operate with a low temperature and pressure. The developed blanket contains a 24 cm of beryllium and 6 cm of solid breeder both with a 0.8 density factor. This blanket provides a local tritium breeding ratio of ∼2.0. The water coolant is isolated from the breeder material by several zones which eliminates the tritium buildup in the water by permeation and reduces the changes for water-breeder interaction. This improves the safety and environmental aspects of the blanket and eliminates the costly process of the tritium recovery from the water. 12 refs., 13 tabs

  12. Preparation and characterization of Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} ceramic pebbles by graphite bed method

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    Hong, Ming; Zhang, Yingchun, E-mail: zycustb@163.com; Xiang, Maoqiao; Liu, Zhiang

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Lithium orthosilicate pebbles were fabricated by a new graphite bed process. • Two routes using different raw materials have been conducted in this work. • The fabricated pebbles exhibit a high relative density with uniform microstructure. • This method is short and simple as the pebbles could be fabricated in a continuous process. - Abstract: Lithium-based ceramics have long been recognized as tritium breeding materials in fusion reactor blankets. Lithium orthosilicate (Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4}) is one of these materials and has been recommended by many ITER research teams as the first selection for the solid tritium breeder. In this paper, the fabrication of Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles used as tritium breeder by a graphite bed method was studied for the first time. Ceramic powders and deionized water were mixed and ball milled to obtain homogeneous suspensions. And then the ceramic suspensions were dispersed on spread graphite powder through nozzles. Spherical droplets with highly uniform size were formed by the surface tension of the liquid droplets. The droplets converted into green pebbles after drying. After calcination and sintering, Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles with desired size and shape were prepared. The obtained Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles had narrow size distribution and favorable sphericity. Thermal analysis, phase analysis and microstructure observation of the pebbles were carried out systematically. Properties of the prepared pebbles were also characterized for crushing load strength, density and porosity, etc. The values were found to be conforming to the desired properties for used as solid breeder.

  13. Welsh tritium

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    Of all radioactive isotopes, tritium and carbon-14 have a special status because of the possibility of their intimate involvement in the biosphere. Both are formed naturally in the upper atmosphere but both are also anthropogenic and discharged into the environment. Tritium has engendered considerably greater notoriety as it has been released into the environment in quite large amounts during nuclear weapons testing and subsequently from nuclear plants. The natural tritium inventory of about 1.3 EBq was dwarfed by contributions from weapons testing. In the 1960s this added about 186 EBq to the global inventory which even today remains at about 50 EBq. In contrast the nuclear industry has contributed about 0.43 EBq but the rate of discharge from some plants is far from insignificant - for instance, the Savannah River site in South Carolina (which is responsible for about 90% of the US tritium releases) discharged about 0.02 EBq in 1987. Currently the major sources of anthropogenic tritium in the UK are [4] the BNF plants at Sellafield (2756 TBq/year, 91% as liquid) and Chapelcross (1421 TBq/year, 0.05% as liquid). As described in the paper there have been unexpected levels of tritium in fish caught in the Bristol Channel in the vicinity of the outfall of the discharge from the Cardiff factory. This tritium is 'unexpected' because the levels in sea water in the area have been measured at around 10 Bq/l [4] and a greater part (90%) of the uptake into fish has been shown to be organically bound tritium (OBT) rather than as part of the body water

  14. Status report. KfK contribution to the development of DEMO-relevant test blankets for NET/ITER. Pt. 2: BOT helium cooled solid breeder blanket. Vol. 2

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    The BOT (Breeder Outside Tube) Helium Cooled Solid Breeder Blanket for a fusion Demo reactor and the status of the R and D program is presented. This is the KfK contribution to the European Program for the Demo relevant test blankets to be irradiated in NET/ITER. Volume 1 (KfK 4928) contains the summary, volume 2 (KfK 4929) a more detailed version of the report. In both volumes are described the reasons for the selected design, the reference blanket design for the Demo reactor, the design of the test blanket including the ancillary systems together with the present status of the relative R and D program in the fields of neutronic and thermohydraulic calculations, of the electromagnetic forces caused by disruptions, of the development and irradiation of the ceramic breeder material, of the tritium release and recovery, and of the technological investigations. An outlook is given on the required R and D program for the BOT Helium Cooled Solid Breeder Blanket prior to tests in NET/ITER and the proposed test program in NET/ITER. (orig.)

  15. Fast Breeder Reactor studies

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    This report is a compilation of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) resource documents prepared to provide the technical basis for the US contribution to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation. The eight separate parts deal with the alternative fast breeder reactor fuel cycles in terms of energy demand, resource base, technical potential and current status, safety, proliferation resistance, deployment, and nuclear safeguards. An Annex compares the cost of decommissioning light-water and fast breeder reactors. Separate abstracts are included for each of the parts

  16. Fast Breeder Reactor studies

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    Till, C.E.; Chang, Y.I.; Kittel, J.H.; Fauske, H.K.; Lineberry, M.J.; Stevenson, M.G.; Amundson, P.I.; Dance, K.D.

    1980-07-01

    This report is a compilation of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) resource documents prepared to provide the technical basis for the US contribution to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation. The eight separate parts deal with the alternative fast breeder reactor fuel cycles in terms of energy demand, resource base, technical potential and current status, safety, proliferation resistance, deployment, and nuclear safeguards. An Annex compares the cost of decommissioning light-water and fast breeder reactors. Separate abstracts are included for each of the parts.

  17. Tritium contamination and decontamination

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    Establishment of tritium safe handling technology is required with the development of fusion reactor research. Tritium is contained by multiple-barriers containment due to the difficulty in perfect containment of hydrogen isotopes. Tritium contamination of materials and subsequent desorption are one of the critical issues in tritium containment. And the development of tritium decontamination technology is also a critical issue in tritium safe handling. The status of tritium contamination study and tritium decontamination technology are reviewed. (author)

  18. Analysis of tritium behaviour and recovery from a water-cooled Pb17Li blanket

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    Malara, C. [Institute Regional des Materiaux Avances, Ispra (Italy); Casini, G. [Systems Engineering and Informatics Institute, JRC Ispra, Ispra (Vatican City State, Holy See) (Italy); Viola, A. [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cagliari, Cagliari (Italy)

    1995-03-01

    The question of the tritium recovery in water-cooled Pb17Li blankets has been under investigation for several years at JRC Ispra. The method which has been more extensively analysed is that of slowly circulating the breeder out from the blanket units and of extracting the tritium from it outside the plasma vacuum vessel by helium gas purging or vacuum degassing in a suited process apparatus. A computerized model of the tritium behaviour in the blanket units and in the extraction system was developed. It includes four submodels: (1) tritium permeation process from the breeder to the cooling water as a function of the local operative conditions (tritium concentration in Pb17Li, breeder temperature and flow rate); (2) tritium mass balance in each breeding unit; (3) tritium desorption from the breeder material to the gas phase of the extraction system; (4) tritium extraction efficiency as a function of the design parameters of the recovery apparatus. In the present paper, on the basis of this model, a parametric study of the tritium permeation rate in the cooling water and of the tritium inventory in the blanket is carried out. Results are reported and discussed in terms of dimensionless groups which describe the relative effects of the overall resistance on tritium transfer to the cooling water (with and without permeation barriers), circulating Pb17Li flow rate and extraction efficiency of the tritium recovery unit. The parametric study is extended to the recovery unit in the case of tritium extraction by helium purge or vacuum degassing in a droplet spray unit. (orig.).

  19. A neutron poison tritium breeding controller applied to a water cooled fusion reactor model

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    Highlights: • The issue of a potentially producing a large tritium surplus inventory, within a solid breeder, is addressed. • A possible solution to this problem is presented in the form of a neutron poison based tritium production controller. • The tritium surplus inventory has been modelled by the FATI code for a simplified WCCB model and as a function of time. • It has been demonstrated that the tritium surplus inventory can be managed, which may impact on safety considerations. - Abstract: The generation of tritium in sufficient quantities is an absolute requirement for a next step fusion device such as DEMO due to the scarcity of tritium sources. Although the production of sufficient quantities of tritium will be one of the main challenges for DEMO, within an energy economy featuring several fusion power plants the active control of tritium production may be required in order to manage surplus tritium inventories at power plant sites. The primary reason for controlling the tritium inventory in such an economy would therefore be to minimise the risk and storage costs associated with large quantities of surplus tritium. In order to ensure that enough tritium will be produced in a reactor which contains a solid tritium breeder, over the reactor's lifetime, the tritium breeding rate at the beginning of its lifetime is relatively high and reduces over time. This causes a large surplus tritium inventory to build up until approximately halfway through the lifetime of the blanket, when the inventory begins to decrease. This surplus tritium inventory could exceed several tens of kilograms of tritium, impacting on possible safety and licensing conditions that may exist. This paper describes a possible solution to the surplus tritium inventory problem that involves neutron poison injection into the coolant, which is managed with a tritium breeding controller. A simple PID controller and is used to manage the injection of the neutron absorbing compounds into

  20. The fusion breeder

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    The fusion breeder is a fusion reactor designed with special blankets to maximize the transmutation by 14 MeV neutrons of uranium-238 to plutonium or thorium to uranium-233 for use as a fuel for fission reactors. Breeding fissile fuels has not been a goal of the U.S. fusion energy program. This paper suggests it is time for a policy change to make the fusion breeder a goal of the U.S. fusion program and the U.S. nuclear energy program. There is wide agreement that many approaches will work and will produce fuel for five equal-sized LWRs, and some approach as many as 20 LWRs at electricity costs within 20% of those at today's price of uranium ($30/lb of U3O8). The blankets designed to suppress fissioning, called symbiotes, fusion fuel factories, or just fusion breeders, will have safety characteristics more like pure fusion reactors and will support as many as 15 equal power LWRs. The blankets designed to maximize fast fission of fertile material will have safety characteristics more like fission reactors and will support 5 LWRs. This author strongly recommends development of the fission suppressed blanket type, a point of view not agreed upon by everyone. There is, however, wide agreement that, to meet the market price for uranium which would result in LWR electricity within 20% of today's cost with either blanket type, fusion components can cost severalfold more than would be allowed for pure fusion to meet the goal of making electricity alone at 20% over today's fission costs. Also widely agreed is that the critical-pathitem for the fusion breeder is fusion development itself; however, development of fusion breeder specific items (blankets, fuel cycle) should be started now in order to have the fusion breeder by the time the rise in uranium prices forces other more costly choices

  1. Description of tritium release from lithium titanate at constant temperature

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    Pena, L.; Lagos, S.; Jimenez, J.; Saravia, E. [Comision Chilena de Energia Nuclear, Santiago (Chile)

    1998-03-01

    Lithium Titanate Ceramics have been prepared by the solid-state route, pebbles and pellets were fabricated by extrusion and their microstructure was characterized in our laboratories. The ceramic material was irradiated in the La Reina Reactor, RECH-1. A study of post-irradiation annealing test, was performed measuring Tritium release from the Lithium Titanate at constant temperature. The Bertone`s method modified by R. Verrall is used to determine the parameters of Tritium release from Lithium Titanate. (author)

  2. Tritium handling in vacuum systems

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    Gill, J.T. [Monsanto Research Corp., Miamisburg, OH (United States). Mound Facility; Coffin, D.O. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1986-10-01

    This report provides a course in Tritium handling in vacuum systems. Topics presented are: Properties of Tritium; Tritium compatibility of materials; Tritium-compatible vacuum equipment; and Tritium waste treatment.

  3. Development of Solid Breeder Blanket at JAERI

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    Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) has been performing blanket development based on the long-term research program of fusion blankets in Japan, which was approved by the Fusion Council of Japan in 1999. The blanket development consists of out-pile R and D, In-pile R and D, TBM Neutronics and TPR Tests and Tritium Recovery System R and D. Based on the achievements of element technology development, the R and D program is now stepping to the engineering testing phase, in which scalable mockup tests will be performed for obtaining engineering data unique to the specific structure of the components, with the objective to define the fabrication specification of test blanket modules for ITER. This paper presents the major achievements of the element technology development of solid breeder blanket in JAERI

  4. R and D activities of the liquid breeder blanket in Korea

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    Lee, Dong Won, E-mail: dwlee@kaeri.re.kr [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Eo Hwak; Kim, Suk Kwon; Yoon, Jae Sung [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Seungyon [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MARS and GAMMA were developed for He coolant and liquid breeder analysis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer FMS/FMS and Be/FMS joining methods were developed and verified with high heat flux test. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High temperature and pressure nitrogen and He loops were constructed for heat transfer experiment for developed codes validation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A PbLi breeder loop was constructed for components, MHD, and corrosion tests. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A chamber for tritium extraction with a gas-liquid contact method was constructed. - Abstract: A liquid breeder blanket has been developed in parallel with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Test Blanket Module (TBM) program in Korea. The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) has developed the common fields of a solid TBM such as design tools, structural material, fabrication methods, and He cooling technology to support this concept for the ITER. Also, other fields such as a liquid breeder technology and tritium extraction have been developed from the designed liquid TBM. For design tools, system codes for safety analysis such as Multi-dimensional Analysis of Reactor Safety (MARS) and GAs Multi-component Mixture Analysis (GAMMA) were developed for He coolant and liquid breeder. For the fabrication methods, Ferritic Martensitic Steel (FMS) to FMS and Be to FMS joinings with a Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) were developed and verified with a high heat flux test of up to 0.5-1.0 MW/m{sup 2}. Moreover, three mockups were successfully fabricated and a 10-channel prototype is being fabricated to make a rectangular channel FW. For the integrity of the joining, two high heat flux test facilities were constructed, and one using an electron beam has been constructed. With the 6 MPa nitrogen loop, a basic heat transfer experiment for code validation was performed. From the verification of the components such as preheater and

  5. Analysis on tritium management in FLiBe blanket for force-free helical reactor FFHR2

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    In FFHR2 design, FLiBe has been selected as a self-cooling tritium breeder for low reactivity with oxygen and water and lower conductivity. Considering the fugacity of the tritium, particular care and adequate mitigation measures should be applied for the effectively extract tritium from breeder and control the tritium release to the environment. In this paper, a tritium analysis model of the FLiBe blanket system was developed and the preliminary analysis on tritium permeation and extraction for FLiBe blanket system were done. The factors which affected tritium extraction and permeation were calculated and evaluated, such as the heat exchanger material, tritium permeation reduction factor (TPRF) in blanket, proportion of FLiBe flow in tritium recover system (TRS) and efficiency of TRS etc. The results of the analysis showed that further R and D efforts were required for FFHR2 tritium system to guarantee the tritium self-sufficient and safety, for example reasonable quality of tritium permeation barriers on blanket, requirement for the TRS and fabrication technology of the heat exchanger etc.. (author)

  6. Magmatic tritium

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    Goff, F.; Aams, A.I. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); McMurtry, G.M. [Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI (United States); Shevenell, L. [Univ. of Nevada, Reno, NV (United States); Pettit, D.R. [National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States); Stimac, J.A. [Union Geothermal Company (United States); Werner, C. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)

    1997-07-01

    This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Detailed geochemical sampling of high-temperature fumaroles, background water, and fresh magmatic products from 14 active volcanoes reveal that they do not produce measurable amounts of tritium ({sup 3}H) of deep origin (<0.1 T.U. or <0.32 pCi/kg H{sub 2}O). On the other hand, all volcanoes produce mixtures of meteoric and magmatic fluids that contain measurable {sup 3}H from the meteoric end-member. The results show that cold fusion is probably not a significant deep earth process but the samples and data have wide application to a host of other volcanological topics.

  7. Modeling unusual tritium release behavior from Li2O

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    This paper presents a diffusion-desorption tritium release model in which the unusual tritium-release behavior observed in the CRITIC experiment is accounted for by an activation energy of desorption that is surface coverage dependent. Desorption and adsorption activation energies which are dependent on the amount of surface coverage have been reported. The current model is capable of reproducing both the unusual and the normal tritium release observed in CRITIC and predicts other regions where the surface-coverage-dependent release behavior may be observed. Results from the CRITIC experiment and our calculations imply that the details of the surface phenomena must be known to accurately predict the tritium inventory and changes in inventory that occur with changes in the breeder-material environment. 29 refs., 4 figs

  8. Analysis on tritium management in FLiBe blanket for LHD-type helical reactor FFHR2

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    In FFHR2 (LHD-type helical reactor) design, FLiBe has been selected as a self-cooling tritium breeder for low reactivity with oxygen and water and lower conductivity. Considering the fugacity of the tritium, particular care and adequate mitigation measures should be applied for the effectively extracting tritium from breeder and controlling the tritium release to the environment. In this paper, a tritium analysis model of the FLiBe blanket system was developed and the preliminary analysis on tritium permeation and extraction for FLiBe blanket system were done. The results of the analysis showed that it was reasonable to select W alloy as heat exchanger (HX) material, the proportion of FLiBe flow in tritium recover system (TRS) was 0.2, the efficiency of TRS was 0.85 and tritium permeation reduction factor (TPRF) was 20 in blanket etc.. In addition, further R and D efforts were required for FFHR2 tritium system to guarantee the tritium self-sufficient and safety, for example reasonable quality of tritium permeation barriers on blanket, requirement for the TRS and fabrication technology of the heat exchanger etc.. (author)

  9. Tritium interactions with steel and construction materials in fusion devices

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    The literature on the interactions of tritium and tritiated water with metals, glasses, ceramics, concrete, paints, polymers and other organic materials is reviewed in this report Some of the processes affecting the amount of tritium found on various materials, such as permeation, sorption and the conversion of tritium found on various materials, such as permeation, sorption and conversion of elemental tritium (T2) to tritiated water (HTO), are also briefly outlined. Tritium permeation in steels is fairly well understood, but effects of surface preparation and coatings on sorption are not yet clear. Permeation of T2 into other metals with cleaned surfaces has been studied thoroughly at high temperature, and the effect of surface oxidation has also been explored. The room-temperature permeation rates of low-permeability metals with cleaned surfaces are much faster than indicated by high-temperature results, because of grain-boundary diffusion. Elastomers have been studied to a certain extent, but some mechanisms of interaction with tritium gas and sorbed tritium are unclear. Ceramics have some of the lowest sorption and permeation rates, but ceramic coatings on stainless steels do not lower permeation or tritium as effectively as coatings obtained by oxidation of the steel, probably because of cracking caused by differences in thermal expansion coefficient. Studies on concrete are in their early stages; they show that sorption of tritiated water on concrete is a major concern in cleanup of releases of elemental tritium into air in tritium handling facilities. Some of the codes for modelling releases and sorption of T2 and HTO contain unproven assumptions about sorption and T2 → HTO conversion. Several experimental programs will be required in order to clear up ambiguities in previous work and to determine parameters for materials which have not yet been investigated. (146 refs., tab.)

  10. Tritium release from neutron irradiated beryllium pebbles

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    Scaffidi-Argentina, F.; Werle, H. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH Technik und Umwelt (Germany). Inst. fuer Neutronenphysik und Reactortechnik

    1998-01-01

    One of the most important open issues related to beryllium for fusion applications refers to the kinetics of the tritium release as a function of neutron fluence and temperature. The EXOTIC-7 as well as the `Beryllium` experiments carried out in the HFR reactor in Petten are considered as the most detailed and significant tests for investigating the beryllium response under neutron irradiation. This paper reviews the present status of beryllium post-irradiation examinations performed at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe with samples from the above mentioned irradiation experiments, trying to elucidate the tritium release controlling processes. In agreement with previous studies it has been found that release starts at about 500-550degC and achieves a maximum at about 700-750degC. The observed release at about 500-550degC is probably due to tritium escaping from chemical traps, while the maximum release at about 700-750degC is due to tritium escaping from physical traps. The consequences of a direct contact between beryllium and ceramics during irradiation, causing tritium implanting in a surface layer of beryllium up to a depth of about 40 mm and leading to an additional inventory which is usually several times larger than the neutron-produced one, are also presented and the effects on the tritium release are discussed. (author)

  11. Neutronics Comparison Analysis of the Water Cooled Ceramics Breeding Blanket for CFETR

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    Li, Jia; Zhang, Xiaokang; Gao, Fangfang; Pu, Yong

    2016-02-01

    China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is an ITER-like fusion engineering test reactor that is intended to fill the scientific and technical gaps between ITER and DEMO. One of the main missions of CFETR is to achieve a tritium breeding ratio that is no less than 1.2 to ensure tritium self-sufficiency. A concept design for a water cooled ceramics breeding blanket (WCCB) is presented based on a scheme with the breeder and the multiplier located in separate panels for CFETR. Based on this concept, a one-dimensional (1D) radial built breeding blanket was first designed, and then several three-dimensional models were developed with various neutron source definitions and breeding blanket module arrangements based on the 1D radial build. A set of nuclear analyses have been carried out to compare the differences in neutronics characteristics given by different calculation models, addressing neutron wall loading (NWL), tritium breeding ratio (TBR), fast neutron flux on inboard side and nuclear heating deposition on main in-vessel components. The impact of differences in modeling on the nuclear performance has been analyzed and summarized regarding the WCCB concept design. supported by the National Special Project for Magnetic Confined Nuclear Fusion Energy (Nos. 2013GB108004, 2014GB122000, and 2014GB119000), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11175207)

  12. Breeding zone models of DEMO ceramic helium cooled blanket test module for testing in IVV-2M reactor

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    The goal of DEMO ceramic helium cooled blanket test module (CHC BTM) is to demonstrate a breeding capability that would lead to tritium self-sufficiency in ITER reactor and to extract a high-grade heat suitable for electricity generation. Experimental validation of all the adopted design solutions is main important problem at design and calculation works carrying out in order to develop the CHC BTM. One important task for breeding zones feasibility validation is in-pile tests. Two models were developed and fabricated for testing in the fission IVV-2M reactor. Breeding zone is based on poloidal BIT-conception. The models structural material is ferrito-martensitic steel. Breeder material is lithium orthosilicate in pebble beds and pellet forms. Multiplier material is beryllium in pebble beds and porosity forms. The cooling is provided by helium at 10 MPa. The tritium produced in the breeder material is purged by the helium flow at 0.1-0.2 MPa. Designs of model description and experimental channel, results of neutronic and thermo-hydraulic calculations are presented in the paper. (orig.)

  13. The Tritium White Paper

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    This publication proposes a synthesis of the activities of two work-groups between May 2008 and April 2010. It reports the ASN's (the French Agency for Nuclear Safety) point of view, describes its activities and actions, and gives some recommendations. It gives a large and detailed overview of the knowledge status on tritium: tritium source inventory, tritium origin, management processes, capture techniques, reduction, tritium metrology, impact on the environment, impacts on human beings

  14. Safe handling of tritium

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    The main objective of this publication is to provide practical guidance and recommendations on operational radiation protection aspects related to the safe handling of tritium in laboratories, industrial-scale nuclear facilities such as heavy-water reactors, tritium removal plants and fission fuel reprocessing plants, and facilities for manufacturing commercial tritium-containing devices and radiochemicals. The requirements of nuclear fusion reactors are not addressed specifically, since there is as yet no tritium handling experience with them. However, much of the material covered is expected to be relevant to them as well. Annex III briefly addresses problems in the comparatively small-scale use of tritium at universities, medical research centres and similar establishments. However, the main subject of this publication is the handling of larger quantities of tritium. Operational aspects include designing for tritium safety, safe handling practice, the selection of tritium-compatible materials and equipment, exposure assessment, monitoring, contamination control and the design and use of personal protective equipment. This publication does not address the technologies involved in tritium control and cleanup of effluents, tritium removal, or immobilization and disposal of tritium wastes, nor does it address the environmental behaviour of tritium. Refs, figs and tabs

  15. Can the breeder go commercial

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    Contrary to some beliefs in the electric utility industry that ERDA is committed to developing a commercial breeder economy, it is pointed out that ERDA isn't even willing to pay the total cost of the R and D program--and unless there is a major commitment from the private sector (the electric utility industry, in particular) the breeder program will die. The schedule as of Fall 1976 called for: (1) Fast Flux Test Facility (scheduled to go critical in 1979, operate in 1980); (2) Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project (CRBRP) (1/3 commercial size plant hopefully operating by 1983); (3) Prototype Large Breeder Reactor (planned construction starting in 1981, operating in 1988); and (4) Commercial Breeder Reactor (CBR-1 design work to start in 1983, construction in 1986, and operation in 1993). The $257 million the utility industry has pledged to the CRBRP was just for openers. The $2 billion follow-on breeder project being designed calls for massive capital input from a utility (or utility consortium)--and if that is not forthcoming, then in the words of an ERDA official, ''we'll have to reassess the whole breeder program.''

  16. Tritium conference days

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    This document gathers the slides of the available presentations given during this conference day. Twenty presentations out of 21 are assembled in the document and deal with: 1 - tritium in the environment (J. Garnier-Laplace); 2 - status of knowledge about tritium impact on health (L. Lebaron-Jacobs); 3 - tritium, discrete but present everywhere (M. Sene); 4 - management of tritium effluents from Areva NC La Hague site - related impact and monitoring (P. Devin); 5 - tritium effluents and impact in the vicinity of EDF's power plants (V. Chretien and B. Le Guen); 6 - contribution of CEA-Valduc centre monitoring to the knowledge of atmospheric tritiated water transfers to the different compartments of the environment (P. Guetat); 7 - tritium analysis in environment samples: constraints and means (N. Baglan); 8 - organically-linked tritium: the analyst view (E. Ansoborlo); 9 - study of tritium transfers to plants via OBT/HTOair and OBT/HTOfree (C. Boyer); 10 - tritium in the British Channel (M. Masson and P. Bailly-Du-Bois); 11 - tritium in British coastal waters (S. Jenkinson); 12 - recent results from epidemiology (R. Wakeford); 13 - effects of tritiated thymidine on hematopoietic stem cells (P.H. Romeo); 14 - tritium management issue in Canada: the point of view from authorities (P. Thompson); 15 - experience feedback of the detritiation process of Valduc centre (D. Leterq); 16 - difficulties linked with tritiated wastes confinement (F. Chastagner); 17 - optimisation of tritium management in the ITER project (P. Cortes); 18 - elements of thought about the management of tritium generated by nuclear facilities (M. Philippe); 19 - CIPR's position about the calculation of doses and risks linked with tritium exposure (F. Paquet); 20 - tritium think tanks (M. Fournier). (J.S.)

  17. Recent progress on tritium technology research and development for a fusion reactor in Japan Atomic Energy Agency

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    Hayashi, T.; Nakamura, H.; Kawamura, Y.; Iwai, Y.; Isobe, K.; Yamada, M.; Kurata, R.; Edao, Y. [Tritium Technology Group, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura (Japan); Suzuki, T.; Oyaizu, M.; Yamanishi, T. [Tritium Technology Group, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Rokkasho-mura (Japan)

    2015-03-15

    JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency) manages 2 tritium handling laboratories: Tritium Processing Laboratory (TPL) in Tokai and DEMO-RD building in Rokkasho. TPL has been accumulating a gram level tritium safety handling experiences without any accidental tritium release to the environment for more than 25 years. Recently, our activities have focused on 3 categories, as follows. First, the development of a detritiation system for ITER. This task is the demonstration test of a wet Scrubber Column (SC) as a pilot scale (a few hundreds m{sup 3}/h of processing capacity). Secondly, DEMO-RD tasks are focused on investigating the general issues required for DEMO-RD design, such as structural materials like RAFM (Reduced Activity Ferritic/Martensitic steels) and SiC/SiC, functional materials like tritium breeder and neutron multiplier, and tritium. For the last 4 years, we have spent a lot of time and means to the construction of the DEMO-RD facility and to its licensing, so we have just started the actual research program with tritium and other radioisotopes. This tritium task includes tritium accountancy, tritium basic safety research such as tritium interactions with various materials, which will be used for DEMO-RD and durability. The third category is the recovery work from the Great East Japan earthquake (2011 earthquake). It is worth noting that despite the high magnitude of the earthquake, TPL was able to confine tritium properly without any accidental tritium release.

  18. Tritium contamination control

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    Over the last years, there has been increased importance of tritium (3H or T), the radioactive isotope of hydrogen, in the nuclear power program and environmental studies. Cosmic ray interaction in the atmosphere, nuclear weapons testing, commercial products and nuclear facilities are the sources for environmental tritium. Several routes are available by which tritium as a gas or as tritiated water can reach the body tissues of man. It becomes necessary to constantly control the tritium concentration in the environment. Analytical methods to determine tritium in matrixes such as urine, water, air, fishes by scintillation counting and proportional counting are described. (Author)

  19. Tritium pellet injector results

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    Injection of solid tritium pellets is considered to be the most promising way of fueling fusion reactors. The Tritium Proof-of- Principle (TPOP) experiment has demonstrated the feasibility of forming and accelerating tritium pellets. This injector is based on the pneumatic pipe-gun concept, in which pellets are formed in situ in the barrel and accelerated with high-pressure gas. This injector is ideal for tritium service because there are no moving parts inside the gun and because no excess tritium is required in the pellet production process. Removal of 3He from tritium to prevent blocking of the cryopumping action by the noncondensible gas has been demonstrated with a cryogenic separator. Pellet velocities of 1280 m/s have been achieved for 4-mm-diam by 4-mm-long cylindrical tritium pellets with hydrogen propellant at 6.96 MPa (1000 psi). 10 refs., 10 figs

  20. Tritium production assessment for the DCLL EUROfusion DEMO

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    Palermo, Iole; Rapisarda, David; Fernández-Berceruelo, Iván; Ibarra, Angel

    2016-10-01

    The viability of a fusion reactor is preeminently conditioned by the tritium self-sufficiency. An assessment of different parameters representing the tritium production, as the tritium breeding ratio (TBR), the tritium production rate (TPR) density and their poloidal and radial variations along the PbLi breeder zones has been performed for the last DCLL DEMO designs developed in the frame of the EUROfusion Programme. The final overall value of 1.104 obtained allows accomplishing the fuel self-sufficiency requirement. This TBR value includes not only the contribution of the breeding blanket (BB) modules but also of the back supporting structure (BSS). The BSS design resulted fundamental to reach the 1.1 criterion. Lastly, the influence of the integration in the reactor of the heating and current drive (H&CD) systems that will penetrate the breeder volume has been evaluated. Assuming different configurations for them, the TBR loss has been determined. All the calculations have entailed the use of the particle transport Monte Carlo code MCNP5.

  1. Tritium extraction from neutron-irradiated lithium aluminate

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    Lithium aluminate is being strongly considered as a breeder material because of its thermophysical, chemical and mechanical stability at high temperatures and its favorable irradiation behavior. Furthermore, it is compatible with other blanket and structural materials. In this work, the effects of calcination temperature during preparation, extraction temperature and sweep gas composition were observed. Lithium aluminate prepared by four different methods, was neutron irradiated for 30 minutes at a flux of 1012 -1013 n/cm2 s in the TRIGA Mark III reactor at Salazar, Mexico; and the tritium extraction rate was measured. Calcination temperature do not affect the tritium extraction rate. However, using high calcination temperature, gamma lithium aluminate was formed. The tritium extraction at 600 Centigrade degrees was lower than at 800 Centigrade degrees and the tritium amount extracted by distillation of the solid sample was higher. The sweep gas composition showed that tritium extraction was less with Ar plus 0.5 % H2 that with Ar plus 0.1 % H2. This result was contrary to expected, where the tritium extraction rate could be higher when hydrogen is added to the sweep gas. Probably this effect could be attributed to the gas purity. (Author)

  2. Confinement and Tritium Stripping Systems for APT Tritium Processing

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    This report identifies functions and requirements for the tritium process confinement and clean-up system (PCCS) and provides supporting technical information for the selection and design of tritium confinement, clean-up (stripping) and recovery technologies for new tritium processing facilities in the Accelerator for the Production of Tritium (APT). The results of a survey of tritium confinement and clean-up systems for large-scale tritium handling facilities and recommendations for the APT are also presented

  3. Tritium in metals

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    In this Chapter a review is given of some of the important features of metal tritides as opposed to hydrides and deuterides. After an introduction to the topics of tritium and tritium in metals information will be presented on a variety of metal-tritium systems. Of main interest here are the differences from the classic hydrogen behavior; the so called isotope effect. A second important topic is that of aging effects produced by the accumulation of 3He in the samples. (orig.)

  4. Evaluation of retention and disposal options for tritium in fuel reprocessing

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    Five options were evaluated as means of retaining tritium released from light-water reactor or fast breeder reactor fuel during the head-end steps of a typical Purex reprocessing scheme. Cost estimates for these options were compared with a base case in which no retention of tritium within the facility was obtained. Costs were also estimated for a variety of disposal methods of the retained tritium. The disposal costs were combined with the retention costs to yield total costs (capital plus operating) for retention and disposal of tritium under the conditions envisioned. The above costs were converted to an annual basis and to a dollars per curie retained basis. This then was used to estimate the cost in dollars per man-rem saved by retaining the tritium. Only the options that used the least expensive disposal costs could approach the $1000/man-rem cost used as a guide by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

  5. Tritium recovery in Pb17Li-water cooled blanket systems

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    Malara, C. [Safety Technology Inst., Ispra (Italy); Casini, G. [Systems Engineering & Information Inst., Ispra (Italy); Viola, A. [Univ. of Cagliari (Italy)

    1994-12-31

    The question of tritium recovery in Pb17Li, water cooled blankets is under investigation since several years at JRC Ispra. The method which has been more extensively analyzed is that of slowly circulating the breeder out from the blanket units and of extracting the tritium from it outside the plasma vacuum vessel by helium gas purging in a suited process apparatus. The design features of the process systems are related to: (1) the very low tritium solubility in Pb17Li which implies high permeation rates through the containment structures; (2) the need of keeping as low as possible the tritium concentration in the cooling water both for safety and economical reasons. A computerized model of the tritium behavior in the blanket units and in the extraction system has been developed.

  6. Fusion Breeder Program interim report

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    This interim report for the FY82 Fusion Breeder Program covers work performed during the scoping phase of the study, December, 1981-February 1982. The goals for the FY82 study are the identification and development of a reference blanket concept using the fission suppression concept and the definition of a development plan to further the fusion breeder application. The context of the study is the tandem mirror reactor, but emphasis is placed upon blanket engineering. A tokamak driver and blanket concept will be selected and studied in more detail during FY83

  7. Preliminary neutronics design and analysis of helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Lv, Zhongliang; Chen, Hongli, E-mail: hlchen1@ustc.edu.cn; Chen, Chong; Li, Min; Zhou, Guangming

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Neutronics design of a helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR was presented. • The breeding zones parallel to FW and perpendicular to FW were optimized. • A series of neutronics analyses for the proposed blanket were shown. - Abstract: Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is a test tokamak reactor being designed in China to bridge the gap between ITER and future fusion power plant. Tritium self-sufficiency is one of the most important issues for CFETR and the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) is recommended not less than 1.2. As one of the candidates, a helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR superconducting tokamak option was proposed. In the concept, radial arranged U-shaped breeding zones are adopted for higher TBR and simpler structure. In this work, three-dimensional neutronics design and analysis of the blanket were performed using the Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code MCNP with IAEA data library FENDL-2.1. Tritium breeding capability of the proposed blanket was assessed and the breeding zones parallel to first wall (FW) and perpendicular to FW were optimized. Meanwhile, the nuclear heating analysis and shielding performance were also presented for later thermal and structural analysis. The results showed that the blanket could well meet the tritium self-sufficiency target and the neutron shield could satisfy the design requirements.

  8. Diverse ceramics of lithium synthesized by the combustion method; Diversos ceramicos de litio sintetizados por el metodo de combustion

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    Cruz G, D. [ININ, 52750 La Marquesa, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2006-07-01

    Lithium ceramics would be applied as tritium breeder materials in the future fusion nuclear reactors. The present study shows a modified combustion synthesis to produce lithium ceramics using urea (CO(NH{sub 2}){sub 2}) - oxides (TiO{sub 2}, ZrO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3})- hydroxide (LiOH) mixtures, that differ from the traditional combustion synthesis which utilizes, metal nitrates and fuels (urea/hydrazide, oxalyl dihydrazide, malonic acid dihydrazide, glycine, tetra formal tris azine, etc) mixtures in stoichiometric molar ratios to produce lithium ceramics In the present work, the modified combustion synthesis was performed to produce Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4}, Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3}, {beta}-Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}, m- Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}, and {gamma}-LiAIO{sub 2}. It was necessary to add LiOH excess to balance Li{sub 2}O sublimation. The advantages and disadvantages of the modified combustion synthesis to prepare {beta}-Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} and m-Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} ceramics were also studied. During synthesis were used insoluble oxide compounds. Although thermodynamic properties have been studied extensively from first principles, only limited insight exists about the kinetic properties of decomposition of lithium ceramics. In several works, Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} and Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3} had shown high tritium solubility at lower temperatures than other tritium breeding materials. Therefore, we examined the thermal stability of these lithium silicates. Finally, the effect of 12000 kGy of {gamma} rays irradiation was analyzed in the lithium ceramics produced. The XRD analyses of irradiated samples showed decomposition of Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3} to Li{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 5} due to radiolysis processes. Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} was decomposed to Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3}. {beta}Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} did not decompose under {gamma} irradiation but m-Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} decomposed to ZrO{sub 2}. Finally, {gamma}-LiAIO{sub 2} was stable to {gamma} irradiation. In general, consolidation effects

  9. Production behavior of irradiation defects in solid breeder materials

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    Moriyama, Hirotake; Moritani, Kimikazu [Kyoto Univ. (Japan)

    1998-03-01

    The irradiation effects in solid breeder materials are important for the performance assessment of fusion reactor blanket systems. For a clearer understanding of such effects, we have studied the production behavior of irradiation defects in some lithium ceramics by an in-situ luminescence measurement technique under ion beam irradiation. The luminescence spectra were measured at different temperatures, and the temperature-transient behaviors of luminescence intensity were also measured. The production mechanisms of irradiation defects were discussed on the basis of the observations. (author)

  10. Tritium breeding and release-rate kinetics from neutron-irradiated lithium oxide

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    The research encompasses the measurement of the tritium breeding and release-rate kinetics from lithium oxide, a ceramic tritium-breeding material. A thermal extraction apparatus which allows the accurate measurement of the total tritium inventory and release rate from lithium oxide samples under different temperatures, pressures and carrier-gas compositions with an uncertainty not exceeding 3% was developed. The goal of the Lithium Blanket Module program was to determine if advanced computer codes could accurately predict the tritium production in the lithium oxide blanket of a fusion power plant. A fusion blanket module prototype was built and irradiated with a deuterium-tritium fusion-neutron source. The tritium production throughout the module was modeled with the MCNP three dimensional Monte Carlo code and was compared to the assay of the tritium bred in the module. The MCNP code accurately predicted tritium-breeding trends but underestimated the overall tritium breeding by 30%. The release rate of tritium from small grain polycrystalline sintered lithium oxides with a helium carrier gas from 300 to 450 C was found to be controlled by the first order surface desorption of monotritiated water. When small amounts of hydrogen were added to the helium carrier gas, the first order rate constant increased from the isotopic exchange of hydrogen for tritium at the lithium oxide surface occurring in parallel with the first order desorption process. The isotopic-exchange first order rate constant temperature dependence and hydrogen partial pressure dependence were evaluated

  11. Fast breeder reactor research

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    , Italy, in April or May 1977. Recognizing the importance of international co-ope ration within the framework of IWGFR for preparing surveys, proposals and recommendations concerning sodium cooled fast breeder reactors, the Working Group prepared a number of joint documents with the help of experts from the participating countries, discussed them at the Eighth Annual Meeting and made recommendations on the preparation of subsequent joint documents. (author)

  12. Tritium breeding in fusion reactors

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    Abdou, M.A.

    1982-10-01

    Key technological problems that influence tritium breeding in fusion blankets are reviewed. The breeding potential of candidate materials is evaluated and compared to the tritium breeding requirements. The sensitivity of tritium breeding to design and nuclear data parameters is reviewed. A framework for an integrated approach to improve tritium breeding prediction is discussed with emphasis on nuclear data requirements.

  13. Tritium technology. A Canadian overview

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    An overview of the various tritium research and operational activities in Canada is presented. These activities encompass tritium processing and recovery, tritium interactions with materials, and tritium health and safety. Many of these on-going activities form a sound basis for the tritium use and handling aspects of the ITER project. Tritium management within the CANDU heavy water reactor, associated detritiation facilities, research and development facilities, and commercial industry and improving the understanding of tritium behaviour in humans and the environment remain the focus of a long-standing Canadian interest in tritium. While there have been changes in the application of this knowledge and experience over time, the operating experience and the supporting research and development continue to provide for improved plant and facility operations, an improved understanding of tritium safety issues, and improved products and tools that facilitate tritium management. (author)

  14. Tritium technology. A Canadian overview

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    Hemmings, R.L. [Canatom NPM (Canada)

    2002-10-01

    An overview of the various tritium research and operational activities in Canada is presented. These activities encompass tritium processing and recovery, tritium interactions with materials, and tritium health and safety. Many of these on-going activities form a sound basis for the tritium use and handling aspects of the ITER project. Tritium management within the CANDU heavy water reactor, associated detritiation facilities, research and development facilities, and commercial industry and improving the understanding of tritium behaviour in humans and the environment remain the focus of a long-standing Canadian interest in tritium. While there have been changes in the application of this knowledge and experience over time, the operating experience and the supporting research and development continue to provide for improved plant and facility operations, an improved understanding of tritium safety issues, and improved products and tools that facilitate tritium management. (author)

  15. Tritium catalyzed deuterium tokamaks

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    A preliminary assessment of the promise of the Tritium Catalyzed Deuterium (TCD) tokamak power reactors relative to that of deuterium-tritium (D-T) and catalyzed deuterium (Cat-D) tokamaks is undertaken. The TCD mode of operation is arrived at by converting the 3He from the D(D,n)3He reaction into tritium, by neutron capture in the blanket; the tritium thus produced is fed into the plasma. There are three main parts to the assessment: blanket study, reactor design and economic analysis and an assessment of the prospects for improvements in the performance of TCD reactors (and in the promise of the TCD mode of operation, in general)

  16. Tritium protective clothing

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    Occupational exposures to radiation from tritium received at present nuclear facilities and potential exposures at future fusion reactor facilities demonstrate the need for improved protective clothing. Important areas relating to increased protection factors of tritium protective ventilation suits are discussed. These areas include permeation processes of tritium through materials, various tests of film permeability, selection and availability of suit materials, suit designs, and administrative procedures. The phenomenological nature of film permeability calls for more standardized and universal test methods, which would increase the amount of directly useful information on impermeable materials. Improvements in suit designs could be expedited and better communicated to the health physics community by centralizing devlopmental equipment, manpower, and expertise in the field of tritium protection to one or two authoritative institutions

  17. Trace tritium recovery from the residue of liquid Li17Pb83 alloy

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    2010-01-01

    The liquid Li17Pb83 alloy is a prominent breeder material for use in a fusion reactor.In the design of an effective tritium extraction system for the liquid lithium lead bubbler of the test blanket module of such a reactor,finding ways to strictly limit the losses of tritium and to minimize radioactive risks is very important.For this purpose,the isotope exchange process has been investigated as a means of trace tritium recovery from a model of the residue from Li17Pb83 alloy.The results indicate that the isotope exchange process is an effective means of tritium recovery from the residue of Li17Pb83 alloy,and the optimum composition of the exchange carrier gas is He + 0.1% D2.The exchange temperature and number of exchange steps are the main factors influencing the efficiency of tritium recovery from the residue.Trace tritium recovery efficiency increases with increasing exchange temperature and number of times of exchange.Tritium recovery efficiency can approach 80% when the residue is treated six times at 823 K.A gas-liquid two-phase contact model to describe the proceeding of tritium release from the liquid Li17Pb83 alloy has been derived on the basis of this experiment.

  18. Tritium migration in the materials proposed for fusion reactors: Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} and beryllium

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    Kulsartov, T.V., E-mail: kulsartov@nnc.kz [Institute of Atomic Energy NNC RK, 071100, Krasnoarmeiskay St., 10, Kurchatov (Kazakhstan); Gordienko, Yu.N.; Tazhibayeva, I.L. [Institute of Atomic Energy NNC RK, 071100, Krasnoarmeiskay St., 10, Kurchatov (Kazakhstan); Kenzhin, E.A. [Shakarim Semey State University, 071412, Glinka St., 20b, Semey (Kazakhstan); Barsukov, N.I.; Sadvakasova, A.O. [Institute of Atomic Energy NNC RK, 071100, Krasnoarmeiskay St., 10, Kurchatov (Kazakhstan); Kulsartova, A.V. [Nuclear Technology Safety Center, 050020, L. Chaikina 4, Almaty (Kazakhstan); Zaurbekova, Zh.A. [Institute of Atomic Energy NNC RK, 071100, Krasnoarmeiskay St., 10, Kurchatov (Kazakhstan)

    2013-11-15

    The results of tritium and helium gas release from lithium ceramics samples Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} irradiated at the WWR-K reactor (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and from beryllium samples irradiated at the BN-350 reactor (Aktau, Kazakhstan) and the IVG.1M reactor (Kurchatov, Kazakhstan) are presented. Experimentally obtained thermal desorption (TDS) spectra have shown that the dependence of tritium release from lithium ceramics has a complicated behavior and to a large extent depends on lithium ceramics type. Nevertheless, it was found that the total amount of tritium released from all types of lithium ceramics has the same order of magnitude, equal to about 10{sup 11} Bq/kg. It was found that in the temperature range from 523 K to 1373 K the process of tritium release from lithium ceramics involves volume diffusion and thermoactivated tritium release from the accumulation centers generated under irradiation. TDS of beryllium samples enables us to obtain characteristics of tritium and helium release during linear heating, to determine integrated quantities of generated helium and tritium, and to determine parameters of release processes.

  19. Preliminary tritium safety analysis on China DFLL-TBM for ITER

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    Song Yong [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui, 230031 (China)], E-mail: ysong@ipp.ac.cn; Huang Qunying [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui, 230031 (China); School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, 230027 (China); Ni Muyi [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, 230027 (China); Wang Yongliang [College of Physical Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610064 (China)

    2009-12-15

    The dual-functional lithium-lead test blanket module (DFLL-TBM) system was proposed to be tested in ITER. A tritium permeation model of the entire DFLL-TBM system was developed, and the tritium permeation and inventory in DFLL-TBM system were done based on the model during normal operation. Three classes of off-normal situations had been preliminarily analyzed, i.e. in-vessel TBM coolant leaks, in-TBM breeder box coolant leaks and ex-vessel TBM ancillary coolant leaks. The results showed that some issues required significant R and D effort to guarantee the tritium release to the environment below the allowable level, such as the tritium extraction from LiPb and helium coolant and very efficient detritiation system. And more analyses would be carried in the future to further assess the safety of DFLL-TBM.

  20. Preliminary tritium safety analysis on China DFLL-TBM for ITER

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    The dual-functional lithium-lead test blanket module (DFLL-TBM) system was proposed to be tested in ITER. A tritium permeation model of the entire DFLL-TBM system was developed, and the tritium permeation and inventory in DFLL-TBM system were done based on the model during normal operation. Three classes of off-normal situations had been preliminarily analyzed, i.e. in-vessel TBM coolant leaks, in-TBM breeder box coolant leaks and ex-vessel TBM ancillary coolant leaks. The results showed that some issues required significant R and D effort to guarantee the tritium release to the environment below the allowable level, such as the tritium extraction from LiPb and helium coolant and very efficient detritiation system. And more analyses would be carried in the future to further assess the safety of DFLL-TBM.

  1. Hazards of exposure to tritium and tritium oxide

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    Thompson, R.C.; Kornberg, H.A.

    1954-01-01

    Experimental data pertinent to the evaluation of hazards involved in the exposure of personnel to tritium and tritium oxide are reviewed. Conclusions are drawn and recommendations made with regard to the control of these hazards.

  2. Blanket concept with liquid Li/sub 17/Pb/sub 83/ for tritium breeding in INTOR-NET

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    Airola, J.; Biggio, M.; Casini, G.; Farfaletti-Casali, F.; Li Bassi, P.; Ponti, C.; Rieger, M. (Commission of the European Communities, Ispra (Italy). Joint Research Centre); Piana, C. (Milan Univ. (Italy))

    1984-04-01

    A blanket concept with eutectic Li/sub 17/Pb/sub 83/ as liquid breeder, suited for tritium production in an experimental Tokamak power reactor is outlined and discussed. This design has been developed to satisfy the INTOR-Phase-I specifications, in particular: (I) modular arrangement of the blanket units inside the vacuum vessel; (II) no use of the heat deposited for electricity production, (III) a net tritium breeding of a least 60%. In this article the main results of the neutronics and thermohydraulics analysis are reviewed and the problems identified. Methods to keep liquid in the breeder during operation are proposed and discussed. The consequences of a coolant tube rupture in a breeder unit appears to be the most serious problem.

  3. Status and prospects of thermal breeders

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    The main objective of this cooperative study and of this report is to evaluate the extent to which thermal breeders might complement or serve as an alternative to fast breeders in solving the long-term nuclear fuel supply problem. A secondary objective is to consider in a general way issues such as proliferation, safety, environmental impacts, economics, power plant availability, and fuel cycle versatility to determine whether thermal breeder reactors offer advantages or disadvantages with respect to such issues

  4. Tritium analysis at TFTR

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    The tritium analytical system at TFRR is used to determine the purity of tritium bearing gas streams in order to provide inventory and accountability measurements. The system includes a quadrupole mass spectrometer and beta scintillator originally configured at Monsanto Mound Research Laboratory in the late 1970's and early 1980's. The system was commissioned and tested between 1991 and 1992 and is used daily for analysis of calibration standards, incoming tritium shipments, gases evolved from uranium storage beds and measurement of gases returned to gas holding tanks. The low resolution mass spectrometer is enhanced by the use of a metal getter pump to aid in resolving the mass 3 and 4 species. The beta scintillator complements the analysis as it detects tritium bearing species that often are not easily detected by mass spectrometry such as condensable species or hydrocarbons containing tritium. The instruments are controlled by a personal computer with customized software written with a graphical programming system designed for data acquisition and control. A discussion of the instrumentation, control systems, system parameters, procedural methods, algorithms, and operational issues will be presented. Measurements of gas holding tanks and tritiated water waste streams using ion chamber instrumentation are discussed elsewhere

  5. Tritium - is it underestimated

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    Practical experience in the use of the Whitlock Tritium Meter in various laboratories and industrial establishments throughout the world has shown that:-a) Measurements by smear/wipe tests can often be in error by three orders of magnitude or more; b) Sub-visual surface scratches (8μ deep) are radiologically important; c) Volatile forms of tritium exist in 20% to 30% of establishments visited. It is concluded that a) the widespread use of smear/wipe techniques for the assessment of 3H surface contamination based on the assumption that 10% of removable activity is collected by the smear/wipe should be re-examined and b) tritium surface contamination assessed as 'fixed' can contain volatile fractions with a hazard potential which may be considerably greater than the hazard from removable activity at present covered by maximum permissible level recommendations. (H.K.)

  6. An evaluation of retention and disposal options for tritium in fuel reprocessing

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    Benjamin, R.W. [E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River Lab.; Hampson, D.C. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1987-12-31

    This report assesses the possible options for retention of tritium and its ultimate disposal during future reprocessing of irradiated oxide fuels discharged from light water reactors (LWRs) and liquid metal fast breeder reactors (LMFBRs). The assessment includes an appraisal of the state of the retention and disposal options, an estimate of the dose commitments to the general public, an estimation of the incremental costs of the several retention and disposal options, and the potential reduction of the dose commitments resulting from retention and disposal of the tritium. The assessment is based upon an extensive study of tritium retention in reprocessing completed in 1982 by Grimes et al. Two plants were assumed, one to process LWR oxide fuel and the other to process LMFBR fuel. In each base case plant the tritium was vaporized to the atmosphere. Each of the hypothetical plants was assumed to be constructed during the 1990`s and to operate for a 20-year lifetime beginning in the year 2000 at a rate of 1,500 metric tons of heavy metal (MTHM) per 300-d year. In addition to the base case (Case 1), six other cases which included tritium retention options were examined. Although many of the features of the base-case plants remain unchanged in the tritium retention options, each case requires some additions, deletions, and modifications of portions of the plants. The retained tritium must also be managed and disposed of in a manner that is environmentally acceptable.

  7. Breeder Reactors, Understanding the Atom Series.

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    Mitchell, Walter, III; Turner, Stanley E.

    The theory of breeder reactors in relationship to a discussion of fission is presented. Different kinds of reactors are characterized by the cooling fluids used, such as liquid metal, gas, and molten salt. The historical development of breeder reactors over the past twenty-five years includes specific examples of reactors. The location and a brief…

  8. Tritium retention in TFTR

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    This report discusses the materials physics related to D-T operation in TFTR. Research activities are described pertaining to basic studies of hydrogenic retention in graphite, hydrogen recycling phenomena, first-wall and limiter conditioning, surface analysis of TFTR first-wall components, and estimates of the tritium inventory

  9. Production of {sup 4}He and tritium from Be in the COBRA-1A2 irradiation

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    Greenwood, L.R. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1998-03-01

    The production of {sup 4}He and tritium has been calculated for beryllium irradiated in the COBRA-1A2 experiment in the Experimental Breeder Reactor II. Reaction rates were based on adjusted neutron spectra determined from reactor dosimetry measurements at three different elevations in the region of the beryllium capsules. Equations are given so that gas production can be calculated for any specific capsule elevation.

  10. The gas-cooled Li2O moderator/breeder canister blanket for fusion-synfuels

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    A new integrated power and breeding blanket is described. The blanket incorporates features that make it suitable for synthetic fuel production. It is matched to the thermal and electrical requirements of the General Atomic water-splitting process for producing hydrogen. The fusion reaction is the Tandem Mirror Reactor (TMR) using Mirror Advanced Reactor Study (MARS) physics. The canister blanket is a high temperature, pressure balanced, crossflow heat exchanger contained within a low activity, independently cooled, moderate temperature, first wall structural envelope. The canister uses Li2O as the moderator/breeder and helium as the coolant. ''In situ'' tritium control, combined with slip stream processing and self-healing permeation barriers, assures a hydrogen product essentially free of tritium. The blanket is particularly adapted to synfuels production but is equally useful for electricity production or co-generation

  11. Research and development on liquid Pb-17Li breeder in europe

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    Casini, G.; Sannier, J.

    1991-03-01

    Research on eutectic Pb-17Li is part of the blanket studies carried-out in the frame of the EC-Fusion Technology Programme. Two blanket concepts using liquid Pb-17Li as breeder, one water-cooled and the other self-cooled, are being investigated and are among the candidates for testing in the Next Step machines. After a brief recall of the main features of both concepts, the paper presents the progress on the Pb-17Li data base acquisition, namely: — thermophysical properties, — solubility of metallic and non metallic elements (with a special attention to tritium), — chemical reactivity, — corrosion of structural materials and related mechanical effects, — tritium production and recovery.

  12. Research and development on liquid Pb-17Li breeder in Europe

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    Casini, G. (Commission of the European Communities, Ispra (Italy). Joint Research Centre); Sannier, J. (CEA Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Fontenay-aux-Roses, 92 (France). Inst. de Recherche Technologique et de Developpement Industriel (IRDI))

    Research on eutectic Pb-17Li is part of the blanket studies carried-out in the frame of the EC-Fusion Technology Programme. Two blanket concepts using liquid Pb-17Li as breeder, one water-cooled and the other self-cooled, are being investigated and are among the candidates for testing in the Next Step machines. After a brief recall of the main features of both concepts, the paper presents the progress on the Pb-17Li data base acquisition, namely: - thermophysical properties, - solubility of metallic and non metallic elements (with a special attention to tritium), - chemical reactivity, - corrosion of structural materials and related mechanical effects, - tritium production and recovery. (orig.).

  13. Tritium Exchange in Biological Systems

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    Whenever tritium-labelled water is employed as a test solute or tracer in biological systems, an appreciable exchange between tritium and labile hydrogen atoms occurs that frequently affects the nature and interpretation of experimental results. The studies reported here are concerned with the magnitude of the effect that tritium exchange introduces into measurements of total body water and water metabolism in animals and humans. Direct measurements of exchange were made in rats, guinea pigs, pigeons, and rabbits. Tritium-labelled water was administered intravenously or by mouth, and tritium space and turnover determined from the concentration of tritium in blood. The animals were then desiccated to constant weight in vacuo. The specific activity of water collected periodically during desiccation increased by 50% as a result of isotope effects. Water from combustion of dried rabbit tissues contained about 2% of the tritium originally given to the animal. Adipose tissue alone contained little or no exchange tritium. The dried tissues of the other animals were rehydrated with inactive water and the appearance of tritium in the water observed. The specific activity of the water increased in exponential fashion, i.e., 1-exp. (kt), with about 90% of exchange occurring with a half-time of 1 h, and the remaining 10% with a half-time of 10 h. The total tritium extracted accounted for 1.5 to 3.5% of the dose given to the animal, which agrees with the difference between the tritium space and total body water determined by desiccation. An indirect estimate of exchange in humans was derived from concurrent measurements of tritium and antipyrene spaces. The average difference of about 2% in water volume agrees with the direct estimates of exchanges in animals. It is evident that tritium space should be reduced by about 2% to identify it with total body water. The magnitude and relatively slow rate of exchange may also influence the interpretation of metabolic studies with

  14. Fast breeder reactor protection system

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    van Erp, J.B.

    1973-10-01

    Reactor protection is provided for a liquid-metal-fast breeder reactor core by measuring the coolant outflow temperature from each of the subassemblies of the core. The outputs of the temperature sensors from a subassembly region of the core containing a plurality of subassemblies are combined in a logic circuit which develops a scram alarm if a predetermined number of the sensors indicate an over temperature condition. The coolant outflow from a single subassembly can be mixed with the coolant outflow from adjacent subassemblies prior to the temperature sensing to increase the sensitivity of the protection system to a single subassembly failure. Coherence between the sensors can be required to discriminate against noise signals. (Official Gazette)

  15. Breeder nutrition and offspring performance

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    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Vertical integration in poultry industry strongly emphasizes the importance of cost control at all levels. In the usual broiler production operations, the costs involved with the production of the hatching egg or the day old chick are negligible if seen in the perspective of the cost per kg of live bird. From a research point of view, anyway, the greatest attention is usually given to the performance of broiler breeders, and most of the research in the field is focused on the improvement of their relative performance, mainly in terms of saleable chicks produced per hen, while less attention has been given to the quality of the chick and to the improvement of its growth performances, even if these last parameters have an effective impact on the overall economics of the poultry growing business. Most of the data available is quite dated, as can be seen from some recent reviews, and in general little attention is given to the impact of parental nutrition on the subsequent broiler performance. It is in fact more usual to find data about dam nutrition influence on egg fertility and hatchability than on subsequent progeny performance. The objectives of this review were to assess, on the basis of published reports, the effects of selected nutrients and anti-nutrients normally prevailing in commercial broiler breeder feeds - vitamins, micro-minerals, mycotoxins, - trying to pinpoint which could be the positive and the negative effects of both on the subsequent broiler performance, with a particular attention to the impact on immune function and carcass yield.

  16. Universal tritium transmitter

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    At the Savannah River Site and throughout the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) tritium is measured using Ion or Kanne Chambers. Tritium flowing through an Ion Chamber emits beta particles generating current flow proportional to tritium radioactivity. Currents in the 1 x 10-15 A to 1 x 10-6 A are measured. The distance between the Ion Chamber and the electrometer in NNSA facilities can be over 100 feet. Currents greater than a few micro-amperes can be measured with a simple modification. Typical operating voltages of 500 to 1000 Volts and piping designs require that the Ion Chamber be connected to earth ground. This grounding combined with long cable lengths and low currents requires a very specialized preamplifier circuit. In addition, the electrometer must be able to supply 'fail safe' alarm signals which are used to alert personnel of a tritium leak, trigger divert systems preventing tritium releases to the environment and monitor stack emissions as required by the United States federal Government and state governments. Ideally the electrometer would be 'self monitoring'. Self monitoring would reduce the need for constant checks by maintenance personnel. For example at some DOE facilities monthly calibration and alarm checks must be performed to ensure operation. NNSA presently uses commercially available electrometers designed specifically for this critical application. The problems with these commercial units include: ground loops, high background currents, inflexibility and susceptibility to Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) which includes RF and Magnetic fields. Existing commercial electrometers lack the flexibility to accommodate different Ion Chamber designs required by the gas pressure, type of gas and range. Ideally the electrometer could be programmed for any expected gas, range and high voltage output. Commercially available units do not have 'fail safe' self monitoring capability. Electronics used to measure extremely low current must have

  17. Tritium in the aquatic environment

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    Tritium is of environmental importance because it is released from nuclear facilities in relatively large quantities and because it has a half life of 12.26 y. Most of the tritium released into the atmosphere eventually reaches the aqueous environment, where it is rapidly taken up by aquatic organisms. This paper reviews the current literature on tritium in the aquatic environment. Conclusions from the review, which covered studies of algae, aquatic macrophytes, invertebrates, fish, and the food chain, were that aquatic organisms incorporate tritium into their tissue-free water very rapidly and reach concentrations near those of the external medium. The rate at which tritium from tritiated water is incorporated into the organic matter of cells is slower than the rate of its incorporation into the tissue-free water. If organisms consume tritiated food, incorporation of tritium into the organic matter is faster, and a higher tritium concentration is reached than when the organisms are exposed to only tritiated water alone. Incorporation of tritium bound to molecules into the organic matter depends on the chemical form of the ''carrier'' molecule. No evidence was found that biomagnification of tritium occurs at higher trophic levels. Radiation doses from tritium releases to large populations of humans will most likely come from the consumption of contaminated water rather than contaminated aquatic food products

  18. Tritium. Today's and tomorrow's developments

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    Radioactive hydrogen isotope, tritium is one of the radionuclides which is the most released in the environment during the normal operation of nuclear facilities. The increase of nuclear activities and the development of future generations of reactors, like the EPR and ITER, would lead to a significant increase of tritium effluents in the atmosphere and in the natural waters, thus raising many worries and questions. Aware about the importance of this question, the national association of local information commissions (ANCLI) wished to make a status of the existing knowledge concerning tritium and organized in 2008 a colloquium at Orsay (France) with an inquiring approach. The scientific committee of the ANCLI, renowned for its expertise skills, mobilized several nuclear specialists to carry out this thought. This book represents a comprehensive synthesis of today's knowledge about tritium, about its management and about its impact on the environment and on human health. Based on recent scientific data and on precise examples, it treats of the overall questions raised by this radionuclide: 1 - tritium properties and different sources (natural and anthropic), 2 - the problem of tritiated wastes management; 3 - the bio-availability and bio-kinetics of the different tritium species; 4 - the tritium labelling of environments; 5 - tritium measurement and modeling of its environmental circulation; 6 - tritium radio-toxicity and its biological and health impacts; 7 - the different French and/or international regulations concerning tritium. (J.S.)

  19. Tritium in the aquatic environment

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    Blaylock, B.G.; Hoffman, F.O.; Frank, M.L.

    1986-02-01

    Tritium is of environmental importance because it is released from nuclear facilities in relatively large quantities and because it has a half life of 12.26 y. Most of the tritium released into the atmosphere eventually reaches the aqueous environment, where it is rapidly taken up by aquatic organisms. This paper reviews the current literature on tritium in the aquatic environment. Conclusions from the review, which covered studies of algae, aquatic macrophytes, invertebrates, fish, and the food chain, were that aquatic organisms incorporate tritium into their tissue-free water very rapidly and reach concentrations near those of the external medium. The rate at which tritium from tritiated water is incorporated into the organic matter of cells is slower than the rate of its incorporation into the tissue-free water. If organisms consume tritiated food, incorporation of tritium into the organic matter is faster, and a higher tritium concentration is reached than when the organisms are exposed to only tritiated water alone. Incorporation of tritium bound to molecules into the organic matter depends on the chemical form of the ''carrier'' molecule. No evidence was found that biomagnification of tritium occurs at higher trophic levels. Radiation doses from tritium releases to large populations of humans will most likely come from the consumption of contaminated water rather than contaminated aquatic food products.

  20. Helium-cooled molten-salt fusion breeder

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    We present a new conceptual design for a fusion reactor blanket that is intended to produce fissile material for fission power plants. Fast fission is suppressed by using beryllium instead of uranium to multiply neutrons. Thermal fission is suppressed by minimizing the fissile inventory. The molten-salt breeding medium (LiF + BeF2 + ThF4) is circulated through the blanket and to the on-line processing system where 233U and tritium are continuously removed. Helium cools the blanket and the austenitic steel tubes that contain the molten salt. Austenitic steel was chosen because of its ease of fabrication, adequate radiation-damage lifetime, and low corrosion by molten salt. We estimate that a breeder having 3000 MW of fusion power will produce 6500 kg of 233U per year. This amount is enough to provide makeup for 20 GWe of light-water reactors per year or twice that many high-temperature gas-cooled reactors or Canadian heavy-water reactors. Safety is enhanced because the afterheat is low and blanket materials do not react with air or water. The fusion breeder based on a pre-MARS tandem mirror is estimated to cost $4.9B or 2.35 times a light-water reactor of the same power. The estimated cost of the 233U produced is $40/g for fusion plants costing 2.35 times that of a light-water reactor if utility owned or $16/g if government owned

  1. Comparison of early socialization practices used for litters of small-scale registered dog breeders and nonregistered dog breeders.

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    Korbelik, Juraj; Rand, Jacquie S; Morton, John M

    2011-10-15

    OBJECTIVE-To compare early socialization practices between litters of breeders registered with the Canine Control Council (CCC) and litters of nonregistered breeders advertising puppies for sale in a local newspaper. DESIGN-Retrospective cohort study. Animals-80 litters of purebred and mixed-breed dogs from registered (n = 40) and non-registered (40) breeders. PROCEDURES-Registered breeders were randomly selected from the CCC website, and nonregistered breeders were randomly selected from a weekly advertising newspaper. The litter sold most recently by each breeder was then enrolled in the study. Information pertaining to socialization practices for each litter was obtained through a questionnaire administered over the telephone. RESULTS-Registered breeders generally had more breeding bitches and had more litters than did nonregistered breeders. Litters of registered breeders were more likely to have been socialized with adult dogs, people of different appearances, and various environmental stimuli, compared with litters of nonregistered breeders. Litters from registered breeders were also much less likely to have been the result of an unplanned pregnancy. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE-Among those breeders represented, litters of registered breeders received more socialization experience, compared with litters of nonregistered breeders. People purchasing puppies from nonregistered breeders should focus on socializing their puppies between the time of purchase and 14 weeks of age. Additional research is required to determine whether puppies from nonregistered breeders are at increased risk of behavioral problems and are therefore more likely to be relinquished to animal shelters or euthanized, relative to puppies from registered breeders. PMID:21985351

  2. Tritium neutrino mass experiments

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    The current status of the experimental search for neutrino mass is reviewed, with emphasis on direct kinematic methods, such as the beta decay of tritium. The situation concerning the electron neutrino mass as measured in tritium beta decay is essentially unchanged from a year ago, although a great deal of experimental work is in progress. The ITEP group continues to find evidence for a nonzero mass, now slightly revised to 26(5) eV. After correcting for recently discovered errors in the energy loss distribution and source thickness, however, the Z/umlt u/rich group still claims and upper limit of 18 eV. There may be evidence for neutrino mass and mixing in the SN1987a data, in the same range suggested by the ITEP experiment. 42 refs., 3 figs

  3. DT neutron irradiation experiment for evaluation of tritium recovery from WCCB blanket

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    Ochiai, Kentaro, E-mail: ochiai.kentaro@jaea.go.jp [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki (Japan); Kawamura, Yoshinori [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki (Japan); Hoshino, Tsuyoshi [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Rokkasho-mura, Kamikita-gun, Aomori (Japan); Edao, Yuki; Takakura, Kosuke; Ohta, Masayuki; Sato, Satoshi; Konno, Chikara [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • We have performed the tritium recovery experiment with the DT neutron source. • The recovered tritium corresponded to the calculated tritium production. • The recovered HTO was recovered at lower temperature and high water moisture. • The recovered HT increases at higher temperature and dry hydrogen circumstance. - Abstract: The Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} is one of candidate breeding materials of a water cooled ceramic breeding (WCCB) blanket. In order to clarify the tritium recovery property of the WCCB blanket with the Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} breeding material, we have performed the tritium recovery online experiment with the DT neutron source at the Fusion Neutronics Source facility in Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA-FNS). We irradiated an experimental assembly simulating the WCCB blanket and recovered the tritium recovered from the Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} pebbles put into the assembly with a heater system, sweep gases and bubblers. The activity of the recovered tritium was measured with a liquid scintillation counter. From our tritium recovery online experiment and calculation, the followings were found out: (1) the recovered tritium corresponded to the calculated tritium production within the experimental error in the range of 573–1073 K and (2) the recovered HTO tended to be easily recovered at lower temperature and high water moisture. The recovered HT increases at higher temperature and dry hydrogen circumstance. However, the maximum level of the tritium gas recovery is around 90% even at higher temperature and 1% H{sub 2} circumstance.

  4. Breeder reactor fuel fabrication system development

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    Significant progress has been made in the design and development of remotely operated breeder reactor fuel fabrication and support systems (e.g., analytical chemistry). These activities are focused by the Secure Automated Fabrication (SAF) Program sponsored by the Department of Energy to provide: a reliable supply of fuel pins to support US liquid metal cooled breeder reactors and at the same time demonstrate the fabrication of mixed uranium/plutonium fuel by remotely operated and automated methods

  5. Portfolio: Ceramics.

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    Hardy, Jane; And Others

    1982-01-01

    Describes eight art activities using ceramics. Elementary students created ceramic tiles to depict ancient Egyptian and medieval European art, made ceramic cookie stamps, traced bisque plates on sketch paper, constructed clay room-tableaus, and designed clay relief masks. Secondary students pit-fired ceramic pots and designed ceramic Victorian…

  6. Investigation and design of the dismantling process for irradiation capsules containing tritium. 1. Conceptual investigation and basic design

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    In-pile functional tests of tritium breeding blankets for fusion reactors have been planned by Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), using a test blanket module (TBM) which will be loaded in ITER. In preparation for the in-pile functional tests, JAEA has been being performed irradiation experiments of solid breeder materials including Li2TiO3, which is the first candidate of tritium breeder materials for the blanket of the demonstration reactor (DEMO) in a water-cooled solid-breeder design concept in Japan. The present report describes conceptual investigation and basic design of the dismantling process for irradiation capsules which were used in irradiation experiments by the Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR) of JAEA. An irradiation capsule to be dismantled is comprised of a cylindrical outer-container (65mm in outer diameter) and an inner-container which is loaded with Li2TiO3 pebbles. In the present design, the irradiation capsule is cut by a band saw; the released tritium is recovered safely by a purge-gas system, and is consolidated into a radioactive waste form. Furthermore, an inner-box enclosing the dismantling apparatus has been designed as a safety countermeasure of possible tritium release from the dismantling apparatus in accidental events. The adoption of the inner-box has brought a prospect to be able to utilize an existing hot cell (β γ cell) equipped with usual wall material permeable to tritium, without extensive refurbishing of the cell. Thus, the present study has indicated the feasibility of the dismantling process for the irradiated JMTR capsules containing tritium. The results of the present investigation and design will contribute to the design of the TBM structure and to the planning of the dismantling process of the TBM. (author)

  7. Measurement of tritium production rate distribution in natural LiAlO{sub 2}/HDPE assembly irradiated by D-T neutrons

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    Jakhar, Shrichand, E-mail: shrichand.s@gmail.com [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428 (India); Abhangi, Mitul; Rao, C.V.S.; Basu, T.K. [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428 (India); Bhade, Sonali P.D.; Reddy, Priyanka J. [Radiation Safety Systems Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Trombay, Mumbai (India)

    2012-02-15

    A neutronics experiment was performed to measure the tritium production rate (TPR) profile in the breeder assembly with LiAlO{sub 2} as breeder and high density polyethylene (HDPE) as neutron reflector. The breeder assembly was irradiated with 14 MeV neutrons from DT neutron generator at IPR Neutronics Laboratory. The objective of the experiment was to validate the tritium production prediction capability of the Monte-Carlo code MCNP and FENDL 2.1 data library. The tritium production rate profile in the breeding assembly was measured by irradiating Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} pellets kept at various locations and then tritium counting liquid scintillation technique. Experiment was analyzed with 3D Monte-Carlo code MCNP with FENDL 2.1 cross-section data library. The calculation results were found to agree with the measured tritium production rates except one point near to the source. This experiment is a starting experiment in the series of benchmark experiments for the Indian Demo breeding blanket.

  8. TRITIUM ACCOUNTANCY IN FUSION SYSTEMS

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    Klein, J. E.; Farmer, D. A.; Moore, M. L.; Tovo, L. L.; Poore, A. S.; Clark, E. A.; Harvel, C. D.

    2014-03-06

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has clearly defined requirements for nuclear material control and accountability (MC&A) of tritium whereas the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) does not since tritium is not a fissile material. MC&A requirements are expected for tritium fusion machines and will be dictated by the host country or regulatory body where the machine is operated. Material Balance Areas (MBAs) are defined to aid in the tracking and reporting of nuclear material movements and inventories. Material subaccounts (MSAs) are established along with key measurement points (KMPs) to further subdivide a MBA to localize and minimize uncertainties in the inventory difference (ID) calculations for tritium accountancy. Fusion systems try to minimize tritium inventory which may require continuous movement of material through the MSAs. The ability of making meaningful measurements of these material transfers is described in terms of establishing the MSA structure to perform and reconcile ID calculations. For fusion machines, changes to the traditional ID equation will be discussed which includes breading, burn-up, and retention of tritium in the fusion device. The concept of “net” tritium quantities consumed or lost in fusion devices is described in terms of inventory taking strategies and how it is used to track the accumulation of tritium in components or fusion machines.

  9. Tritium accountancy in fusion systems

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    Klein, J.E.; Clark, E.A.; Harvel, C.D.; Farmer, D.A.; Tovo, L.L.; Poore, A.S. [Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC (United States); Moore, M.L. [Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Aiken, SC (United States)

    2015-03-15

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has clearly defined requirements for nuclear material control and accountability (MCA) of tritium whereas the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) does not since tritium is not a fissile material. MCA requirements are expected for tritium fusion machines and will be dictated by the host country or regulatory body where the machine is operated. Material Balance Areas (MBA) are defined to aid in the tracking and reporting of nuclear material movements and inventories. Material sub-accounts (MSA) are established along with key measurement points (KMP) to further subdivide a MBA to localize and minimize uncertainties in the inventory difference (ID) calculations for tritium accountancy. Fusion systems try to minimize tritium inventory which may require continuous movement of material through the MSA. The ability of making meaningful measurements of these material transfers is described in terms of establishing the MSA structure to perform and reconcile ID calculations. For fusion machines, changes to the traditional ID equation will be discussed which includes breeding, burn-up, and retention of tritium in the fusion device. The concept of 'net' tritium quantities consumed or lost in fusion devices is described in terms of inventory taking strategies and how it is used to track the accumulation of tritium in components or fusion machines. (authors)

  10. Tritium-surface interactions

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    The report deals broadly with tritium-surface interactions as they relate to a fusion power reactor enterprise, viz., the vacuum chamber, first wall, peripherals, pumping, fuel recycling, isotope separation, repair and maintenance, decontamination and safety. The main emphasis is on plasma-surface interactions and the selection of materials for fusion chamber duty. A comprehensive review of the international (particularly U.S.) research and development is presented based upon a literature review (about 1 000 reports and papers) and upon visits to key laboratories, Sandia, Albuquerque, Sandia, Livermore and EGβG Idaho. An inventory of Canadian expertise and facilities for RβD on tritium-surface interactions is also presented. A number of proposals are made for the direction of an optimal Canadian RβD program, emphasizing the importance of building on strength in both the technological and fundamental areas. A compendium of specific projects and project areas is presented dealing primarily with plasma-wall interactions and permeation, anti-permeation materials and surfaces and health, safety and environmental considerations. Potential areas of industrial spinoff are identified

  11. A Feasible DEMO Blanket Concept Based on Water Cooled Solid Breeder

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    Full text: JAEA has conducted the conceptual design study of blanket for a fusion DEMO reactor SlimCS. Considering DEMO specific requirements, we place emphasis on a blanket concept with durability to severe irradiation, ease of fabrication for mass production, operation temperature of blanket materials, and maintainability using remote handling equipment. This paper present a promising concept satisfying these requirements, which is characterized by minimized welding lines near the front, a simplified blanket interior consisting of cooling tubes and a mixed pebble bed of breeder and neutron multiplier, and approximately the same outlet temperature for all blanket modules. Neutronics calculation indicated that the blanket satisfies a self-sufficient production of tritium. An important finding is that little decrease is seen in tritium breeding ratio even when the gap between neighboring blanket modules is as wide as 0.03 m. This means that blanket modules can be arranged with such a significant clearance gap without sacrifice of tritium production, which will facilitate the access of remote handling equipment for replacement of the blanket modules and improve the access of diagnostics. (author)

  12. Accelerator breeder with uranium, thorium target

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    An accelerator breeder, that uses a low-enriched fuel as the target material, can produce substantial amounts of fissile material and electric power. A study of H2O- and D2O-cooled, UO2, U, (depleted U), or thorium indicates that U-metal fuel produces a good fissile production rate and electrical power of about 60% higher than UO2 fuel. Thorium fuel has the same order of magnitude as UO2 fuel for fissile-fuel production, but the generating electric power is substantially lower than in a UO2 reactor. Enriched UO2 fuel increases the generating electric power but not the fissile-material production rate. The Na-cooled breeder target has many advantages over the H2O-cooled breeder target

  13. Improved fuel element for fast breeder reactor

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    The invention, in which the United States Department of Energy has participated as co-inventor, relates to breeder reactor fuel elements, and specifically to such elements incorporating 'getters', hereafter designated as fission product traps. The main object of the invention is the construction of a fast breeder reactor fuel pin, free from local stresses induced in the cladding by reactions with cesium. According to the invention, the fast breeder fuel element includes a cladding tube, sealed at both ends by a plug, and containing a fissile stack and a fertile stack, characterized by the interposition of a cesium trap between the fissile and fertile stacks. The trap is effective at reactor operating temperatures in retaining and separating the cesium generated in the fissile material and preventing cesium reaction with the fertile stack. Depending on the construction method adopted, the trap may consists of a low density titanium oxide or niobium oxide pellet

  14. Tritium monitoring at the Sandia Tritium Research Laboratory

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    Devlin, T.K.

    1978-10-01

    Sandia Laboratories at Livermore, California, is presently beginning operation of a Tritium Research Laboratory (TRL). The laboratory incorporates containment and cleanup facilities such that any unscheduled tritium release is captured rather than vented to the atmosphere. A sophisticated tritium monitoring system is in use at the TRL to protect operating personnel and the environment, as well as ensure the safe and effective operation of the TRL decontamination systems. Each monitoring system has, in addition to a local display, a display in a centralized control room which, when coupled room which, when coupled with the TRL control computer, automatically provides an immediate assessment of the status of the entire facility. The computer controls a complex alarm array status of the entire facility. The computer controls a complex alarm array and integrates and records all operational and unscheduled tritium releases.

  15. Coatings for fast breeder reactor components

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    Several types of metallurgical coatings are used in the unique environments of the fast breeder reactor. Most of the coatings have been developed for tribological applications, but some also serve as corrosion barriers, diffusion barriers, or radionuclide traps. The materials that have consistently given the best performance as tribological coatings in the breeder reactor environments have been coatings based on chromium carbide, nickel aluminide, or Tribaloy 700 (a nickel-base hard-facing alloy). Other coatings that have been qualified for limited applications include chromium plating for low temperature galling protection and nickel plating for radionuclide trapping

  16. Fast breeder reactors an engineering introduction

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    Judd, A M

    1981-01-01

    Fast Breeder Reactors: An Engineering Introduction is an introductory text to fast breeder reactors and covers topics ranging from reactor physics and design to engineering and safety considerations. Reactor fuels, coolant circuits, steam plants, and control systems are also discussed. This book is comprised of five chapters and opens with a brief summary of the history of fast reactors, with emphasis on international and the prospect of making accessible enormous reserves of energy. The next chapter deals with the physics of fast reactors and considers calculation methods, flux distribution,

  17. Tritium Plasma Experiment Upgrade for Fusion Tritium and Nuclear Sciences

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    Shimada, Masashi; Taylor, Chase N.; Kolasinski, Robert D.; Buchenauer, Dean A.

    2015-11-01

    The Tritium Plasma Experiment (TPE) is a unique high-flux linear plasma device that can handle beryllium, tritium, and neutron-irradiated plasma facing materials, and is the only existing device dedicated to directly study tritium retention and permeation in neutron-irradiated materials [M. Shimada et.al., Rev. Sci. Instru. 82 (2011) 083503 and and M. Shimada, et.al., Nucl. Fusion 55 (2015) 013008]. Recently the TPE has undergone major upgrades in its electrical and control systems. New DC power supplies and a new control center enable remote plasma operations from outside of the contamination area for tritium, minimizing the possible exposure risk with tritium and beryllium. We discuss the electrical upgrade, enhanced operational safety, improved plasma performance, and development of tritium plasma-driven permeation and optical spectrometer system. This upgrade not only improves operational safety of the worker, but also enhances plasma performance to better simulate extreme plasma-material conditions expected in ITER, Fusion Nuclear Science Facility (FNSF), and Demonstration reactor (DEMO). This work was prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, under the DOE Idaho Field Office contract number DE-AC07-05ID14517.

  18. Status and prospects of advanced fissile fuel breeders

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    Fusion--fission hybrid systems, fast breeder systems, and accelerator breeder systems were compared on a common basis using a simple economic model. Electricity prices based on system capital costs only were computed, and were plotted as functions of five key breeder system parameters. Nominally, hybrid system electricity costs were about twenty-five percent lower than fast breeder system electricity costs, and fast breeder system electricity costs were about forty percent lower than accelerator breeder system electricity costs. In addition, hybrid system electricity costs were very insensitive to key parameter variations on the average, fast breeder system electricity costs were moderately sensitive to key parameter variations on the average, and accelerator breeder system electricity costs were the most sensitive to key parameter variations on the average

  19. Detaching test of an irradiated mock-up containing with tritium from the core of JMTR

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    The second in-situ irradiation experiment using a mock-up (ORIENT-II, JMTR capsule Number: 99M-54J) with a tritium breeder (Li2TiO3) pebble bed in the Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR) was finished on Aug. 1, 2006. Correspondingly an investigation on the detaching procedure of the irradiated mock-up containing with tritium was carried out, followed by the actual detaching test of this mock-up. Firstly, tritium removal characteristics were studied for the irradiated mock-up, the sweep gas tube, the protective tube and the junction box, Out-of pile melting/enclosing tests of the sealing plug were also carried out for prevention of tritium leakage from sweep gas lines of Li2TiO3 pebble bed. From the results, tritium release amount were estimated during the detaching test of the real irradiated mock-up was estimated, and the melting/enclosing procedures of sealing plug were fixed. Then, the actual detaching test of the Li2TiO3 pebble bed was carried out. The tritium release to the area of detaching test was favorably suppressed, decreased, and the irradiated mock-up was safely detached from the core of JMTR as planned. This report describes the results of 1) tritium removal tests for the sweep gas line and the protective tube, 2) out-of pile melting/enclosing test of the sealing plug, 3) examination of the detaching procedure before the detaching test of the irradiated mock-up, and 4) the actual detaching test, as well as knowledge obtained from these tests and works. (author)

  20. A review of fusion breeder blanket technology, part 1

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    This report presents the results of a study of fusion breeder blanket technology. It reviews the role of the breeder blanket, the current understanding of the scientific and engineering bases of liquid metal and solid breeder blankets and the programs now underway internationally to resolve the uncertainities in current knowledge. In view of existing national expertise and experience, a solid breeder R and D program for Canada is recommended

  1. Tritium in fusion reactor components

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    When tritium is used in a fusion energy experiment or reactor, several implications affect and usually restrict the design and operation of the system and involve questions of containment, inventory, and radiation damage. Containment is expected to be particularly important both for high-temperature components and for those components that are prone to require frequent maintenance. Inventory is currently of major significance in cases where safety and environmental considerations limit the experiments to very low levels of tritium. Fewer inventory restrictions are expected as fusion experiments are placed in more-remote locations and as the fusion community gains experience with the use of tritium. However, the advent of power-producing experiments with high-duty cycle will again lead to serious difficulties based principally on tritium availability; cyclic operations with significant regeneration times are the principal problems

  2. Tritium transport around nuclear faciliteis

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    The transport and cycling of tritium around nuclear facilities is reviewed with special emphasis on studies at the Savannah River Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina. These studies have shown that the rate of deposition from the atmosphere, the site of deposition, and the subsequent cycling are strongly influenced by the compound with which the tritium is associated. Tritiated hydrogen is largely deposited in the soil, while tritiated water is deposited in the greatest quantity in the vegetation. Tritiated hydrogen is converted in the soil to tritiated water that leaves the soil slowly, through drainage and transpiration. Tritiated water deposited directly to the vegetation leaves the vegetation more rapidly after exposure. Only a small part of the tritium entering the vegetation becomes bound in organic molecules. However, it appears that the existence of soil organic compounds with tritium concentrations greater than the equilibrium concentration in the associated water can be explained by direct metabolism of tritiated hydrogen in vegetation. (J.P.N.)

  3. Tritium transport around nuclear facilities

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    The transport and cycling of tritium around nuclear facilities is reviewed with special emphasis on studies at the Savannah River Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina. These studies have shown that the rate of deposition from the atmosphere, the site of deposition, and the subsequent cycling are strongly influenced by the compound with which the tritium is associated. Tritiated hydrogen is largely deposited in the soil, while tritiated water is deposited in the greatest quantity in the vegetation. Tritiated hydrogen is converted in the soil to tritiated water that leaves the soil slowly, through drainage and transpiration. Tritiated water deposited directly to the vegetation leaves the vegetation more rapidly after exposure. Only a small part of the tritium entering the vegetation becomes bound in organic molecules. However, it appears tht the existence of soil organic compounds with tritium concentrations greater than the equilibrium concentration in the associated water can be explained by direct metabolism of tritiated hydrogen in vegetation

  4. Tritium pellet injector for TFTR

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    The tritium pellet injector (TPI) for the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) will provide a tritium pellet fueling capability with pellet speeds in the 1- to 3-km/s range for the TFTR deuterium-tritium (D-T) phase. The existing TFTR deuterium pellet injector (DPI) has been modified at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to provide a four-shot, tritium-compatible, pipe-gun configuration with three upgraded single-stage pneumatic guns and a two-stage light gas gun driver. The TPI was designed to provide pellets ranging from 3.3 to 4.5 mm in diameter in arbitrarily programmable firing sequences at speeds up to approximately 1.5 km/s for the three single-stage drivers and 2.5 to 3 km/s for the two-stage driver. Injector operation is controlled by a programmable logic controller. The new pipe-gun injector assembly was installed in the modified DPI guard vacuum box, and modifications were made to the internals of the DPI vacuum injection line, including a new pellet diagnostics package. Assembly of these modified parts with existing DPI components was then completed, and the TPI was tested at ORNL with deuterium pellet. Results of the limited testing program at ORNL are described. The TPI is being installed on TFTR to support the D-D run period in 1992. In 1993, the tritium pellet injector will be retrofitted with a D-T fuel manifold and secondary tritium containment systems and integrated into TFTR tritium processing systems to provide full tritium pellet capability

  5. Tritium pellet injector for TFTR

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    The tritium pellet injector (TPI) for the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) will provide a tritium pellet fueling capability with pellet speeds in the 1- to 3-km/s range for the TFTR deuterium-tritium (D-T) phase. The existing TFTR deuterium pellet injector (DPI) has been modified at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to provide a four-shot, tritium-compatible, pipe-gun configuration with three upgraded single-stage pneumatic guns and a two-stage light gas gun driver. The TPI was designed to provide pellets ranging from 3.3 to 4.5 mm in diameter in arbitrarily programmable firing sequences at speeds up to approximately 1.5 km/s for the three single- stage drivers and 2.5 to 3 km/s for the two-stage driver. Injector operation is controlled by a programmable logic controller. A new pipe-gun injector assembly was installed in the modified DPI guard vacuum box, and modifications were made to the internals of the DPI vacuum injection line, including a new pellet diagnostics package. Assembly of these modified parts with existing DPI components was then completed, and the TPI was tested at ORNL with deuterium pellets. Results of the limited testing program at ORNL are described. The TPI is being installed on TFTR to support the D-D run period in 1992. In 1993, the tritium pellet injector will be retrofitted with a D-T fuel manifold and secondary tritium containment systems and integrated into TFTR tritium processing systems to provide full tritium pellet capability

  6. Tritium removal from various lithium aluminates irradiated by fast and thermal neutrons (COMPLIMENT experiment)

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    Alvani, C. (ENEA CRE Casaccia, INN/NUMA, Rome (Italy)); Carconi, P.L. (ENEA CRE Casaccia, INN/NUMA, Rome (Italy)); Casadio, S. (ENEA CRE Casaccia, INN/NUMA, Rome (Italy)); Moauro, A. (ENEA CRE Casaccia, INN/NUMA, Rome (Italy))

    1994-02-01

    Within the frame of the COMPLIMENT experiment, [gamma]-LiAlO[sub 2] specimens with different microstructures (grain size distributions) were tested in the same environmental conditions to compare the effects caused by [sup 6]Li(n, [alpha])T reaction and by fast neutron scattering, the damaging dose being held at about the same level (1.6-1.8 dpa). The tritium retention times were obtained by the tritium removal of isothermal annealing under He + 0.1% H[sub 2] sweeping gas. In spite of the different Li burnups (2.5% and 0.25%) and the residual tritium concentrations which were found in the irradiated specimens (4.3 Ci/g and 0.09 Ci/g, respectively, for specimens held at 450 C during the irradiations), the kinetics of tritium removal was not found to be discriminated by the two different irradiations. Moreover, the results were found to agree with those previously obtained by the ''in-situ'' TEQUILA experiment, performed on the same type of Li ceramics. Hence, the apparent first order desorption mechanism has been confirmed to control the kinetics of tritium removal from the porous fine grain [gamma]-LiAlO[sub 2] ceramics. (orig.)

  7. Tritium removal from various lithium aluminates irradiated by fast and thermal neutrons (COMPLIMENT experiment)

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    Alvani, C.; Carconi, P. L.; Casadio, S.; Moauro, A.

    1994-02-01

    Within the frame of the COMPLIMENT experiment, γ-LiAlO 2 specimens with different microstructures (grain size distributions) were tested in the same environmental conditions to compare the effects caused by 6Li(n, α)T reaction and by fast neutron scattering, the damaging dose being held at about the same level (1.6-1.8 dpa). The tritium retention times were obtained by the tritium removal of isothermal annealing under He + 0.1% H 2 sweeping gas. In spite of the different Li burnups (2.5% and 0.25%) and the residual tritium concentrations which were found in the irradiated specimens (4.3 Ci/g and 0.09 Ci/g, respectively, for specimens held at 450°C during the irradiations), the kinetics of tritium removal was not found to be discriminated by the two different irradiations. Moreover, the results were found to agree with those previously obtained by the "in-situ" TEQUILA experiment, performed on the same type of Li ceramics. Hence, the apparent first order desorption mechanism has been confirmed to control the kinetics of tritium removal from the porous fine grain γ-LiAlO 2 ceramics.

  8. Compatibility of sodium with ceramic oxides employed in nuclear reactors

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    This work is a review of experiments carried out up to the present time on the corrosion and compatibility of ceramic oxides with liquid sodium at temperatures corresponding to those in fast breeder reactors. The review also includes the results of a thermo-dynamic/liquid sodium reactions. The exercise has been conducted with a view to effecting experimental studies in the future. (Author)

  9. Possible types of breeders with thorium cycle

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    Neutronics calculations of simplified homogeneous reactor models show the possibility that metal-fueled LMFBRs and coated particle fueled gas cooled reactors achieve reactor doubling times of around 10 years with the thorium cycle. Three concepts of gas-cooled thorium cycle breeders are discused. (Author)

  10. Possible types of breeders with thorium cycle

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    Neutronics calculations of simplified homogeneous reactor models show the possibility that metal-fueled LMFBRs and coated particle fueled gas cooled reactors achieve doubling times of around 10 years with the thorium cycle. Three concepts of gas-cooled thorium cycle breeders are discussed. (Author)

  11. An overview of research activities on materials for nuclear applications at the INL Safety, Tritium and Applied Research facility

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    P. Calderoni; P. Sharpe; M. Shimada

    2009-09-01

    The Safety, Tritium and Applied Research facility at the Idaho National Laboratory is a US Department of Energy National User Facility engaged in various aspects of materials research for nuclear applications related to fusion and advanced fission systems. Research activities are mainly focused on the interaction of tritium with materials, in particular plasma facing components, liquid breeders, high temperature coolants, fuel cladding, cooling and blanket structures and heat exchangers. Other activities include validation and verification experiments in support of the Fusion Safety Program, such as beryllium dust reactivity and dust transport in vacuum vessels, and support of Advanced Test Reactor irradiation experiments. This paper presents an overview of the programs engaged in the activities, which include the US-Japan TITAN collaboration, the US ITER program, the Next Generation Power Plant program and the tritium production program, and a presentation of ongoing experiments as well as a summary of recent results with emphasis on fusion relevant materials.

  12. Lithium loaded glass detectors for tritium breeding measurements

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    A technique based on the response differences of enriched 6Li and 7Li glass scintillators has been developed for the real time measurement of the tritium production rate from the 6Li isotope in an experimental breeder blanket of a D-T fusion reactor. The effectiveness of the method is dependent on the degree to which the scintillation responses of two glasses can be matched for all interactions arising from the neutron and gamma fields within the assembly. However, the energy resolution of the scintillation pulses contains a component that is dependent on the composition of the glass which cannot be compensated for either electronically or analytically. The glasses used must therefore be carefully selected to ensure that the difference between their intrinsic scintillation resolutions is minimal. This paper describes measurements of the scintillation energy resolution for a range of commerically available glasses as a function of energy for electrons, protons, deuterons, and alpha particles. The results showed that systematic errors in the measurement of tritium breeding from 6Li, using the proposed technique, are minimized if the glasses of different lithium enrichment have the same chemical composition. Analysis of the results indicated that for optimum accuracy the total lithium content of the glasses should be small (about 2%). (orig.)

  13. Development of the IFMIF Tritium Release Test Module in the EVEDA phase

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    Abou-Sena, Ali, E-mail: ali.abou-sena@kit.edu [Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe (Germany); Arbeiter, Frederik [Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2013-10-15

    This paper presents the engineering design of the IFMIF (International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility) Tritium Release Test Module (TRTM). The objectives of the TRTM are: (i) in-situ measurements of the tritium released from lithium ceramics and beryllium pebble beds during irradiation, (ii) studying the chemical compatibility between lithium ceramics and structural materials under irradiation, and (iii) performing post irradiation examinations for the irradiated materials. The TRTM has eight rigs which are arranged in two rows (2 × 4) perpendicular to the beam axis and enclosed by a structural container. Each rig includes one capsule that contains lithium ceramic or beryllium pebbles for irradiation. Neutrons reflectors are implemented at different locations to reflect the scattered neutrons back to the active region aiming to improve the tritium production. The TRTM is required to provide irradiation temperature range of 400–900 °C for the capsules filled with lithium ceramics and 300–700 °C for the ones packed with beryllium. The engineering design of the TRTM components such as container, rigs, capsules, pebble beds, neutrons reflectors, and purge gas and coolant tubes are presented. In addition a test matrix for the irradiation campaign is proposed.

  14. On Ceramics.

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    School Arts, 1982

    1982-01-01

    Presents four ceramics activities for secondary-level art classes. Included are directions for primitive kiln construction and glaze making. Two ceramics design activities are described in which students make bizarrely-shaped lidded jars, feet, and footwear. (AM)

  15. Oxidation of zirconium alloys in 2.5 kPa water vapor for tritium readiness.

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    Mills, Bernice E.

    2007-11-01

    A more reactive liner material is needed for use as liner and cruciform material in tritium producing burnable absorber rods (TPBAR) in commercial light water nuclear reactors (CLWR). The function of these components is to convert any water that is released from the Li-6 enriched lithium aluminate breeder material to oxide and hydrogen that can be gettered, thus minimizing the permeation of tritium into the reactor coolant. Fourteen zirconium alloys were exposed to 2.5 kPa water vapor in a helium stream at 300 C over a period of up to 35 days. Experimental alloys with aluminum, yttrium, vanadium, titanium, and scandium, some of which also included ternaries with nickel, were included along with a high nitrogen impurity alloy and the commercial alloy Zircaloy-2. They displayed a reactivity range of almost 500, with Zircaloy-2 being the least reactive.

  16. Advanced Ceramics

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    The First Florida-Brazil Seminar on Materials and the Second State Meeting about new materials in Rio de Janeiro State show the specific technical contribution in advanced ceramic sector. The others main topics discussed for the development of the country are the advanced ceramic programs the market, the national technic-scientific capacitation, the advanced ceramic patents, etc. (C.G.C.)

  17. Preparation and analysis of helium purge gas mixture to be used in tritium extraction system of LLCB TBM

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    Hydrogen isotopes are extracted from the ceramic breeder and liquid breeder zones of Lead Lithium Ceramic Breeder (LLCB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) with Helium purge gas. 1000 ppm of hydrogen gas is mixed with the purge helium gas to facilitate improved extraction of hydrogen isotopes due to hydrogen swamping reactions. An experimental set-up is developed for making up the purge gas mixture with a composition similar to the purge gas composition provided at the inlet of the ceramic breeder zones and detritation column of LLCB TBM. This is achieved by introducing different ppm levels (500-5000 ppm) of hydrogen in helium gas by flow control mechanism. The analysis of the purge gas mixture is performed using a highly sensitive gas chromatograph system. In this work, parametric analysis is performed to optimize the process parameters viz., flow rates, temperatures etc. for achieving the required mixture of hydrogen and helium. This paper describes the detailed design of the experimental set-up along with parametric analysis results leading to optimized experimental conditions. (author)

  18. Cooperative and concentrated breeder development in Europe

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    Hueper, R.

    The agreement of 1984 on cooperation for the fast breeder development, concluded by West Germany and France, Great Britain, Belgium and Italy, created the basis for abandoning the 'autarky' of national development efforts, which since then have been combined into a joint demonstration project. This European Fast Reactor, EFR, is in the phase of preparatory planning and is intended to replace the originally planned three installations SNR-2, SPX-2, and CDFR. There still are financing problems to be solved, and the conditions of further participation of Italy (and the Netherlands) are awaiting final decisions. The joint European experience in breeder development relies on operating results of more than 12 power reactors in the world, and the SNR-300 is expected to contribute a wealth of new experience after its commissioning.

  19. Tritium in the environment. Knowledge synthesis

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    This report first presents the nuclear and physical-chemical properties of tritium and addresses the notions of bioaccumulation, bio-magnification and remanence. It describes and comments the natural and anthropic origins of tritium (natural production, quantities released in the environment in France by nuclear tests, nuclear plants, nuclear fuel processing plants, research centres). It describes how tritium is measured as a free element (sampling, liquid scintillation, proportional counting, enrichment method) or linked to organic matter (combustion, oxidation, helium-3-based measurement). It discusses tritium concentrations noticed in different parts of the environment (soils, continental waters, sea). It describes how tritium is transferred to ecosystems (transfer of atmospheric tritium to ground ecosystems, and to soft water ecosystems). It discusses existing models which describe the behaviour of tritium in ecosystems. It finally describes and comments toxic effects of tritium on living ground and aquatic organisms

  20. Overview of Recent Tritium Experiments in TPE

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    Masashi Shimada; T. Otsuka; R. J. Pawelko; P. Calderoni; J. P. Sharpe

    2010-10-01

    Tritium retention in plasma-facing components influences the design, operation, and lifetime of fusion devices such as ITER. Most of the retention studies were carried out with the use of either hydrogen or deuterium. Tritium Plasma Experiment is a unique linear plasma device that can handle radioactive fusion fuel of tritium, toxic material of beryllium, and neutron-irradiated material. A tritium depth profiling method up to mm range was developed using a tritium imaging plate and a diamond wire saw. A series of tritium experiments (T2/D2 ratio: 0.2 and 0.5 %) was performed to investigate tritium depth profiling in bulk tungsten, and the results shows that tritium is migrated into bulk tungsten up to mm range.

  1. Crediting Tritium Deposition in Accident Analysis

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    Murphy, C.E. Jr.

    2001-06-20

    This paper describes the major aspects of tritium dispersion phenomenology, summarizes deposition attributes of the computer models used in the DOE Complex for tritium dispersion, and recommends an approach to account for deposition in accident analysis.

  2. Recommended radiological controls for tritium operations

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    This informal report presents recommendations for an adequate radiological protection program for tritium operations. Topics include hazards analysis, facility design, personnel protection equipment, training, operational procedures, radiation monitoring, to include surface and airborne tritium contamination, and program management

  3. Evaluation of permeable and non-permeable tritium in normal condition in a fusion reactor

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    Marta, V; Manuel, P J [Instituto de Fusion Nuclear (DENIM)/ETSII, Universidad Politecnica Madrid (UPM) (Spain); Sedano Luis, A [Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia, Ciemat (Spain)], E-mail: marta@denim.upm.es

    2008-05-15

    The tritium cycle, technologies of process and control of the tritium in the plant will constitute a fraction of the environmental impact of the first generation of DT fusion reactors. The efforts of conceptual development of the tritium cycle are centered in the Internal Regenerator Cycle. The tritium could be recovered from a flow of He gas, or directly from solid breeder. The limits of transfers to the atmosphere are assumed {approx} 1 gr-T/a ({approx}20 Ci/a) (without species distinction). In the case of ITER, for example, we have global demands of control of 5 orders of magnitude have been demonstrated at experimental level. The transfer limits determine the key parameters in tritium Cycle (HT, HTO, as dominant, and T2, T2O as marginal). Presently, the transfer from the cycle to the environment is assumed through the exchange system of the power plant (primary to secondary). That transport is due to the permeation through HT, T2, or leakage to the coolant in the primary system. It is key the chemical optimization in the primary system, that needs to be reanalyzed in terms of radiological impact both for permeable, HT, T2, and non-permeable HTO, T2O. It is necessary considered the pathway of tritium from the reactor to the atmosphere, these processes are modelled adequately. Results of the assessments were early and chronic doses which have been evaluated for the Most Exposed Individual at particular distance bands from the release point. The impact evaluations will be performed with the computational tools (NORMTRI), besides national regulatory models, internationally accepted computer these code for dosimetric evaluations of tritiated effluents in operational conditions.

  4. FOWL CHOLERA IN A BREEDER FLOCK

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    Z. Parveen, A. A. Nasir, K.Tasneem and A. Shah

    2003-01-01

    During January, 2003 Pasteurella multocida the causative agent of fowl cholera was isolated from a breeder flock in Lahore District. The age of the flock was 245 days. Increased mortality, swollen wattles and lameness were the clinical findings present in almost all the affected birds, while gross lesions were typical of fowl cholera. To prove the virulence of the organism, mice and six-week old cockerals were infected and P. multocida was reisolated.

  5. Experimental Breeder Reactor I Preservation Plan

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    Julie Braun

    2006-10-01

    Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR I) is a National Historic Landmark located at the Idaho National Laboratory, a Department of Energy laboratory in southeastern Idaho. The facility is significant for its association and contributions to the development of nuclear reactor testing and development. This Plan includes a structural assessment of the interior and exterior of the EBR I Reactor Building from a preservation, rather than an engineering stand point and recommendations for maintenance to ensure its continued protection.

  6. BREEDER: a microcomputer program for financial analysis of a large-scale prototype breeder reactor

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    This report describes a microcomputer-based, single-project financial analysis program: BREEDER. BREEDER is a user-friendly model designed to facilitate frequent and rapid analyses of the financial implications associated with alternative design and financing strategies for electric generating plants and large-scale prototype breeder (LSPB) reactors in particular. The model has proved to be a useful tool in establishing cost goals for LSPB reactors. The program is available on floppy disks for use on an IBM personal computer (or IBM look-a-like) running under PC-DOS or a Kaypro II transportable computer running under CP/M (and many other CP/M machines). The report documents version 1.5 of BREEDER and contains a user's guide. The report also includes a general overview of BREEDER, a summary of hardware requirements, a definition of all required program inputs, a description of all algorithms used in performing the construction-period and operation-period analyses, and a summary of all available reports. The appendixes contain a complete source-code listing, a cross-reference table, a sample interactive session, several sample runs, and additional documentation of the net-equity program option

  7. BREEDER: a microcomputer program for financial analysis of a large-scale prototype breeder reactor

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    Giese, R.F.

    1984-04-01

    This report describes a microcomputer-based, single-project financial analysis program: BREEDER. BREEDER is a user-friendly model designed to facilitate frequent and rapid analyses of the financial implications associated with alternative design and financing strategies for electric generating plants and large-scale prototype breeder (LSPB) reactors in particular. The model has proved to be a useful tool in establishing cost goals for LSPB reactors. The program is available on floppy disks for use on an IBM personal computer (or IBM look-a-like) running under PC-DOS or a Kaypro II transportable computer running under CP/M (and many other CP/M machines). The report documents version 1.5 of BREEDER and contains a user's guide. The report also includes a general overview of BREEDER, a summary of hardware requirements, a definition of all required program inputs, a description of all algorithms used in performing the construction-period and operation-period analyses, and a summary of all available reports. The appendixes contain a complete source-code listing, a cross-reference table, a sample interactive session, several sample runs, and additional documentation of the net-equity program option.

  8. Oxides as barriers to tritium permeation in steam generators and tritium content in CTR coolants

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    The primary release of tritium from a fusion reactor complex into the environment is via the steam generator system. Tritium in the coolant can permeate through the heat exchanger into the steam cycle, and is trapped in the steam as HTO. Subsequent recovery of tritium from the steam is impractical. The amount of tritium that permeates into the steam cycle will depend on the concentration of tritium in the coolant, or more significantly the amount of tritium that can be allowed in the coolant will depend on the rate of tritium permeation that can be tolerated

  9. Current Design of the Flange Type Hydrogen Permeation Sensor in Liquid Breeder

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    Lee, E. H.; Jin, H. G.; Yoon, J. S.; Kim, S. K.; Lee, D. W. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, H. G. [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    In 2004, A. Ciampichetti et al. proposed a hollow capsule shape permeation sensor and they theoretically and experimentally evaluated the performance of the sensor made of Nb membrane at test condition of 500 .deg. C. However, the evaluation result showed the measured hydrogen permeation flux in the sensor much lower than the predicted one and they concluded that, the result is due to the formation of an oxide layer on the sensor membrane surface. Three years later, A. Ciampichetti et al. observed that a hollow capsule shape permeation sensor has too long response time to measure hydrogen concentration in liquid breeder. However, they suggested optimizing the sensor geometry with the reduction of the ratio 'total sensor volume/permeation surface' to overcome the low hydrogen permeating flux. For development of the liquid breeding technologies in nuclear fusion, the permeation sensor to measure tritium concentration in liquid metal breeder has been developed. Lee et al. proposed a flange type permeation sensor to dramatically reduce the ratio sensor 'inside volume/permeation surface' and to remove membrane welding during sensor manufacture process. However, the flange type sensor has problem with sealing. In present study, the modified flange sensor design with a metallic C-ring spring gasket is introduced. The modified sensor will be verified and evaluated under high temperature conditions by end of 2015.

  10. Toxicity and dosimetry of tritium

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    Tritium doses to the general public are very low (currently about 0.2 μSv per year). Radiation doses from tritium to members of the public living in the vicinity of a CANDU power station are higher but rarely exceed 20 μSv per year or 1% of normal exposures to radiation from all natural sources, but doses to some radiation workers can approach ten mSv per year. The relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of tritium beta rays varies appreciably depending upon the biological endpoint. Observed RBE values at low doses and low dose-rates are usually about 2 to 3 when tritium beta rays are compared to 60Co gamma rays but are closer to 1 than to 2 when compared to 200 kVp X-rays. This conclusion is supported by microdosimetric considerations of the quality of tritium beta rays, 60Co gamma rays and X-rays. Since X-rays have traditionally been accepted as reference radiation by the International Commission on Radiological Protection, it seems reasonable that the quality factor (Q) assigned to tritium beta rays should be close to one. Recommended procedures in Canada for estimation of effective dose equivalents from exposures to HTO and HT assume that Q = 1 and that body water represents 67% of the mass of soft tissue; they take into account conversions of HTO to appear to be reasonable for radiation protection purposes when the source of exposure is HTO or HT, but will not be adequate for exposures to other tritiated compounds. (modified author abstract) (137 refs., 11 figs., 12 tabs.)

  11. Tritium oxidation and exchange: preliminary studies

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    The radiological hazard resulting from an exposure to either tritium oxide or tritium gas is discussed and the factors contributing to the hazard are presented. From the discussion it appears that an exposure to tritium oxide vapor is 104 to 105 times more hazardous than exposure to tritium gas. Present and future sources of tritium are briefly considered and indicate that most of the tritium has been and is being released as tritium oxide. The likelihood of gaseous releases, however, is expected to increase in the future, calling to task the present general release assumption that 100% of all tritium released is as oxide. Accurate evaluation of the hazards from a gaseous release will require a knowledge of the conversion rate of tritium gas to tritium oxide. An experiment for determining the conversion rate of tritium gas to tritium oxide is presented along with some preliminary data. The conversion rates obtained for low initial concentrations (10-4 to 10-1 mCi/ml) indicate the conversion may proceed more rapidly than would be expected from an extrapolation of previous data taken at higher concentrations

  12. Water cooled breeder program summary report (LWBR (Light Water Breeder Reactor) development program)

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    1987-10-01

    The purpose of the Department of Energy Water Cooled Breeder Program was to demonstrate pratical breeding in a uranium-233/thorium fueled core while producing electrical energy in a commercial water reactor generating station. A demonstration Light Water Breeder Reactor (LWBR) was successfully operated for more than 29,000 effective full power hours in the Shippingport Atomic Power Station. The reactor operated with an availability factor of 76% and had a gross electrical output of 2,128,943,470 kilowatt hours. Following operation, the expended core was examined and no evidence of any fuel element defects was found. Nondestructive assay of 524 fuel rods determined that 1.39 percent more fissile fuel was present at the end of core life than at the beginning, proving that breeding had occurred. This demonstrates the existence of a vast source of electrical energy using plentiful domestic thorium potentially capable of supplying the entire national need for many centuries. To build on the successful design and operation of the Shippingport Breeder Core and to provide the technology to implement this concept, several reactor designs of large breeders and prebreeders were developed for commercial-sized plants of 900--1000 Mw(e) net. This report summarizes the Water Cooled Breeder Program from its inception in 1965 to its completion in 1987. Four hundred thirty-six technical reports are referenced which document the work conducted as part of this program. This work demonstrated that the Light Water Breeder Reactor is a viable alternative as a PWR replacement in the next generation of nuclear reactors. This transition would only require a minimum of change in design and fabrication of the reactor and operation of the plant.

  13. Computer simulation of tritium removal facility design

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    In this study, a computer simulation of tritium diffusion out of molten salt is performed using COMSOL Multiphysics. The purpose of the simulation is to investigate the efficiency of the permeation window type tritium removal facility, which is proposed for tritium control in FHRs. The result of the simulation suggests a large surface area is one of the key issues in the design of the tritium removal facility, and the simple tube bundle concept is insufficient to provide the surface area needed for an efficient tritium removal process. (author)

  14. Management of tritium at nuclear facilities

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    This report presents extending summaries of the works of the participants to an IAEA co-ordinated research programme, ''Handling Tritium - bearing effluents and wastes''. The subjects covered include production of tritium in nuclear power plants (mainly heavy water and light water reactors), as well as at reprocessing plants; removal and enrichment of tritium at nuclear facilities; conditioning methods and characteristics of immobilized tritium of low and high concentration; some potential methods of storage and disposal of tritium. In addition to the conclusions of this three-years work, possible activities in the field are recommended

  15. Tritium hazard via the ingestion pathway

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    The classic methodology for estimating dose to man from environmental tritium ignores the fact that organically bound tritium in foodstuffs may be directly assimilated in the bound compartment of tissues without previous oxidation. We propose a four-compartment model that allows for the ability to input organically bound tritium in foodstuffs directly into the organic compartments of the model. We found that organically bound tritium in foodstuffs can increase the total body dose by a factor of 1.7 to 4.5 times the free body water dose alone, depending on the bound to loose ratio of tritium in the diet. 10 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab

  16. Total tritium measurement in atmosphere

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    Measurement of tritium in the atmosphere is of strong interest wherever this radionuclide is used. Therefore, a method is proposed for the joint measurement of burnable tritium, independently from its physico-chemical form, and of tritiated water. The method consists of transforming the tritiated molecules of the gases present in the air volume into tritiated water by burning them together with a known quantity of hydrogen. The water vapor is condensed and added to a liquid scintillator. The scintillator is also able to dissolve conventional filters so that the tritium attached to particulate and concentrated on these filters can be jointly measured, as will be discussed in a future report. The overall detection limit of the method is approximately 64 Bq m-3 for a combustion period of 10 min (which corresponds to sampling an air volume of 15 L) and a counting period of 10 min. This limit, much lower than the derived air concentrations in the most unfavorable cases, allows the application of the method for safety purposes. Moreover, the method can be integrated into a general procedure for the measurement of tritium in different chemical forms, to be applied in case of necessity

  17. Weapons engineering tritium facility overview

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    Najera, Larry [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2011-01-20

    Materials provide an overview of the Weapons Engineering Tritium Facility (WETF) as introductory material for January 2011 visit to SRS. Purpose of the visit is to discuss Safety Basis, Conduct of Engineering, and Conduct of Operations. WETF general description and general GTS program capabilities are presented in an unclassified format.

  18. What determines hatchling weight: breeder age or incubated egg weight?

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    AB Traldi; Menten JFM; CS Silva; PV Rizzo; PWZ Pereira; J Santarosa

    2011-01-01

    Two experiments were carried out to determine which factor influences weight at hatch of broiler chicks: breeder age or incubated egg weight. In Experiment 1, 2340 eggs produced by 29- and 55-week-old Ross® broiler breeders were incubated. The eggs selected for incubation weighed one standard deviation below and above average egg weight. In Experiment 2, 2160 eggs weighing 62 g produced by breeders of both ages were incubated. In both experiments, 50 additional eggs within the weight interval...

  19. Hatching distribution of eggs varying in weight and breeder age

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    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Broiler chicks from one incubator hatch within long periods of time, which leads to dehydration and reduction in yolk sac reserves of those chicks that have hatched earlier and potentially impairs early performance. The present research investigated the hatching distribution at intervals of incubation using eggs of different weights within one breeder age or eggs from widely different breeder ages. Eggs from breeders at 27 and 59 weeks of age (54 and 69 g and from breeders at 40 weeks of age, which were graded as light (58 g and heavy (73 g, were placed in a commercial incubator. There were a total of 1,184 eggs distributed in four treatments and eight replicates: eggs from 27-week-old breeders (27B, eggs from 59-week-old breeders (59B, light eggs from 40-week-old breeders (40BL and heavy eggs from 40-week-old breeders (40BH. Replicates were comprised of 37 eggs that were placed in each incubator tray. The treatments were physically separated from each other using a plate. Eggs were transferred to a hatcher after 432 hours of incubation and the first chick hatched at 449 hours of incubation. Afterwards, the number of completely hatched chicks from each replicate was recorded at six-hour intervals until 503 hours of incubation, when the hatchings stopped. Hatched chicks were removed from the trays after each measurement. Data were submitted to an analysis of variance with repeated measures. There was a significant interaction between breeder age and incubation length. The hatching onset of eggs from the old breeders was later compared to young breeders. Hatchability (%incubated eggs was lower for the old breeders; however, differences in hatchability as a percentage of the hatched eggs were not so evident. Complete hatchability occurred only at 503 hours of incubation; however, more than 90% eggs had hatched 18 hours earlier.

  20. Proceedings of the Office of Fusion Energy/DOE workshop on ceramic matrix composites for structural applications in fusion reactors

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    Jones, R.H. (Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (USA)); Lucas, G.E. (California Univ., Santa Barbara, CA (USA))

    1990-11-01

    A workshop to assess the potential application of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) for structural applications in fusion reactors was held on May 21--22, 1990, at University of California, Santa Barbara. Participants included individuals familiar with materials and design requirements in fusion reactors, ceramic composite processing and properties and radiation effects. The primary focus was to list the feasibility issues that might limit the application of these materials in fusion reactors. Clear advantages for the use of CMCs are high-temperature operation, which would allow a high-efficiency Rankine cycle, and low activation. Limitations to their use are material costs, fabrication complexity and costs, lack of familiarity with these materials in design, and the lack of data on radiation stability at relevant temperatures and fluences. Fusion-relevant feasibility issues identified at this workshop include: hermetic and vacuum properties related to effects of matrix porosity and matrix microcracking; chemical compatibility with coolant, tritium, and breeder and multiplier materials, radiation effects on compatibility; radiation stability and integrity; and ability to join CMCs in the shop and at the reactor site, radiation stability and integrity of joints. A summary of ongoing CMC radiation programs is also given. It was suggested that a true feasibility assessment of CMCs for fusion structural applications could not be completed without evaluation of a material tailored'' to fusion conditions or at least to radiation stability. It was suggested that a follow-up workshop be held to design a tailored composite after the results of CMC radiation studies are available and the critical feasibility issues are addressed.

  1. Tritium inventory assessment for ITER using TRIMO

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    Cristescu, Ioana-R. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, Tritiumlabor, Postfach 3640, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)]. E-mail: ioana.cristescu@hvt.fzk.de; Cristescu, I. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, Tritiumlabor, Postfach 3640, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Murdoch, D. [EFDA Close Support Unit, Boltzmannstrasse 2, D-85748 Garching bei Muenchen (Germany); Doerr, L. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, Tritiumlabor, Postfach 3640, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Glugla, M. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, Tritiumlabor, Postfach 3640, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2006-02-15

    Currently, the strategy for determination of ITER in-vessel tritium inventory envisages that at predetermined intervals, tritiated gases in all systems of fuel cycle will be transferred to the storage and delivery system (SDS) and tritium quantities measured by in-bed calorimetry. The isotope separation system (ISS) is the system used to separate hydrogen isotopes at the quality required to be stored in SDS, and is one of the systems with highest tritium inventory within the fuel cycle. Therefore, during tritium inventory procedure, ISS has to be 'milked down' of tritium, mainly as DT molecular species. Based on the dynamic modelling code TRIMO of the tritium content in the main sub-systems of ITER Fuel Cycle, the procedure for tritium extraction from ISS is presented and numerical examples given to assess the necessary time of transferring the tritium from ISS to SDS, and the residual amount of tritium in ISS after different milking scenarios. Consequently a fuel handling strategy during tritium inventory assessment in the ISS and SDS is described, with the constraint of mobilizable tritium inventory minimisation.

  2. Tritium issues in plasma wall interactions

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    Tanabe, Tetsuo

    2010-05-01

    Since tritium resources are very limited, not only for safety reason but also for tritium economy, tritium inventory in a reactor must be kept as small as possible. In the present tokamaks, however, hydrogen retention rate in their vacuum vessel is significantly large, i.e. more than 20% of fueled hydrogen is continuously piled up, which must not be allowed in a reactor. After the introduction of tritium as a hydrogen radioisotope, the paper summarizes present tritium issues in plasma wall interactions, in particular, fueling, retention and recovering, considering the handling of large amounts of tritium, i.e. confinement, leakage, contamination, permeation, regulations and tritium accountancy. Progress in overcoming such problems will be also presented.

  3. Fusion tritium program in the United States

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    The fusion technology development program for tritium in the US is centered around the Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) at Los Alamos National Labortory. Objectives of this project are to develop and demonstrate the fuel cycle for processing the reactor exhaust gas (unburned deuterium and tritium plus impurities), and the necessary personnel and environemntal protection systems for the next generation of fusion devices. The TSTA is a full-scale system for an INTOR/ITER sized machine. That is, TSTA has the capacity to process tritium in a closed loop mode at the rate of 1 kg per day, requiring a tritium inventory of about 100 g. The TSTA program also interacts with all other tritium-related fusion technology programs in the US and all major programs abroad. This report is a summary of the results and interactions of the TSTA program since a previous summary was published and an overview of related tritium programs

  4. Ceramic joining

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    Loehman, R.E. [Sandia National Lab., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1996-04-01

    This paper describes the relation between reactions at ceramic-metal interfaces and the development of strong interfacial bonds in ceramic joining. Studies on a number of systems are described, including silicon nitrides, aluminium nitrides, mullite, and aluminium oxides. Joints can be weakened by stresses such as thermal expansion mismatch. Ceramic joining is used in a variety of applications such as solid oxide fuel cells.

  5. Ceramic Processing

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    EWSUK,KEVIN G.

    1999-11-24

    Ceramics represent a unique class of materials that are distinguished from common metals and plastics by their: (1) high hardness, stiffness, and good wear properties (i.e., abrasion resistance); (2) ability to withstand high temperatures (i.e., refractoriness); (3) chemical durability; and (4) electrical properties that allow them to be electrical insulators, semiconductors, or ionic conductors. Ceramics can be broken down into two general categories, traditional and advanced ceramics. Traditional ceramics include common household products such as clay pots, tiles, pipe, and bricks, porcelain china, sinks, and electrical insulators, and thermally insulating refractory bricks for ovens and fireplaces. Advanced ceramics, also referred to as ''high-tech'' ceramics, include products such as spark plug bodies, piston rings, catalyst supports, and water pump seals for automobiles, thermally insulating tiles for the space shuttle, sodium vapor lamp tubes in streetlights, and the capacitors, resistors, transducers, and varistors in the solid-state electronics we use daily. The major differences between traditional and advanced ceramics are in the processing tolerances and cost. Traditional ceramics are manufactured with inexpensive raw materials, are relatively tolerant of minor process deviations, and are relatively inexpensive. Advanced ceramics are typically made with more refined raw materials and processing to optimize a given property or combination of properties (e.g., mechanical, electrical, dielectric, optical, thermal, physical, and/or magnetic) for a given application. Advanced ceramics generally have improved performance and reliability over traditional ceramics, but are typically more expensive. Additionally, advanced ceramics are typically more sensitive to the chemical and physical defects present in the starting raw materials, or those that are introduced during manufacturing.

  6. Gas-cooled fast breeder reactor

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    Almost all the R D works of gas-cooled fast breeder reactor in the world were terminated at the end of the year 1980. In order to show that the R D termination was not due to technical difficulties of the reactor itself, the present paper describes the reactor plant concept, reactor performances, safety, economics and fuel cycle characteristics of the reactor, and also describes the reactor technologies developed so far, technological problems remained to be solved and planned development schedules of the reactor. (author)

  7. Large scale breeder reactor pump dynamic analyses

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    The lateral natural frequency and vibration response analyses of the Large Scale Breeder Reactor (LSBR) primary pump were performed as part of the total dynamic analysis effort to obtain the fabrication release. The special features of pump modeling are outlined in this paper. The analysis clearly demonstrates the method of increasing the system natural frequency by reducing the generalized mass without significantly changing the generalized stiffness of the structure. Also, a method of computing the maximum relative and absolute steady state responses and associated phase angles at given locations is provided. This type of information is very helpful in generating response versus frequency and phase angle versus frequency plots

  8. Procurement of tritium for fusion reactor. 2. Transportation of large amounts of tritium for fusion reactors

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    ITER will require kilograms of tritium to be transferred before and after the tritium experiment starts from tritium supplying facilities abroad and/or domestic. Currently, a Zr-Co type transfer container developed in JAERI with a capacity of 25 g tritium is available for international shipping; however, it does not seem enough large for tritium transfer for ITER. This article discusses the technical issues involving in developing a transfer container with a large tritium capacity and regulations governing radio isotope transport containers. (author)

  9. Prototype fast breeder reactor main options

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    Fast reactor programme gets importance in the Indian energy market because of continuous growing demand of electricity and resources limited to only coal and FBR. India started its fast reactor programme with the construction of 40 MWt Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR). The reactor attained its first criticality in October 1985. The reactor power will be raised to 40 MWt in near future. As a logical follow-up of FBTR, it was decided to build a prototype fast breeder reactor, PFBR. Considering significant effects of capital cost and construction period on economy, systematic efforts are made to reduce the same. The number of primary and secondary sodium loops and components have been reduced. Sodium coolant, pool type concept, oxide fuel, 20% CW D9, SS 316 LN and modified 9Cr-1Mo steel (T91) materials have been selected for PFBR. Based on the operating experience, the integrity of the high temperature components including fuel and cost optimization aspects, the plant temperatures are recommended. Steam temperature of 763 K at 16.6 MPa and a single TG of 500 MWe gross output have been decided. PFBR will be located at Kalpakkam site on the coast of Bay of Bengal. The plant life is designed for 30 y and 75% load factor. In this paper the justifications for the main options chosen are given in brief. (author). 2 figs, 2 tabs

  10. Coincidence measurements of FFTF breeder fuel subassemblies

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    A prototype coincidence counter developed to assay fast breeder reactor fuel was used to measure four fast-flux test facility subassemblies at the Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory in Richland, Washington. Plutonium contents in the four subassemblies ranged between 7.4 and 9.7 kg with corresponding 240Pu-effective contents between 0.9 and 1.2 kg. Large count rates were observed from the measurements, and plots of the data showed significant multiplication in the fuel. The measured data were corrected for deadtime and multiplication effects using established formulas. These corrections require accurate knowledge of the plutonium isotopics and 241Am content in the fuel. Multiplication-corrected coincidence count rates agreed with the expected count rates based on spontaneous fission-neutron emission rates. These measurements indicate that breeder fuel subassemblies with 240Pu-effective contents up to 1.2 kg can be nondestructively assayed using the shift-register electronics with the prototype counters. Measurements using the standard Los Alamos National Laboratory shift-register coincidence electronics unit can produce an assay value accurate to +-1% in 1000 s. The uncertainty results from counting statistics and deadtime-correction errors. 3 references, 8 figures, 8 tables

  11. Behaviour of tritium in the environment

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    Full text: There is considerable interest in the behaviour of radionuclides of global character that may be released to the environment through the development of nuclear power. Tritium is of particular interest due to its direct incorporation into water and organic tissue. Although there has been a large decrease (more than ten times) in tritium concentration since the stopping of nuclear weapons tests in the atmosphere, the construction in the near future of many water reactors and in the far future of fusion reactors could increase the present levels. Progress has been made during recent years in the assessment of tritium distribution, in detection methods and in biological studies While several meetings have given scientists an opportunity to present papers on tritium, no specific symposium on this topic has been organized by the IAEA since 1961. Thus the purpose of the meeting was to review recent advances and to report on the practical aspects of tritium utilization and monitoring. The symposium was jointly organized with OECD/NEA, in co-operation with the US Department of Energy and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Papers were presented on distribution of tritium, evaluation of future discharges, measurement of tritium, tritium in the aquatic environment, tritium in the terrestrial environment, tritium in man and monitoring of tritium Very interesting papers were given on distribution of tritium and participants got a good idea of the circulation of this radionuclide Some new data were provided on tritium pollution from luminous compounds and we learnt that the tritium release of the Swiss luminous compounds industry is of the same order of magnitude as the tritium release of Windscale. Projections indicate that, in the USA, the total quantity of tritium contained in discarded digital watches will be equal, approximately ten years in the future, to the release of nuclear power reactors Whereas nuclear reactor discharges are controlled there is no control

  12. Activation Calculation for a Fusion Experimental Breeder FEB-E

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    FENGKaiming

    2002-01-01

    A fusion breeder might be an essential intermediate application of fusion energy at earlier term, since it has the potential to provide plenty of commercial fissile fuel. Based on fusion physics and technologies available at present and in the near future, the realistic fusion experimental breeder, FEB-E was designed.

  13. Glass-ceramic joining and coating of SiC/SiC for fusion applications

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    The aim of this work is the joining and the coating of SiC/SiC composites by a simple, pressureless, low cost technique. A calcia-alumina glass-ceramic was chosen as joining and coating material, because its thermal and thermomechanical properties can be tailored by changing the composition, it does not contain boron oxide (incompatible with fusion applications) and it has high characteristic temperatures (softening point at about 1400 C). Furthermore, the absence of silica makes this glass-ceramic compatible with ceramic breeder materials (i.e. lithium-silicates, -alluminates or -zirconates). Coatings and joints were successfully obtained with Hi-Nicalon fiber-reinforced CVI silicon carbide matrix composite. Mechanical shear strength tests were performed on joined samples and the compatibility with a ceramic breeder material was examined. (orig.)

  14. Radiological training for tritium facilities

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    This program management guide describes a recommended implementation standard for core training as outlined in the DOE Radiological Control Manual (RCM). The standard is to assist those individuals, both within DOE and Managing and Operating contractors, identified as having responsibility for implementing the core training recommended by the RCM. This training may also be given to radiological workers using tritium to assist in meeting their job specific training requirements of 10 CFR 835

  15. DEPLOYMENT OF THE BULK TRITIUM SHIPPING PACKAGE

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    Blanton, P.

    2013-10-10

    A new Bulk Tritium Shipping Package (BTSP) was designed by the Savannah River National Laboratory to be a replacement for a package that has been used to ship tritium in a variety of content configurations and forms since the early 1970s. The BTSP was certified by the National Nuclear Safety Administration in 2011 for shipments of up to 150 grams of Tritium. Thirty packages were procured and are being delivered to various DOE sites for operational use. This paper summarizes the design features of the BTSP, as well as associated engineered material improvements. Fabrication challenges encountered during production are discussed as well as fielding requirements. Current approved tritium content forms (gas and tritium hydrides), are reviewed, as well as, a new content, tritium contaminated water on molecular sieves. Issues associated with gas generation will also be discussed.

  16. HiPER Tritium factory elements

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    Guillaume, Didier

    2011-06-01

    HiPER will include a Tritium target factory. This presentation is an overview. We start from process ideas to go to first sketch passing through safety principles. We will follow the Tritium management process. We need first a gas factory producing the right gas mixture from hydrogen, Deuterium and Tritium storage. Then we could pass through the target factory. It is based on our LMJ single shot experiment and some new development like the injector. Then comes pellet burst and vapour recovery. The Tritium factory has to include the waste recovery, recycling process with gas purification before storage. At least, a nuclear plant is not a classical building. Tritium is also very special... All the design ideas have to be adapted. Many facilities are necessary, some with redundancy. We all have to well known these constraints. Tritium budget will be a major contributor for a material point of view as for a financial one.

  17. Tritium radioluminescent devices, Health and Safety Manual

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    This document consolidates available information on the properties of tritium, including its environmental chemistry, its health physics, and safe practices in using tritium-activated RL lighting. It also summarizes relevant government regulations on RL lighting. Chapters are divided into a single-column part, which provides an overview of the topic for readers simply requiring guidance on the safety of tritium RL lighting, and a dual-column part for readers requiring more technical and detailed information

  18. Tritium radioluminescent devices, Health and Safety Manual

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    Traub, R.J.; Jensen, G.A.

    1995-06-01

    This document consolidates available information on the properties of tritium, including its environmental chemistry, its health physics, and safe practices in using tritium-activated RL lighting. It also summarizes relevant government regulations on RL lighting. Chapters are divided into a single-column part, which provides an overview of the topic for readers simply requiring guidance on the safety of tritium RL lighting, and a dual-column part for readers requiring more technical and detailed information.

  19. Overview of light sources powered by tritium

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    Due to their long lifespan and stable intensity, light sources initiated by tritium instead of electricity or batteries are suitable for low level lighting applications. Therefore, tritium-based radioluminescent (RL) light sources are widely used in both military and civil applications. However, traditional tritium lights with the gas tube structure have several shortcomings: (1) the phosphors are opaque; (2) the glass tube is fragile and easily broken; and (3) the beta kinetic energy is attenuated due to the sorption by the gas; etc. As a result, further application of the tritium lights is limited. In this paper, the lighting mechanism and radiation safety of tritium-based RL light sources are briefly reviewed. Besides, the history and prospects of the development of tritium-based RL light source are discussed. Due to their long lifespan and stable intensity, light sources initiated by tritium instead of electricity or batteries are suitable for low level lighting applications. Therefore, tritium- based radioluminescent (RL) light sources are widely used in both military and civil applications. However, traditional tritium lights with the gas tube structure have several short- comings: (1) the phosphors are opaque; (2) the glass tube is fragile and easily broken; and (3) the beta kinetic energy is attenuated due to the sorption by the gas; etc. As a result, further application of the tritium lights is limited. In this paper, the lighting mechanism and radiation safety of tritium-based RL, light sources are briefly reviewed. Besides, the history and prospects of the development of tritium-based RL light source are discussed. (authors)

  20. Estimation of tritium and helium inventory in the tritium handling system in Korea

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    In Korea, the Wolsong Tritium Removal Facility (WTRF) is under construction to reduce the amount of tritium present in the moderator and coolant of the CANDU type Wolsong nuclear power plants. Recently, a study on the tritium handling system for recovery of the tritium collected from the WTRF was started. Some tritium would enter the steel of the container walls and subsequently decay to helium. This helium can deteriorate the mechanical properties of the material of the tritium handling system. To evaluate the tritium and helium inventory in the stainless steel wall of this system, the time-dependent diffusion equation was developed, solved and the results are presented in this paper. These results were compared to previous work that evaluated the tritium inventory in the stainless steel wall of 50-L tritium containers. Tritium and helium concentration profiles and the corresponding inventories were evaluated with respect to the various parameters such as exposure time, temperature, and partial pressure. After 24 years, the helium inventory in the wall of the tritium handling system exceeds the tritium inventory. (authors)

  1. The trends of global tritium precipitations

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    The trends of global tritium precipitation from 1953 to 1979 were estimated based on the tritium data published in seven volumes of Environmental Isotope Data by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Tritium precipitation samples were collected from 342 stations in the world and tritium concentrations were measured by IAEA and 27 laboratories. Due to repeated atomospheric nuclear explosions, tritium precipitations showed maximum peak in 1963. After the agreement of the Partial Test Ban Treaty in 1964, they have gradually decreased until now showing seasonal variations. To obtain clear trends of tritium precipitations, seasonal and irregular factors were eliminated from the original time-series data using a code developed by the Japanese Economic Planning Agency. Results of analyses were as follows; a) Peak concentrations and precipitations of tritium were observed every year around the period of late spring to summer. b) The maximum annual tritium concentration and precipitation were observed in 1963 for northern hemisphere stations. c) A latitude effect was observed in the northern hemisphere. The maximum concentrations and precipitations were seen at the latitude of approximately 50 deg N. d) Continental stations always showed higher tritium concentrations and precipitations than comparable maritime stations. (author)

  2. Tritium stripping by a catalytic exchange stripper

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    A catalytic exchange process for stripping elemental tritium from gas streams has been demonstrated. The process uses a catalyzed isotopic exchange reaction between tritium in the gas phase and protium or deuterium in the solid phase on alumina. The reaction is catalyzed by platinum deposited on the alumina. The process has been tested with both tritium and deuterium. Decontamination factors (ration of inlet and outlet tritium concentrations) as high as 1000 have been achieved, depending on inlet concentration. The test results and some demonstrated applications are presented

  3. Tritium immobilization and packaging using metal hydrides

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    Tritium recovered from CANDU heavy water reactors will have to be packaged and stored in a safe manner. Tritium will be recovered in the elemental form, T2. Metal tritides are effective compounds in which to immobilize the tritium as a stable non-reactive solid with a high tritium capacity. The technology necessary to prepare hydrides of suitable metals, such as titanium and zirconium, have been developed and the properties of the prepared materials evaluated. Conceptual designs of packages for containing metal tritides suitable for transportation and long-term storage have been made and initial testing started. (author)

  4. Management of Tritium in European Spallation Source

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    Ene, Daniela; Andersson, Kasper Grann; Jensen, Mikael;

    2015-01-01

    The European Spallation Source (ESS) will produce tritium via spallation and activation processes during operational activities. Within the location of ESS facility in Lund, Sweden site it is mandatory to demonstrate that the management strategy of the produced tritium ensures the compliance...... with the country regulation criteria. The aim of this paper is to give an overview of the different aspects of the tritium management in ESS facility. Besides the design parameter study of the helium coolant purification system of the target the consequences of the tritium releasing into the environment were also...

  5. User's manual for the ARMLID (Argonne metallic lithium/isotopic dilution) tritium assay system

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    The Argonne Metallic Lithium - Isotopic Dilution (ARMLID) system described in this report, originally developed at ANL for other purposes, was recently redeployed to measure the tritium production rate (TPR) in a series of US/Japanese collaborative fusion blanket integral experiments, involving large assemblies of fusion breeder blanket materials that were irradiated with a fusion neutron source at FNS/JAERI, Japan. Whereas previous uses of the ARMUD scheme involved just a few samples, its application infusion blanket TPR mapping called for large sample numbers per experiment, implying a commensurate scale of sample fabrication and encapsulation, on one hand, and tritium extraction and counting on the other hand. To shorten the time required for these various tasks, yet still yield reliable and accurate results, both the sample fabrication - encapsulation facility and the tritium extraction system had to be extensively revised from original versions that were designed for accuracy, but not necessarily for speed. The present report describes overall revisions in sufficient detail to serve as a User's Manual for this facility, and/or suggest how a new system might be put together. Either possibility may develop in the near future, in support of ITER design studies. Preliminary and partial descriptions of various aspects and features of the system were presented orally, in the course of annual ANL/JAERI/UCLA ''workshops'', over the last 34 years, as well as elsewhere

  6. Safeguards in Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor Monju

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    The assemblies loaded in the core and stored in the ex-vessel storage tank (EVST) are in liquid sodium in the Japanese prototype fast breeder reactor (FBR) Monju. Since it is difficult to apply a direct verification procedure for the fuel assemblies in these areas, a dual containment and surveillance system consisting of two monitoring devices such as surveillance camera and radiation monitor that are functionally independent has been applied. In addition, the Monju Remote Monitoring System was developed to strengthen the continuous surveillance and to reduce the load of the inspection activities. Furthermore, the ex-vessel transfer machine radiation monitor (EVRM) and the exit gate monitor (EXGM) were upgraded to strengthen the monitoring of spent blanket fuel assemblies and to improve the reliability of distinguishing between fuel assemblies and non-fuel items. As the result, the integrated safeguards was introduced in November 2009, and the effective safeguards activities have been implemented in Monju. (author)

  7. Water chemistry of breeder reactor steam generators

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    The water quality requirements will be described for breeder reactor steam generators, as well as specifications for balance of plant protection. Water chemistry details will be discussed for the following power plant conditions: feedwater and recirculation water at above and below 5% plant power, refueling or standby, makeup water, and wet layup. Experimental data will be presented from tests which included a departure from nucleate boiling experiment, the Few Tube Test, with a seven tube evaporator and three tube superheater, and a verification of control and on-line measurement of sodium ion in the ppB range. Sampling and instrumentation requirements to insure adherence to the specified water quality will be described. Evaporator cleaning criteria and data from laboratory testing of chemical cleaning solutions with emphasis on flow, chemical composition, and temperature will be discussed

  8. A study on tritium separation from LiPb by permeation into Na or NaK and cold trapping

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    The tritium separation and recovery method discussed in this report appears to be a very promising technique for a LiPb self cooled blanket where an intermediate loop is required for safety reasons anyway. This technique can be also of interest for a water cooled LiPb blanket if a tritium purification unit exists in the water loop. Considerable work has been done on cold trapping of hydrogen from Na flows for the fast breeder technology. More work is needed in respect to fusion blanket applications, especially, on hydrogen removal from cold traps by thermal hydride decomposition. This report summarizes the state of the art on the precipitation and decomposition processes and discusses practical experiences with cold traps. Some ideas on a fusion blanket cold trap are outlined and a research program covering the more fundamental aspects for the next future is proposed. (orig.)

  9. Engineering ceramics

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    2001-01-01

    This is a comprehensive book applying especially to junior and senior engineering students pursuing Materials Science/ Engineering, Ceramic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering degrees. It is also a reference book for other disciplines such as Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Important properties of most engineering ceramics are given in detailed tables. Many current and possible applications of engineering ceramics are described, which can be used as a guide for materials selection and for potential future research. While covering all relevant information regarding raw materials, processing properties, characterization and applications of engineering ceramics, the book also summarizes most recent innovations and developments in this field as a result of extensive literature search.

  10. Development of a tritium recovery system from CANDU tritium removal facility

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    Draghia, M.; Pasca, G.; Porcariu, F. [SC.IS.TECH SRL, Timisoara (Romania)

    2015-03-15

    The main purpose of the Tritium Recovery System (TRS) is to reduce to a maximum possible extent the release of tritium from the facility following a tritium release in confinement boundaries and also to have provisions to recover both elemental and vapors tritium from the purging gases during maintenance and components replacement from various systems processing tritium. This work/paper proposes a configuration of Tritium Recovery System wherein elemental tritium and water vapors are recovered in a separated, parallel manner. The proposed TRS configuration is a combination of permeators, a platinum microreactor (MR) and a trickle bed reactor (TBR) and consists of two branches: one branch for elemental tritium recovery from tritiated deuterium gas and the second one for tritium recovery from streams containing a significant amount of water vapours but a low amount, below 5%, of tritiated gas. The two branches shall work in a complementary manner in such a way that the bleed stream from the permeators shall be further processed in the MR and TBR in view of achieving the required decontamination level. A preliminary evaluation of the proposed TRS in comparison with state of the art tritium recovery system from tritium processing facilities is also discussed. (authors)

  11. Application of tritium behavior simulation code (TBEHAVIOR) to an actual-scale tritium handling room

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    It is essential from the viewpoint of fusion safety to confine and remove tritium in a room since tritium handling room is placed as 'final barrier' of fusion plant to prevent the environmental discharge of tritium. At the Tritium Process Laboratory (TPL) of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), the application of our original three-dimensional TBEHAVIOR code to the tritium behavior in a room of 3000 m3 was verified. The Renormalization Group Theory (RNG) model was selected as Low-Reynolds model for practical calculation time as well as to reasonable precision in evaluation of velocity from the engineering viewpoint. A series of evaluated results indicated that a flow adjacent to a wall surface plays an important role for tritium transport in a ventilated room. Evaluation of attenuating behavior is further important since the ventilation is normally stopped for the tritium confinement in the case of tritium leakage. We demonstrated that an attenuating behavior can also be evaluated well by the TBEHAVIOR code. Even an attenuating or stagnant flow of less than 10mm/s in a room mixed tritium concentration uniform promptly. The presence of apparatuses in a room did not generally affect tritium behavior. Although the effect of buoyancy was limited to the initial period after the leak, the spread of tritium was promoted by buoyancy. It led to the shortening of elapsed time until the concentration became uniform. (author)

  12. Tailored ceramics

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    In polyphase tailored ceramic forms two distinct modes of radionuclide immobilization occur. At high waste loadings the radionuclides are distributed through most of the ceramic phases in dilute solid solution, as indicated schematically in this paper. However, in the case of low waste loadings, or a high loading of a waste with low radionuclide content, the ceramic can be designed with only selected phases containing the radionuclides. The remaining material forms nonradioactive phases which provide a degree of physical microstructural isolation. The research and development work with polyphase ceramic nuclear waste forms over the past ten years is discussed. It has demonstrated the critical attributes which suggest them as a waste form for future HLW disposal. From a safety standpoint, the crystalline phases in the ceramic waste forms offer the potential for demonstrable chemical durability in immobilizing the long-lived radionuclides in a geologic environment. With continued experimental research on pure phases, analysis of mineral analogue behavior in geochemical environments, and the study of radiation effects, realistic predictive models for waste form behavior over geologic time scales are feasible. The ceramic forms extend the degree of freedom for the economic optimization of the waste disposal system

  13. Doses due to tritium releases by NET - data base and relevant parameters on biological tritium behaviour

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    This study gives an overview on the current knowledge about the behaviour of tritium in plants and in food chains in order to evaluate the ingestion pathway modelling of existing computer codes for dose estimations. The tritium uptake and retention by plants standing at the beginning of the food chains is described. The different chemical forms of tritium, which may be released into the atmosphere (HT, HTO and tritiated organics), and incorporation of tritium into organic material of plants are considered. Uptake and metabolism of tritiated compounds in animals and man are reviewed with particular respect to organically bound tritium and its significance for dose estimations. Some basic remarks on tritium toxicity are also included. Furthermore, a choice of computer codes for dose estimations due to chronic or accidental tritium releases has been compared with respect to the ingestion pathway. (orig.)

  14. Synthesis of tritium-labeled fosfomycin

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    Mertel, H.E.; Meriwether, H.T. (Merck Sharp and Dohme Research Labs., Rahway, NJ (USA))

    1982-03-01

    Tritium gas was used as a labeling agent for the preparation of (1,2-/sup 3/H)fosfomycin. Introduction of tritium into a precursor, the synthesis including resolution of the intermediate racemic 1,2-epoxypropylphosphonic acid, and preparation of both amine and calcium salts of the labeled antibiotic are described.

  15. Environmental tritium monitoring around Tokai Reprocessing Plant

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    The environmental tritium monitoring in the sea near Tokai Reprocessing Plant has been performed since 1977, the year of having started the hot test operation of the plant. On the other hand, atmospheric tritium monitoring was started almost at the same time as a research program instead of a routine program. This paper is a review for tritium monitoring in the sea and in the air around the Tokai Reprocessing Plant. The plant is located in Tokai Village, Ibaraki Prefecture, on the Pacific coast. It is based on the Purex process, and the nominal capacity is 210 tons per year. Around the TRP, there are four uranium fabrication facilities, five research reactors, two power reactors and other research facilities. About 173,000 inhabitants are within 10 km range from the plant. The authorized discharge limit of tritium is 200 Ci per day and 51,100 Ci per year in the sea. That in the atmosphere is 50 Ci per day and about 15,000 Ci per year. The tritium from the TRP was discharged mainly into the sea. The sea water samples were distilled, and the tritium concentration was measured by liquid scintillation counting. During three years of the hot operation of TRP, discharged tritium was about 7,000 Ci into the sea and about 140 Ci into the atmosphere. The tritium level has been maintained, and its significant increase was not observed. (Kako, I.)

  16. Tritium waste disposal technology in the US

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    Tritium waste disposal methods in the US range from disposal of low specific activity waste along with other low-level waste in shallow land burial facilities, to disposal of kilocurie amounts in specially designed triple containers in 65' deep augered holes located in an aird region of the US. Total estimated curies disposed of are 500,000 in commercial burial sites and 10 million curies in defense related sites. At three disposal sites in humid areas, tritium has migrated into the ground water, and at one arid site tritium vapor has been detected emerging from the soil above the disposal area. Leaching tests on tritium containing waste show that tritium in the form of HTO leaches readily from most waste forms, but that leaching rates of tritiated water into polymer impregnated concrete are reduced by as much as a factor of ten. Tests on improved tritium containment are ongoing. Disposal costs for tritium waste are 7 to 10 dollars per cubic foot for shallow land burial of low specific activity tritium waste, and 10 to 20 dollars per cubic foot for disposal of high specific activity waste. The cost of packaging the high specific activity waste is 150 to 300 dollars per cubic foot. 18 references

  17. DOE handbook: Tritium handling and safe storage

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    The DOE Handbook was developed as an educational supplement and reference for operations and maintenance personnel. Most of the tritium publications are written from a radiological protection perspective. This handbook provides more extensive guidance and advice on the null range of tritium operations. This handbook can be used by personnel involved in the full range of tritium handling from receipt to ultimate disposal. Compliance issues are addressed at each stage of handling. This handbook can also be used as a reference for those individuals involved in real time determination of bounding doses resulting from inadvertent tritium releases. This handbook provides useful information for establishing processes and procedures for the receipt, storage, assay, handling, packaging, and shipping of tritium and tritiated wastes. It includes discussions and advice on compliance-based issues and adds insight to those areas that currently possess unclear DOE guidance

  18. Handling of tritium-bearing wastes

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    The generation of nuclear power and reprocessing of nuclear fuel results in the production of tritium and the possible need to control the release of tritium-contaminated effluents. In assessing the need for controls, it is necessary to know the production rates of tritium at different nuclear facilities, the technologies available for separating tritium from different gaseous and liquid streams, and the methods that are satisfactory for storage and disposal of tritiated wastes. The intention in applying such control technologies and methods is to avoid undesirable effects on the environment, and to reduce the radiation burden on operational personnel and the general population. This technical report is a result of the IAEA Technical Committee Meeting on Handling of Tritium-bearing Effluents and Wastes, which was held in Vienna, 4 - 8 December 1978. It summarizes the main topics discussed at the meeting and appends the more detailed reports on particular aspects that were prepared for the meeting by individual participants

  19. Tritium/ 3He dating of shallow groundwater

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    Schlosser, Peter; Stute, Martin; Dörr, Helmut; Sonntag, Christian; Münnich, Karl Otto

    1988-08-01

    Combined tritium/ 3He data from three multi-level sampling wells (DFG 1, DFG 4, DFG 7) located at Liedern/ Bocholt, West Germany, are presented and principles of the tritium/ 3He method in shallow groundwater studies are discussed. The 3He excess produced by radioactive decay of bomb tritium (released mainly between 1952 and 1963) is clearly reflected in the data. The tritiogenic 3He signal can be detected with a good resolution (signal/1σ error: ≈ 350). The confinement of the tritiogenic 3He is estimated to approximately 77-85% at site DFG 4. For the bomb tritium peak the deviation of the tritium/ 3He age from the age determined by identifying the groundwater layer recharged between 1962 and 1965 is about 3 years (15%). The deviation can be explained by diffusive 3He loss across the groundwater table and by flow dispersion.

  20. DOE handbook: Tritium handling and safe storage

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    The DOE Handbook was developed as an educational supplement and reference for operations and maintenance personnel. Most of the tritium publications are written from a radiological protection perspective. This handbook provides more extensive guidance and advice on the null range of tritium operations. This handbook can be used by personnel involved in the full range of tritium handling from receipt to ultimate disposal. Compliance issues are addressed at each stage of handling. This handbook can also be used as a reference for those individuals involved in real time determination of bounding doses resulting from inadvertent tritium releases. This handbook provides useful information for establishing processes and procedures for the receipt, storage, assay, handling, packaging, and shipping of tritium and tritiated wastes. It includes discussions and advice on compliance-based issues and adds insight to those areas that currently possess unclear DOE guidance.

  1. A study on the safety evaluation of concentrated tritium storage

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    Lee, K. J.; Kim, K. K.; Lee, S. Y.; Lee, Y. E.; Hong, D. S.; Jung, H. Y.; Song, M. C.; Hwang, K. H.; Kim, S. I.; Yook, D. S.; Sheen, J. J. [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejeon (Korea)

    2001-03-01

    In this study, hazards of hydrogen and the risk due to storage of tritium are reviewed. The safety related factors are suggested in terms of classification of hydrogen hazards and problems related to the tritium storage. The major design parameters of the vessel of foreign countries for the storage and transport of tritium are reviewed. By review of major safety parameters related to the tritium storage, the results of this study can be applied and helpful to the development and design of tritium storage vessel in Korea. Also, the results can be useful at design of the tritium treatment facility. The integrity of tritium storage vessel material was evaluated with considering the embrittlement of metal material in hydrogen environment. The tritium storage is one of the most important problems for the safety of tritium removal facility. The research for tritium storage could be divided into two parts, one is for the metal getter of tritium and the other is for the integrity of tritium storage vessel. Especially, the integrity of tritium storage vessel is up to the tritium embrittlement of vessel materials, for tritium vessel is mostly made of metal material. In this work, the evaluation of the tritium embrittlement for the tritium storage vessel material is performed with the equipment that is made for high temperature and high vacuum. 33 refs., 56 figs., 23 tabs. (Author)

  2. Percutaneous absorption of tritium-gas-contaminated pump oil

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    Trivedi, A. [Radiation Biology and Health Physics Branch, Ontario (Canada)

    1995-08-01

    One of the radiological problems encountered in tritium handling facilities is the hazards associated with tritium`s ability to label and degrade organic materials. Experiments in which male hairless rats have been contaminated with tritium-gas-contaminated pump oil have demonstrated that tritium deposited on the skin provides an input of organically bound tritium and tritiated water in the body. The accumulation of organically bound tritium at the point of contact in the skin and in various tissues influenced tritium excretion in urine and feces. The retention of tritium in the body showed that tritium was mainly metabolized and assimilated as organically bound tritium. The distribution of tritiated water was rapid and uniform in the whole-body. Analyses of tritium excreted in animal urine and feces showed that a significant level of organically bound tritium was excreted shortly after exposure. The highest concentration of tritium activity was measured in the exposed area of the skin. An increased level of tritium accumulation in the liver and kidneys was seen. Dose calculations showed that the exposed skin had the highest dose, and the skin dose was primarily due to the retention of organically bound tritium at the point of contact. The interpretation of these data has indicated that the retention of short-term organically bound tritium in the skin may be a dominant factor for dosimetry purposes. 19 refs., 5 figs., 4 tabs.

  3. Structural Ceramics Database

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    SRD 30 NIST Structural Ceramics Database (Web, free access)   The NIST Structural Ceramics Database (WebSCD) provides evaluated materials property data for a wide range of advanced ceramics known variously as structural ceramics, engineering ceramics, and fine ceramics.

  4. Interaction of energetic tritium with silicon carbide

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    In order to investigate the physical and chemical interactions of energetic hydrogen isotope species with silicon carbide, recoil tritium from the 3He(n,p)T reaction has been allowed to react with K-T silicon carbide and silicon carbide powder. The results show that if the silicon carbide has been degassed and annealed at 14000C prior to tritium bombardment, a considerable fraction of the tritium (ca. 40%) is released as HTO from the SiC upon heating to 13500C under vacuum conditions. Most of the remaining tritium is retained in SiC, e.g., the retention of the tritium in the K-T SiC was found to be 62 and 22% upon heating to 600 and 13500C, respectively. This is in direct contrast to graphite samples in which the tritium is not released to any significant extent even when heated to 13500C. Samples which were exposed to H2O and H2 prior to tritium bombardment were heated to 6000C after the irradiation. The results obtained indicate that a total of 38.7 and 2.49% of the tritium is released in the form of HT and CH3T in the case of H2 or H2O exposure, respectively. Treatment of degassed samples after tritium bombardment with H2O and H2 at temperatures up to 10000C leads to the release of up to 44.9% of the tritium as HT and CH3T. 42 references, 2 figures, 2 tables

  5. TRITIUM RESERVOIR STRUCTURAL PERFORMANCE PREDICTION

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    Lam, P.S.; Morgan, M.J

    2005-11-10

    The burst test is used to assess the material performance of tritium reservoirs in the surveillance program in which reservoirs have been in service for extended periods of time. A materials system model and finite element procedure were developed under a Savannah River Site Plant-Directed Research and Development (PDRD) program to predict the structural response under a full range of loading and aged material conditions of the reservoir. The results show that the predicted burst pressure and volume ductility are in good agreement with the actual burst test results for the unexposed units. The material tensile properties used in the calculations were obtained from a curved tensile specimen harvested from a companion reservoir by Electric Discharge Machining (EDM). In the absence of exposed and aged material tensile data, literature data were used for demonstrating the methodology in terms of the helium-3 concentration in the metal and the depth of penetration in the reservoir sidewall. It can be shown that the volume ductility decreases significantly with the presence of tritium and its decay product, helium-3, in the metal, as was observed in the laboratory-controlled burst tests. The model and analytical procedure provides a predictive tool for reservoir structural integrity under aging conditions. It is recommended that benchmark tests and analysis for aged materials be performed. The methodology can be augmented to predict performance for reservoir with flaws.

  6. Experimental study of the tritium distribution in the effluents resulting from the sodium hydrolysis

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    Chassery, A. [CEA, DEN, Centre de Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Universite de Toulouse, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, Toulouse (France); CNRS, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, Toulouse (France); Lorcet, H.; Godlewski, J; Liger, K.; Latge, C. [CEA, DEN, Centre de Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Joulia, X. [Universite de Toulouse, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, Toulouse (France); CNRS, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, Toulouse (France)

    2015-03-15

    Within the framework of the dismantling of fast breeder reactors in France several processes are under investigation regarding sodium disposal. One of them, called ELA (radioactive sodium waste treatment process), is based on the implementation of the sodium-water reaction, in a controlled and progressive way, to remove residual sodium. This sodium contains impurities such as sodium hydride, sodium oxide and tritiated sodium hydride. The hydrolysis of these various chemical species leads to the production of a liquid effluent, mainly composed of an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide, and a gaseous effluent, mainly composed of nitrogen (inert gas), hydrogen and steam. The tritium is distributed between these effluents, and, within the gaseous effluent, according to its forms HT and HTO (tritiated water). HTO being 10,000 times more radio-toxic than HT, a precise knowledge of the mechanisms governing the phase distribution of tritium is necessary. This paper presents the first experimental results from a parametric study on the tritium distribution between the various effluents generated during hydrolysis operations. A series of experiments have been performed in order to study the influence of water flow rate, argon flow rate, initial mass and specific activity of the hydrolyzed sodium sample. An important influence of the total tritium concentration in the hydrolyzed sample has been highlighted. As for the phenomena suspected to be responsible for the phase change of tritiated water, in the studied range of parameters, vaporization induced by the heat of reactions seems to be dominant over the evaporation induced by the inert gas flow rate.

  7. Research about the Influence of Environmental Factors on Breeders Quality

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    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Along the growth period of the breeders, the monitoring of environmental parameters is a fundamental condition toensure the quality of the breeders used for reproduction. The results from the research presented in this paper wereobtained following experimental type investigations developed in vegetation and cold season within Carja 1-Vasluifish farm, on chemical and biological samples which were analyzed within the research laboratory of the Departmentof Aquaculture, Environmental Science and Cadastre. Were analyzed parameters which influence bio-productivity:temperature, oxygen, pH, the concentration of nitrites, nitrates, phosphates, the density and abundance ofphytoplankton and zooplankton, the individual weight and health condition of breeders. Analyzed parametersincluded mean values recorded in the optimal range for fish waters, as reflected in the numerical density andabundance of plankton and the average weight of Asian cyprinids breeders with a plankton nutritional spectrum.

  8. Exploding the myths about the fast breeder reactor

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    Burns, S.

    1979-01-01

    This paper discusses the facts and figures about the effects of conservation policies, the benefits of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor demonstration plant, the feasibility of nuclear weapons manufacture from reactor-grade plutonium, diversion of plutonium from nuclear plants, radioactive waste disposal, and the toxicity of plutonium. The paper concludes that the U.S. is not proceeding with a high confidence strategy for breeder development because of a variety of false assumptions.

  9. Group size adjustment to ecological demand in a cooperative breeder

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    Zöttl, Markus; Frommen, Joachim G.; Taborsky, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Environmental factors can determine which group size will maximize the fitness of group members. This is particularly important in cooperative breeders, where group members often serve different purposes. Experimental studies are yet lacking to check whether ecologically mediated need for help will change the propensity of dominant group members to accept immigrants. Here, we manipulated the perceived risk of predation for dominant breeders of the cooperatively breeding cichlid fish Neolampro...

  10. PDRD (SR13046) TRITIUM PRODUCTION FINAL REPORT

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    Smith, P.; Sheetz, S.

    2013-09-30

    Utilizing the results of Texas A&M University (TAMU) senior design projects on tritium production in four different small modular reactors (SMR), the Savannah River National Laboratory’s (SRNL) developed an optimization model evaluating tritium production versus uranium utilization under a FY2013 plant directed research development (PDRD) project. The model is a tool that can evaluate varying scenarios and various reactor designs to maximize the production of tritium per unit of unobligated United States (US) origin uranium that is in limited supply. The primary module in the model compares the consumption of uranium for various production reactors against the base case of Watts Bar I running a nominal load of 1,696 tritium producing burnable absorber rods (TPBARs) with an average refueling of 41,000 kg low enriched uranium (LEU) on an 18 month cycle. After inputting an initial year, starting inventory of unobligated uranium and tritium production forecast, the model will compare and contrast the depletion rate of the LEU between the entered alternatives. This is an annual tritium production rate of approximately 0.059 grams of tritium per kilogram of LEU (g-T/kg-LEU). To date, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license has not been amended to accept a full load of TPBARs so the nominal tritium production has not yet been achieved. The alternatives currently loaded into the model include the three light water SMRs evaluated in TAMU senior projects including, mPower, Holtec and NuScale designs. Initial evaluations of tritium production in light water reactor (LWR) based SMRs using optimized loads TPBARs is on the order 0.02-0.06 grams of tritium per kilogram of LEU used. The TAMU students also chose to model tritium production in the GE-Hitachi SPRISM, a pooltype sodium fast reactor (SFR) utilizing a modified TPBAR type target. The team was unable to complete their project so no data is available. In order to include results from a fast reactor, the SRNL

  11. Liquid metal tribology in fast breeder reactors

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    Liquid Metal Cooled Fast Breeder Reactors (LMFBR) require mechanisms operating in various sodium liquid and sodium vapor environments for extended periods of time up to temperatures of 900 K under different chemical properties of the fluid. The design of tribological systems in those reactors cannot be based on data and past experience of so-called conventional tribology. Although basic tribological phenomena and their scientific interpretation apply in this field, operating conditions specific to nuclear reactors and prevailing especially in the nuclear part of such facilities pose special problems. Therefore, in the framework of the R and D-program accompanying the construction phase of SNR 300 experiments were carried out to provide data and knowledge necessary for the lay-out of friction systems between mating surfaces of contacting components. Initially, screening tests isolated material pairs with good slipping properties and maximum wear resistance. Those materials were subjected to comprehensive parameter investigations. A multitude of laboratory scale tests have been performed under largely reactor specific conditions. Unusual superimpositions of parameters were analyzed and separated to find their individual influence on the friction process. The results of these experiments were made available to the reactor industry as well as to factories producing special tribo-materials. (orig.)

  12. Percutaneous absorption of tritium-gas-contaminated pump oil

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    Trivedi, A

    1995-07-01

    One of the radiological problems encountered in tritium handling facilities is the hazards associated with tritium's ability to label and degrade organic materials. Experiments in which male hairless rats have been contaminated with tritium-gas-contaminated pump oil have demonstrated that tritium deposited on the skin provides an input of organically bound tritium and tritiated water in the body. The accumulation of organically bound tritium at the point of contact in the skin and in various tissues influenced tritium excretion in urine and feces. The retention of tritium in the body showed that tritium was mainly metabolized and assimilated as organically bound tritium. The distribution of tritiated water was rapid and uniform in the whole-body. Analyses of tritium excreted in animal urine and feces showed that a significant level of organically bound tritium was excreted shortly after exposure. The highest concentration of tritium activity was measured in the exposed area of the skin. An increased level of tritium accumulation in the liver and kidneys was seen. Dose calculations showed that the exposed skin had the highest dose, and the skin dose was primarily due to the retention of organically bound tritium at the point of contact. The interpretation of these data has indicated that the retention of short-term organically bound tritium in the skin may be a dominant factor for dosimetry purposes. (author)

  13. Estimated Release of Tritium from 232-F Concrete Rubble

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    This report describes an estimate of the release of tritium from contaminated concrete from the demolition of the old 232-F Tritium Facility at the Savannah River Site. The estimate uses data from the scientific literature and information about tritium migration in concrete developed during studies of tritium in concrete at SRS

  14. Quick management of accidental tritium exposure cases.

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    Singh, Vishwanath P; Badiger, N M; Managanvi, S S; Bhat, H R

    2012-07-01

    Removal half-life (RHL) of tritium is one of the best means for optimising medical treatment, reduction of committed effective dose (CED) and quick/easy handling of a large group of workers for medical treatment reference. The removal of tritium from the body depends on age, temperature, relative humidity and daily rainfall; so tritium removal rate, its follow-up and proper data analysis and recording are the best techniques for management of accidental acute tritium exposed cases. The decision of referring for medical treatment or medical intervention (MI) would be based on workers' tritium RHL history taken from their bodies at the facilities. The workers with tritium intake up to 1 ALI shall not be considered for medical treatment as it is a derived limit of annual total effective dose. The short-term MI may be considered for tritium intake of 1-10 ALI; however, if the results show intake ≥100 ALI, extended strong medical/therapeutic intervention may be recommended based on the severity of exposure for maximum CED reduction requirements and annual total effective dose limit. The methodology is very useful for pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWRs) which are mainly operated by Canada and India and future fusion reactor technologies. Proper management will optimise the cases for medical treatment and enhance public acceptance of nuclear fission and fusion reactor technologies.

  15. Behavior of tritium in heavy water reactors

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    In the ATR Fugen power station, the radiation control regarding the tritium in heavy water has been carried out since the heavy water was filled in the system of the reactor in November, 1977. At first, the concentration of tritium in heavy water was about 60 μCi/cc, but in November, 1981, it increased to about 1.3 mCi/cc, and the saturation concentration after 30 years is estimated to become about 17 mCi/cc. In this report, on the transfer of tritium to the work environment and general environment, its barrier, recovery, measurement and the protection against it, the experience in the Fugen power station is described. The heavy water system was constructed as the perfectly closed circuit by welding stainless steel, and a canned heavy water circulating pump has been used. The leak of heavy water in the steady operation is negligible, but attention must be paid to the transfer of tritium to the environment when the system is disassembled for the regular inspection. The measurement of tritium for individual exposure control, environment and released radioactivity, the tritium-removing equipment and protective suits, and the release of tritium to general environment are reported. (Kako, I.)

  16. Risks of tritium and their mitigation

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    In this study, the effects of an antibacterial drug, norfloxacin, and an antibiotic, clindamycin, on in vivo oxidation of tritium gas in rats were investigated. Wistar strain male rats were used. They were provided with a standard diet, water ad libitum, and maintained in glass metabolic cages of approximately 20 liters capacity. The air flow and temperature were controlled. To investigate the availability of norfloxacin and clindamycin on the inhibition effects of the oxidation of tritium gas, two types of the experiments were conducted one was that, before the exposure to tritium gas for 2 hours, norfloxacin or clindamycin was administrated to rats three times a day for 4 days, and the other was administration of a drug after tritium gas exposure. After the exposure to tritium gas, blood, the liver, urine and feces samples were collected from rats and the radioactivity of them was determined after combustion using a sample oxidizer. In the case of norfloxacin, tritium concentration in rat body decreased one fifth of that in non-treated rats. On the other hand, administration of clindamycin shortened the biological half-life of tritium in urine to three fifth of that of non-treated rats. (author)

  17. Field analyses of tritium at environmental levels

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    Hofstetter, K.J.; Cable, P.R.; Beals, D.M

    1999-02-11

    An automated, remote system to analyze tritium in aqueous solutions at environmental levels has been tested and has demonstrated laboratory quality tritium analysis capability in near real time. The field deployable tritium analysis system (FDTAS) consists of a novel multi-port autosampler, an on-line water purification system, and a prototype stop-flow liquid scintillation counter (LSC) which can be remotely controlled for unmanned operation. Backgrounds of {approx}1.5 counts/min in the tritium channel are routinely measured with a tritium detection efficiency of {approx}25% for the custom 11 ml cell. A detection limit of <0.3 pCi/ml has been achieved for 100-min counts using a 50 : 50 mixture of sample and cocktail. To assess the long-term performance characteristics of the FDTAS, a composite sampler was installed on the Savannah River, downstream of the Savannah River Site, and collected repetitive 12-hour composite samples over a 14 day period. The samples were analyzed using the FDTAS and in the laboratory using a standard bench-top LSC. The results of the tritium analyses by the FDTAS and by the laboratory LSC were consistent for comparable counting times at the typical river tritium background levels ({approx}1 pCi/ml)

  18. Measurement of the tritium contamination of the biosphere

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    Sources of natural and artificial tritium activities are discussed. Environmental tritium concentrations were determined either by a low background proportional counter after converting tritium to hydrogen, methane or ethane gas or by a liquid scintillation coincidence counter when tritium was found in the form of water. Tritium can be enriched electrolytically. The radioactivity of tritium in the Danube, in ground and rain water was determined before commissioning the Paks Nuclear Power Plant. Based on the analysis of tritium concentrations in wines and in annual rings of trees it is possible to detect local contaminations. (V.N.) 6 refs.; 16 figs

  19. Development of electron beam ion source charge breeder for rare isotopes at Californium Rare Isotope Breeder Upgrade

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    Kondrashev, S.; Dickerson, C.; Levand, A.; Ostroumov, P. N.; Pardo, R. C.; Savard, G.; Vondrasek, R. [Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Alessi, J.; Beebe, E.; Pikin, A. [Collider-Accelerator Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York 11973 (United States); Kuznetsov, G. I.; Batazova, M. A. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation)

    2012-02-15

    Recently, the Californium Rare Isotope Breeder Upgrade (CARIBU) to the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) was commissioned and became available for production of rare isotopes. Currently, an electron cyclotron resonance ion source is used as a charge breeder for CARIBU beams. To further increase the intensity and improve the purity of neutron-rich ion beams accelerated by ATLAS, we are developing a high-efficiency charge breeder for CARIBU based on an electron beam ion source (EBIS). The CARIBU EBIS charge breeder will utilize the state-of-the-art EBIS technology recently developed at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The electron beam current density in the CARIBU EBIS trap will be significantly higher than that in existing operational charge-state breeders based on the EBIS concept. The design of the CARIBU EBIS charge breeder is nearly complete. Long-lead components of the EBIS such as a 6-T superconducting solenoid and an electron gun have been ordered with the delivery schedule in the fall of 2011. Measurements of expected breeding efficiency using the BNL Test EBIS have been performed using a Cs{sup +} surface ionization ion source for external injection in pulsed mode. In these experiments we have achieved {approx}70% injection/extraction efficiency and breeding efficiency into the most abundant charge state of {approx}17%.

  20. Development of electron beam ion source charge breeder for rare isotopes at Californium Rare Isotope Breeder Upgrade

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    Kondrashev S.; Alessi J.; Dickerson, C.; Levand, A.; Ostroumov, P.N.; Pardo, R.C.; Savard, G.; Vondrasek, R.; Beebe, E.; Pikin, A.; Kuznetsov, G.I.; Batazova, M.A.

    2012-02-03

    Recently, the Californium Rare Isotope Breeder Upgrade (CARIBU) to the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) was commissioned and became available for production of rare isotopes. Currently, an electron cyclotron resonance ion source is used as a charge breeder for CARIBU beams. To further increase the intensity and improve the purity of neutron-rich ion beams accelerated by ATLAS, we are developing a high-efficiency charge breeder for CARIBU based on an electron beam ion source (EBIS). The CARIBU EBIS charge breeder will utilize the state-of-the-art EBIS technology recently developed at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The electron beam current density in the CARIBU EBIS trap will be significantly higher than that in existing operational charge-state breeders based on the EBIS concept. The design of the CARIBU EBIS charge breeder is nearly complete. Long-lead components of the EBIS such as a 6-T superconducting solenoid and an electron gun have been ordered with the delivery schedule in the fall of 2011. Measurements of expected breeding efficiency using the BNL Test EBIS have been performed using a Cs{sup +} surface ionization ion source for external injection in pulsed mode. In these experiments we have achieved {approx}70% injection/extraction efficiency and breeding efficiency into the most abundant charge state of {approx}17%.

  1. Chemical equilibrium studies of tritium--lithium and tritium--lithium alloy systems

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    In deuterium-tritium fusion reactors currently under design, the production of tritium is accomplished by utilizing a lithium-bearing blanket. Lithium metal is presently the leading candidate for the blanket material, although molten Li2BeF4, solid Li--Al (50-50 at. percent) alloy and other lithium-containing materials are distinct possibilities. This paper summarizes progress of ongoing studies of the thermodynamics of some of these lithium containing systems. The individual solubilities of hydrogen, deuterium, and tritium in lithium as a function of temperature (700 to 10000C) and pressure are presented. Recent work with the solid alloy Li--Al (50-50 at. percent) has shown that the tritium solubility between 400 and 6000C is low. When the tritium pressure was between 0.14 and 0.52 torr, the Li--Al samples contained only 1 to 4 ppm tritium

  2. Electrolytic gettering of tritium from air

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    We have removed 90% of 1 part-per-million tritium gas in air of 25% to 35% humidity by the dc electrical action of the solid proton electrolyte hydrogen uranyl phosphate (HUP). Gettering takes 5 to 24 hours for a 1 cm2 HUP disc at 2 to 4 V in a static, 1200 cc gas volume. Hydrogen gas may be used to flush captured tritium through the HUP. Liquid water leaches out the tritium but water vapor is ineffective. This technique promises an alternative to the conventional catalyst/zeolite method

  3. Environmental monitoring of molecular tritium

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    The oxidation of atmospheric molecular tritium (HT) in vegetation was determined by in vitro experiments for various kinds of woody and herbaceous plant leaves, mosses and lichens taken from a forest and a garden in Ibaraki prefecture and a forest in Gifu prefecture, and comparison of the HT oxidation activity in vegetation was made with those in its neighboring surface soil (0-5cm in depth). The oxidation of HT in woody plant leaves was extremely low, only about 1/10000-1/1000 that in the surface soil as well as herbaceous plant leaves with some exception, whereas HT oxidation in mosses and lichens was 50-500 times that in pine needles. These results suggest the usefulness of mosses and lichens as monitor vegetation for accidental release of HT into the environment. (author)

  4. Contained fission explosion breeder reactor system

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    A reactor system for producing useful thermal energy and valuable isotopes, such as plutonium-239, uranium-233, and/or tritium, in which a pair of sub-critical masses of fissile and fertile actinide slugs are propelled into an ellipsoidal pressure vessel. The propelled slugs intercept near the center of the chamber where the concurring slugs become a more than prompt configuration thereby producing a fission explosion. Re-useable accelerating mechanisms are provided external of the vessel for propelling the slugs at predetermined time intervals into the vessel. A working fluid of lean molten metal slurry is injected into the chamber prior to each explosion for the attenuation of the explosion's effects, for the protection of the chamber's walls, and for the absorbtion of thermal energy and debris from the explosion. The working fluid is injected into the chamber in a pattern so as not to interfere with the flight paths of the slugs and to maximize the concentration of working fluid near the chamber's center. The heated working fluid is drained from the vessel and is used to perform useful work. Most of the debris from the explosion is collected as precipitate and is used for the manufacture of new slugs

  5. A high tritium breeding ratio (TBR) blanket concept and requirements for nuclear data relating to TBR

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    Significance of developing a blanket having a sufficiently larger tritium breeding ratio (TBR) than 1.0 is discussed. For this purpose, a high TBR blanket with a front breeder zone just before the multiplier is introduced together with conventional blankets. From discussion of TBR characteristics in these blankets, the necessity of improving on nuclear data, i.e. reducing uncertainties is presented as follows; σs, σnp and σnα of structural and coolant materials, and σn2n of the multiplier at higher energies above several MeV, and σnγ of these materials and σnαT of 6Li at energies from several hundred keV to thermal energy. (author)

  6. Transport of tritium in SS316 at moderate temperatures

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    From tritium release experiments with stainless steel 316 carried out at several temperatures and tritium depth profiles of tritium-depleted specimen information on the transport of tritium by two diverse techniques was obtained. The results could be interpreted by a one dimensional diffusion model. The activation energy for the diffusion of tritium through stainless steel was found to be 61.3 kJ/mol. (authors)

  7. Operating experience of Fast Breeder Test Reactor

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) is a 40 MWt / 13.2 MWe sodium cooled, loop type mixed carbide fuelled reactor. Its main aim is to gain experience in the design, construction and operation of fast reactors and to serve as an irradiation facility for development of fuel and structural material for future fast reactors. The reactor achieved first criticality in October 1985 with small indigenously designed and fabricated Mark I core (70% PuC-30% UC). The reactor power was subsequently raised in steps to 17.4 MWt by addition of Mark II fuel subassemblies (55% PuC-45% UC) and with the Mark I fuel operating at the designed linear heat rating of 400 W/cm. The turbo-generator was synchronized with the grid in July 1997. The achieved peak burn-up is 137 000 MWd/t so far without any fuel-clad failure. Presently the reactor is being operated at a nominal power of 15.7 MWt for irradiation of a test fuel subassembly of the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor, which is coming up at Kalpakkam. It is also planned to irradiate test subassemblies made of metallic fuel for future fast reactor program. Being a small reactor, all feed back coefficients of reactivity including void coefficient are negative and hence the reactor is inherently safe. This was confirmed by carrying out physics tests. The capability to remove decay heat under various incidental conditions including natural convection was demonstrated by carrying out engineering tests. Thermo couples are provided for on-line monitoring of fuel SA outlet temperature by dedicated real time computer and processed to generate trip signals for the reactor in case of power excursion, increase in clad hot spot temperature and subassembly flow blockage. All pipelines and capacities in primary main circuit are provided with segmented outer envelope to minimize and contain radioactive sodium leak while ensuring forced cooling through reactor to remove decay heat in case of failure of primary boundary. In secondary circuit, provision is

  8. Achievements of the water cooled solid breeder test blanket module of Japan to the milestones for installation in ITER

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    As the primary candidate of ITER Test Blanket Module (TBM) to be tested under the leadership of Japan, Water Cooled Solid Breeder (WCSB) TBM is being developed. Six TBMs will be tested in ITER simultaneously, under the leadership of different countries. To ensure the installation of reliable TBMs, it is necessary to show feasibility on the TBM milestones for installation in ITER. This paper shows the recent achievements toward the milestones of ITER TBMs prior to the installation, that consist of design integration in ITER, module qualification and safety assessment. With respect to the design integration, it is necessary to show the consistency with ITER design on time with ITER design progress, targeting the detailed design final report in 2012. Structure design of the interfacing components between the WCSB TBM structure and the interfacing components (Common Frame and Backside Shielding) that are placed in a test port of ITER has been developed. The design work also consists of procedures of fabrication and replacement of TBM, the consistency with ITER port structure and TBM interface structure, and the layouts of the auxiliary systems of TBMs including the tritium extraction system and water cooling system. As for the module qualification, it is necessary to show fabrication capability and the integrity of prototypical size mockup in corresponding operation condition before the delivery of the TBM to ITER. A real scale first wall mock-up was successfully fabricated by using Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) method by structural material of reduced activation martensitic ferritic steel, F82H. High heat flux test with real cooling water condition is planned using this mock-up. Other essential R and Ds for the WCSB TBM also showed steady progress on investigation of mechanical behavior of breeder pebble beds, development of advanced breeder/multiplier pebble, neutron measurement technology for TBM and purge gas tritium recovery technology. As for safety milestones

  9. Status of fast breeder development in Germany

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    The German Minister for Research and Technology (BMFT), Dr. Heinz Riesenhuber, announced on March 20, 1991 that SNR 300, the fast breeder power plant at Kalkar, shall be abandoned. This message followed a top level meeting between BMFT officials and senior managers of Siemens, RWE, PreuBenElektra und Bayernwerk. BMFT, vendor Siemens and the three utilities had carried the interim finance costs of DM 105 million yearly since 1989. The licensing procedure had been obstructed during a long time by the responsible authorities. For several years the licensing process for the last permits on nuclear operation of KKW Kalkar had been held up by the government of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NWR). Licensing of nuclear power plants is the responsibility of the states, according to the German Atomic Act. The state of NRW turned against the SNR 300 project when the Social Democratic Party (SPD) started questioning nuclear power in 1985. Until then 17 partial licenses for SNR 300 had been granted, each time including an overall project approval. One of the consequences of the demise of SNR-300 was that Interatom GmbH, a subsidiary of Siemens AG, has been integrated into the division KWU of the Siemens AG on 1 October, 1991. For SNR 300 the turn-key contracts to the supplier company were cancelled by the operator on April 10, 1991 following the political termination of the SNR-300 Project. On August 23, 1991 after the termination of the SNR project, KfK decided to shutdown the KNK II reactor for final decommissioning

  10. The breeder reactor in electricity supply

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    Forecasts are made of Britain's energy prospects in the year 2000. It is concluded that fossil fuels and renewable energy sources will leave an energy gap and that dependence on nuclear power will be substantial. There will, however have been a rapid depletion of readily available uranium ore reserves and a growing availability of plutonium from thermal reactors. Britain's resources of plutonium and depleted uranium which the fast breeder reactor can use - will equal many thousand million tonnes of coal. Our nuclear programme should therefore include one or two FBRs. Resources should be pooled internationally and plants built to prove alternative options and consolidate an already highly developed technology. In Britain our earliest nuclear (Magnox) stations have served as well. In Scotland, where next year an estimated 30% of electricity output will be nuclear, Hunterston 'B' AGR has had a splendid first year of operation, and pumped storage capacity in Scotland has extended the benefits of low-cost generation. The FBR has many very satisfactory engineering features and is eminently controllable and well behaved. It is compact, with relatively low cooling-water requirements and it could be built, one hopes, close to our load centres. There can be confidence that it will be proved safe. An order for an FBR, on the earliest timescale that fits in with evidence of successful operation of the Dounreay PFR and an agreed international programme, would serve the national interest and ensure the survival of our plant manufacturers, so badly hit by the effects of stagnation of the U.K. economy. (author)

  11. The Separation of Hydrogen Tritium and Tritium Hydride by Gas Chromatography

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    Now that successful separation of hydrogen, deuterium and hydrogen deuteride has been achieved by gas chromatography, similar studies are being made dealing with mixtures of hydrogen, tritium and tritium hydride. Since tritium is used in tracer quantities the usual katharometer cannot be employed for its detection. This difficulty has been overcome by providing immediately following the katharometer a vibrating reed electrometer equipped with a high resistance leak which allows continuous monitoring of the activity of any tritium or tritium hydride emerging from the column by means of synchronized recorders. Separation of such mixtures has been tested with columns packed with palladium on silica, silica, alumina, and alumina coated with chromium oxide or ferric oxide. No effective separation was obtained with the palladium on silica column. Good separation was achieved with the plain silica column where hydrogen was employed as the carrier gas, but helium failed to elute the isotopes. Satisfactory results were obtained with the coated, partially deactivated alumina packing when helium or neon was the carrier gas, but the best separation was found with a column packing of uncoated activated alumina. Calibration with helium-tritium mixtures of known activity plus equilibrated hydrogen-tritium mixtures also of known activity allows quantitative estimation of tritium and tritium hydride. (author)

  12. Neutronic Comparison of Tritium-Breeding Performance of Candidate Tritium-Breeding Materials

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    郑善良; 吴宜灿

    2003-01-01

    Tritium self-sustainment, which will meet the fuel requirement of fusion reactor, isone of the key issues of fusion power development. The tritium breeding performances of varioustritium-breeding materials are compared based on a series of neutronics calculations using three-dimensional Monte Carlo neutron-photon transport code MCNP/4C with the IAEA FENDL-2data library. The effects of the dimensions of the tritium-breeding zone and the enrichment of 6Lion Tritium Breeding Ratio (TBR) are analyzed. The effects of Be as a neutron multiplier on TBRare also calculated.

  13. Overview of tritium processing development at the tritium systems test assembly

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    The Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been operating with tritium since June 1984. Presently there are some 50 g of tritium in the main processing loop. This 50 g has been sufficient to do a number of experiments involving the cryogenic distillation isotope separation system and to integrate the fuel cleanup system into the main fuel processing loop. In January 1986 two major experiments were conducted. During these experiments the fuel cleanup system was integrated, through the transfer pumping system, with the isotope separation system, thus permitting testing on the integrated fuel processing loop. This integration of these systems leaves only the main vacuum system to be integrated into the TSTA fuel processing loop. In September 1986 another major tritium experiment was performed in which the integrated loop was operated, the tritium inventory increased to 50 g and additional measurements on the performance of the distillation system were taken. In the period June 1984 through September 1986 the TSTA system has processed well over 108 Ci of tritium. Total tritium emissions to the environment over this period have been less than 15 Ci. Personnel exposures during this period have totaled less than 100 person-mRem. To date, the development of tritium technology at TSTA has proceeded in progressive and orderly steps. In two years of operation with tritium, no major design flows have been uncovered

  14. A study on the safety of tritium storage and treatment

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    For reduction of tritium release to the environment and utilization of tritium at industrial application and fusion technology, it is necessary to separate and store tritium. As a tritium separation and storage system, Tritium Removal Facility (TRF) and tritium storage vessel is under development in Korea. For the construction and operation of the system, it is necessary to estimate the safety of tritium storage system. As an isotope of hydrogen, tritium has similar hazards to hydrogen. In addition to the hydrogen hazards, due to radioactive decay of tritium, it is necessary to consider the risk of hydrogen and radioactive decay for the safe storage. In this study, hazards of hydrogen and the risk due to storage of tritium are reviewed. The safety related factors are suggested in terms of classification of hydrogen hazards and problems related to the tritium storage. The major design parameters of the vessel of foreign countries for the storage and transport of tritium are reviewed. By review of major safety parameters related to the tritium storage, the results of this study can be applied and helpful to the development and design of tritium storage vessel in Korea. Also, the results can be useful at design of the tritium treatment facility

  15. Characterization of the thermal conductivity for ceramic pebble beds

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    Lo Frano, R.; Aquaro, D.; Scaletti, L.; Olivi, N.

    2015-11-01

    The evaluation of the thermal conductivity of breeder materials is one of the main goals to find the best candidate material for the fusion reactor technology. The aim of this paper is to evaluate experimentally the thermal conductivity of a ceramic material by applying the hot wire method at different temperatures, ranging from 50 to about 800°C. The updated experimental facility, available at the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering (DICI) of the University of Pisa, used to determine the thermal conductivity of a ceramic material (alumina), will be described along with the measurement acquisition system. Moreover it will be also provided an overview of the current state of art of the ceramic pebble bed breeder thermos-mechanics R&D (e.g. Lithium Orthosilicate (Li4SiO4) and Lithium Metatitanate (Li2TiO3)) focusing on the up-to-date analysis. The methodological approach adopted is articulated in two phase: the first one aimed at the experimental evaluation of thermal conductivity of a ceramic material by means of hot wire method, to be subsequently used in the second phase that is based on the test rig method, through which is measured the thermal conductivity of pebble bed material. In this framework, the experimental procedure and the measured results obtained varying the temperature, are presented and discussed.

  16. Synthesis of tritium-labelled natural prostaglandins

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    The most suitable method for the preparation of tritium-labelled prostaglandins is the biosynthetic procedure. Polyunsaturated labelled fatty acids are converted into prostaglandins by a prostaglandin synthetase enzyme system produced from sheep seminal vesicule, and the crude product is purified using thin layer chromatography. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are prepared in a reaction series. Tritium is introduced at the very last step. A very little amount (10-20 mg) of tritium-labelled prostaglandin E2 can be converted into A2, B2 and F2 respectively, conversion and separation being carried out simultaneously on the same silica plate. After the separation on thin layer silica gel the obtained tritium-labelled prostaglandin (PC) was chemically and radiochemically pure, its activity was 3700 GBq/mmol (100 Ci/mmol) and it was suitable for RIA kits. (author)

  17. Methods of tritium recovery from molten lithium

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    It is important to keep the tritium inventory in a blanket of a thermonuclear reactor at a low level both to eliminate possible hydriding of structural components and to reduce inventory cost. Removing the tritium from a lithium blanket by fractional distillation, flash vaporization, and fractional crystallization was investigated. No definitive data are available either on the vapor-liquid equilibrium between lithium and tritium at low T2 concentrations, or on the rate of formation and decomposition of lithium tritide. The final distinction between the recovery systems discussed in this report will depend on such data, but presently distillation appears to be the best alternate to the diffusion scheme proposed by A.P. Fraas. The capital cost of equipment necessary to remove tritium by distillation appears to be greater than 10 million dollars for a 5000 MW system, whereas the capital cost associated with the diffusion process has been estimated to be 4 million dollars

  18. Leaching of tritium from a cement composite

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    Leaching of tritium from cement composites into an aqueous phase has been studied to evaluate the safety of incorporation of the tritiated liquid waste into cement. Leaching tests were performed by the method recommended by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Leaching fraction was measured as functions of waste-cement ratio (Wa/C), temperature of leachant and curing time. The tritium leachability of cement in the long term test follows the order: alumina cement portland cement slag cement. The fraction of tritium leached increases with increasing Wa/C and temperature and decreasing curing period. A deionized water as a leachant gives a slightly higher leachability than synthetic sea water. The amount leached of tritium from a 200 l drum size specimen was estimated on the basis of the above results. (author)

  19. Origin, handling and storage of tritium

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    The origin, handling and intermediate and/or final storage of tritium in the Federal Republic of Germany are described and evaluated. For this the following subjects - use, amounts of waste and emission, waste handling, transport, legal situation and points relevant to safety in respect to tritium handling, general valuation and future development - are completely presented. Presently and in future the waste volume will be determined by the fact that nearly the whole amount of tritium waste activity is contained in a small part of the overall waste volume. The rest is distributed to a relatively big waste volume accordingly showing low activity concentration levels. Future efforts are mainly necessary in respect to the handling of tritium waste. (orig.)

  20. Tritium proof-of-principle injector experiment

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    The Tritium Proof-of-Principle (TPOP) pellet injector was designed and built by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to evaluate the production and acceleration of tritium pellets for fueling future fision reactors. The injector uses the pipe-gun concept to form pellets directly in a short liquid-helium-cooled section of the barrel. Pellets are accelerated by using high-pressure hydrogen supplied from a fast solenoid valve. A versatile, tritium-compatible gas-handling system provides all of the functions needed to operate the gun, including feed gas pressure control and flow control, plus helium separation and preparation of mixtures. These systems are contained in a glovebox for secondary containment of tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 18 refs., 3 figs

  1. Tritium glovebox stripper system seismic design evaluation

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    Grinnell, J. J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States); Klein, J. E. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2015-09-01

    The use of glovebox confinement at US Department of Energy (DOE) tritium facilities has been discussed in numerous publications. Glovebox confinement protects the workers from radioactive material (especially tritium oxide), provides an inert atmosphere for prevention of flammable gas mixtures and deflagrations, and allows recovery of tritium released from the process into the glovebox when a glovebox stripper system (GBSS) is part of the design. Tritium recovery from the glovebox atmosphere reduces emissions from the facility and the radiological dose to the public. Location of US DOE defense programs facilities away from public boundaries also aids in reducing radiological doses to the public. This is a study based upon design concepts to identify issues and considerations for design of a Seismic GBSS. Safety requirements and analysis should be considered preliminary. Safety requirements for design of GBSS should be developed and finalized as a part of the final design process.

  2. Technologies for immobilization and disposal of tritium

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    This study was done within a program one of whose objectives was to know the state of the technology development for tritium separation in the moderator circuit at HWR and to define the possible technologies to be applied to the Argentine nuclear power plants. Within this framework the strategies adopted by each country and the available technologies for a safe disposal of tritium, not only in its gaseous state tritium but also as tritiated water were analyzed. It is considered that if the selected separation method is such that the tritium is in its gaseous state, the hydride formation for long periods of immobilization should be studied. whereas if it were triated water immobilization should be studied to choose the technology between cementation and drying agents, in both cases the final disposal site will have to be selected. (author). 8 refs

  3. Tritium effluent control project at Mound Laboratory

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    Tritium control technology and philosophies that have been developed at the various weapons complex sites can be drawn upon for the design and operation of fusion research facilities and Controlled Thermonuclear Reactor fuel cycle and tritium confinement systems. Historically, tritium control has been based on high volume air flows and dilution of effluent systems. As a consequence of the ''as low as practical'' criterion, control philosophies were reevaluated and control efforts intensified. It is the results of these recent efforts that are most applicable to the CTR program. At Mound Laboratory the tritium control development efforts are centered around an advanced technology project. The philosophy and goals of this project and a nearly completed pilot scale effluent control laboratory are described. (auth)

  4. Biomedical tritium applications with AMS detection

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    There are numerous applications for tritium (3 H) as a tracer isotope in biomedicine commonly combined with liquid scintillation counting method. The use of accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), a rather new detection method will, enlarge and open new possibilities for tritium applications in biomedicine, especially when sample volumes are small. The tritium in the samples has to be transformed to solid form, which yields a high output of negative hydrogen ion current. The sample preparation is done in two steps: firstly extracting water from the biological sample and secondly, extracting hydrogen/tritium from the water and forming a chemically suitable compound for the AMS ion source. In this paper a chemical for the sample preparation is described. The results of the first measurements of tritiated water with known activity using the AMS detection technique will also be presented.(authors)

  5. Tritium measurements with a tandem accelerator

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    Middleton, R.; Klein, J.; Fink, D.

    1990-06-01

    Tritium concentrations ( 3H: 2H) of less than 10 -15 are readily measurable with almost any tandem accelerator and with an overall detection efficiency as high as 4.5%. The isobar, 3He, and other potential sources of interference (mainly 6Li, 2H and 1H) can all be removed by an absorber in front of the triton detector, so there is little need for analyzing elements other than the negative-and positive-ion magnets found on most tandems. The technique is particularly well suited for detecting tritium in deuterium absorbed in a metal and testing for cold fusion. We caution that tritium can occur in commercial deuterium and heavy water from sources other than cold fusion; one sample was observed to have a tritium-to-deuterium ratio of 10 -10.

  6. Permeability of protective coatings to tritium

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    The permeability of four protective coatings to tritium gas and tritiated water was investigated. The coatings, including two epoxies, one vinyl and one urethane, were selected for their suitability in CANDU plant service in Ontario Hydro. Sorption rates of tritium gas into the coatings were considerably larger than for tritiated water, by as much as three to four orders of magnitude. However, as a result of the very large solubility of tritiated water in the coatings, the overall permeability to tritium gas and tritiated water is comparable. Marked differences were also evident among the four coatings, the vinyl exhibiting an abnormally high retention of free water because of a highly porous surface structure. It appears that epoxy coatings having a high pigment-to-binder ratio are most suited for coating concrete in tritium handling facilities

  7. Nuclear Overhauser effects in tritium NMR

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    Kaspersen, F.M.; Funke, C.W.; Sperling, E.M.G.; Wagenaars, G.N.

    1987-02-01

    The accuracy of the quantification of the tritium distribution in labelled compounds may be reduced by differential nuclear Overhauser effects, especially for compounds in which the different tritiated positions differ in the number of protons surrounding them.

  8. Tritium Depth Profiles in 316 Stainless Steel

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    Torikai, Yuji; Murata, Daiju; Penzhorn, Ralf-Dieter; Akaishi, Kenya; Watanabe, Kuniaki; Matsuyama, Masao

    To investigate the behavior of hydrogen uptake and release by 316 stainless steel (SS316), as-received and finely polished stainless steel specimens were exposed at 573 K to tritium gas diluted with hydrogen. Then tritium concentration in the exposed specimens was measured as a function of depth using a chemical etching method. All the tritium concentration profiles showed a sharp drop in the range of 10 μm from the top surface up to the bulk. The amount of tritium absorbed into the polished specimens was three times larger than that into the as-received specimen. However, the polishing effects disappeared by exposing to the air for a long time.

  9. The diaplacental transfer and teratogenicity of tritium in organic compounds. Diaplazentare Verteilung und teratogene Wirkung von organisch gebundenem Tritium

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    Kistner, G.; Wiggenhauser, A.; Krestel, R.

    1987-10-01

    In the introductory section of this report the relevant literature on the environmental prevalence of tritium, its uptake and distribution in the organisms as well as on the calculation of tritium-related exposure risks is reviewed in brief. The literature study as well as recent workshops on tritium (as e.g. in Karlsruhe, 1986) emphasize the role of organically bound tritium in the assessment of tritium-related radiation exposure. (orig./MG).

  10. Tritium Issues in Next Step Devices

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    Tritium issues will play a central role in the performance and operation of next-step deuterium-tritium (DT) burning plasma tokamaks and the safety aspects associated with tritium will attract intense public scrutiny. The orders-of-magnitude increase in duty cycle and stored energy will be a much larger change than the increase in plasma performance necessary to achieve high fusion gain and ignition. Erosion of plasma-facing components will scale up with the pulse length from being barely measurable on existing machines to centimeter scale. Magnetic Fusion Energy (MFE) devices with carbon plasma-facing components will accumulate tritium by co-deposition with the eroded carbon and this will strongly constrain plasma operations. We report on a novel laser-based method to remove co-deposited tritium from carbon plasma-facing components in tokamaks. A major fraction of the tritium trapped in a co-deposited layer during the deuterium-tritium (DT) campaign on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) was released by heating with a scanning laser beam. This technique offers the potential for tritium removal in a next-step DT device without the use of oxidation and the associated deconditioning of the plasma-facing surfaces and expense of processing large quantities of tritium oxide. The operational lifetime of alternative materials such as tungsten has significant uncertainties due to melt layer loss during disruptions. Production of dust and flakes will need careful monitoring and minimization, and control and accountancy of the tritium inventory will be critical issues. Many of the tritium issues in Inertial Fusion Energy (IFE) are similar to MFE, but some, for example those associated with the target factory, are unique to IFE. The plasma-edge region in a tokamak has greater complexity than the core due to lack of poloidal symmetry and nonlinear feedback between the plasma and wall. Sparse diagnostic coverage and low dedicated experimental run time has hampered the

  11. Characterisation of redundant tritium light devices

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    Gaseous tritium light devices (GTLDs) are currently used widely as long lasting totally independent sources of illumination. Although tritium is of low radiological significance particularly when in gaseous form, because of their widespread use they could give rise to hazardous situations if action is not taken to provide a sensible recycling and disposal route for redundant devices. As a first step to developing this treatment process a number of GTLDs have been destructively examined to determine the amount and speciation of the remaining tritium. This report covers a further investigation sponsored by HMIP which reviewed the production process for GTLDs to identify a typical GTLD type from which a set of specimens with known ages could be selected. These were then subjected to destructive analysis to measure the total tritium, its speciation and the conditions necessary to effect the release of absorbed tritium. The data provided by the analysis programme has been used in a review of treatment process options for handling redundant GTLDs which ranged from long term storage, tritium recovery and recycle to disposal. In addition the results have been used to assess the possible hazards which could arise from the accidental disposal of typical GTLD packages to an open refuse site. (author)

  12. Separation of tritium from aqueous effluents

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    This report describes the further development of the so-called ELEX process, carried out from 1 July 1980 until 31 December 1982. The ELEX process is the combination of electrolysis with the catalytic tritium exchange between hydrogen and water in order to accumulate the tritium in the liquid phase. The experimental study of the catalytic tritium exchange between hydrogen and liquid water was continued and the overall exchange rate could be substantially increased. An alternative process based on bithermal exchange of tritium has been evaluated. In the 10 mol h-1 mini-pilot bench scale detritiation unit the ELEX process was successfully demonstrated by detritiating up to now more than 1m3 of water containing up to 100 mCi tritium per dm3, which is the feed concentration to be expected for application of the process in a reprocessing plant. A 280 mol h-1 pilot detritiation installation now being constructed is described. This installation will realize a volume reduction factor of 100 and a process decontamination factor of 100. The maximum total tritium inventory will be about 1000 Ci. The plant consists mainly of a 80 kW electrolyser and a 10 cm diameter exchange column and can be considered as the ultimate step before industrial application of the ELEX process

  13. Compatibility of sodium with ceramic oxides employed in nuclear reactors; Compatibilidad del sodio con oxidos ceramicos utilizados en reactores nucleares

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    Acena Moreno, V.

    1981-07-01

    This work is a review of experiments carried out up to the present time on the corrosion and compatibility of ceramic oxides with liquid sodium at temperatures corresponding to those in fast breeder reactors. The review also includes the results of a thermo-dynamic/liquid sodium reactions. The exercise has been conducted with a view to effecting experimental studies in the future. (Author)

  14. Cumulative genetic effects from exposure of male mice to tritium for ten generations

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    Three sublines of C57 Black/6M mice were propagated from three sibling pairs from the same litter. All breeders were weaned at 28+-2 days of age. At each generation in experimental lines weaned male breeders aged 35 days either received a single injection of tritiated thymidine (1 μCi/g of body weight) or were exposed for 5 weeks to tritiated drinking water (10 μCi/ml). At 10 weeks of age all breeders were sibling-mated. The time of delivery, the litter size and sex ratio was recorded. At each generation the offspring in the three lines were sibling-mated in the same sequence as their parents. At the 6th generation total offspring in the sibling line receiving tritiated thymidine numbered 108 versus 336 in the sibling line exposed to tritiated water, in contrast with 721 in the control sibling line. The 6th generation couples (20 in either subline) generated at the 9th generation 624 animals in the control subline versus 386 and 476 in the subline exposed to tritium. The data suggest a trend toward reduction in the subpopulation of offspring propagated from male parents exposed to tritiated water or tritiated thymidine. At the 9th generation 50 couples were assigned to a special study on reproductive fitness. The litter size was decreased and infant mortality was increased in experimental sublines (chi-square test, P<0.05). In control, as well as in experimental lines, at 70 days of age males were sibling-mated with their sisters. All animals received tap water and were not exposed at any time to tritiated thymidine or tritiated water. Preimplantation loss values were significantly increased in experimental versus control sublines (chi-square test, P<0.01). The dose to male sperm over a 35-day period was estimated at 3.7 rads from tritiated water and at 3.9 rads from tritiated thymidine under our experimental conditions

  15. Studies on steps affecting tritium residence time in solid blanket

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    For the self sustaining of CTR fuel cycle, the effective tritium recovery from blankets is essential. This means that not only tritium breeding ratio must be larger than 1.0, but also high recovering speed is required for the short residence time of tritium in blankets. Short residence time means that the tritium inventory in blankets is small. In this paper, the tritium residence time and tritium inventory in a solid blanket are modeled by considering the steps constituting tritium release. Some of these tritium migration processes were experimentally evaluated. The tritium migration steps in a solid blanket using sintered breeding materials consist of diffusion in grains, desorption at grain edges, diffusion and permeation through grain boundaries, desorption at particle edges, diffusion and percolation through interconnected pores to purging stream, and convective mass transfer to stream. Corresponding to these steps, diffusive, soluble, adsorbed and trapped tritium inventories and the tritium in gas phase are conceivable. The code named TTT was made for calculating these tritium inventories and the residence time of tritium. An example of the results of calculation is shown. The blanket is REPUTER-1, which is the conceptual design of a commercial reversed field pinch fusion reactor studied at the University of Tokyo. The experimental studies on the migration steps of tritium are reported. (Kako, I.)

  16. Tritium permeation barrier based on self-healing composite materials

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    Gao Jifeng; Zhang Dan [State Key Laboratory of Mould Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Suo Jinping, E-mail: jpsuo@yahoo.com.cn [State Key Laboratory of Mould Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2010-12-15

    Pores and cracks in ceramic coatings is one of the most important problems to be solved for the thermally sprayed tritium permeation barriers (TPBs) in fusion reactor. In this work, we developed a self-healing composite coating to address this problem. The coating composed of TiC + mixture(TiC/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) + Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was deposited on martensitic steels by means of atmospheric plasma spraying (APS). Before and after heat treatment, the morphology and phase of the coating were comparatively investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). In the experiment, NiAl + Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, mixture(TiC/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) + Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and NiAl + TiC + mixture(TiC/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) + Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films were also fabricated and studied, respectively. The results showed that the TiC + mixture(TiC/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) + Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating exhibited the best self-healing ability and good thermal shock resistance among the four samples after heat treatment under normal atmosphere. The SEM images analyzed by Image Pro software indicated that the porosity of the TiC + mixture(TiC/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) + Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating decreased more than 90% in comparison with the sample before heat treatment. This self-healing coating made by thermal spraying might be a good candidate for tritium permeation barrier in fusion reactors.

  17. Hot isostatic pressing of ceramic waste from spent nuclear fuel

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    Argonne National Laboratory has developed a process to immobilize waste salt containing fission products, uranium, and transuranic elements as chlorides in a glass-bonded ceramic waste form. This salt was generated in the electrorefining operation used in electrometallurgical treatment of spent Experimental Breeder Reactor-II fuel. The ceramic waste process culminated with a hot isostatic pressing operation. This paper reviews the installation and operation of a hot isostatic press in a radioactive environment. Processing conditions for the hot isostatic press are presented for non-irradiated material and irradiated material. Sufficient testing was performed to demonstrate that a hot isostatic press could be used as the final step of the processing of ceramic waste for the electrometallurgical spent fuel treatment process

  18. Environmental assessment for Breeder Reprocessing Engineering Test (BRET): Revision 1

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    This Environmental Assessment (EA) is for the proposed installation and operation of an integrated breeder fuel reprocessing test system in the shielded cells of the Fuels and Materials Examination Facility (FMEF) at Hanford and the associated modifications to the FMEF to accommodate BRET. These modifications would begin in FY-1986 subject to Congressional authorization. Hot operations would be scheduled to start in the early 1990's. The system, called the Breeder Reprocessing Engineering Test (BRET), is being designed to provide a test capability for developing the demonstrating fuel reprocessing, remote maintenance, and safeguards technologies for breeder reactor fuels. This EA describes (1) the action being proposed, (2) the existing environment which would be affected, (3) the potential environmental impacts from normal operations and severe accidents from the proposed action, (4) potential conflicts with federal, state, regional, and/or local plans for the area, and (5) environmental implications of alternatives considered to the proposed action. 41 refs., 10 figs., 31 tabs

  19. Fast breeders role in the energy supply of the EC

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    The investigation summarized in this article was initiated by a work team of the International Society of Power Generators (UNIPEDE) and the EC-commission. The first part presents the results of the possible introduction of fast breeder reactors in the EC for power generation and describes its effects on the demand for natural uranium. The second part describes the present development level of reprocessing of breeder reactor fuel, a part of the fuel cycle which is of very special importance. With the assumption of a rather undisturbed utilization of nuclear energy the investigation comes to the result that the development of the fast breeders and their fuel cycle in the EC must be promoted in any case. And, in the future, the available means should be used for a balanced development of both the reactor system and the fuel cycle. (orig.)

  20. On the history of the Fast Breeder Project

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    The evolution of the Fast Breeder Project from its beginning at the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center to the present cooperation of various organisations especially in the Federal Republic of Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France is described in its historical context. Where as the emphasis was on physical studies of fast neutron cores in the early phase, technological and safety problems gained importance in the subsequent development. The increasing collaboration with industry and the support by government funds resulted in the design and start of construction of the prototype SNR 300. The objectives and the reasoning underlying important intermediate decisions are described. In the meantime, licensing and funding problems have become decisive for the project schedule. The present report also gives an account of the international and national political aspects which influence the breeder reactor development. In the annex all fast breeder publications of the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center are listed. (orig.)

  1. Fast-Breeder-Blanket Project: FBBF. Final report

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    This report is the final report for DOE contract DE-AC02-76ET37237 with the Purdue Fast Breeder Blanket Project. The Project was initiated to investigate the uncertainties in Fast Breeder Reactor blanket calculations. Absolute measurements of key neutron reaction rates, neutron spectra, and gamma-ray energy depositions were made in simulated FBF blankets in the Fast Breeder Blanket Facility (FBBF), a Cf-252 driven subcritical facility. Calculation of the spectra and integral reaction rates were made using methods, computer codes, and cross section data typical of those currently used in the design of FBR's. Comparisons of calculated to experimental integral neutron reaction rates give good agreement at the inner portions of the blanket by diverge to C/E ratios of about 0.65 at the outer edge of the blanket for reactions sensitive to the neutron density

  2. The United States of America fast breeder reactor program

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    The reasons for the development of the fast breeder reactor in the United States are outlined, and the LMFBR program is discussed in detail, under the following headings: program objectives, reactor physics, fuel and materials development, fuel recycle, safety, components, plant experience program (Near Commercial Breeder Reactor). The special facilities to be used at each stage of the program are described. It is planned that the Near Commercial Breeder Reactor will be complete in 1986, and commercial plants should follow in rapid succession. An alternate fast reactor concept (Gas Cooled Fast Reactor) is outlined. The Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed program is summarized, and the cost benefit analysis supplied as part of the Environment Statement is also summarized. (U.K.)

  3. Laser fusion driven breeder design study. Final report

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    The results of the Laser Fusion Breeder Design Study are given. This information primarily relates to the conceptual design of an inertial confinement fusion (ICF) breeder reactor (or fusion-fission hybrid) based upon the HYLIFE liquid metal wall protection concept developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The blanket design for this breeder is optimized to both reduce fissions and maximize the production of fissile fuel for subsequent use in conventional light water reactors (LWRs). When the suppressed fission blanket is compared with its fast fission counterparts, a minimal fission rate in the blanket results in a unique reactor safety advantage for this concept with respect to reduced radioactive inventory and reduced fission product decay afterheat in the event of a loss-of-coolant-accident

  4. Helium irradiation effects on tritium retention and long-term tritium release properties in polycrystalline tungsten

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    DT+ ion irradiation with energy of 0.5 and 1.0 keV was performed on helium pre-irradiated tungsten and the amount of retained tritium and the long-term release of retained tritium in vacuum was investigated using an IP technique and BIXS. Tritium retention and long-term tritium release were significantly influenced by helium pre-irradiation. The amount of retained tritium increased until it reached 1 × 1017 He/cm2, and at 1 × 1018 He/cm2 it became smaller compared to 1 × 1017 He/cm2. The amount of retained tritium in tungsten without helium pre-irradiation largely decreased after several weeks preservation in vacuum, and the long-term release rate during vacuum preservation was retarded by helium pre-irradiation. The results indicate that the long-term tritium release and the helium irradiation effect on it should be taken into account for more precise estimation of tritium retention in the long-term use of tungsten in fusion devices

  5. Recovery of tritium from a liquid lithium blanket

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    Talbot, J.B.

    1981-01-01

    The sorption of tritium on yttrium from liquid lithium and the subsequent release of tritium from yttrium by thermal regeneration of the metal sorbent were investigated to study such a tritium-recovery process for a fusion reactor blanket of liquid lithium. Recent static sorption experiments have shown the effects of lithium temperature and possible impurities on the sorption of tritium. Diffusivity data, obtained from previous tritium recovery experiments, were evaluated to show the importance of the yttrium surface condition in controlling the release of tritium.

  6. Information for establishing bioassay measurements and evaluations of tritium exposure

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    This report summarizes information and references used in developing regulatory guidance on programs for the bioassay of tritium as well as information useful in planning and conducting tritium bioassay programs and evaluating bioassay data. A review of literature on tritium radiobiology is included to provide a ready source of information useful for estimating internal doses of tritium and risks for the various tritium compounds and forms, including elemental (gaseous) tritium. Simplified and conservative dose conversion factors are derived and tabulated for easy reference in program planning, safety evaluations, and compliance determinations

  7. Prevalence of Campylobacter jejuni in poultry breeder flocks

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to present the preliminary results of a study about the prevalence of Campylobacter jejuni in poultry breeder flocks. It was examined three different breeder flocks of Bojano in Molise region. A total of 360 cloacal swabs and 80 enviromental swabs was collected. Of the 3 flocks studied, 6.9% tested were positive for Campylobacter spp. The most-prevalent isolated species is C. jejuni (8.2%. Only 3 of the 360 cloacal swabs samples examined were associated with C. coli. The environmental swabs resulted negative. This results confirms again that poultry is a reservoir of this germ.

  8. Are Kirindy sifaka capital or income breeders? It depends.

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    Lewis, R J; Kappeler, P M

    2005-11-01

    The capital and income breeding framework has only recently been used to explain variation in female reproductive strategies in primates. The application of this framework to primates and other mammals with long reproductive cycles has not been consistent. We evaluated data on Verreaux's sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi) in the Kirindy Forest of western Madagascar to determine whether they are capital or income breeders. We found that Verreaux's sifaka can be classified as either capital or income breeders, depending on how these concepts are operationalized. These conflicting findings highlight why the capital/income framework is currently problematic and must be standardized if it is to be a useful framework for primatologists.

  9. A study on the environmentally benign fusion breeder-transmuter

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    The present study is an attempt to demonstrate the fusion breeder as a concept environmentally benign, which should help to promote the idea of fusion energy. Thus a sketch of design for a fusion hybrid aimed at satisfying the requirements of: 1. economy (thanks to fissile fuel production), 2. safety (low power density), 3. environment (reduction of impact) is presented. The emphasis which is put on the reliability of performed neutronic calculations (e.g. resonance self-shielding) permits one to recognize the advantages of fusion breeder as confirmed and its development as deserving a significant support. (author)

  10. Mobile Tritium Removal Facility - an affordable option?

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    Tritium removal facilities are only likely to be an issue when CANDU plants have matured and the increasing tritium levels in the water have become intolerable from a personnel health physics perspective. Even then some station owners claim that a Tritium removal facility is unnecessary, because improved health physics performance and practices is all that is required to protect against possible personnel exposure. To support this argument it is also true to say that the tritium accumulation does stabilize, and will reach a stage where the tritium content will no longer increase. However for station owners that support the view that they follow an ALARA principle in which only the lowest level achievable is acceptable, a tritium extraction plant when the plant is new or one built later when the plant is operating and in mid life, both have arguments to support the expense. For a CANDU reactor in mid-life, there are two options for siting the Tritium Removal Facility (TRF): Stationary Option which will require permanent structures for each station; and, Mobile Option which considers a complete TRF that can be moved from station to station. In most existing CANDU-6 stations, no provisions have been made to construct and operate a TRF. This would make the Stationary Option costly because space would have to be provided and newly added infrastructure would have to be installed. With appropriate seismic qualification and following the necessary codes and standards, a Mobile TRF unit could be more cost effective, particularly if there were a possibility to share the unit with other stations in like position. (author)

  11. U.S. reference paper on national decisions on breeder development and deployment

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    Factors involved in making national decisions on the deployment of breeder reactor systems are identified in terms of a nation's potential for electrification, capital resources, the available industrial and manpower infrastructure and importance attached to energy independence and the degree to which a breeder program can help realize this objective in the time scale of interest. The specific factors analysed are: the high capital cost of the breeder and the one-time transition costs to bring the breeder to maturity the high breeder research, development and demonstration costs, the impact of discount rate, and the fuel cycle costs, e.g. indigeneous facilities or purchase of services. A principal conclusion of this paper is that nations may find it more economical to continue to deploy LWRs for a number of years rather than to consider the breeder option because of the initial high breeder capital cost and high breeder R and D costs

  12. Status and prospects of thermal breeders and their effect on fuel utilization

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    The report evaluates the extent to which thermal breeders and near-breeders might complement fast breeders or serve as an alternative in solving the long-term nuclear fuel supply problem. It considers in a general way issues such as proliferation, safety, environmental impacts, economics, power plant availability and fuel cycle versatility in order to determine whether thermal breeder reactors offer advantages or disadvantages with respect to such issues

  13. Tritium in the Savannah River Site environment

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    Murphy, C.E. Jr.; Bauer, L.R.; Hayes, D.W.; Marter, W.L.; Zeigler, C.C.; Stephenson, D.E.; Hoel, D.D.; Hamby, D.M.

    1991-05-01

    Tritium is released to the environment from many of the operations at the Savannah River Site. The releases from each facility to the atmosphere and to the soil and streams, both from normal operations and inadvertent releases, over the period of operation from the early 1950s through 1988 are presented. The fate of the tritium released is evaluated through environmental monitoring, special studies, and modeling. It is concluded that approximately 91% of the tritium remaining after decay is now in the oceans. A dose and risk assessment to the population around the site is presented. It is concluded that about 0.6 fatal cancers may be associated with the tritium released during all the years of operation to the population of about 625,000. This same population (based on the overall US cancer statistics) is expected to experience about 105,000 cancer fatalities from all types of cancer. Therefore, it is considered unlikely that a relationship between any of the cancer deaths occurring in this population and releases of tritium from the SRS will be found.

  14. A compact tritium AMS system

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    Chiarappa, M L; Dingley, K H; Hamm, R W; Love, A H; Roberts, M L

    1999-09-23

    Tritium ({sup 3}H) is a radioisotope that is extensively utilized in biological and environmental research. For biological research, {sup 3}H is generally quantified by liquid scintillation counting requiring gram-sized samples and counting times of several hours. For environmental research, {sup 3}H is usually quantified by {sup 3}He in-growth which requires gram-sized samples and in-growth times of several months. In contrast, provisional studies at LLNL's Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry have demonstrated that Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) can be used to quantify {sup 3}H in milligram-sized biological samples with a 100 to 1000-fold improvement in detection limits when compared to scintillation counting. This increased sensitivity is expected to have great impact in the biological and environmental research community. However in order to make the {sup 3}H AMS technique more broadly accessible, smaller, simpler, and less expensive AMS instrumentation must be developed. To meet this need, a compact, relatively low cost prototype {sup 3}H AMS system has been designed and built based on a LLNL ion source/sample changer and an AccSys Technology, Inc. Radio Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) linac. With the prototype system, {sup 3}/{sup 1}H ratios ranging from 1 x 10{sup -10} to 1 x 10{sup -13} have to be measured from milligram sized samples. With improvements in system operation and sample preparation methodology, the sensitivity limit of the system is expected to increase to approximately 1 x 10{sup -15}.

  15. Fission-suppressed hybrid reactor: the fusion breeder

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    Results of a conceptual design study of a 233U-producing fusion breeder are presented. The majority of the study was devoted to conceptual design and evaluation of a fission-suppressed blanket and to fuel cycle issues such as fuel reprocessing, fuel handling, and fuel management. Studies in the areas of fusion engineering, reactor safety, and economics were also performed

  16. DeBeNe Test Facilities for Fast Breeder Development

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    This report gives an overview and a short description of the test facilities constructed and operated within the collaboration for fast breeder development in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The facilities are grouped into Sodium Loops (Large Facilities and Laboratory Loops), Special Equipment including Hot Cells and Reprocessing, Test Facilities without Sodium, Zero Power Facilities and In-pile Loops including Irradiation Facilities

  17. Fission-suppressed hybrid reactor: the fusion breeder

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    Moir, R.W.; Lee, J.D.; Coops, M.S.

    1982-12-01

    Results of a conceptual design study of a /sup 233/U-producing fusion breeder are presented. The majority of the study was devoted to conceptual design and evaluation of a fission-suppressed blanket and to fuel cycle issues such as fuel reprocessing, fuel handling, and fuel management. Studies in the areas of fusion engineering, reactor safety, and economics were also performed.

  18. Symposium on key questions about the fast breeder reactor

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    Except for several introductions on various aspects of the fast breeder reactor development this paper contains the full texts of the discussions held in the sub-groups panels on resp. technical matters, environment and health, society, politics and economics. The main issues of each discussion are summarized

  19. Feeding broiler breeder flocks in relation to bird welfare aspects

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    Jong, de I.C.; Krimpen, van M.M.

    2011-01-01

    To ensure health and reproductive capacity of the birds, broiler breeders are fed restricted during the rearing period, and to a lesser extent also during the production period. Although restricted feeding improves health and thereby bird welfare, on the other hand the birds are chronically hungry a

  20. Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant Project: construction schedule

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    The construction schedule for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant and its evolution are described. The initial schedule basis, changes necessitated by the evaluation of the overall plant design, and constructability improvements that have been effected to assure adherence to the schedule are presented. The schedule structure and hierarchy are discussed, as are tools used to define, develop, and evaluate the schedule

  1. Tritium in surface water of the Yenisei river Basin

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    The paper reports an investigation of the tritium content in the surface waters of the Yenisei River basin near the Mining-and-Chemical Combine (MCC). In 2001-2003 the maximum tritium concentration in the Yenisei River did not exceed 4±1 Bq/L. It has been found that there are surface waters containing enhanced tritium, up to 168 Bq/L, as compared with the background values for the Yenisei River. There are two possible sources of tritium input. First, the last operating reactor of the MCC, which still uses the Yenisei water as coolant. Second, tritium may come from the deep aquifers at the Severny testing site. For the first time tritium has been found in two aquatic plant species of the Yenisei River with maximal tritium concentration 304 Bq/Kg wet weight. Concentration factors of tritium for aquatic plants are much higher than 1

  2. Status of fast breeder reactor development in the United States

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    The energy policy of the United States is aimed at shifting as rapidly as practicable from an oil dependent economy to one that relies heavily on other fuels and energy sources. Nuclear power Is now and is expected to continue to be an important factor in achieving this goal. If nuclear power is to contribute to a solution of future energy needs, demonstration of the breeder reactor as a viable source of essentially inexhaustible energy supply is essential. The US DOE program for development of the fast breeder reactor has witnessed some notable events in the past year. Foremost among these Is the successful operational testing of the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), located at.the Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory. The reactor reached full design power of 400 MW(t) on December 21, 1980, and has performed remarkably close to design specifications. Design of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant (CRBRP), a 375 MW(e) LMFBR, is now over 80 percent complete. About $530 million in components have been ordered; component deliveries total approximately $124 million; work-in-process totals another $204 million. Construction of the plant, however, has been suspended since 1977. With the concurrence of the U.S. Congress and approvals from the appropriate authorities work on the safety review and site clearing for construction can resume. The Conceptual Design Study for a large, 1000 MW(e) LMFBR Large Developmental Plant was recently completed on a schedule commensurate with submission of a full report to the Congress at the end of March, 1981. This report is the culmination of a study which began in October, 1978 and involved contributions from U.S. reactor manufacturers and US DOE laboratories. The US DOE is carrying forward a comprehensive technology development program. This effort provides direct support to the FFTF and CRBRP projects and to the LDP. It also supports technology development which is generic to the overall LMFBR program. Funding for breeder

  3. Advancement Of Tritium Powered Betavoltaic Battery Systems

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    Staack, G. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Gaillard, J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Hitchcock, D. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Peters, B. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Colon-Mercado, H. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Teprovich, J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Coughlin, J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Neikirk, K. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Fisher, C. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2015-10-14

    Due to their decades-long service life and reliable power output under extreme conditions, betavoltaic batteries offer distinct advantages over traditional chemical batteries, especially in applications where frequent battery replacement is hazardous, or cost prohibitive. Although many beta emitting isotopes exist, tritium is considered ideal in betavoltaic applications for several reasons: 1) it is a “pure” beta emitter, 2) the beta is not energetic enough to damage the semiconductor, 3) it has a moderately long half-life, and 4) it is readily available. Unfortunately, the widespread application of tritium powered betavoltaics is limited, in part, by their low power output. This research targets improving the power output of betavoltaics by increasing the flux of beta particles to the energy conversion device (the p-n junction) through the use of low Z nanostructured tritium trapping materials.

  4. A review of tritium conversion reactions

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    The chemical processes by which elemental tritium can be converted to tritiated water have been examined by reviewing the available literature on these processes. It would appear that gas phase conversion reactions at room temperature are slow and that they do not contribute significantly to any observed conversion following releases of elemental tritium. The effects of surfaces are not clearly understood. Metals, however, can increase the rate over the gas phase processes, but the magnitude of this increase is not well documented. Further work is necessary to examine the effects of various materials, elevated temperatures, and other parameters on conversion reactions in order to more closely reflect conditions in reactor buildings and other tritium containing facilities

  5. Low-exposure tritium radiotoxicity in mammals

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    Dobson, R.L.

    1982-02-11

    Studies of tritium radiotoxicity involving chronic /sup 3/H0H exposures in mammals demonstrate in both mice and monkeys that biological effects can be measured following remarkably low levels of exposure - levels in the range of serious practical interest to radiation protection. These studies demonstrate also that deleterious effects of /sup 3/H beta radiation do not differ significantly from those of gamma radiation at high exposures. In contrast, however, at low exposures tritium is significantly more effective than gamma rays, rad for rad, by a factor approaching 3. This is important for hazard evaluation and radiation protection because knowledge concerning biological effects of chronic low-level radiation exposure has come mainly from gamma-ray data; and predictions based on gamma-ray data will underestimate tritium effects - especially at low exposures - unless the RBE is fully taken into account.

  6. Calibration for Radiation Protection Equipment for the Measuring Airborne Tritium

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    2012-01-01

    <正>Monitoring airborne tritium is an important routine work in heavy water reactor nuclear power stations and the units related with tritium. Nowadays direct measuring instruments like hand carrying tritium monitors are more often used in routine workshop environment check. Need for calibrating such monitors was suggested. A trial work about the calibration for radiation protection equipment for measuring airborne tritium was carried out with a domestic standard EJ/T 1077-1998 equivalent that of IEC 710.

  7. Tritium Research Laboratory safety analysis report

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    Wright, D.A.

    1979-03-01

    Design and operational philosophy has been evolved to keep radiation exposures to personnel and radiation releases to the environment as low as reasonably achievable. Each experiment will be doubly contained in a glove box and will be limited to 10 grams of tritium gas. Specially designed solid-hydride storage beds may be used to store temporarily up to 25 grams of tritium in the form of tritides. To evaluate possible risks to the public or the environment, a review of the Sandia Laboratories Livermore (SLL) site was carried out. Considered were location, population, land use, meteorology, hydrology, geology, and seismology. The risks and the extent of damage to the TRL and vital systems were evaluated for flooding, lightning, severe winds, earthquakes, explosions, and fires. All of the natural phenomena and human error accidents were considered credible, although the extent of potential damage varied. However, rather than address the myriad of specific individual consequences of each accident scenario, a worst-case tritium release caused indirectly by an unspecified natural phenomenon or human error was evaluated. The maximum credible radiological accident is postulated to result from the release of the maximum quantity of gas from one experiment. Thus 10 grams of tritium gas was used in the analysis to conservatively estimate the maximum whole-body dose of 1 rem at the site boundary and a maximum population dose of 600 man-rem. Accidental release of this amount of tritium implies simultaneous failure of two doubly contained systems, an occurrence considered not credible. Nuclear criticality is impossible in this facility. Based upon the analyses performed for this report, we conclude that the Tritium Research Laboratory can be operated without undue risk to employees, the general public, or the environment. (ERB)

  8. Global environmental transport models for tritium

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    In this paper we discuss some of the obstacles to the construction of credible models of global tritium transport for use in dose assessments. We illustrate these difficulties by comparing model predictions of environmental tritium levels with measurements. Monitoring of tritium has shown that specific activities in precipitation over land are typically higher by a factor of three to four than those in precipitation over the oceans. Experience with modeling CO2 turnover in the oceans has led to the conclusion that two-box reservoir models of the ocean often give unsatisfactory representations of transient solutions. Failure to consider these factors in global models can lead to distorted estimates of collective dose and create difficulties in validation of the model against real data. We illustrate these problems with a seven-box model recommended by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements in which we forced the atmospheric compartment to reproduce an exogenous function based on historic observations of HTO in precipitation at 500N. The fresh water response underestimates data from the Ottawa River by a factor of about five, and the ocean surface response overestimates tritium data from the surface waters of the Northern Pacific by nearly an order of magnitude. Revision of the model to include (1) separate over-land and over-ocean compartments of the atmosphere and (2) a box-diffusion model of the subsurface ocean brings the discrepant responses into good agreement with the environmental data. In a second exercise, we used a latitudinally disaggregated model and replaced a tropospheric compartment in the northern hemisphere by historic precipitation data. The model's response greatly underestimates the tritium specific activity in the southern hemisphere. These exercises lead us to doubt that a proper global transport model for tritium is available at present for collective dose assessment. 12 refs., 3 figs

  9. Tritium effects on germ cells and fertility

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    Primordial oocytes in juvenile mice show acute gamma-ray LD50 as low as 6 rad. This provides opportunities for determining dose-response relations at low doses and chronic exposure in the intact animal - conditions of particular interest for hazard evaluation. Examined in this way, 3HOH in body water is found to kill murine oocytes exponentially with dose, the LD50 level for chronic exposure being only 2μCi/ml (delivering 0.4 rad/day). At very low doses and dose rates, where comparisons between tritium and other radiations are of special significance for radiological protection, the RBE of tritium compared with 60Co gamma radiation reaches approximately 3. Effects on murine fertility from tritium-induced oocyte loss have been quantified by reproductive capacity measurements. Chronic low-level exposure has been examined also in three primate species - squirrel, rhesus, and bonnet monkeys. In squirrel monkeys the ovarian germ-cell supply is 99% destroyed by the time of birth from prenatal exposure to body-water levels of 3HOH (administered in maternal drinking water) of only 3 μCi/ml, the LD50 level being 0.5 μCi/ml (giving 0.1 rad/day), one fourth that in mice. Though not completely ruled out, similar high sensitivity of female germ cells has not been found in macaques; and it probably does not occur in man. The exquisite radiosensitivity of primordial oocytes in mice is apparently due to vulnerability of the plasma membrane (or something of similar geometry and location), not DNA. Evidence for this comes from tritium data as well as neutron studies. Tritium administered as 3HOH, and therefore generally distributed, is much more effective in killing murine oocytes than is tritium administered as 3H-TdR, localized in the nucleus. This situation in the mouse may have implications for estimating radiation genetic risk in the human female

  10. The breeder spent fuel packaging and transportation program

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    The Breeder Spent Fuel Handling and Transportation Program of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) was established in 1983 in order to develop a reliable planning base for interface development at the back end of the liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) fuel cycle. It began by addressing the immediate interface needs between the planned Clinch River Breeder Reactor, near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the proposed Breeder Reprocessing Engineering Test Facility at Richland, Washington, and concluded by providing a developmental plan leading to a sodium-cooled spent breeder fuel transportation cask for a mature 20-reactor LMFBR industry in the year 2025. During the formulation of this plan, as well as during the technology development that constituted the programme, liaison between the DOE and the concerned private industry operations was maintained by frequent meetings. As a result of functional considerations, it was decided that a legal truck-weight stainless steel multi-assembly package would both be economical and would have unlimited routine possibilities and facility access. As the detailed conceptual design emerged, it included remotely workable, spring-loaded, captive bolts to reduce occupational exposure, internal integral impact limiters and a structurally promising depleted uranium gamma shield. Modular baskets of a boron-aluminium alloy, produced by Fonderies Montupet of France, would enhance criticality control and heat transfer, as well as allowing for either a spent fuel or high level waste payload. While preliminary calculations have qualified the structure and shielding, heat transfer from a six-assembly payload still poses problems. Details are discussed in the paper. (author)

  11. Status of R&D on Tritium Permeation Barrier Coatings for Tritium Breeding Blanket of Fusion Reactor

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    The paper overviewed the recent progress in the application of several typical tritium permeation barrier (TPB) coatings and their corresponding fabrication technologies for tritium breeding blanket of fusion reactor. According to the design requirements of

  12. Tritium Aging Effects in Palladium on Kieselguhr

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    Shanahan, K.L. [Westinghouse Savannah River Company, AIKEN, SC (United States); Holder, J.S.; Wermer, J.R.

    1998-10-01

    50 weight % Pd on kieselguhr (Pd/k) is used in hydrogen isotope separation processes at the Savannah River Site. Long term aging studies on this material were undertaken in June, 1992. P-c-T data showing the aging effect of tritium loading for long periods will be presented and discussed covering from June, 1992 to March, 1997. Lowering of plateau pressures and increasing indications of in homogeneities have been observed in both tritium and deuterium absorption isotherms at 0 C, and desorption isotherms at 80 and 120 C.

  13. Tritium Systems Test Assembly operator training program

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    Proper operator training is needed to help ensure the safe operation of fusion facilities by personnel who are qualified to carry out their assigned responsibilities. Operators control and monitor the Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) during normal, emergency, and maintenance phases. Their performance is critical both to operational safety, assuring no release of tritium to the atmosphere, and to the successful simulation of the fusion reaction progress. Through proper training we are helping assure that TSTA facility operators perform their assignments in a safe and efficient manner and that the operators maintain high levels of operational proficiency through continuing training, retraining, requalification, and recertification

  14. Atmospheric tritium. Progress report, July 1, 1975--March 31, 1976

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    Progress is reported in the development of field equipment for sampling tritium in environmental samples. The performance of prototype tritiated hydrocarbon samples is discussed. Data are presented on the content of tritium in samples of rain water collected in Miami, Florida, Western Samoa, and Barbados during 1975, and tritium compounds in atmospheric samples collected at various world locations during 1975

  15. Tritium handling experience at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

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    Suppiah, S.; McCrimmon, K.; Lalonde, S.; Ryland, D.; Boniface, H.; Muirhead, C.; Castillo, I. [Atomic Energy of Canad Limited - AECL, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, ON (Canada)

    2015-03-15

    Canada has been a leader in tritium handling technologies as a result of the successful CANDU reactor technology used for power production. Over the last 50 to 60 years, capabilities have been established in tritium handling and tritium management in CANDU stations, tritium removal processes for heavy and light water, tritium measurement and monitoring, and understanding the effects of tritium on the environment. This paper outlines details of tritium-related work currently being carried out at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). It concerns the CECE (Combined Electrolysis and Catalytic Exchange) process for detritiation, tritium-compatible electrolysers, tritium permeation studies, and tritium powered batteries. It is worth noting that AECL offers a Tritium Safe-Handling Course to national and international participants, the course is a mixture of classroom sessions and hands-on practical exercises. The expertise and facilities available at AECL is ready to address technological needs of nuclear fusion and next-generation nuclear fission reactors related to tritium handling and related issues.

  16. Two dimensional distribution of tritium breeding ratio and induced activity in Japanese water cooled and helium cooled test blanket modules

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    Solid breeder blankets are regarded as a near-at-hand blanket concept for a fusion power demonstration plant in Japan. Test blanket module (TBM) to be tested in ITER is the most important milestone to establish the fusion demonstration blanket. For the candidate TBM's, two types of TBM, water cooled solid breeder TBM, and a helium gas cooled solid breeder TBM have been proposed and designed in JAERI. For detailed performance study under operation and after shut down, detailed neutronics analysis gives the most important design conditions, such as, distribution of tritium breeding ratio, nuclear heating rate during operation, and induced activation and decay heat after termination of irradiation. In the analysis, neutron and gamma transportation was calculated by two dimensional analysis code, DOT3.5, for two TBMs. Nuclear reaction rate and induced activation rate were evaluated by APPLE-3 and ACT-4, respectively. The analysis model included configurations of thermo-mechanical test modules and surrounding common frames for both of He cooled and water cooled TBMs. By the neutronics analysis, TBR and contact dose rate by induced activation till one year after termination of the module testing have been evaluated. For the evaluation of induced activation level change and decay heat change, the transient decreases in one year after termination of the module testing have been calculated. The time duration of the module testing before termination of testing is assumed to be 133 continuous days of full power operation. The result of TBR analysis showed that TBR distribution in the toroidal direction of TBM is not significant, however, the neutron flux decreases in the region of sidewall of common frame made of SS and water. This result shows that there is relatively large neutron loss from the TBM to the common frame. Thus, it is considered that the TBR value observed in the TBM testing may be smaller than the estimation by one dimensional neutronics analysis which does

  17. The nuclear question at the start of the '80s: the breeder reactor

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    The four newspaper articles and the letter cover the following matters: general introduction about breeder reactors and the situation in Swedish politics; visit to Dounreay to discuss breeder reactors (breeding, safety, plutonium production, radiation protection); PuO2-UO2 mixed fuel; description of breeder reactors; efficiency in use of U-235; DFR and PFR; breeder reactors in Swedish politics (arguments for and against nuclear power in general, breeder reactors in particular); discussion of the future of nuclear power in Sweden. (U.K.)

  18. Dental ceramics: An update

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    Shenoy Arvind; Shenoy Nina

    2010-01-01

    In the last few decades, there have been tremendous advances in the mechanical properties and methods of fabrication of ceramic materials. While porcelain-based materials are still a major component of the market, there have been moves to replace metal ceramics systems with all ceramic systems. Advances in bonding techniques have increased the range and scope for use of ceramics in dentistry. In this brief review, we will discuss advances in ceramic materials and fabrication techniques. Examp...

  19. Procurement of tritium for fusion reactor. A design study of facility for production of fusion fuel tritium

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    Tritium, a developmental fuel for use in fusion reactors, has been produced in fission research reactors in Japan by extraction from neutron-irradiated 6Li-targets. This paper describes the preliminary design of a large-scale production facility capable of producing 500 g of tritium annually. The present status of tritium production technology in Japan is also discussed. (author)

  20. Development of tritium transport package for ITER SDS supply

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    ITER is the next generation fusion machine with the fuel of deuterium and tritium. The transport of large amounts of tritium is an important issue from viewpoints of fuel supply and safety. For the shipment of tritium to the ITER site, a transport container needs to be developed and licensed as type B(U) package. It is an ITER requirement to transport tritium as metal tritide, which has been considered to be the safest way for tritium transport. There are not many available licensed packages on the market today. Examples are the WSRC Hydride Transport Vessel (HTV), which can be loaded with up to 18 g tritium in uranium tritide powder and JAERI Type B(U) package with capacity up to 25 g tritium in ZrCo tritide material. JAERI (now JAEA) has proposed a 250 g capacity tritium transport package for future fusion reactors. The design would utilize ZrCo to form the metal tritide to store the tritium. This new package would have a volume of only approximately 50% more than that of the 25 g capacity package and would be capable of repeated use. The tritium will be transported from tritium production sites, mainly the CANDU type reactor sites to ITER tritium plant building. According to the tritium supply plan derived from the operation and experiment plan of ITER, it is necessary to develop a large capacity tritium transport package which is licensed for international transportation. In 2009, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) was commissioned the work of developing the tritium transport package from ITER Organization and the first stage of the development has been just finished. The interfaces of the package with related equipment/facilities were identified and the basic design and preliminary safety analyses were successfully performed. This paper describes the design requirements, basic design and the structural and thermal evaluation results of the developed package under the hypothetical accident conditions

  1. [Mechanism of tritium persistence in porous media like clay minerals].

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    Wu, Dong-Jie; Wang, Jin-Sheng; Teng, Yan-Guo; Zhang, Ke-Ni

    2011-03-01

    To investigate the mechanisms of tritium persistence in clay minerals, three types of clay soils (montmorillonite, kaolinite and illite) and tritiated water were used in this study to conduct the tritium sorption tests and the other related tests. Firstly, the ingredients, metal elements and heat properties of clay minerals were studied with some instrumental analysis methods, such as ICP and TG. Secondly, with a specially designed fractionation and condensation experiment, the adsorbed water, the interlayer water and the structural water in the clay minerals separated from the tritium sorption tests were fractionated for investigating the tritium distributions in the different types of adsorptive waters. Thirdly, the location and configuration of tritium adsorbed into the structure of clay minerals were studied with infrared spectrometry (IR) tests. And finally, the forces and mechanisms for driving tritium into the clay minerals were analyzed on the basis of the isotope effect of tritium and the above tests. Following conclusions have been reached: (1) The main reason for tritium persistence in clay minerals is the entrance of tritium into the adsorbed water, the interlayer water and the structural water in clay minerals. The percentage of tritium distributed in these three types of adsorptive water are in the range of 13.65% - 38.71%, 0.32% - 5.96%, 1.28% - 4.37% of the total tritium used in the corresponding test, respectively. The percentages are different for different types of clay minerals. (2) Tritium adsorbed onto clay minerals are existed in the forms of the tritiated hydroxyl radical (OT) and the tritiated water molecule (HTO). Tritium mainly exists in tritiated water molecule for adsorbed water and interlayer water, and in tritiated hydroxyl radical for structural water. (3) The forces and effects driving tritium into the clay minerals may include molecular dispersion, electric charge sorption, isotope exchange and tritium isotope effect.

  2. Tritium dynamics in soils and plants at a tritium processing facility in Canada

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    Mihok, S.; St-Amanat, N.; Kwamena, N.O. [Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (Canada); Clark, I.; Wilk, M.; Lapp, A. [University of Ottawa (Canada)

    2014-07-01

    The dynamics of tritium released as tritiated water (HTO) have been studied extensively with results incorporated into environmental models such as CSA N288.1 used for regulatory purposes in Canada. The dispersion of tritiated gas (HT) and rates of oxidation to HTO have been studied under controlled conditions, but there are few studies under natural conditions. HT is a major component of the tritium released from a gaseous tritium light manufacturing facility in Canada (CNSC INFO-0798). To support the improvement of models, a garden was set up in one summer near this facility in a spot with tritium in air averaging ∼ 5 Bq/m{sup 3} HTO (passive diffusion monitors). Atmospheric stack releases (575 GBq/week) were recorded weekly. HT releases occur mainly during working hours with an HT:HTO ratio of 2.6 as measured at the stack. Soils and plants (leaves/stems and roots/tubers) were sampled for HTO and organically-bound tritium (OBT) weekly. Active day-night monitoring of air was conducted to interpret tritium dynamics relative to weather and solar radiation. The experimental design included a plot of natural grass/soil, contrasted with grass (sod) and Swiss chard, pole beans and potatoes grown in barrels under different irrigation regimes (in local topsoil at 29 Bq/L HTO, 105 Bq/L OBT). All treatments were exposed to rain (80 Bq/L) and atmospheric releases of tritium (weekdays), and reflux of tritium from soils (initial conditions of 284 Bq/L HTO, 3,644 Bq/L OBT) from 20 years of operations. Three irrigation regimes were used for barrel plants to mimic home garden management: rain only, low tritium tap water (5 Bq/L), and high tritium well water (mean 10,013 Bq/L). This design provided a range of plants and starting conditions with contrasts in initial HTO/OBT activity in soils, and major tritium inputs from air versus water. Controls were two home gardens far from any tritium sources. Active air monitoring indicated that the plume was only occasionally present for

  3. Tritium dynamics in soils and plants at a tritium processing facility in Canada

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    The dynamics of tritium released as tritiated water (HTO) have been studied extensively with results incorporated into environmental models such as CSA N288.1 used for regulatory purposes in Canada. The dispersion of tritiated gas (HT) and rates of oxidation to HTO have been studied under controlled conditions, but there are few studies under natural conditions. HT is a major component of the tritium released from a gaseous tritium light manufacturing facility in Canada (CNSC INFO-0798). To support the improvement of models, a garden was set up in one summer near this facility in a spot with tritium in air averaging ∼ 5 Bq/m3 HTO (passive diffusion monitors). Atmospheric stack releases (575 GBq/week) were recorded weekly. HT releases occur mainly during working hours with an HT:HTO ratio of 2.6 as measured at the stack. Soils and plants (leaves/stems and roots/tubers) were sampled for HTO and organically-bound tritium (OBT) weekly. Active day-night monitoring of air was conducted to interpret tritium dynamics relative to weather and solar radiation. The experimental design included a plot of natural grass/soil, contrasted with grass (sod) and Swiss chard, pole beans and potatoes grown in barrels under different irrigation regimes (in local topsoil at 29 Bq/L HTO, 105 Bq/L OBT). All treatments were exposed to rain (80 Bq/L) and atmospheric releases of tritium (weekdays), and reflux of tritium from soils (initial conditions of 284 Bq/L HTO, 3,644 Bq/L OBT) from 20 years of operations. Three irrigation regimes were used for barrel plants to mimic home garden management: rain only, low tritium tap water (5 Bq/L), and high tritium well water (mean 10,013 Bq/L). This design provided a range of plants and starting conditions with contrasts in initial HTO/OBT activity in soils, and major tritium inputs from air versus water. Controls were two home gardens far from any tritium sources. Active air monitoring indicated that the plume was only occasionally present for

  4. Measurement of properties of ceramic breeder materials for fusion reactor. Towards work function measurement under irradiation

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    The 'High Temperature Kelvin Probe' was employed to study the effect of hydrogen on the surface of Li2O. The results revealed that the work function change was insensitive to the abrupt change of oxygen potential induced by H2 addition, in contrast to the results of Li4SiO4 as were previously obtained by the present authors. An attempt is now being made to modify the current system so as to be able to measure 'in-situ' the work function change caused by irradiation. As a preliminary step, an Au foil was irradiated by a proton beam by use of an accelerator, in order to evaluate the work function change of a reference electrode if the probe were exposed to irradiation. (author)

  5. Measurement of properties of ceramic breeder materials for fusion reactor. Towards work function measurement under irradiation

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    Yamawaki, Michio; Yamaguchi, Kenji; Suzuki, Atsushi [Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Hayashi, Kimio

    2000-01-01

    The 'High Temperature Kelvin Probe' was employed to study the effect of hydrogen on the surface of Li{sub 2}O. The results revealed that the work function change was insensitive to the abrupt change of oxygen potential induced by H{sub 2} addition, in contrast to the results of Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} as were previously obtained by the present authors. An attempt is now being made to modify the current system so as to be able to measure 'in-situ' the work function change caused by irradiation. As a preliminary step, an Au foil was irradiated by a proton beam by use of an accelerator, in order to evaluate the work function change of a reference electrode if the probe were exposed to irradiation. (author)

  6. Elements of thought on the health risk associated to tritium

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    This report addresses and analyses the health problematic set by tritium and assesses the robustness of the radiation protection system with respect to this radionuclide by highlighting the lack of scientific knowledge on biological effects, and researches to be promoted. After a presentation of epidemiologic and dosimetric approaches of the radiological risk assessment, the authors discuss results and knowledge gained by epidemiologic studies on the risk associated to tritium for mankind, and discuss the knowledge on biological effects of tritium and on the relative biological effectiveness of tritium. The report finally discusses the possibility of reconsidering the radiation weighting factor in the case of tritium

  7. Development of nuclear micro-battery with solid tritium source

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    A micro-battery powered by tritium is being developed to utilize tritium produced from the Wolsong Tritium Removal Facility. The 3D p-n junction device has been designed and fabricated for energy conversion. Titanium tritide is adopted to increase tritium density and safety. Sub micron films or nano-powders of titanium tritide is applied on silicon semiconductor device to reduce the self absorption of beta rays. Until now protium has been used instead of tritium for safety. Hydrogen was absorbed up to atomic ratio of ∼1.3 and ∼1.7 in titanium powders and films, respectively.

  8. Comparative study of the tritium distribution in metals

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    Perevezentsev, A.N. [EURATOM/UKAEA Fusion Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom)], E-mail: alexander.perevezentsev@iter.org; Bell, A.C. [EURATOM/UKAEA Fusion Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom); Rivkis, L.A.; Filin, V.M.; Gushin, V.V.; Belyakov, M.I.; Bulkin, V.I.; Kravchenko, I.M.; Ionessian, I.A. [All-Russia Institute of Inorganic Materials, 123060, P.O. Box 369, VNIINM, Moscow (Russian Federation); Torikai, Y.; Matsuyama, M.; Watanabe, K. [Hydrogen Isotope Research Center, University of Toyama, Gofuku 3190, Toyama 930-8555 (Japan); Markin, A.I. [State Scientific Center TRINITI, 142190 Moscow Region (Russian Federation)

    2008-01-31

    Coupons of stainless steel, Inconel, beryllium, copper and aluminium bronze were exposed to tritium in hydrogen gas mixtures over a wide range of parameters: temperature up to 770 K, pressure from 1 x 10{sup -4} MPa to 0.05 MPa, tritium concentration from 1 at.% to 98 at.%. The tritium concentration on the surface and distribution through the metals were measured using radiography, radioluminography, {beta}-ray induced X-ray spectroscopy and acid etching methods. The effect of metal processing, such as forging, polishing and heat treatment on the tritium distribution was studied along with parameters relating to the exposure of the metal to tritium.

  9. Quantitative determination of tritium in metals and oxides

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    Metallic samples are analyzed for tritium by heating the sample at 1225 K in a moist oxygen stream. The volatile products are trapped and the tritium is quantitatively determined by scintillation spectroscopy. The method is used to determine less than 1 ppb of tritium in 100-mg samples of lithium, iron, nickel, cerium, plutonium, and plutonium dioxide. Analysis of 18 cuts of a tritium-zirconium, copper foil standard over a 3-yr period showed a tritium content of 45 ppM and a standard deviation of 6 ppM

  10. Organically bound tritium, OBT: Its true constitution

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    Full text: Tritium, which is analytically determined to be non-exchangeable bound in tissue solids, is assumed to be bound to carbon. Furthermore, it follows that the biochemical passways by photosynthesis or enzymatic transfer reactions are retarded by the kinetic isotope effect leading to discrimination of tritium in biomolecules. In contrast, the logistic growth analysis of plants discloses a larger intrinsic growth rate of OBT than of OBH, resulting in tritium accumulation in biomolecules. Exchange experiments providing fractionation factors of 1.4 and 2 confirm this accumulation. In summary a larger part of the so called OBT is not carbon bound but consists of tritium positioned in hydrogen bridges of biopolymers which have been occupied during formation of the molecules and which became later inaccessible for exchange (so called buried hydrogens). Furthermore, there are experimental results indicating even rapid exchange during the in vivo state but inhibited in the in vitro state, which is commonly given in bio samples prepared for analysis. (author)

  11. Assessment of Tritium in Production Workers

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    The tritium bioassay programme at the Savannah River Plant is geared for rapid urinalysis of large numbers of samples. More than 300 000. urine samples have been analysed in the past ten years. A liquid scintillation counting procedure currently used for analysis of urine samples is described. Untreated samples containing as little as 1μc of tritium per litre can be assayed in one minute. The detection limit for distilled urine is 5 x 10-4 μc of tritium per litre. Automation of equipment, optimum scintillation mixture and sample volumes, selection of reagents and counting containers, and elimination of interfering radionuclides are discussed: Empirical studies of biological half-life are summarized. In 310, cases where the initial-tritium conr centrations in urine ranged from 20 to 118 μc/l the average biological half-life was 9.5 d. The half-life varied inversely fwith ambient temperature and'age of employees. (author)

  12. Tritium chemistry in fission and fusion reactors

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    We are interested in the behaviour of tritium inside the solids where it is generated both in the case of fission nuclear reactor fuel elements, and in that of blankets of future fusion reactor. In the first case it is desirable to be able to predict whether tritium will be found in the hulls or in the uranium oxide, and under what chemical form, in order to take appropriate steps for it's removal in reprocessing plants. In fusion reactors breeding large amounts of tritium and burning it in the plasma should be accomplished in as short a cycle as possible in order to limit inventories that are associated with huge activities. Mastering the chemistry of every step is therefore essential. Amounts generated are not of the same order of magnitude in the two cases studied. Ternary fissions produce about 66 1013Bq (18 000 Ci) per year of tritium in a 1000 MWe fission generator, i.e., about 1.8 1010Bq (0.5 Ci) per day per ton of fuel

  13. Stereo and regioselectivity in ''Activated'' tritium reactions

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    To investigate the stereo and positional selectivity of the microwave discharge activation (MDA) method, the tritium labeling of several amino acids was undertaken. The labeling of L-valine and the diastereomeric pair L-isoleucine and L-alloisoleucine showed less than statistical labeling at the α-amino C-H position mostly with retention of configuration. Labeling predominated at the single β C-H tertiary (methyne) position. The labeling of L-valine and L-proline with and without positive charge on the α-amino group resulted in large increases in specific activity (greater than 10-fold) when positive charge was removed by labeling them as their sodium carboxylate salts. Tritium NMR of L-proline labeled both as its zwitterion and sodium salt showed also large differences in the tritium distribution within the molecule. The distribution preferences in each of the charge states are suggestive of labeling by an electrophilic like tritium species(s). 16 refs., 5 tabs

  14. Small system for tritium accelerator mass spectrometry

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    Roberts, Mark L.; Davis, Jay C.

    1993-01-01

    Apparatus for ionizing and accelerating a sample containing isotopes of hydrogen and detecting the ratios of hydrogen isotopes contained in the sample is disclosed. An ion source generates a substantially linear ion beam including ions of tritium from the sample. A radio-frequency quadrupole accelerator is directly coupled to and axially aligned with the source at an angle of substantially zero degrees. The accelerator accelerates species of the sample having different mass to different energy levels along the same axis as the ion beam. A spectrometer is used to detect the concentration of tritium ions in the sample. In one form of the invention, an energy loss spectrometer is used which includes a foil to block the passage of hydrogen, deuterium and .sup.3 He ions, and a surface barrier or scintillation detector to detect the concentration of tritium ions. In another form of the invention, a combined momentum/energy loss spectrometer is used which includes a magnet to separate the ion beams, with Faraday cups to measure the hydrogen and deuterium and a surface barrier or scintillation detector for the tritium ions.

  15. Tritium liquid effluents from the Krsko NPP

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    In the past, 12-months' fuel cycles in the Krsko NPP had not caused any problems regarding compliance with its Technical Specifications and license limits on liquid tritium releases (20 TBq/year, 8 TBq/three months). The first 18-months' fuel cycle, which was introduced in 2004, required fuel with higher enrichment, higher boron concentration in the primary coolant and more fuel rods with burnable poisons. In 2005, the NPP operated without refueling outage for the whole year and produced the highest amount of energy so far. Due to these facts and a few unplanned shutdowns and power reductions, production of tritium and releases increased strongly in 2005. As a result, the Krsko NPP hardly succeeded to stay within regulatory limits on tritium releases. However, the three-months' limit was exceeded in the first quarter of 2006. On the basis of conclusions acquired from the SNSA's study and practice of other European countries the SNSA considerably increased the annual limit of permitted liquid tritium releases (from 20 TBq to 45 TBq) and abolished the three-months' limit. At the same time, the SNSA reduced the limit of fission and activation products by halves. (author)

  16. Standardization of Tritium Water by TDCR Method

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    吴永乐; 梁珺成; 柳加成; 熊文俊; 姚顺和; 郭晓清; 陈细林; 杨元第; 袁大庆

    2012-01-01

    The triple-to-double coincidence ratio (TDCR) method of liquid scintillation count- ing is an absolute measurement method of radioactivity. The formulation of the TDCR method and the established TDCR liquid scintillation counter are presented in this paper. The NIST standard reference material (SRM) of tritium water was measured to verify the performance of the TDCR liquid scintillation counter.

  17. Investigation of tritium in groundwater at Site 300

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    Buddemeier, R.W.

    1985-12-30

    In 1984, landfill monitoring wells at Site 300, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) explosive test site, revealed the presence of groundwater contaminated with tritium. These tritium levels were in excess of the State of California drinking water standard. A major investigation was initiated that included a search of records concerning tritium use, disposal, and previous analyses, and a survey of tritium levels in soil, vegetation, and water in contaminated and potentially contaminated areas. Over 50 boreholes were drilled for this investigation to characterize the local hydrogeology and tritium distributions, and a network of soil moisture and groundwater monitoring points was installed. This report presents the work completed through the end of September 1985: the records search; records for drilling completed as part of this study; characterization of the geology, hydrology, and tritium distributions in the contaminated area; and an initial assessment of the probable tritium sources, pathways, and migration rates. 19 refs.

  18. Global cycling of tritium and iodine-129

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    Dynamic linear compartmnt models are used widely to describe global cycling of environmental tritium and 129I. Important tests of these models by comparison of predictions with environmental data from anthropogenic sources are discussed. A tritium model, based on the global hydrologic cycle that reproduces time-series data from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing on concentrations in precipitation, ocean surface waters, and surface fresh waters in the northern hemisphere, concentrations of atmospheric tritium in the southern hemisphere, and the latitude-dependence of atmosperic tritium in both hemispheres is presented. The model includes: hemispheric stratosphere compartments; disaggregation of the troposphere and ocean surface waters into eight latitude zones; consideration of the different concentrations of water in air over land and the ocean in calculating the specific activity of atmospheric tritium; and use of a box-diffusion model for transport in the ocean. An important prediction of a global model for 129I, which we developed previously from data on cycling of naturally occurring stable iodine, is that the mean residence time in the first 1 m of surface soil is about 4000 y. However, a recent analysis of measured soil profiles of 129I near the Savannah River Plant, based on a linear compartment model for downward transport through soil, suggested that the mean residence time in the first 0.3 m is only about 40 y. A diffusion model is used to describe the measured soil profiles, and the resulting diffusion coefficient is shown to correspond to mean residence times in the first 0.3 m and 1 m of soil of about 80 and 900 y, respectively. The value for the first 1 m can be reconciled with the prediction of the global model

  19. The Reconcentration of Tritium by Distillation

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    A method of tritium reconcentration by the total reflux distillation of water under reduced pressure using random-packed columns was investigated. For the maximum removal of tritium from a one liter reservoir, operating periods of several weeks were required. For this a fully automatic fractionating system incorporating an apparatus for taking samples automatically under reduced pressure was developed to enable the distillation to proceed with the minimum of manual adjustment. To reduce the possibility of flooding at the base of the column due to gravity settling of the packing over long periods of time, a novel design feature was incorporated at the junction of the column and the reflux meter. The performance of several commercially available column packings was investigated in an aqueous environment. Details of the packing pre-treatment to inhibit maldistribution in a liquid of high surface tension are given and enrichment factors calculated. A low H.E.T.P. (height equivalent to a theoretical plate) of about 0.8 in has been achieved with pre-treated phosphor-bronze gauze rings in an aqueous environment. With a reservoir-to-boiler volume ratio of the order of 7 : 1, a maximum of 98% of the tritium in the reservoir was removed in 28 d continuous distillation with a throughput of 100 ml/h. This indicated a tritium reconcentration factor of 6.3. By increasing the throughput to 140 ml/h, 92% of the tritium was extracted in 11 d. The reproducibility of the reconcentration factor with time was, however, shown to vary, and the reasons for this are discussed in the paper. (author)

  20. Charge breeder for the SPIRAL1 upgrade: Preliminary results

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    Maunoury, L., E-mail: maunoury@ganil.fr; Delahaye, P.; Dubois, M.; Bajeat, O.; Frigot, R.; Jeanne, A.; Jardin, P.; Kamalou, O.; Lecomte, P.; Osmond, B.; Peschard, G.; Savalle, A. [GANIL, Bd H. Becquerel BP 55027, F-14076 Caen Cedex 05 (France); Angot, J.; Sole, P.; Lamy, T. [LPSC - Université Grenoble Alpes - CNRS/IN2P3, 53 rue des Martyrs, F-38026 Grenoble Cedex (France); Barton, C. [Department of Physics, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD (United Kingdom)

    2016-02-15

    In the framework of the SPIRAL1 upgrade under progress at the GANIL lab, the charge breeder based on a LPSC Phoenix ECRIS, first tested at ISOLDE has been modified to benefit of the last enhancements of this device from the 1+/n+ community. The modifications mainly concern the 1 + optics, vacuum techniques, and the RF—buffer gas injection into the charge breeder. Prior to its installation in the midst of the low energy beam line of the SPIRAL1 facility, it has been decided to qualify its performances and several operation modes at the test bench of LPSC lab. This contribution shall present preliminary results of experiments conducted at LPSC concerning the 1 + to n+ conversion efficiencies for noble gases as well as for alkali elements and the corresponding transformation times.

  1. Feasibility study on the thorium fueled boiling water breeder reactor

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    The feasibility of (Th,U)O 2 fueled, boiling water breeder reactor based on conventional BWR technology has been studied. In order to determine the potential use of water cooled thorium reactor as a competitive breeder, this study evaluated criticality, breeding and void reactivity coefficient in response to changes made in MFR and fissile enrichments. The result of the study shows that while using light water as moderator, low moderator to fuel volume ratio (MFR=0.5), it was possible to breed fissile fuel in negative void reactivity condition. However the burnup value was lower than the value of the current LWR. On the other hand, heavy water cooled reactor shows relatively wider feasible breeding region, which lead into possibility of designing a core having better neutronic and economic performance than light water with negative void reactivity coefficient. (authors)

  2. Role of the breeder in long-term energy economics

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    Private and public decisions affecting the use of nuclear and other energy technologies over a long-run time horizon were studied using the ETA-MACRO model which provides for economic- and energy-sector interactions. The impact on the use of competing energy technologies of a public decision to apply benefit-cost analysis to the production of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere is considered. Assuming the public choice is to impose an appropriate penalty tax on those technologies which generate CO2 and to allow decentralized private decisions to choose the optimal mix of energy technologies that maximize a nonlinear objective function subject to constraints, the study showed that breeder technology provides a much-larger share of domestically consumed energy. Having the breeder technology available as a substitute permits control of CO2 without significant reductions in consumption or gross national product growth paths

  3. Fast breeder reactors: Experience and trends. V. 2

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    The IAEA Symposium on ''Fast Breeder Reactors: Experience and Future Trends'' was held, at the invitation of the Government of France, in Lyons, France, on 22-26 July 1985. It was hosted by the French Commissariat a l'energie atomique and Electricite de France. The purpose of the Symposium was to review the experience gained so far in the field of LMFBRs, taking into account the constructional, operational, technological, economic and fuel cycle aspects, and to consider the developmental trends as well as the international co-operation in fast breeder reactor design and utilization. The Symposium was attended by almost 400 participants (340 participants, 35 observers and 20 journalists) from 25 countries and five international organizations. More than 80 papers were presented and discussed during six regular sessions and four poster sessions. A separate abstract was prepared for each of these papers

  4. Greater flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus are partial capital breeders

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    Rendón-Martos, Manuel; Rendón, Miguel A.; Garrido, Araceli; Amat, Juan A.

    2011-01-01

    Capital breeding refers to a strategy in which birds use body stores for egg formation, whereas income breeders obtain all resources for egg formation at breeding sites. Capital breeding should occur more in large-bodied species because the relative cost of carrying stores for egg formation becomes smaller with increasing body size. Based on a comparison between stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in potential prey at wintering sites and eggs, we examined whether greater flamingos use nutr...

  5. Longitudinal course of extrinsic allergic alveolitis in pigeon breeders.

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    Bourke, S. J.; Banham, S W; Carter, R; P. Lynch; Boyd, G.

    1989-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the longitudinal course of pigeon breeders' disease by evaluating 24 patients with the acute form of the disease 10 years after their original diagnosis. Twenty one patients attended for clinical assessment, pulmonary function studies, chest radiography, and antibody measurement. Eighteen had continued to keep pigeons, emphasising their commitment to the hobby. Despite continued antigen exposure pigeon related symptoms had improved in most patients and ...

  6. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors

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    The twenty-second Annual Meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors took place in Vienna, 18-21 April 1989. Nineteen representatives from twelve Member States and International Organizations attended the Meeting. This publication is a collection of presentations in which the participants reported the status of their national programmes on fast breeder reactors. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the twelve papers from this collections. Refs, figs, tabs and 1 graph

  7. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors

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    The present document contains information on the status of fast breeder reactor development and on worldwide activities in this advanced nuclear power technology during 1989 as reported at the 23rd meeting of the IWGFR in Vienna, April 1990. The publication is intended to provide information regarding the current status of LMFBR development in IAEA Member States. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the 11 papers presented by the participants of this meeting. Refs, figs and tabs

  8. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors

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    The present document contains information on the status of fast breeder reactor development and on worldwide activities in this advanced nuclear power technology during 1990 as reported at the 24th meeting of the IWGFR in Tsuruga, Japan, 15-18 April 1991. The publication is intended to provide information regarding the current status of LMFBR development in IAEA Member States and CEC. Figs and tabs

  9. The radiolysis of lithium oxide ceramics

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    Tiliks, J.; Supe, A.; Kizane, G.; Tiliks, J. Jr. [Latvia Univ., Riga (Latvia). Dept. of Chemistry; Grishmanov, V.; Tanaka, S.

    1998-03-01

    The radiolysis of Li{sub 2}O ceramics exposed to accelerated electrons (5 MeV) at 380 K was studied in the range of high absorbed doses up to 250 MGy. The formation of radiation defects (RD) and radiolysis products (RP) was demonstrated to occur simultaneously in the regions of (1) the regular crystalline lattice and (2) an enhanced content of the intrinsic defects and impurities. The production of the electronic RD and RP is more efficient in the region of the defected lattice than that at the site of the regular crystalline lattice. However, the stability of RD and RP formed in the region of the intrinsic defects is far less than those produced at the crystalline lattice, since most of the first mentioned RD and RP disappears with irradiation dose due to the radiation stimulated recombination. By this means the enhanced quantity of RD and RP is localized in the Li{sub 2}O ceramics irradiated to absorbed dose of 40-50 MGy, and hence this can influence the tritium release parameters. As soon as the intrinsic defects have been consumed in the production of RD and RP and the recombination of unstable electronic RD and RP takes place (at dose of {approx}100 MGy), the radiolysis of Li{sub 2}O ceramics occurs only at the crystalline lattice. Furthermore, the concentration of RD and RP increases monotonically and tends to the steady-state level. (author)

  10. Tritium concentrations in natural waters in Japan before use of a large quantity of tritium on its fusion program

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    To clarify environmental tritium levels in Japan before use of a large quantity of tritium on its fusion program, the authors analyzed the tritium concentrations in various water samples, such as rain, river, lake, coastal sea and deep sea waters in Japan. The tritium concentrations in rain water were high at higher latitude. The definite differences of the tritium concentrations due to the weather conditions or seasons were not observed. The average tritium concentration in river water was 51.5 pCi/l in 1982 and that in lake water was 63.5 pCi/l in 1983. The vertical profiles of the tritium concentrations in the representative lakes were almost homogeneous except surface water. The average tritium concentrations in coastal seawater were about 20 pCi/l in both 1982 and 1983. The tendency of the increased tritium level with latitude as reported in literature was not observed by these experiments. Tritium levels in natural water in small isolated islands were lower than those at other places. In the Japan Sea, it was recognized that tritium was distributed down to around 2000 m in depth. This means that the more active vertical mixing of water masses than that in the Pacific Ocean is taking place. (author)

  11. Evaluation of the response time of H-concentration probes for tritium sensors in lead–lithium eutectic alloy

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    Llivina, L.; Colominas, S.; Abellà, J., E-mail: jordi.abella@iqs.edu

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Synthesis and chemical characterization of proton conductor ceramics. • Qualification of ceramics for hydrogen sensors in molten lithium–lead. • Ceramics have well-defined grains with a wide distribution of sizes. • Good agreement with predictions obtained with BaCe{sub 0.6}Zr{sub 0.3}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 3−δ} ceramic. - Abstract: Dynamic tritium concentration measurement in lead–lithium eutectic is of major interest for a reliable tritium testing program in ITER TBM and for an experimental proof of tritium self-sufficiency in liquid metal breeding systems. Potentiometric hydrogen sensors using different solid-state electrolytes for molten lead–lithium eutectic have been reported and tested by the Electrochemical Methods Lab at Institut Quimic de Sarria (IQS). In the present work the following ceramic elements have been synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) in order to be tested as a Proton Exchange Membranes (PEM) H-probes: BaCeO{sub 3}, BaCe{sub 0.6}Zr{sub 0.3}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 3−δ} and Sr(Ce{sub 0.9}–Zr{sub 0.1}){sub 0.95}Yb{sub 0.05}O{sub 3−δ}. Potentiometric measurements of the synthesized ceramic elements have been performed shifting from a fixed hydrogen partial pressure at the working electrode to high purity argon. In this experimental campaign a fixed and known hydrogen pressure has been used in the reference electrode. The goal of these experiments is to evaluate the sensor response time when the hydrogen concentration in the environment is rapidly changed. All experiments have been done at 500 °C and 600 °C. The sensor constructed using the proton conductor element BaCe{sub 0.6}Zr{sub 0.3}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 3−δ} exhibited stable output potential and its value was close to the theoretical value calculated with the Nernst equation. In contrast, the sensors constructed using the proton conductor elements BaCeO{sub 3} and Sr(Ce{sub 0.9}–Zr{sub 0.1}){sub 0.95}Yb{sub 0.05}O{sub 3−δ} showed higher

  12. Analysis and speciation of the tritium in environmental matrices

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    This study deals with environmental monitoring. The main aims are (i) the optimisation of the analytical procedure for the tritium in organic form determination, and (ii) the identification of the tritium bearing molecules which are responsible for its transfer from the environment to man. The study was divided into three stages. First an analytical method was developed to determine hydrogen content of several samples, which is a key element to calculate accurate organically bound tritium activities. Secondly, the impact of the organically bound tritium fractions separation (labile exchange) for the determination of the representative fraction of the level of environmental tritium activity was then evaluated. For that, the amount of solubilised sample was estimated. Finally, the speciation of tritium in environmental samples was investigated. Several molecules classes and organic compounds dissolved in the labile exchanges solvent were identified. The results show that the distribution of tritium in organisms depends on both properties of the chemical bond in which it is involved and chemical properties of tritium bearing molecules. The identified compounds belong to the molecules classes such as carbohydrates or amino acids, constitutive of living organisms. It would now be of interest to study the tritium distribution in an environmental sample to target molecules of interest and study the impact of tritium from the environment to man. (author)

  13. Using the Tritium Plasma Experiment to evaluate ITER PFC safety

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    The Tritium Plasma Experiment was assembled at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore to investigate interactions between dense plasmas at low energies and plasma-facing component materials. This apparatus has the unique capability of replicating plasma conditions in a tokamak divertor with particle flux densities of 2 x 1019 ions/cm2 · s and a plasma temperature of about 15 eV using a plasma that includes tritium. With the closure of the Tritium Research Laboratory at Livermore, the experiment was moved to the Tritium Systems Test Assembly facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory. An experimental program has been initiated there using the Tritium Plasma Experiment to examine safety issues related to tritium in plasma-facing components, particularly the ITER divertor. Those issues include tritium retention and release characteristics, tritium permeation rates and transient times to coolant streams, surface modification and erosion by the plasma, the effects of thermal loads and cycling, and particulate production. A considerable lack of data exists in these areas for many of the materials, especially beryllium, being considered for use in ITER. Not only will basic material behavior with respect to safety issues in the divertor environment be examined, but innovative techniques for optimizing performance with respect to tritium safety by material modification and process control will be investigated. Supplementary experiments will be carried out at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory to expand and clarify results obtained on the Tritium Plasma Experiment

  14. Best practices in management of heavy water and tritium

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    The heavy water inventory of a typical HWR constitutes about 12% of the capital cost of the HWR. The typical tritium production in a single unit HWR is about 2 x 106 Ci/y.1 Heavy water and tritium control are important aspects of HWR operation, and this involves people, procedures, equipment and heavy water and tritium separation systems. Station personnel are trained to understand the importance of heavy water management and the economics and environmental impact of tritiated heavy water losses. The tritium and heavy water losses from a HWR are both airborne and waterborne in nature. Tritium is of particular concern in the HWR industry given the nature of heavy water reactors to build up high levels of tritium over time. Recent increased interest from regulators and the public has led more HWR utilities to pay increasing attention to occupational safety and environmental emissions of tritium at their power stations. As competing reactor technologies improve, a simple and economic means for tritium removal from heavy water in HWRs is essential for the long- term attractiveness of HWR technology. Tritium safety, occupational and environmental issues are of central importance in HWR licensing and operation. Building upon GE's extensive operational experience in tritium management in HWR reactors and its own tritium handling facility, GE2 has developed a large-scale diffusion-based isotope separation process as an alternative to conventional cryogenic distillation. Having a tritium inventory an order of magnitude lower than conventional cryogenic distillation, this process is very attractive for heavy water detritiation, applicable to single and multi-unit HWR and research reactors. Additionally, the new process has significant benefits to an operating HWR utility such as reducing environmental emissions and significantly lowering reactor vault tritium MPC(a) levels to a point where station capacity factors can be improved by shorter outages - representing best

  15. Ceramic Laser Materials

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Ceramic laser materials have come a long way since the first demonstration of lasing in 1964. Improvements in powder synthesis and ceramic sintering as well as novel ideas have led to notable achievements. These include the first Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG ceramic laser in 1995, breaking the 1 KW mark in 2002 and then the remarkable demonstration of more than 100 KW output power from a YAG ceramic laser system in 2009. Additional developments have included highly doped microchip lasers, ultrashort pulse lasers, novel materials such as sesquioxides, fluoride ceramic lasers, selenide ceramic lasers in the 2 to 3 μm region, composite ceramic lasers for better thermal management, and single crystal lasers derived from polycrystalline ceramics. This paper highlights some of these notable achievements.

  16. Fatigue of dental ceramics

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    Zhang, Yu; Sailer, Irena; lawn, brian

    2013-01-01

    Clinical data on survival rates reveal that all-ceramic dental prostheses are susceptible to fracture from repetitive occlusal loading. The objective of this review is to examine the underlying mechanisms of fatigue in current and future dental ceramics

  17. Status report. KfK contribution to the development of DEMO-relevant test blankets for NET/ITER. Pt. 1: Self-cooled liquid metal breeder blanket. Vol. 2. Detailed version

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    A self-cooled liquid metal breeder blanket for a fusion DEMO-reactor and the status of the development programme is described as a part of the European development programme of DEMO relevant test blankets for NET/ITER. Volume 1 (KfK 4907) contains a summary. Volume 2 (KfK 4908) a more detailed version of the report. Both volumes contain sections on previous studies on self-cooled liquid metal breeder blankets, the reference blanket design for a DEMO-reactor, a typical test blanket design including the ancillary loop system and the building requirements for NET/ITER together with the present status of the associated RandD-programme in the fields of neutronics, magnetohydrodynamics, tritium removal and recovery, liquid metal compatibility and purification, ancillary loop system, safety and reliability. An outlook is given regarding the required RandD-programme for the self-cooled liquid metal breeder blanket prior to tests in NET/ITER and the relevant test programme to be performed in NET/ITER. (orig.)

  18. Ceramic art in sculpture

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    Rokavec, Eva

    2014-01-01

    Diploma seminar speaks of ceramics as a field of artistic expression and not just as pottery craft. I presented short overview of developing ceramic sculpture and its changing role. Clay inspires design and touch more than other sculpture media. It starts as early as in prehistory. Although it sometimes seems that was sculptural ceramics neglected in art history overview, it was not so in actual praxis. There is a rich tradition of ceramics in the East and also in Europe during the renaissanc...

  19. Ceramic Laser Materials

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    Guillermo Villalobos; Jasbinder Sanghera; Ishwar Aggarwal; Bryan Sadowski; Jesse Frantz; Colin Baker; Brandon Shaw; Woohong Kim

    2012-01-01

    Ceramic laser materials have come a long way since the first demonstration of lasing in 1964. Improvements in powder synthesis and ceramic sintering as well as novel ideas have led to notable achievements. These include the first Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) ceramic laser in 1995, breaking the 1 KW mark in 2002 and then the remarkable demonstration of more than 100 KW output power from a YAG ceramic laser system in 2009. Additional developments have included highly doped microchip lasers,...

  20. IN-SITU TRITIUM BETA DETECTOR

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    The objectives of this three-phase project were to design, develop, and demonstrate a monitoring system capable of detecting and quantifying tritium in situ in ground and surface waters, and in water from effluent lines prior to discharge into public waterways. The tritium detection system design is based on measurement of the low energy beta radiation from the radioactive decay of tritium using a special form of scintillating optical fiber directly in contact with the water to be measured. The system consists of the immersible sensor module containing the optical fiber, and an electronics package, connected by an umbilical cable. The system can be permanently installed for routine water monitoring in wells or process or effluent lines, or can be moved from one location to another for survey use. The electronics will read out tritium activity directly in units of pico Curies per liter, with straightforward calibration. In Phase 1 of the project, we characterized the sensitivity of fluor-doped plastic optical fiber to tritium beta radiation. In addition, we characterized the performance of photomultiplier tubes needed for the system. In parallel with this work, we defined the functional requirements, target specifications, and system configuration for an in situ tritium beta detector that would use the fluor-doped fibers as primary sensors of tritium concentration in water. The major conclusions from the characterization work are: A polystyrene optical fiber with fluor dopant concentration of 2% gave best performance. This fiber had the highest dopant concentration of any fibers tested. Stability may be a problem. The fibers exposed to a 22-day soak in 120 F water experienced a 10x reduction in sensitivity. It is not known whether this was due to the build up of a deposit (a potentially reversible effect) or an irreversible process such as leaching of the scintillating dye. Based on the results achieved, it is premature to initiate Phase 2 and commit to a prototype

  1. Tritium uptake kinetics in crayfish (Orconectes immunis)

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    Uptake of tritiated water (HTO) by Orconectes immunis was investigated under laboratory conditions. Tritium uptake in the tissue-free water fraction (TFWT) was described using an exponential model. When steady-state was reached, the ratio of TFWT to HTO was approximately 0.9. Uptake of tritium in the organically-bound fraction (OBT) proceeded slowly, and had not reached steady-state after 117 days of culture. Although steady-state was never reached, the maximum observed ration of OBT to TFWT in whole animals was approximately 0.6. However, this ratio exceeded unity in the exoskeleton. Specific activity ratios of OBT between crayfish and lettuce (food source) were less than or at unity for various test conditions

  2. Tritium labelling of two new analgesic drugs

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    The labelling with tritium of two arylpropionic esters was studied. The synthesis between 3H-Ibuprofen and the two unlabelled alcoholic moieties (Cl-Alkanol and CF3-Alkanol) was performed. Assuming that we got ready the acidic moiety, 3H-Ibuprofen, in our Laboratory, we attempted to label with tritium the alcoholic moiety and then go on to its esterification. Prior to labelling, thermic stability of 2-(4-(3-chlorophenyl)-1-piperazinyl) ethanol (Cl-Alkanol) was studied. As result of this study we had to change the labelling method, so that the Cl-Alkanol was unstable at 700C. Purification was accomplished through thin layer chromatography (TLC) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Concentration, purity and specific activities of the two labelled compounds were determined by ultraviolet, HPLC and liquid scintillation techniques. (author)

  3. Tritium system for compact high field devices

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    Some theoretical results and the current status of the work on a prototype plant for the Tritium cycle of compact high-field tokamaks (such as, Ignitor, CIT, etc.), using the SAES Getter St 707 getter material, are described in this report. The schematics and present status of the main subplants of the cycle are reported together with some experimental results demostrating the possibility of utilizing the St 707 material to purify the inert atmosphere of the glove-boxes and the secondary containment of the double-containment metal canalization which is to eventually house the various parts of the plant. Finally, as an example, the FTU machine, under construction at ENEA Frascati, has been taken as a reference, and theoretical evaluations are given for the inventory, permeation and release of the Tritium from the first wall and the thermal shieldes of such a tokamak

  4. IN-SITU TRITIUM BETA DETECTOR

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    J.W. Berthold; L.A. Jeffers

    1998-04-15

    The objectives of this three-phase project were to design, develop, and demonstrate a monitoring system capable of detecting and quantifying tritium in situ in ground and surface waters, and in water from effluent lines prior to discharge into public waterways. The tritium detection system design is based on measurement of the low energy beta radiation from the radioactive decay of tritium using a special form of scintillating optical fiber directly in contact with the water to be measured. The system consists of the immersible sensor module containing the optical fiber, and an electronics package, connected by an umbilical cable. The system can be permanently installed for routine water monitoring in wells or process or effluent lines, or can be moved from one location to another for survey use. The electronics will read out tritium activity directly in units of pico Curies per liter, with straightforward calibration. In Phase 1 of the project, we characterized the sensitivity of fluor-doped plastic optical fiber to tritium beta radiation. In addition, we characterized the performance of photomultiplier tubes needed for the system. In parallel with this work, we defined the functional requirements, target specifications, and system configuration for an in situ tritium beta detector that would use the fluor-doped fibers as primary sensors of tritium concentration in water. The major conclusions from the characterization work are: A polystyrene optical fiber with fluor dopant concentration of 2% gave best performance. This fiber had the highest dopant concentration of any fibers tested. Stability may be a problem. The fibers exposed to a 22-day soak in 120 F water experienced a 10x reduction in sensitivity. It is not known whether this was due to the build up of a deposit (a potentially reversible effect) or an irreversible process such as leaching of the scintillating dye. Based on the results achieved, it is premature to initiate Phase 2 and commit to a prototype

  5. Low-exposure tritium radiotoxicity in mammals

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    A special feature of tritium radiation is the very low energy of the beta particles (5.7 keV average, 18 keV maximum). This low energy results in very short particle ranges in tissue, ranges that are less than cell dimensions. Another result of the low energy is that the ionization density along beta-ray tracks (even though the tracks are short) is significantly greater than that associated with secondary electrons from gamma rays. The studies of tritium radiotoxicity reviewed, involving chronic 3HOH exposures in mammals, demonstrate in both mice and monkeys that biological effects can be measured following remarkably low levels of exposure --- levels in the range of serious practical interest to radiation protection. (Namekawa, K.)

  6. Atmospheric tritium sampling at the NTS

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    A modification of the method for the simultaneous collection of gaseous tritium and tritiated water vapor in air is under investigation. It is believed that the auxiliary hydrogen stream is unnecessary if a small volume of distilled water is added at the point of collection of water generated by the Pt-H2-O2 reaction. To test this hypothesis, two samplers were set up to sample the same air stream. Results are encouraging

  7. Decommissioning a tritium glove-box facility

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    A large glove-box facility for handling reactive metal tritides was decommissioned. Major sections of the glove box were decontaminated and disassembled for reuse at another tritium facility. To achieve the desired results, decontamnation required repeated washing, first with organic liquids, then with water and detergents. Worker protection was provided by simple ventilation combined with careful monitoring of the work areas and employees. Several innovative techniques are described

  8. Determination of tritium in wine yeast samples

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    Analytical procedures were developed to determine tritium in wine and wine yeast samples. The content of organic compounds affecting the LSC measurement is reduced by fractioning distillation for wine samples and azeotropic distillation/fractional distillation for wine yeast samples. Finally, the water samples were normally distilled with K MO4. The established procedures were successfully applied for wine and wine samples from Murfatlar harvests of the years 1995 and 1996. (authors)

  9. Tritium Behaviour in the Fusion Reactor Materials

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    Pajuste, Elīna

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT Doctoral thesis is devoted to the development of future energy source nuclear fusion. The objective of this research is to evaluate fusion reactor material suitability regarding their behaviour and tritium retention in the fusion reactor relevant conditions. Methods and technique developed in the UL Institute of Chemical Physics Laboratory of Radiation Chemistry of Solid State has been used in this study. Synergetic facilitating effect of accelerated electrons and high magnetic fi...

  10. Decommissioning a tritium glove-box facility

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    Folkers, C.L.; Homann, S.G.; Nicolosi, A.S.; Hanel, S.L.; King, W.C.

    1979-08-08

    A large glove-box facility for handling reactive metal tritides was decommissioned. Major sections of the glove box were decontaminated and disassembled for reuse at another tritium facility. To achieve the desired results, decontamnation required repeated washing, first with organic liquids, then with water and detergents. Worker protection was provided by simple ventilation combined with careful monitoring of the work areas and employees. Several innovative techniques are described.

  11. Tritium labeling for bio-med research

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    A very large fraction of what we know about biochemical pathways in the living cell has resulted from the use of radioactively-labeled tracer compounds; the use of tritium-labeled compounds has been particularly important. As research in biochemistry and biology has progressed the need has arisen to label compounds of higher specific activity and of increasing molecular complexity - for example, oligo-nucleotides, polypeptides, hormones, enzymes. Our laboratory has gradually developed special facilities for handling tritium at the kilocurie level. These facilities have already proven extremely valuable in producing labeled compounds that are not available from commercial sources. The principal ways employed for compound labeling are: (1) microwave discharge labeling, (2) catalytic tritio-hydrogenation, (3) catalytic exchange with T2O, and (4) replacement of halogen atoms by T. Studies have also been carried out on tritiation by the replacement of halogen atoms with T atoms. These results indicate that carrier-free tritium-labeled products, including biomacromolecules, can be produced in this way

  12. Investigation of tritium in groundwater at Pickering NGS

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    Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) investigated tritium in groundwater at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (PNGS). The objectives of the study were to evaluate and define the extent of radio-nuclides, primarily tritium, in groundwater, investigate the causes or sources of contamination, determine impacts on the natural environment, and provide recommendations to prevent future discharges. This paper provides an overview of the investigations conducted in 1999 and 2000 to identify the extent of the tritium beneath the site and the potential sources of tritium released to the groundwater. The investigation and findings are summarized with a focus on unique aspects of the investigation, on lessons learned and benefits. Some of the investigative techniques discussed include process assessments, video inspections, hydrostatic and tracer tests, Helium 3 analysis for tritium age dating, deuterium and tritium in soil analysis. The investigative techniques have widespread applications to other nuclear generating stations. (author)

  13. Development of tritium analysis system TAS 1.0

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    Tritium is one of the fuels used in fusion reactors. Design and analysis on the tritium system are one of key research for fusion reactor study. Based on the research for the some concepts of Chinese liquid metal LiPb blanket fusion reactor, a Tritium Analysis System (TAS1.0) for fusion reactor had been developed by using Software Engineering method and Object-Oriented technology for tritium self-sustaining analysis, tritium management and tritium safety analysis. In addition, TAS 1.0 can also support the design of blanket and fuel circulation system. A series of tests and applications had shown the maturity and effectiveness of' the system. This paper gives a brief overview of the design of the system, main technical features and the related tests. (authors)

  14. Removal and recovery of tritium from light and heavy water

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    A method and apparatus for removing tritium from light water are described, comprising contacting tritiated feed water in a catalyst column in countercurrent flow with hydrogen gas originating from an electrolysis cell so as to enrich this feed water with tritium from the electrolytic hydrogen gas and passing the tritium enriched water to an electrolysis cell wherein the electrolytic hydrogen gas is generated and then fed upwards through the catalyst column or recovered as product. The tritium content of the hydrogen gas leaving the top of the enricher catalyst column is further reduced in a stripper column containing catalyst which transfers the tritium to a countercurrent flow of liquid water. Anodic oxygen and water vapour from the anode compartment may be fed to a drier and condensed electrolyte recycled with a slip stream or recovered as a further tritium product stream. A similar method involving heavy water is also described. (author)

  15. Early experience with the Tritium Systems Test Assembly

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    The Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) project at Los Alamos is charged with developing and demonstrating the tritium technology required to fuel a deuterium-tritium burning fusion reactor and to develop and evaluate the personnel and environmental safety systems associated with the tritium facility. The TSTA project completed the construction phase in late 1982 and is currently in the component checkout and early experimental phase. Tritium introduction is scheduled for mid-summer 1983. Several major systems have been operated and tested with hydrogen and deuterium. These include the vacuum pump, the isotope separation system and the emergency tritium cleanup system. The results of the early experiments are summarized and the experimental programs for other systems are presented

  16. Tritium releases and impact about EDF nuclear power stations

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    After a description of the different ways of formation of tritium in the nuclear power stations (either by fission or by activation), the authors discuss the levels of tritium releases by these power stations, indicate the tritium average activities in liquid and gaseous radioactive releases in 2008. They indicate the choices made by EDF and the actions performed to control these releases. They describe how the presence of tritium in the environment is monitored and how measurements are published. They discuss the interpretation of these measurements (in water streams, water sheets, sediments, along the Channel French coasts), and the impact of the tritium released by the nuclear power stations. They evoke modelling studies and researches supported by EDF on the impact of tritium on mankind

  17. Operation of the TSTA (Tritium Systems Test Assembly) with 100 gram tritium

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    In March of 1988 full operation of the 4-column isotope separation system (ISS) was realized in runs that approximated the design load of tritium. Previous operations had been fraught with operating difficulties principally due to external systems. This report will examine the recent highly successful 6-day period of operation. During this time the system was cooled from room temperature, loaded with hydrogen isotopes including 109 grams of tritium, integrated with the transfer pumping, impurity injection, and impurity removal systems, as well as the remote computer control system. At the end of the operation 12 grams of tritium having a measured purity of 99.987% (remainder deuterium) were offloaded from the system. Observed profiles in the columns in general agree with computer models. A Height Equivalent to a Theoretical Plate (HETP) of 5.0 cm is confirmed. 3 refs., 5 figs

  18. Experiences with fast breeder reactor education in laboratory and short course settings

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    The breeder reactor industry throughout the world has grown impressively over the last two decades. Despite the uncertainties in some national programs, breeder reactor technology is well established on a global scale. Given the magnitude of this technological undertaking, there has been surprisingly little emphasis on general breeder reactor education - either at the university or laboratory level. Many universities assume the topic too specialized for including appropriate courses in their curriculum - thus leaving students entering the breeder reactor industry to learn almost exclusively from on-the-job experience. The evaluation of four course presentations utilizing visual aids is presented

  19. Study and Application of Foreign Gaseous Tritium Light Sources

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    DENG; Bei; LI; Si-jie; ZHANG; Li-feng; SUN; Yu-hua; HAN; Shi-quan

    2013-01-01

    Light is given out by the phosphor material which is excited by theβrays from tritium,as is the way tritium light sources work.For tritium light sources,there is no need for maintenance and additional power,and it is not affected by temperature,humidity,altitude and use technology,which makes it widely used in some special areas of national economy,just like the sight lighting of varieties of instrument panel,

  20. Recent results on tritium technology in JAEA under BA program

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    Highlights: • The multi-purpose RI facility has been constructed at Rokkasho site in DEMO R and D building until 2011. • The material of the column of the micro gas chromatograph has been studied to develop a real time analysis tool for the hydrogen isotope composition in gas phase. • A set of basic data on the interaction between materials and tritium has been measured by various methods. • As a study for the tritium durability, the endurance of ion exchange membrane has been tested by using high concentration tritium water. -- Abstract: The multi-purpose RI facility has been constructed at Rokkasho site in DEMO R and D building until 2011. The facility is the first and quite unique facility in Japan, where tritium, beta and gamma RI species, and beryllium (Be) can simultaneously be used. The amounts of tritium used and stored are 3.7 TBq per glove box and 7.4 TBq, respectively. Some tritium water samples of 38 GBq has been stored at the equipment on March 2012. The material of the column of the micro gas chromatograph has been studied to develop a real time analysis tool for the hydrogen isotope composition in gas phase. The calorimeter has also been studied as a possible tritium measurement method in solid waste. A set of basic data on the interaction between materials and tritium has been measured by various methods. The behavior of tritium in Fe and W has been studied as a typical subject. As a study for the tritium durability, the endurance of ion exchange membrane has been tested by using high concentration tritium water. The curves of strength vs. dose for the Nafion membranes in tritium water were well consistent with those by gamma rays and electron beams irradiations

  1. Five years of tritium handling experience at the Tritium Systems Test Assembly

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    The Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is a facility designed to develop and demonstrate, in full scale, technologies necessary for safe and efficient operation of tritium systems required for tokamak fusion reactors. TSTA currently consists of systems for evacuating reactor exhaust gas with compound cryopumps; for removing impurities from plasma exhaust gas and recovering the chemically-combined tritium; for separating the isotopes of hydrogen; for transfer pumping; or storage of hydrogen isotopes; for gas analysis; and for assuring safety by the necessary control, monitoring, and tritium removal from effluent streams. TSTA also has several small scale experiments to develop and test new equipment and processes necessary for fusion reactors. In this paper, data on component reliability, failure types and rates, and waste quantities are presented. TSTA has developed a Quality Assurance program for preparing and controlling the documentation of the procedures required for the design, purchase, and operation of the tritium systems. Operational experience under normal, abnormal, and emergency conditions is presented. One unique aspect of operations at TSTA is that the design personnel for the TSTA systems are also part of the operating personnel. This has allowed for the relatively smooth transition from design to operations. TSTA has been operated initially as a research facility. As the system is better defined, operations are proceeding toward production modes. The DOE requirements for the operation of a tritium facility like TSTA include personnel training, emergency preparedness, radiation protection, safety analysis, and preoperational appraisals. The integration of these requirements into TSTA operations is discussed. 4 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs

  2. The synthesis of tritium-labelled cyclic hydrocarbons by using tritium recoil nuclei

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    The authors discuss the results of investigating the interaction of tritium recoil atoms produced by the reaction Li6 (n, α)T with cyclohexane, cyclohexene, cyclohexadiene, methyl cyclohexane, cyclohexanol, cyclohexylammine and benzene. Mixtures of these compounds with lithium carbonate were neutron-irradiated. From 1 g of lithium, 4 mc/h of tritium was obtained with a 4 x 1012 n/cm2 s neutron flux. The total yield of the products depends on the amount of tritium yielded by the crystals, and, so, on the irradiation conditions. The yield from the separate components is determined by analysis. The irradiation products were analysed by vacuum distillation, using carriers and gas-liquid chromatography. The results obtained show that 20-40% of the tritium yielded by the lithium carbonate crystals is embedded in the parent molecule of the irradiated compound. When, for instance, cyclohexene is irradiated together with 22% of the labelled parent-compound, 16% cyclohexane, 4% methyl cyclopentane and small amounts of other products are obtained. The specific activity of cyclohexane and methyl cyclopentane separated on a chromatographic column may be high, and the only dilution is with products of radiolysis. When other compounds are irradiated, there is a good yield only from the irradiated parent-compound, and a small yield from other products. For purposes of preparation, cyclohexane and methyl cyclopentane are best obtained by irradiating cyclohexane; other cyclic hydrocarbons can be obtained by irradiating the compounds directly with lithium salts. The paper describes a preparation column for separating tritium-labelled cyclohexane, cyclohexene and methyl cyclopentane from irradiated cyclohexene and for separating the products yielded by the reaction of tritium recoil atoms with other cyclic hydrocarbons. (author)

  3. Thin film ceramic thermocouples

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    Gregory, Otto (Inventor); Fralick, Gustave (Inventor); Wrbanek, John (Inventor); You, Tao (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A thin film ceramic thermocouple (10) having two ceramic thermocouple (12, 14) that are in contact with each other in at least on point to form a junction, and wherein each element was prepared in a different oxygen/nitrogen/argon plasma. Since each element is prepared under different plasma conditions, they have different electrical conductivity and different charge carrier concentration. The thin film thermocouple (10) can be transparent. A versatile ceramic sensor system having an RTD heat flux sensor can be combined with a thermocouple and a strain sensor to yield a multifunctional ceramic sensor array. The transparent ceramic temperature sensor that could ultimately be used for calibration of optical sensors.

  4. Effect of tritium (tritium water) on prenatal and postnatal development of rats

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    Bajrakova, A.; Baev, I.; Yagova, A. (Meditsinska Akademiya, Sofia (Bulgaria). Nauchen Inst. po Rentgenologiya i Radiobiologiya)

    1983-01-01

    Female rats were injected intraperitoneally on the first day after their fecundation with 3,7 kBq/g b.w. tritium water - activity which under these conditions does not increase prenatal death rate. The postnatal development of the born alive was traced in respect to the lethality rate and growth rate (mean bodily weight in dynamics up to the 60-th day p.p.) and compared with that of the offsprings from the control group. It was shown that the used activity tritium water during the initial stages of embryonic development does not result in deviations from the norm.

  5. Effect of tritium (tritium water) on prenatal and postnatal development of rats

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    Female rats were injected intraperitoneally on the first day after their fecundation with 3,7 kBq/g b.w. tritium water - activity which under these conditions does not increase prenatal death rate. The postnatal development of the born alive was traced in respect to the lethality rate and growth rate (mean bodily weight in dynamics up to the 60-th day p.p.) and compared with that of the offsprings from the control group. It was shown that the used activity tritium water during the initial stages of embryonic development does not result in deviations from the norm. (authors)

  6. Overview of tritium systems for the Compact Ignition Tokamak

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    The Compact Ignition Tokamak (CIT) is being designed at several laboratories to produce and study fully ignited plasma discharges. The tritium systems which will be needed for CIT include fueling systems and radiation monitoring and safety systems. Design of the tritium systems is the responsibility of the Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Major new tritium systems for CIT include a pellet injector, an air detritiation system and a glovebox atmosphere detritiation system. The pellet injector is being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 7 refs., 2 figs

  7. Concentration of tritium in precipitation and river water

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    The concentration of tritium in precipitation and river water has been measured sice 1973 in Aichi, Japan. The tritium in water samples was enriched by electrolysis, and measured by liquid scintillation counting. The concentration of tritium in precipitation decreased from 27 TU in 1973 to 17 TU in 1979, and showed seasonal variation. During this period, there was a rise of concentration because of Chinese nuclear detonation. The concentration of tritium in river water gradually decreased from 44 TU in 1973 to 24 TU in 1979, and the seasonal variation was not observed. Based on the observed values, the relation among precipitation, river water and ground water was analyzed. (J.P.N.)

  8. Preliminary analysis of public dose from CFETR gaseous tritium release

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    Nie, Baojie [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027 (China); Ni, Muyi, E-mail: muyi.ni@fds.org.cn [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Lian, Chao; Jiang, Jieqiong [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Present the amounts and limit dose of tritium release to the environment for CFETR. • Perform a preliminary simulation of radiation dose for gaseous tritium release. • Key parameters about soil types, wind speed, stability class, effective release height and age were sensitivity analyzed. • Tritium release amount is recalculated consistently with dose limit in Chinese regulation for CFETR. - Abstract: To demonstrate tritium self-sufficiency and other engineering issues, the scientific conception of Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) has been proposed in China parallel with ITER and before DEMO reactor. Tritium environmental safety for CFETR is an important issue and must be evaluated because of the huge amounts of tritium cycling in reactor. In this work, different tritium release scenarios of CFETR and dose limit regulations in China are introduced. And the public dose is preliminarily analyzed under normal and accidental events. Furthermore, after finishing the sensitivity analysis of key input parameters, the public dose is reevaluated based on extreme parameters. Finally, tritium release amount is recalculated consistently with the dose limit in Chinese regulation for CFETR, which would provide a reference for tritium system design of CFETR.

  9. Tritium Formation and Mitigation in High-Temperature Reactor Systems

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    Piyush Sabharwall; Carl Stoots; Hans A. Schmutz

    2013-03-01

    Tritium is a radiologically active isotope of hydrogen. It is formed in nuclear reactors by neutron absorption and ternary fission events and can subsequently escape into the environment. To prevent the tritium contamination of proposed reactor buildings and surrounding sites, this study examines the root causes and potential mitigation strategies for permeation of tritium (such as: materials selection, inert gas sparging, etc...). A model is presented that can be used to predict permeation rates of hydrogen through metallic alloys at temperatures from 450–750 degrees C. Results of the diffusion model are presented for a steady production of tritium

  10. Tritium Formation and Mitigation in High-Temperature Reactors

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    Piyush Sabharwall; Carl Stoots

    2012-10-01

    Tritium is a radiologically active isotope of hydrogen. It is formed in nuclear reactors by neutron absorption and ternary fission events and can subsequently escape into the environment. To prevent the tritium contamination of proposed reactor buildings and surrounding sites, this study examines the root causes and potential mitigation strategies for permeation of tritium (such as: materials selection, inert gas sparging, etc...). A model is presented that can be used to predict permeation rates of hydrogen through metallic alloys at temperatures from 450–750 degrees C. Results of the diffusion model are presented for a steady production of tritium

  11. TRITIUM BARRIER MATERIALS AND SEPARATION SYSTEMS FOR THE NGNP

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    Sherman, S; Thad Adams, T

    2008-07-17

    Contamination of downstream hydrogen production plants or other users of high-temperature heat is a concern of the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Project. Due to the high operating temperatures of the NGNP (850-900 C outlet temperature), tritium produced in the nuclear reactor can permeate through heat exchangers to reach the hydrogen production plant, where it can become incorporated into process chemicals or the hydrogen product. The concentration limit for tritium in the hydrogen product has not been established, but it is expected that any future limit on tritium concentration will be no higher than the air and water effluent limits established by the NRC and the EPA. A literature survey of tritium permeation barriers, capture systems, and mitigation measures is presented and technologies are identified that may reduce the movement of tritium to the downstream plant. Among tritium permeation barriers, oxide layers produced in-situ may provide the most suitable barriers, though it may be possible to use aluminized surfaces also. For tritium capture systems, the use of getters is recommended, and high-temperature hydride forming materials such as Ti, Zr, and Y are suggested. Tritium may also be converted to HTO in order to capture it on molecular sieves or getter materials. Counter-flow of hydrogen may reduce the flux of tritium through heat exchangers. Recommendations for research and development work are provided.

  12. Elemental tritium deposition and conversion in the terrestrial environment

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    Studies were undertaken to determine the deposition and conversion of atmospheric elemental tritium in soils and vegetation. In the field tritium deposition velocities ranged between 0.007 and 0.07 cm s-1 during the summer and autumn and were less than 0.0005 cm s-1 during the winter. Deposition velocity was found to depend significantly on soil water content, total pore space and organic content in controlled laboratory experiments. In contrast to soils, exposure of vegetation to atmospheric elemental tritium resulted in negligible uptake and conversion in foliage. These studies are of significance to the assessment of behaviour and impact of elemental tritium releases

  13. Occurrence of organically bound tritium in the Mohelno lake system

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    This study was focused on the 3Hactivitylevels in the unique 'tritium valley' around the Mohelno reservoir, which receives outlet cooling waters from the Dukovany nuclear power plant. Tritium activity levels above the background reference value were found in water from the reservoir and from the effluent part of the Jihlava water, in air moisture and in plant tissues tissue free water tritium(TFWT), and nonexchangeable organically bound tritium (NE-OBT). These zones were discernible that had noticeably different TFWT and NE-OBT values: (1) littoral zones, (2) slopes above the reservoir, (3) plateaus above the reservoir/river. (author)

  14. Comparison and Evaluation of Various Tritium Decontamination Techniques and Processes

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    In support of fusion energy development, various techniques and processes have been developed over the past two decades for the removal and decontamination of tritium from a variety of items, surfaces, and components. Tritium decontamination, by chemical, physical, mechanical, or a combination of these methods, is driven by two underlying motivational forces. The first of these motivational forces is safety. Safety is paramount to the established culture associated with fusion energy. The second of these motivational forces is cost. In all aspects, less tritium contamination equals lower operational and disposal costs. This paper will discuss and evaluate the various processes employed for tritium removal and decontamination

  15. 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENTS - TRITIUM AGING STUDIES ON STAINLESS STEELS

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    Morgan, M.

    2013-01-31

    This report summarizes the research and development accomplishments during FY12 for the tritium effects on materials program. The tritium effects on materials program is designed to measure the long-term effects of tritium and its radioactive decay product, helium-3, on the structural properties of forged stainless steels which are used as the materials of construction for tritium reservoirs. The FY12 R&D accomplishments include: (1) Fabricated and Thermally-Charged 150 Forged Stainless Steel Samples with Tritium for Future Aging Studies; (2) Developed an Experimental Plan for Measuring Cracking Thresholds of Tritium-Charged-and-Aged Steels in High Pressure Hydrogen Gas; (3) Calculated Sample Tritium Contents For Laboratory Inventory Requirements and Environmental Release Estimates; (4) Published report on “Cracking Thresholds and Fracture Toughness Properties of Tritium-Charged-and-Aged Stainless Steels”; and, (5) Published report on “The Effects of Hydrogen, Tritium, and Heat Treatment on the Deformation and Fracture Toughness Properties of Stainless Steels”. These accomplishments are highlighted here and references given to additional reports for more detailed information.

  16. Tritium release from SS316 under vacuum condition

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    Torikai, Y.; Penzhorn, R.D. [Hydrogen Isotope Research Center, University of Toyama, Toyama (Japan)

    2015-03-15

    The plasma facing surface of the ITER vacuum vessel, partly made of low carbon austenitic stainless steel type 316L, will incorporate tritium during machine operation. In this paper the kinetics of tritium release from stainless steel type 316 into vacuum and into a noble gas stream are compared and modelled. Type 316 stainless steel specimens loaded with tritium either by exposure to 1.2 kPa HT at 573 K or submersion into liquid HTO at 298 K showed characteristic thin surface layers trapping tritium in concentrations far higher than those determined in the bulk. The evolution of the tritium depth profile in the bulk during heating under vacuum was non-discernible from that of tritium liberated into a stream of argon. Only the relative amount of the two released tritium-species, i.e. HT or HTO, was different. Temperature-dependent depth profiles could be predicted with a one-dimensional diffusion model. Diffusion coefficients derived from fitting of the tritium release into an evacuated vessel or a stream of argon were found to be (1.4 ± 1.0)*10{sup -7} and (1.3 ± 0.9)*10{sup -9} cm{sup 2}/s at 573 and 423 K, respectively. Polished surfaces on type SS316 stainless steel inhibit considerably the thermal release rate of tritium.

  17. Analysis of residual tritium in an LP 50 product container

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    Wermer, J.R.

    1996-06-04

    The analysis was done by sampling coupons cut from the side of the vessel. Tests were performed to analyze the amount of residual tritium in the container wall, as well as the amount of tritium removed through exposure to moist air. Based on this data, the PC contained 62 curies of residual tritium. Air exposure and leaching of the coupons in aqua regia accounted for 27 curies. Recommendations are given for final processing of these containers in order to reduce the final tritium content.

  18. Ochratoxicosis in White Leghorn breeder hens: Production and breeding performance

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    Zahoor Ul Hassan*, Muhammad Zargham Khan, Ahrar Khan, Ijaz Javed1, Umer Sadique2 and Aisha Khatoon

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available This study was designed to evaluate the effect of Ochratoxin A (OTA upon production and breeding parameters in White Leghorn (WL breeder hens. For this purpose, 84 WL breeder hens were divided into seven groups (A-G. The hens in these groups were maintained on feed contaminated with OTA @ 0.0 (control, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0, 3.0, 5.0 and 10.0 mg/Kg, respectively for 21 days. These hens were artificially inseminated with semen obtained from healthy roosters kept on OTA free feed. Egg production and their quality parameters were recorded. Fertile eggs obtained from each group were set for incubation on weekly basis. At the end of the experiment, hens in each group were killed to determined gross and microscopic lesions in different organs. OTA residue concentrations were determined in extracts of liver, kidneys and breast muscles by immunoaffinity column elution and HPLC-Fluorescent detection techniques. Feeing OTA contaminated diet resulted in a significant decrease in egg mass and egg quality parameters. Liver and kidneys showed characteristic lesions of ochratoxicosis. Residue concentration (ng/g of OTA in the hens fed 10 mg/kg OTA, was the highest in liver (26.336±1.16 followed by kidney (8.223±0.85 and were least in breast muscles (1.235±0.21. Embryonic mortalites were higher, while hatachabilites of the chicks were lower in the groups fed higher doses of OTA. Feeding OTA contaminated diets to breeder hen resulted in residues accumulation in their tissues along with significantly reduced production and breeding performance.

  19. Campylobacter epidemiology from breeders to their progeny in Eastern Spain.

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    Ingresa-Capaccioni, S; Jiménez-Trigos, E; Marco-Jiménez, F; Catalá, P; Vega, S; Marin, C

    2016-03-01

    While horizontal transmission is a route clearly linked to the spread of Campylobacter at the farm level, few studies support the transmission of Campylobacter spp. from breeder flocks to their offspring. Thus, the present study was carried out to investigate the possibility of vertical transmission. Breeders were monitored from the time of housing day-old chicks, then throughout the laying period (0 to 60 wk) and throughout their progeny (broiler fattening, 1 to 42 d) until slaughter. All samples were analyzed according with official method ISO 10272:2006. Results revealed that on breeder farms, Campylobacter isolation started from wk 16 and reached its peak at wk 26, with 57.0% and 93.2% of positive birds, respectively. After this point, the rate of positive birds decreased slightly to 86.0% at 60 wk. However, in broiler production all day-old chicks were found negative for Campylobacter spp, and the bacteria was first isolated at d 14 of age (5.0%), with a significant increase in detection during the fattening period with 62% of Campylobacter positive animals at the end of the production cycle. Moreover, non-positive sample was determined from environmental sources. These results could be explained because Campylobacter may be in a low concentration or in a non-culturable form, as there were several studies that successfully detected Campylobacter DNA, but failed to culture. This form can survive in the environment and infect successive flocks; consequently, further studies are needed to develop more modern, practical, cost-effective and suitable techniques for routine diagnosis.

  20. Development of fuels and structural materials for fast breeder reactors

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    Baldev Raj; S L Mannan; P R Vasudeva Rao; M D Mathew

    2002-10-01

    Fast breeder reactors (FBRs) are destined to play a crucial role inthe Indian nuclear power programme in the foreseeable future. FBR technology involves a multi-disciplinary approach to solve the various challenges in the areas of fuel and materials development. Fuels for FBRs have significantly higher concentration of fissile material than in thermal reactors, with a matching increase in burn-up. The design of the fuel is an important aspect which has to be optimised for efficient, economic and safe production of power. FBR components operate under hostile and demanding environment of high neutron flux, liquid sodium coolant and elevated temperatures. Resistance to void swelling, irradiation creep, and irradiation embrittlement are therefore major considerations in the choice of materials for the core components. Structural and steam generator materials should have good resistance to creep, low cycle fatigue, creep-fatigue interaction and sodium corrosion. The development of carbide fuel and structural materials for the Fast Breeder Test Reactor at Kalpakkam was a great technological challenge. At the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), advanced research facilities have been established, and extensive studies have been carried out in the areas of fuel and materials development. This has laid the foundation for the design and development of a 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor. Highlights of some of these studies are discussed in this paper in the context of our mission to develop and deploy FBR technology for the energy security of India in the 21st century.

  1. Fuel Cycle Economics of Fast Breeders with Plutonium

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    Pu-fuelled fast breeder systems are characterized by their attractive fuel cycle economics. Basically, the economics are influenced by a number of reactor parameters like fissile material rating, fuel bum-up, breeding ratio and thermal efficiency, on the one hand, and by a number of economic parameters like the plutonium price, the interest rate and the fabrication and reprocessing costs on the other. To a certain extent, the two sets of parameters are interdependent and the cost parameters are influenced by the existing nuclear industry as well. In the present paper it is shown, with the help of a number of specific examples, that the fuel cycle of Pu fast breeders is not a static and isolated property of the reactor but is dynamic in nature. Depending on the cost situation and other conditions, the fuel cycle can always be optimized anew to fit into the existing overall economics. A high Pu price, for example, requires a high fissile rating or a high breeding ratio, whereas, if the Pu price falls, neither a high rating nor a high breeding ratio is necessary to keep the fuel cycle costs low. The influence of fabrication costs may be regulated to some extent by varying the burn-up. The effect of reprocessing costs may be made comparatively insignificant provided reprocessing can be carried out in large centrally located multi-purpose plants for converter elements. Because of the high flexibility of the fuel cycle of Pu fast breeders, the attractiveness of their fuel cycle economics can be retained under a wide range of competitive conditions. (author)

  2. Instrumentation and control improvements at Experimental Breeder Reactor II

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    Christensen, L.J.; Planchon, H.P.

    1993-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to describe instrumentation and control (I C) system improvements at Experimental Breeder Reactor 11 (EBR-11). The improvements are focused on three objectives; to keep the reactor and balance of plant (BOP) I C systems at a high level of reliability, to provide diagnostic systems that can provide accurate information needed for analysis of fuel performance, and to provide systems that will be prototypic of I C systems of the next generation of liquid metal reactor (LMR) plants.

  3. Elements for evaluation of fast breeder reactor's potential in Argentina

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    Fast Breeder Reactors (FBR) main features are presented in a general form, including their physical principles, the history of their evolution, their relevant technological aspects and the basis for their comparison to other energy sources. This is completed with descriptions of typical reactors and a model of FBR penetration in the Argentine electrical network. It is recommended to form a multidisciplinary board to study which position should be taken with respect to this type of reactors. In the author's opinion a Research activity should be started and gradually increased for passing to Development activities after a short while. (Author)

  4. Multiple recycling of fuel in prototype fast breeder reactor

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    G Pandikumar; V Gopalakrishnan; P Mohanakrishnan

    2009-05-01

    In a thermal neutron reactor, multiple recycle of U–Pu fuel is not possible due to degradation of fissile content of Pu in just one recycle. In the FBR closed fuel cycle, possibility of multi-recycle has been recognized. In the present study, Pu-239 equivalence approach is used to demonstrate the feasibility of achieving near constant input inventory of Pu and near stable Pu isotopic composition after a few recycles of the same fuel of the prototype fast breeder reactor under construction at Kalpakkam. After about five recycles, the cycle-to-cycle variation in the above parameters is below 1%.

  5. Reliability modeling of Clinch River breeder reactor electrical shutdown systems

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    The initial simulation of the probabilistic properties of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant (CRBRP) electrical shutdown systems is described. A model of the reliability (and availability) of the systems is presented utilizing Success State and continuous-time, discrete state Markov modeling techniques as significant elements of an overall reliability assessment process capable of demonstrating the achievement of program goals. This model is examined for its sensitivity to safe/unsafe failure rates, sybsystem redundant configurations, test and repair intervals, monitoring by reactor operators; and the control exercised over system reliability by design modifications and the selection of system operating characteristics. (U.S.)

  6. Application of an LP model to breeder strategy studies

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    The paper discusses the relationships between the capital cost differential (FBR--LWR) allowable for economic breeder introduction and energy demand, resource availability (through price--quantity schedule), and economic environment for a range of future projections. The ALPS linear programming reactor systems analysis code, developed by Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory, was used for economic optimizations where they were done, and where they were not it provided a useful tool to compute the discounted total system power cost over the planning horizon for a given set of reactor mix and cost parameters

  7. Instrumentation and control improvements at Experimental Breeder Reactor II

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    Christensen, L.J.; Planchon, H.P.

    1993-03-01

    The purpose of this paper is to describe instrumentation and control (I&C) system improvements at Experimental Breeder Reactor 11 (EBR-11). The improvements are focused on three objectives; to keep the reactor and balance of plant (BOP) I&C systems at a high level of reliability, to provide diagnostic systems that can provide accurate information needed for analysis of fuel performance, and to provide systems that will be prototypic of I&C systems of the next generation of liquid metal reactor (LMR) plants.

  8. Binary breeder reactor: an option for Brazilian energy future

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    To assure a continued supply of electric energy beyond a few decades from now, developmemnt of fast breeder reactors is a necessity. Binary fueled LMFBRs combine an improvement in the inherent safety of fast reactors and an efficient use of the abundant thorium. A nuclear system that starts with PWRs and gradually shifts to a FBR system or to a FBR-PWR symbiotic system appears to be the most reasonable one for Brazil. Natural uranium requirements and possible sequences of reactor introductions are discussed for some postulated Brazilian situations. A permanent system of approx. 100 GWe capacity can be established based on the estimated resource of natural uranium. (Author)

  9. Binary breeder reactor an option for Brazilian energy future

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    To assure a continued supply of electric energy beyond a few decades from now, development of fast breeder reactors is a necessity. Binary fueled LMFBRs combine an improvement in the inherent safety of fast reactors and an efficient use of the abundant thorium. A nuclear system that starts with PWRs and gradually shifts to a FBR system or to a FBR-PWR symbiotic system appears to be the most resonable one for Brazil. Natural uranium requirements and possible sequences of reactor introductions are discussed for some postulated Brazilian situations. A permanent system of approximatelly 100 GWe capacity can be established based on the estimated resource of natural uranium. (Author)

  10. Thermal neutron calibration of a tritium extraction facility using the 6Li(n,t)4He/197Au(n,γ)198Au cross section ratio for standardization

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    Absolute tritium activities in a neutron-activated metallic lithium samples have been measured by liquid scintillation methods to provide data needed for the determination of capture-to-fission ratios in fast breeder reactor spectra and for recent measurements of the 7Li(n,n't)4He cross section. The tritium extraction facility used for all these experiments has now been calibrated by measuring the 6Li(n,t)4He/197Au/n,γ)198Au activity ratio for thermal neutrons and comparing the result with the well-known cross sections. The calculated-to-measured activity ratio was found to be 1.033 +- 0.018. 2 figures, 20 tables

  11. Treatment of tritiated exhaust gases at the Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe

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    Hutter, E.; Besserer, U. [Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany); Jacqmin, G. [NUKEM GmbH, Industreistr, Alzenau (Germany)

    1995-02-01

    The Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe (TLK) accomplished commissioning; tritium involving activities will start this year. The laboratory is destined mainly to investigating processing of fusion reactor fuel and to developing analytic devices for determination of tritium and tritiated species in view of control and accountancy requirements. The area for experimental work in the laboratory is about 800 m{sup 2}. The tritium infrastructure including systems for tritium storage, transfer within the laboratory and processing by cleanup and isotope separation methods has been installed on an additional 400 m{sup 2} area. All tritium processing systems (=primary systems), either of the tritium infrastructure or of the experiments, are enclosed in secondary containments which consist of gloveboxes, each of them connected to the central depressurization system, a part integrated in the central detritiation system. The atmosphere of each glovebox is cleaned in a closed cycle by local detritiation units controlled by two tritium monitors. Additionally, the TLK is equipped with a central detritiation system in which all gases discharged from the primary systems and the secondary systems are processed. All detritiation units consist of a catalyst for oxidizing gaseous tritium or tritiated hydrocarbons to water, a heat exchanger for cooling the catalyst reactor exhaust gas to room temperature, and a molecular sieve bed for adsorbing the water. Experiments with tracer amounts of tritium have shown that decontamination factors >3000 can be achieved with the TLK detritiation units. The central detritiation system was carefully tested and adjusted under normal and abnormal operation conditions. Test results and the behavior of the tritium barrier preventing tritiated exhaust gases from escaping into the atmosphere will be reported.

  12. Fast breeder reactors: experience and trends. V. 1

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    The IAEA Symposium on ''Fast Breeder Reactors: Experience and Future Trends'' was held, at the invitation of the Government of France, in Lyons, France, on 22-26 July 1985. It was hosted by the French Commissariat a l'energie atomique and Electricite de France. The purpose of the Symposium was to review the experience gained so far in the field of LMFBRs, taking into account the constructional, operational, technological, economic and fuel cycle aspects, and to consider the developmental trends as well as the international co-operation in fast breeder reactor design and utilization. The Symposium presentations were divided into sessions devoted to the following topics: Experience of LMFBR construction and operation and resultant development strategies (6 papers); LMFBR plant startup and commissioning tests and general behaviour (8 papers); Core performance experience for high burnup and core design trends (8 papers); Experience and trends in the LMFBR fuel cycle (4 papers); Core design and behaviour (3 papers); Fuels and materials (7 papers). A separate abstract was prepared for each of these papers

  13. Breeder reactors: a technique at the service of humanity

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    A genuine energy policy is not conceived purely for a short term. It must on the contrary take into consideration many national and international facts in order to arrive at a balance which takes into account both the interests of the country where it is to be applied and the future interests of humanity. Growth and energy consumption make a pair. Considering the forecasts of future consumption, a rational utilization of the energy sources is a priority. The rational utilization of the energy potentialities of uranium takes a prominent place in this priority. In the fission energy of the atoms, the breeder reactors are the only types which can give their full meanings to the words economy, ecology, rationality etc. In calling for innovation, the breeder reactors are the prime movers for an advanced industry and a guarantee for the future penetration of electricity in many fields. They are thus important elements for the creation of employment. This paper also deals with questions of international cooperation, non-proliferation and the necessity for disarmament

  14. Neutronic analysis of denaturing plutonium in a thorium fusion breeder and power flattening

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    The purpose of this study is to denature nuclear weapon grade quality plutonium in a thorium fusion breeder. Ten fuel rods containing the mixture of ThO2 and PuO2 are placed in a radial direction in the fissile zone where ThO2 is mixed with variable amounts of PuO2 to obtain a quasi-constant nuclear heat production density. The plutonium composition volume fractions in the fuel rods are gradually increased from 0.1% to 1% by 0.1% increments. The fissile fuel zone is cooled with four various coolants with a volume fraction ratio of 1 (Vcoolant/Vfuel = 1). These coolants are helium gas, flibe 'Li2BeF4', natural lithium and eutectic lithium 'Li17Pb83'. Nuclear weapon grade quality 239Pu in the fuel composition is denatured due to the accumulation of the 240Pu isotope in the fissile zone after 18 months of plant operations. Under a first wall fusion neutron current load of 2.222 x 1014 (14.1 MeV n/cm2 s), which corresponds to 5 MW/m2, by a plant factor of 100%, at the end of the plant operation, the fissile fuel enrichment quality between 6.0% and 10% is obtained depending on the coolant types. During the plant operation, the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) should be at least 1.05. In the selected blanket, only the flibe coolant is already self sustaining at start up. The TBR increases steadily due to the higher neutron multiplication rate during the plant operation period. The highest TBR is obtained for the eutectic lithium coolant 1.4035, followed by the flibe coolant 1.3095, helium gas coolant 1.2172 and natural lithium coolant 1.0553 at the end of the operation period of 48 months. The energy multiplication factor M changed between 2.1731 and 6.6241 depending on coolant type during the operation period. The peak to average fission power density ratio Γ in the blanket decreases by ∼15%, which allows a more uniform power generation in the fissile zone. The isotopic percentage of 240Pu reaches higher than 5% in all coolant types. This is very important for

  15. Degrading the Plutonium Produced in Fast Breeder Reactor Blankets

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    Choi, Jor-Shan; Kuno, Yusuke [Tokyo University, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8656 (Japan)

    2009-06-15

    Plutonium quality, defined as the plutonium isotopic composition, is an important measure for proliferation-resistance (PR) of a nuclear energy system. The quality of the plutonium produced in the blanket assemblies of a fast breeder reactor could be as good as or better than the weapons-grade (WG). The presence of such good quality plutonium is a proliferation concern. There are various options to degrade the plutonium produced in the breeder blanket. The obvious one is to blend the blanket plutonium with those produced from the reactor core during reprocessing. Other options try to prevent the generation of good quality plutonium (Pu). The Protected Plutonium Production (P{sup 3}) Project proposed by Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT)1,2,3 advocates the doping of certain amount of neptunium (Np), or americium (Am) in fresh blanket fuel for irradiation. The increased production of {sup 238}Pu, {sup 240}Pu and {sup 242}Pu by neutron capture in {sup 237}Np and Am would degrade the blanket plutonium. However, as {sup 237}Np is a controlled material according to IAEA, its use as doping material in fresh blanket fuel presents a concern for nuclear proliferation. In addition, the fabrication of fresh blanket fuel with inclusion of americium would be complicated due to the emission of intense low-energy gamma radiation from {sup 241}Am. Am is normally accompanied by Cm since the separation of those 2 elements is very difficult. Fuel containing both Am and Cm may make Safeguards measurement difficult. A variation would be doping the fresh blanket fuel with minor actinide (e.g., a group of neptunium, americium, and curium), or with separated reactor-grade (RG) plutonium. The drawback of such schemes would be the need for glove boxes in fresh blanket fuel fabrication. It is possible to fuel the breeder blankets with recycled (reprocessed) uranium oxide. The recycled uranium, recovered from reprocessing, contains {sup 236}U, which when irradiated in the blanket would

  16. Tritium waste control: July--September 1978

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    The combined Electrolysis Catalytic Exchange system was modified to allow better control of experimental conditions and to prevent the overflow of water into the air detritation system. A program designed to regenerate the activity of the hydrophobic catalyst was also completed. Slight differences in the release rate of high specific activity tritiated liquid wastes from the drums are now beginning to appear. The three drums with the highest fractional permeation rate had the least amount of tritium when packaged. The fractional permeation rate of the two octane drums appears to have leveled off at about the same rate as the oil and water drums. Tests continued on samples of cement and cement-plaster mixtures which were injected with 386 Ci of tritiated water, cured, and then impregnated with catalyzed styrene monomer. After polymerization, the samples were put into uncontaminated water and the tritium concentration was monitored. No significant differences were noted except in two cases when the polyethylene bottle had been removed, which resulted in 35 to 80 times more tritium being released into the surrounding water. Full scale (cold) waste drum No. 5 was polymerized with excellent results. Pressure increase and gas composition were measured over (1) tritiated water without fixation, (2) polymer-impregnated concrete, and (3) nonpolymer concrete. Activities for all samples were 10 Ci/m3. Pressure buildup results are essentially the same for concrete made with tritiated distilled water and tritiated waste water. However, the pressure buildup rate is slightly higher for the polymer impregnated concrete than for the nonpolymer concrete. Mass analysis of the cover gas over tritiated water without fixation and over the polymer and nonpolymer concrete samples made with tritiated waste water show that hydrogen represents about 85% of the gas generated

  17. Proton conducting ceramics for potentiometric hydrogen sensors for molten metals

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    Borland, H.; Llivina, L.; Colominas, S.; Abellà, J., E-mail: jordi.abella@iqs.edu

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • Synthesis and chemical characterization of proton conductor ceramics. • Qualification of ceramics for hydrogen sensors in molten lithium–lead. • Ceramics have well-defined grains with a wide distribution of sizes. • Good agreement with predictions obtained with BaZrY, BaCeZrY and SrFeCo ceramics. -- Abstract: Tritium monitoring in lithium–lead eutectic (Pb–15.7Li) is of great importance for the performance of liquid blankets in fusion reactors. Also, tritium measurements will be required in order to proof tritium self-sufficiency in liquid metal breeding systems. On-line hydrogen (isotopes) sensors must be design and tested in order to accomplish these goals. Potentiometric hydrogen sensors for molten lithium–lead eutectic have been designed at the Electrochemical Methods Lab at Institut Quimic de Sarria (IQS) at Barcelona and are under development and qualification. The probes are based on the use of solid state electrolytes and works as proton exchange membranes (PEM). In this work the following compounds: BaZr{sub 0.9}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 3}, BaCe{sub 0.6}Zr{sub 0.3}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 3−α}, Sr(Ce{sub 0.6}-Zr{sub 0.4}){sub 0.9}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 3−α} and Sr{sub 3}Fe{sub 1.8}Co{sub 2}O{sub 7} have been synthesized in order to be tested as PEM H-probes. Potentiometric measurements of the synthesized ceramic elements at 500 °C have been performed at a fixed hydrogen concentration. The sensors constructed using the proton conductor elements BaZr{sub 0.9}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 3}, BaCe{sub 0.6}Zr{sub 0.3}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 3−δ} and Sr{sub 3}Fe{sub 1.8}Co{sub 0.2}O{sub 7−δ} exhibited stable output potential and its value was close to the theoretical value calculated with the Nernst equation (deviation around 60 mV). In contrast, the sensor constructed using the proton conductor element Sr(Ce{sub 0.6}–Zr{sub 0.4}){sub 0.9}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 3−δ} showed a deviation higher than 100 mV between experimental an theoretical data.

  18. Synthesis of tritium labelled 24-epibrassinolide

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    Kolbe, A.; Marquardt, V.; Adam, G. (Inst. of Plant Biochemistry Halle, Halle/Saale (Germany))

    1992-10-01

    Deuterium and tritium 5,7,7-tris-labelled 24-epibrassinolide were prepared by base catalyzed exchange reaction using 24-epicastasterone tetraacetate 1 or bis-isopropylidenedioxy-24-epicastasterone 8 and labelled water. Baeyer-Villiger oxidation of the obtained labelled 6-ketones 2 and 3 with CF[sub 3]CO[sub 3]H gave after alkaline deacetylation of the resulting 4 and 5 the desired tris-labelled 24-epibrassinolides 6 and 7, respectively, or starting from 9 under simultaneous oxidation and deprotection in one step the same final products. (author).

  19. High accuracy tritium measurement for the verification of the tritium production rate calculations with MCNPX

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    Rovni, István, E-mail: rovni@reak.bme.hu [Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Institute of Nuclear Techniques, 1111. Budapest, Műegyetem rkp 3-9 (Hungary); Szieberth, Máté [Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Institute of Nuclear Techniques, 1111. Budapest, Műegyetem rkp 3-9 (Hungary); Palcsu, László; Major, Zoltán [Hertelendi Laboratory of Environmental Studies, 4026 Debrecen, Bem tér 18/C (Hungary); Fehér, Sándor [Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Institute of Nuclear Techniques, 1111. Budapest, Műegyetem rkp 3-9 (Hungary)

    2013-06-21

    This paper presents high accuracy tritium production rate measurement results compared with calculations using the MCNPX Monte Carlo particle transport code. The experimental results are regarded as reference values for a new passive technique based on the secondary charged particle activation method developed for measuring the tritium production rate in the test blanket modules of the ITER Tokamak. The {sup 16}O(t,n){sup 18}F reaction, which is one of the possible tritium monitor reactions, was also extensively investigated, and the experimentally determined reaction rates were compared with simulations. Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} solution was filled and sealed into quartz ampoules which were irradiated in the Training Reactor of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. The amount of {sup 18}F was determined using γ-spectroscopy. Then the precise tritium measurements were carried out in the Hertelendi Laboratory of Environmental Studies using the {sup 3}H–{sup 3}He ingrowth method, where the {sup 3}He produced during the storage time is measured by a static noble gas mass spectrometer (VG-5400). The HT/HTO ratio in the irradiated aqueous solutions was found to be 0.1323±0.0034. Based on the comparison of the measurements and the simulations it was pointed out that the model calculations underestimate the reaction rate of both the {sup 6}Li(n,t)α and the {sup 16}O(t,n){sup 18}F reactions by 5–10% and 15%, respectively. -- Highlights: ► Tritium measurements for verifying the {sup 6}Li6(n, t)α reaction rate calculated by MCNPX. ► The HT/HTO ratio was determined in the neutron irradiated aqueous solution of Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. ► The reaction rate of {sup 16}O(t,n){sup 18}F was measured in thermal neutron spectrum.

  20. Development and Verification of Behavior of Tritium Analytic Code (BOTANIC)

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    Park, Min Young; Kim, Eung Soo [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    VHTR, one of the Generation IV reactor concepts, has a relatively high operation temperature and is usually suggested as a heat source for many industrial processes, including hydrogen production process. Thus, it is vital to trace tritium behavior in the VHTR system and the potential permeation rate to the industrial process. In other words, tritium is a crucial issue in terms of safety in the fission reactor system. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the behavior of tritium and the development of the tool to enable this is vital.. In this study, a Behavior of Tritium Analytic Code (BOTANIC) an analytic tool which is capable of analyzing tritium behavior is developed using a chemical process code called gPROMS. BOTANIC was then further verified using the analytic solutions and benchmark codes such as Tritium Permeation Analysis Code (TPAC) and COMSOL. In this study, the Behavior of Tritium Analytic Code, BOTANIC, has been developed using a chemical process code called gPROMS. The code has several distinctive features including non-diluted assumption, flexible applications and adoption of distributed permeation model. Due to these features, BOTANIC has the capability to analyze a wide range of tritium level systems and has a higher accuracy as it has the capacity to solve distributed models. BOTANIC was successfully developed and verified using analytical solution and the benchmark code calculation result. The results showed very good agreement with the analytical solutions and the calculation results of TPAC and COMSOL. Future work will be focused on the total system verification.

  1. Influence of neutron irradiation on the tritium retention in beryllium

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    Rolli, R.; Ruebel, S.; Werle, H. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Inst. fuer Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik, Karlsruhe (Germany); Wu, C.H.

    1998-01-01

    Carbon-based materials and beryllium are the candidates for protective layers on the components of fusion reactors facing plasma. In contact with D-T plasma, these materials absorb tritium, and it is anticipated that tritium retention increases with the neutron damage due to neutron-induced traps. Because of the poor data base for beryllium, the work was concentrated on it. Tritium was loaded into the samples from stagnant T{sub 2}/H{sub 2} atmosphere, and afterwards, the quantity of the loaded tritium was determined by purged thermal annealing. The specification of the samples is shown. The samples were analyzed by SEM before and after irradiation. The loading and the annealing equipments are contained in two different glove boxes with N{sub 2} inert atmosphere. The methods of loading and annealing are explained. The separation of neutron-produced and loaded tritium and the determination of loaded tritium in irradiated samples are reported. Also the determination of loaded tritium in unirradiated samples is reported. It is evident that irradiated samples contained much more loaded tritium than unirradiated samples. The main results of this investigation are summarized in the table. (K.I.)

  2. Tritium application: self-luminous glass tube(SLGT)

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    Kim, K.; Lee, S.K.; Chung, E.S.; Kim, K.S.; Kim, W.S. [Nuclear Power Lab., Korea Electric Power Research Inst. (KEPRI), Daejeon (Korea); Nam, G.J. [Engineering Information Technology Center, Inst. for Advanced Engineering (IAE), Kyonggi-do (Korea)

    2005-07-01

    To manufacture SLGTs (self-luminous glass tubes), 4 core technologies are needed: coating technology, tritium injection technology, laser sealing/cutting technology and tritium handling technology. The inside of the glass tubes is coated with greenish ZnS phosphor particles with sizes varying from 4{proportional_to}5 [{mu}m], and Cu, and Al as an activator and a co-dopant, respectively. We also found that it would be possible to produce a phosphor coated glass tube for the SLGT using the well established cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) bulb manufacturing technology. The conceptual design of the main process loop (PL) is almost done. A delicate technique will be needed for the sealing/cutting of the glass tubes. Instead of the existing torch technology, a new technology using a pulse-type laser is under investigation. The design basis of the tritium handling facilities is to minimize the operator's exposure to tritium uptake and the emission of tritium to the environment. To fulfill the requirements, major tritium handling components are located in the secondary containment such as the glove boxes (GBs) and/or the fume hoods. The tritium recovery system (TRS) is connected to a GB and PL to minimize the release of tritium as well as to remove the moisture and oxygen in the GB. (orig.)

  3. Study of tritium labeling of complex mixture of polychlorinated biphenyls

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    The method for tritium labeling of technical mixture (commercial mark - SOVOL, USSR) of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was developed. The influence of procedure of labeling by thermally activated tritium on the nativity of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was studied. The method of labeling by thermally activated tritium has some factors, which are able to destroy organic compounds - photodegradation, thermo-degradation and degradation caused by reaction of substitution of organic compounds hydrogen atoms by activated tritium atoms. To develop a method of labeling of every organic compound by thermally activated tritium it is necessary to determine and optimize the conditions of labeling. In our case procedure of labeling is complicated because of technical mixture of PCBs consist from more than 20 isomers, chlorinated with different degree. We studied the dependence of appearance of products of degradation PCBs from duration of labeling procedure. It was found that some part of PCBs and product of its degradation were evaporated under vacuum and were collected on the glass flask cooled by liquid nitrogen. It was found that correlation between labeled of PCBs and products of degradation did not changed with increasing time of labeling, and radiochemical yield of tritium labeled of PCBs was stable - about 15-20 %. The optimum regime of labeling was selected. It was found that purification of labeled PCBs by TLC on silica gel with hexane allows obtaining tritium-labeled PCBs purified from by-products. Thus, TLC purification seems inexpensive, fast and suitable for purification of tritium-labeled PCBs

  4. A Gas Target with a Tritium Gas Handling System

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    A detailed description is given of a simple tritium gas target and its tritium gas filling system, and how to put it into operation. By using the T (p,n) He reaction the gas target has been employed for production of monoenergetic fast neutrons of well defined energy and high intensity. The target has been operated successfully for a long time

  5. Tritium Content of Rainwater from the Eastern Mediterranean Area

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    About 50 samples of rainwater collected during the years 1958-1960 in Israel and neighbouring countries were assayed for their tritium content by gas counting following electrolytic enrichment. The samples included single showers collected at two stations in Israel and one in Cyprus, as well as composite samples accumulated during each rainy season at a number of sites in Israel, Cyprus, Turkey and Greece. In addition samples, of cistern water, representative of rain from the 1956/57 and 1957/58 rainy seasons, were also analyzed. From the air circulation pattern and the timing of thermonuclear tests relative to the local rainy season it is inferred that little direct tropospheric transport of tritium from the test sites into the area occurs. The measured tritium levels hence are due to tritium leakage from high altitudes into lower air layers. Mean atmospheric residence times are estimated for stratospheric tritium from different sources. There is evidence that tritium is only slowly mixed throughout the stratosphere. Systematic differences between the tritium levels at various sites are explained in terms of the different rain producing situations. It is shown that the extent of mixing of maritime and continental air masses are of paramount importance for the resulting tritium content of rain and that the dimen- sions of the Mediterranean sea are small compared to the scale of meteorological phenomena involved. (author)

  6. Final programmatic environmental impact statement for tritium supply and recycling

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    Tritium, a radioactive gas used in all of the Nation's nuclear weapons, has a short half-life and must be replaced periodically in order for the weapon to operate as designed. Currently, there is no capability to produce the required amounts of tritium within the Nuclear Weapons Complex. The PEIS for Tritium Supply and Recycling evaluates the alternatives for the siting, construction, and operation of tritium supply and recycling facilities at each of five candidate sites: the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, the Nevada Test Site, the Oak Ridge Reservation, the Pantex Plant, and the Savannah River Site. Alternatives for new tritium supply and recycling facilities consist of four different tritium supply technologies: Heavy Water Reactor, Modular High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor, Advanced Light Water Reactor, and Accelerator Production of Tritium. The PEIS also evaluates the impacts of the DOE purchase of an existing operating or partially completed commercial light water reactor or the DOE purchase of irradiation services contracted from commercial power reactors. Additionally, the PEIS includes an analysis of multipurpose reactors that would produce tritium, dispose of plutonium, and produce electricity. Evaluation of impacts on land resources, site infrastructure, air quality and acoustics, water resources, geology and soils, biotic resources, cultural and paleontological resources, socioeconomics, radiological and hazardous chemical impacts during normal operation and accidents to workers and the public, waste management, and intersite transport are included in the assessment

  7. Tritium measurement technique using ''in-bed'' calorimetry

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    One of the new technologies that has been introduced to the Savannah River Site (SRS) is the production scale use of metal hydride technology to store, pump, and compress hydrogen isotopes. For tritium stored in metal hydride storage beds, a unique relationship does not exist between the amount of tritium in the bed and the pressure-volume-temperature properties of the hydride material. Determining the amount of tritium in a hydride bed after desorbing the contents of the bed to a tank and performing pressure, volume, temperature, and composition (PVTC) measurements is not practical due to long desorption/absorption times and the inability to remove tritium ''heels'' from the metal hydride materials under normal processing conditions. To eliminate the need to remove tritium from hydride storage beds for measurement purposes, and ''in-bed'' tritium calorimetric measurement technique has been developed. The steady-state temperature rise of a gas stream flowing through a jacketed metal hydride storage bed is measured and correlated with power input to electric heaters used to simulate the radiolytic power generated by the decay of tritium to 3He. Temperature rise results for prototype metal hydride storage beds and the effects of using different gases in the bed are shown. Linear regression results shows that for 95% confidence intervals, temperature rise measurements can be obtained in 14 hours and have an accuracy of ±1.6% of a tritium filled hydride storage bed

  8. Risks involved in tritium compounds handling in the laboratory

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    More and more laboratories are using tritium and its compounds of varied activities and in very different conditions. Whatever the importance of handled activity may be, we come up against complex radioprotection problems specific to tritium compounds. This paper is an attempt to give a general idea of the main difficulties encountered and the method used to overcome them

  9. Effectiveness Monitoring Report, MWMF Tritium Phytoremediation Interim Measures.

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    Hitchcock, Dan; Blake, John, I.

    2003-02-10

    This report describes and presents the results of monitoring activities during irrigation operations for the calendar year 2001 of the MWMF Interim Measures Tritium Phytoremediation Project. The purpose of this effectiveness monitoring report is to provide the information on instrument performance, analysis of CY2001 measurements, and critical relationships needed to manage irrigation operations, estimate efficiency and validate the water and tritium balance model.

  10. Fast Tritium Separation From the Low Level Radioactive Liquid Waste

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    LIANG; Xiao-hu; YANG; Su-liang; YANG; Lei; YANG; Jin-ling

    2012-01-01

    <正>Due to the needed of high efficiency monitoring and controlling of the waste water generated from the spent fuel reprocessing process, analyzing work need to be done quickly. Tritium is an important nuclide in the liquid waste and its content must be determined. But the existing tritium analysis method

  11. Key processes and input parameters for environmental tritium models

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    The primary objective of the work reported here is to define key processes and input parameters for mathematical models of environmental tritium behaviour adequate for use in safety analysis and licensing of fusion devices like NET and associated tritium handling facilities. (author). 45 refs., 3 figs

  12. Confinement and heating of a deuterium-tritium plasma

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    The Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) has performed initial high-power experiments with the plasma fueled by deuterium and tritium to nominally equal densities. Compared to pure deuterium plasmas, the energy stored in the electron and ions increased by ∼20%. These increases indicate improvements in confinement associated with the use of tritium and possibly heating of electrons by α-particles

  13. Establishment of tritium dating facility for hydrological studies in PNRI

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    The release of excess tritium (3H) into the atmosphere from nuclear weapons tests conducted between 1952 and 1963 'tagged' rain water, and thereby all surface waters with 3HHO. Measurement of 3H concentrations in rain, surface water and groundwater is useful index of vulnerability and sustainability of the aquifer to pollution and human exploitation. These determinations are currently being used in the characterization of different environments and in pollution studies, in the framework of research projects, international collaborations and services. Liquid scintillation counting (LSC) was the method of choice for the evaluation of the tritium concentrations in precipitation, groundwater and surface water samples. Prior to counting process, the samples are enriched in tritium by an electrolysis procedure to improve the overall detection limit. Low-level hydrological water samples go through an electrolytic enrichment step, in which tritium concentrations are increased to about seventy-fold through volume reduction. The amount of tritium in water is expressed in tritium units (TU). Water samples taken from selected areas of Bulacan province within the period of 2007 and 2008 were analyzed as part of the current hydrological studies being done by our group in PNRI. The typical tritium values for the rain water, surface water, and groundwater were found to be 1.20±0.11 TU, 1.12±0.11 TU, and 0.40±0.07, respectively. Procedures are now available in our laboratory for measurement of tritium in water samples of different water types. (author)

  14. Ceramic tamper-revealing seals

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    Kupperman, David S.; Raptis, Apostolos C.; Sheen, Shuh-Haw

    1992-01-01

    A flexible metal or ceramic cable with composite ceramic ends, or a u-shaped ceramic connecting element attached to a binding element plate or block cast from alumina or zirconium, and connected to the connecting element by shrink fitting.

  15. Analyses of fine paste ceramics

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    Four chapters are included: history of Brookhaven fine paste ceramics project, chemical and mathematical procedures employed in Mayan fine paste ceramics project, and compositional and archaeological perspectives on the Mayan fine paste ceramics

  16. Analyses of fine paste ceramics

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    Sabloff, J A [ed.

    1980-01-01

    Four chapters are included: history of Brookhaven fine paste ceramics project, chemical and mathematical procedures employed in Mayan fine paste ceramics project, and compositional and archaeological perspectives on the Mayan fine paste ceramics. (DLC)

  17. Design and construction of the Tritium Systems Test Assembly

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    Anderson, J.L.

    1980-01-01

    The objective of TSTA is to develop those aspects of tritium technology related to the fuel cycle for fusion power reactors and to develop the environmental and personnel safety systems required for such a tritium facility. The TSTA schedule calls for construction to be completed and the facility to be operational by the end of FY-1981. The project is now somewhat more than halfway through the design-construction phase and is currently on schedule for the 1981 operational milestone. In this paper the current status of the major subsystems will be discussed. The subsystems to be discussed include the: Vacuum Facility; Fuel Cleanup; Isotope Separation; Transfer Pump; Emergency Tritium Cleanup; Tritium Waste Treatment; Tritium Monitoring; Secondary Containment; and, the Master Data Acquisition and Control System.

  18. Tritium//sup 3/He dating of shallow groundwater

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    Schlosser, P.; Stute, M.; Doerr, H.; Sonntag, C.; Muennich, K.O.

    1988-08-01

    Combined tritium//sup 3/He data from three multi-level sampling wells (DFG 1, DFG 4, DFG 7) located at Liedern/Bocholt, West Germany, are presented and principles of the tritium//sup 3/He method in shallow groundwater studies are discussed. The /sup 3/He excess produced by radioactive decay of bomb tritium (released mainly between 1952 and 1963) is clearly reflected in the data. The tritiogenic /sup 3/He signal can be detected with a good resolution (signal/1sigma error: approx. = 350). The confinement of the tritiogenic /sup 3/He is estimated to approximately 77-85% at site DFG 4. For the bomb tritium peak the deviation of the tritium//sup 3/He age from the age determined by identifying the groundwater layer recharged between 1962 and 1965 is about 3 years (15%). The deviation can be explained by diffusive /sup 3/He loss across the groundwater table and by flow dispersion.

  19. The tritium systems test assembly: Overview and recent results

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    The fusion technology development program for tritium in the US is centered around the Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The TSTA is a full-scale system of reactor exhaust gas reprocessing for an ITER-sized machine. That is, TSTA has the capacity to process tritium in a closed loop mode at the rate of 1 kg per day, requiring a tritium inventory of about 100 g. The TSTA program also interacts with all other tritium-related fusion technology programs in the US and all major programs abroad. This report summarizes the current status, results and interactions of the TSTA. Special emphasis is given to operations in May/June using large compound cryopumps that completed the fuel loop integration of all TSTA subsystems for the first time. 6 refs., 2 figs

  20. Estimation of dose to man from environmental tritium

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    Factors important for characterization of tritium in environmental pathways leading to exposure of man are reviewed and quantification of those factors is discussed. Parameters characterizing the behavior of tritium in man are also subjected to review. Factors to be discussed include organic binding, bioaccumulation, quality factor and transmutation. A variety of models are presently in use to estimate dose to man from environmental releases of tritium. Results from four representative models are compared and discussed. Site-specific information is always preferable when parameterizing models to estimate dose to man. There may be significant differences in dose potential among geographic regions due to variable factors. An example of one such factor examined is absolute humidity. It is concluded that adequate methodologies exist for estimation of dose to man from environmental tritium although a number of areas are identified where additional tritium research is desirable

  1. Updating the tritium quality factor: the argument for conservatism

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    Estimated doses resulting from tritium releases to the environment are linearly dependent upon the quality factor (Q) chosen for tritium beta radiation. In 1969 the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) recommended using 1 as the Q for all low energy beta radiation. Considerable improvements have been made in evaluating exposures to tritium at very low dose rates and in refining physiological and biological endpoints since the 1969 ICRP recommendations. This study summarizes recent experiments to determine the relative biological effectiveness of tritium. Based upon our study of published data related to quality factor, its importance in the calculation of dose, and the currently accepted conservative philosophy in radiation protection, it is concluded that a value of 2 would seem to be more defensible for environmental assessments and that a reevaluation of the tritium quality factor by the ICRP is needed

  2. Continuous Fiber Ceramic Composites

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    2002-09-01

    Fiber-reinforced ceramic composites demonstrate the high-temperature stability of ceramics--with an increased fracture toughness resulting from the fiber reinforcement of the composite. The material optimization performed under the continuous fiber ceramic composites (CFCC) included a series of systematic optimizations. The overall goals were to define the processing window, to increase the robustinous of the process, to increase process yield while reducing costs, and to define the complexity of parts that could be fabricated.

  3. Tritium analysis of fusion-based hydrogen production reactor FDS-III

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    A dynamic subsystem model of tritium fuel cycle for the FDS-III was developed, and the required minimum tritium supply for reactor startup and the doubling time for tritium breeding were calculated by using the Tritium Analysis Software (TAS). Some factors which would affect the tritium supply and doubling time were considered, such as the tritium fractional burnup in the plasma, tritium breeding ratio (TBR), the residence time of tritium in all subsystems, and tritium decay, etc. The results showed that the minimum tritium supply for startup was sensitive with the tritium fractional burnup in the plasma, but the effect of the TBR could be neglected. The double time for tritium breeding strongly depended on the TBR and the tritium fractional burnup. Based on the model, the analysis results predicted that the required initial minimum tritium supply was ∼9.9 kg for startup. After one year's operation, the total tritium inventory in fuel cycle system was ∼33 kg. And the total tritium release into environment was ∼4 mg, which was much lower than the allow level, i.e. 1 g-T/year. The tritium in fuel storage system would be doubled and could be extracted to supply for the other fusion power reactor's startup after ∼886 days operation.

  4. Tritium analysis of fusion-based hydrogen production reactor FDS-III

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    Song Yong, E-mail: ysong@ipp.ac.cn [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui, 230031 (China); Huang Qunying [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui, 230031 (China); School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, 230027 (China); Ni Muyi [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, 230027 (China)

    2010-12-15

    A dynamic subsystem model of tritium fuel cycle for the FDS-III was developed, and the required minimum tritium supply for reactor startup and the doubling time for tritium breeding were calculated by using the Tritium Analysis Software (TAS). Some factors which would affect the tritium supply and doubling time were considered, such as the tritium fractional burnup in the plasma, tritium breeding ratio (TBR), the residence time of tritium in all subsystems, and tritium decay, etc. The results showed that the minimum tritium supply for startup was sensitive with the tritium fractional burnup in the plasma, but the effect of the TBR could be neglected. The double time for tritium breeding strongly depended on the TBR and the tritium fractional burnup. Based on the model, the analysis results predicted that the required initial minimum tritium supply was {approx}9.9 kg for startup. After one year's operation, the total tritium inventory in fuel cycle system was {approx}33 kg. And the total tritium release into environment was {approx}4 mg, which was much lower than the allow level, i.e. 1 g-T/year. The tritium in fuel storage system would be doubled and could be extracted to supply for the other fusion power reactor's startup after {approx}886 days operation.

  5. Detection of tritium sorption on four soil materials

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    In order to measure groundwater age and design nuclear waste disposal sites, it is important to understand the sorption behavior of tritium on soils. In this study, batch tests were carried out using four soils from China: silty clays from An County and Jiangyou County in Sichuan Province, both of which could be considered candidate sites for Very Low Level Waste disposal; silty sand from Beijing; and loess from Yuci County in Shanxi Province, a typical Chinese loess region. The experimental results indicated that in these soil media, the distribution coefficient of tritium is slightly influenced by adsorption time, water/solid ratio, initial tritium specific activity, pH, and the content of humic and fulvic acids. The average distribution coefficient from all of these influencing factors was about 0.1-0.2 mL/g for the four types of soil samples. This relatively modest sorption of tritium in soils needs to be considered in fate and transport studies of tritium in the environment. - Research highlights: → In this study, batch sorption tests validate the adsorption of tritium on all of the four tested soil samples collected in China, and the distribution coefficient is found to be non-zero and less than 0.4 mL/g. The experimental results indicated that in these soil media, the distribution coefficient of tritium is slightly influenced by adsorption time, water/solid ratio, initial tritium specific activity, pH, and the content of humic and fulvic acids. This relatively modest sorption of tritium in soils needs to be considered in fate and transport studies of tritium in the environment.

  6. Release of tritium from fuel and collection for storage

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    Burger, L.L.; Trevorrow, L.E.

    1976-04-01

    Recent work is reviewed on the technology that has been suggested as applicable to collection and storage of tritium in anticipation of the necessity of that course of action. Collection technology and procedures must be adapted to the tritium-bearing effluent and to the facility from which it emerges. Therefore, this discussion of tritium collection technology includes some information on the processes from which release is expected to occur, the amounts, the nature of the effluent media, and the form in which tritium appears. Recent work on collection and storage concepts has explored, both by experimentation and by feasibility analyses, the operations generally aimed at producing recycle, collection, or storage of tritium from these streams. Storage concepts aimed specifically at tritium involve plans to store volumes ranging from that of the entire effluent stream to only that of a small volume of a concentrate. Decisions between storage of unconcentrated streams and storage of concentrates are expected to be made largely by weighing the cost of storage space against the cost of concentration. The storage of tritium concentrate requires the selection of a form of tritium possessing physical and chemical properties appropriate for the expected storage conditions. This selection of an appropriate storage form has occupied a major portion of recent work concerned with tritium storage concepts. In summary, within the context of present regulations and expected amounts of waste tritium; this waste can be disposed of by dilution and dispersal to the environment. In the future, however, more restrictive regulations might be introduced that could be satisfied only by some collection and storage operations. Technology for this practice is not now available, and the present discussion reviews recent activities devoted to its development.

  7. Measuring Fracture Times Of Ceramics

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    Shlichta, Paul J.; Bister, Leo; Bickler, Donald G.

    1989-01-01

    Electrical measurements complement or replace fast cinematography. Electronic system measures microsecond time intervals between impacts of projectiles on ceramic tiles and fracture tiles. Used in research on ceramics and ceramic-based composite materials such as armor. Hardness and low density of ceramics enable them to disintegrate projectiles more efficiently than metals. Projectile approaches ceramic tile specimen. Penetrating foil squares of triggering device activate display and recording instruments. As ceramic and resistive film break oscilloscope plots increase in electrical resistance of film.

  8. Organically bound tritium analysis in environmental samples

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    Baglan, N. [CEA/DAM/DIF, Arpajon (France); Kim, S.B. [AECL, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, ON (Canada); Cossonnet, C. [IRSN/PRP-ENV/STEME/LMRE, Orsay (France); Croudace, I.W.; Warwick, P.E. [GAU-Radioanalytical, University of Southampton, Southampton (United Kingdom); Fournier, M. [IRSN/DG/DMQ, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France); Galeriu, D. [IFIN-HH, Horia-Hulubei, Inst. Phys. and Nucl. Eng., Bucharest (Romania); Momoshima, N. [Kyushu University, Radioisotope Ctr., Fukuoka (Japan); Ansoborlo, E. [CEA/DEN/DRCP/CETAMA, Bagnols-sur-Ceze (France)

    2015-03-15

    Organically bound tritium (OBT) has become of increased interest within the last decade, with a focus on its behaviour and also its analysis, which are important to assess tritium distribution in the environment. In contrast, there are no certified reference materials and no standard analytical method through the international organization related to OBT. In order to resolve this issue, an OBT international working group was created in May 2012. Over 20 labs from around the world participated and submitted their results for the first intercomparison exercise results on potato (Sep 2013). The samples, specially-prepared potatoes, were provided in March 2013 to each participant. Technical information and results from this first exercise are discussed here for all the labs which have realised the five replicates necessary to allow a reliable statistical treatment. The results are encouraging as the increased number of participating labs did not degrade the observed dispersion of the results for a similar activity level. Therefore, the results do not seem to depend on the analytical procedure used. From this work an optimised procedure can start to be developed to deal with OBT analysis and will guide subsequent planned OBT trials by the international group.

  9. Derivation of dose conversion factors for tritium

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    Killough, G. G.

    1982-03-01

    For a given intake mode (ingestion, inhalation, absorption through the skin), a dose conversion factor (DCF) is the committed dose equivalent to a specified organ of an individual per unit intake of a radionuclide. One also may consider the effective dose commitment per unit intake, which is a weighted average of organ-specific DCFs, with weights proportional to risks associated with stochastic radiation-induced fatal health effects, as defined by Publication 26 of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). This report derives and tabulates organ-specific dose conversion factors and the effective dose commitment per unit intake of tritium. These factors are based on a steady-state model of hydrogen in the tissues of ICRP's Reference Man (ICRP Publication 23) and equilibrium of specific activities between body water and other tissues. The results differ by 27 to 33% from the estimate on which ICRP Publication 30 recommendations are based. The report also examines a dynamic model of tritium retention in body water, mineral bone, and two compartments representing organically-bound hydrogen. This model is compared with data from human subjects who were observed for extended periods. The manner of combining the dose conversion factors with measured or model-predicted levels of contamination in man's exposure media (air, drinking water, soil moisture) to estimate dose rate to an individual is briefly discussed.

  10. Current status of tritium calorimetry at TLK

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    Inside a tritium facility, calorimetry is an important analytical method as it is the only reference method for accountancy (it is based on the measurement of the heat generated by the radioactive decay). Presently, at Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe (TLK), 4 calorimeters are in operation, one of isothermal type and three of inertial guidance control type (IGC). The volume of the calorimeters varies between 0.5 and 20.6 liters. About two years ago we started an extensive work to improve our calorimeters with regard to reliability and precision. We were forced to upgrade 3 of our 4 calorimeters due to the outdated interfaces and software. This work involved creating new LabView programs driving the devices, re-tuning control loops and replacing obsolete hardware components. In this paper we give a review on the current performance of our calorimeters, comparing it to recently available devices from the market and in the literature. We also show some ideas for a next generation calorimeter based on experiences with our IGC calorimeters and other devices reported in the literature. (authors)

  11. Preliminary Experimental Results for Tritium Accountancy Measurement

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    Jeong, Do Yeon; Chung, Hong Suk; Chung, Dong You; Koo, Dae Seo [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    The SDS (storage and delivery system) is one of the major components of ITER fuel cycle. The main function of the SDS is to store the hydrogen isotopes and deliver them to the fuel injection system. The tritium inventory of the bed is determined from the decay heat of the tritium without removing the inventory from bed. The decay heat is measured by the in-bed calorimetry. He through the ZrCo bed and measuring the resultant temperature increase of the He flow. Korea has been various test results for the experimental ZrCo beds. Based on this result, we propose concept of tray type ZrCo bed. ZrCo was reacted with the hydrogen ingressed through SUS filter(120mesh) placed in the tray. The heating coils and the helium loop for the inbed calorimetry are installed bottom of the tray. In this paper, we performed thermo analysis on the in-bed calorimetry performance of the bed. Using the software, LABVIEW, the time-dependent temperature distribution of the bed, the temperature difference ({Delta} T) between the inlet and outlet of the flow through the helium loop

  12. Current status of tritium calorimetry at TLK

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    Buekki-Deme, A.; Alecu, C.G.; Kloppe, B.; Bornschein, B. [Institute of Technical Physics, Tritium Laboratory Karsruhe - TLK, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT, Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2015-03-15

    Inside a tritium facility, calorimetry is an important analytical method as it is the only reference method for accountancy (it is based on the measurement of the heat generated by the radioactive decay). Presently, at Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe (TLK), 4 calorimeters are in operation, one of isothermal type and three of inertial guidance control type (IGC). The volume of the calorimeters varies between 0.5 and 20.6 liters. About two years ago we started an extensive work to improve our calorimeters with regard to reliability and precision. We were forced to upgrade 3 of our 4 calorimeters due to the outdated interfaces and software. This work involved creating new LabView programs driving the devices, re-tuning control loops and replacing obsolete hardware components. In this paper we give a review on the current performance of our calorimeters, comparing it to recently available devices from the market and in the literature. We also show some ideas for a next generation calorimeter based on experiences with our IGC calorimeters and other devices reported in the literature. (authors)

  13. Defect production in ceramics

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    Zinkle, S.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Kinoshita, C. [Kyushu Univ. (Japan)

    1997-08-01

    A review is given of several important defect production and accumulation parameters for irradiated ceramics. Materials covered in this review include alumina, magnesia, spinel silicon carbide, silicon nitride, aluminum nitride and diamond. Whereas threshold displacement energies for many ceramics are known within a reasonable level of uncertainty (with notable exceptions being AIN and Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}), relatively little information exists on the equally important parameters of surviving defect fraction (defect production efficiency) and point defect migration energies for most ceramics. Very little fundamental displacement damage information is available for nitride ceramics. The role of subthreshold irradiation on defect migration and microstructural evolution is also briefly discussed.

  14. Environmental health-risk assessment for tritium releases from the National Tritium Labeling Facility (NTLF) at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

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    McKone, T.E.; Brand, K.P.

    1994-12-01

    This report is a health risk assessment that addresses continuous releases of tritium to the environment from the National Tritium Labeling Facility (NTLF) at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL). The NTLF contributes approximately 95% of all tritium releases from LBL. Transport and transformation models were used to determine the movement of tritium releases from the NRLF to the air, surface water, soils, and plants and to determine the subsequent doses to humans. These models were calibrated against environmental measurements of tritium levels in the vicinity of the NTLF and in the surrounding community. Risk levels were determined for human populations in each of these zones. Risk levels to both individuals and populations were calculated. In this report population risks and individual risks were calculated for three types of diseases--cancer, heritable genetic effects, and developmental and reproductive effects.

  15. Gaseous Tritium Light Sources in armament and watches industries; Tritium-Gas-Lichtquellen in der Ruestungs- und Uhrenindustrie

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    Amme, Marcus; Siegenthaler, Roger [mb-microtec ag, Niederwangen (Switzerland)

    2015-07-01

    The industrial application of Tritium gas enclosed in glass tubes is a modern way illuminating instruments and items wherever instant and independent readability is prerequisite. The GTLS (Gaseous Tritium Light Sources) technology follows the principle of radiation-induced luminescence and supersedes the luminous radioactive paints and their hazards such as particles erasure or heavy isotope use. Enclosure of tritium in glass is a demanding micro technology process and work needs to be performed in controlled areas due to handling of open sources. The storage and transport of the Tritium is done via licensed B(U)-containers coming from heavy water reactor sites, and disposal of radioactive Tritium wastes has to be compliant with national and international regulations for transport and waste management.

  16. Environmental health-risk assessment for tritium releases from the National Tritium Labeling Facility (NTLF) at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

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    This report is a health risk assessment that addresses continuous releases of tritium to the environment from the National Tritium Labeling Facility (NTLF) at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL). The NTLF contributes approximately 95% of all tritium releases from LBL. Transport and transformation models were used to determine the movement of tritium releases from the NRLF to the air, surface water, soils, and plants and to determine the subsequent doses to humans. These models were calibrated against environmental measurements of tritium levels in the vicinity of the NTLF and in the surrounding community. Risk levels were determined for human populations in each of these zones. Risk levels to both individuals and populations were calculated. In this report population risks and individual risks were calculated for three types of diseases--cancer, heritable genetic effects, and developmental and reproductive effects

  17. Optimisation of safety parameters in fast breeder test reactor

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    Full text: Optimisation of safety parameters is an important aspect to be considered in the design of nuclear power plant and also becomes extremely important activity to be followed up during the commissioning and operating phases of the plant taking into account the operational feed back and review of incidental situations and available diversity and reliability. Otherwise, the spurious/ superfluous trips on the reactor besides affecting the availability of the plant, initiate plant transients causing stress for the plant equipment resulting in reduction of plant life. This activity has a significant role to play in attaining the maximum availability of the plant, without compromising safety. The study and evolution of optimisation process in fast breeder test reactor (FBTR); at Kalpakkam has been an interesting and rewarding experience

  18. Design study of an upgraded charge breeder for ISOLDE

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    Shornikov, A; Wenander, F; Pikin, A

    2013-01-01

    In this work we present our progress in the design study of a new Electron Beam Ion Source (EBIS) to be installed as a charge breeder for reacceleration of rare ions at ISOLDE. The work is triggered by the HIE-ISOLDE upgrade {[}1] and the planned TSR@ISOLDE project {[}2]. To fulfill the requests of the user community the new EBIS should reach an electron beam density of 10(4) A/cm(2) at electron energies up to 150 key and, provide UHV environment and ion cooling in the breeding region to ensure confinement of the ions long enough to reach the requested charge states. We report on the established design parameters and first prototyping steps towards production and testing of suitable equipment. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Designing a SCADA system simulator for fast breeder reactor

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    Nugraha, E.; Abdullah, A. G.; Hakim, D. L.

    2016-04-01

    SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system simulator is a Human Machine Interface-based software that is able to visualize the process of a plant. This study describes the results of the process of designing a SCADA system simulator that aims to facilitate the operator in monitoring, controlling, handling the alarm, accessing historical data and historical trend in Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) type Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR). This research used simulation to simulate NPP type FBR Kalpakkam in India. This simulator was developed using Wonderware Intouch software 10 and is equipped with main menu, plant overview, area graphics, control display, set point display, alarm system, real-time trending, historical trending and security system. This simulator can properly simulate the principle of energy flow and energy conversion process on NPP type FBR. This SCADA system simulator can be used as training media for NPP type FBR prospective operators.

  20. Feasibility and deployment strategy of water cooled thorium breeder reactor

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    The author have studied water cooled thorium breeder reactor based on matured pressurized water reactor (PWR) plant technology for several years. Through these studies it is concluded that reduced moderated core by arranging fuel pins in a triangular tight lattice array with heavy water coolant in the primary loop by replacing original light water is appropriate for achieving sufficient breeding performance as sustainable fission system and high enough burn-up as an economical power plant. The heavy water cooled thorium reactor is feasible to be introduced by using Pu recovered from spent fuel of LWR, keeping continuity with current LWR infrastructure. This thorium reactor can be operated as sustainable energy supplier and also MA transmuter to realize future society with less long-lived nuclear waste