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Fukushima $$^{137}$$Cs releases dispersion modelling over the Pacific Ocean; Comparisons of models with water, sediment and biota data

Peri$'a$$~n$ez, R.*; Bezhenar, R.*; Brovchenko, I.*; Jung, K. T.*; Kamidaira, Yuki; Kim, K. O.*; Kobayashi, Takuya; Liptak, L.*; Maderich, V.*; Min, B. I.*; et al.

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 198, p.50 - 63, 2019/03

A number of marine radionuclide dispersion models were applied to simulate $$^{137}$$Cs releases from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in 2011 over the northwest Pacific. Simulations extended over two years and both direct releases into the ocean and deposition of atmospheric releases on the ocean surface were considered. Dispersion models included an embedded biological uptake model (BUM). Three types of BUMs were used: equilibrium, dynamic and allometric. Model results were compared with $$^{137}$$Cs measurements in water, sediment and biota. A reasonable agreement in model/model and model/data comparisons was obtained.

JAEA Reports

Heating test of robot test pool

Arakawa, Ryoki; Nosaki, Nobuhisa; Hirata, Yuji*

JAEA-Technology 2018-009, 28 Pages, 2019/01

JAEA-Technology-2018-009.pdf:2.94MB

The Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development consists of a mock-up test building and a research management building, and various test facilities are installed in them for the decommissioning work after the accident of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings. In the test facilities, the robot test pool for the underwater robot can be tested under temperature conditions raised from room temperature to 60$$^{circ}$$C. Then, for the purpose of grasping the temperature distribution inside of the pool and the temperature rising behavior in temperature raising condition, a temperature heating test with room temperature to 60$$^{circ}$$C. (maximum setting temperature) was performed, and as well as an analytical study was performed. This report summarizes the obtained both experimental and analytical studies.

Journal Articles

Comparison of airborne and ground-based tools used for radiation measurement in the environment

Ochi, Kotaro; Sasaki, Miyuki; Ishida, Mutsushi*; Sanada, Yukihisa

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 6, p.103 - 107, 2019/01

After the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident, a large amount of radionuclides was spread out all over the world. In our previous study, we developed the aerial radiation monitoring technique using unmanned helicopter for investigating the dose rate derived deposited radionuclides over wide area. In addition, many monitoring techniques were developed for investigating the local distribution of radionuclides using unmanned aerial vehicle, handheld instrument and car within small area. Distinction of these methods depends on desirable position resolution of dose rate. However, the comparison method of the measurement result between different methods is not established. In this study, we attempted to evaluate the some methods of airborne and ground radiation measurement in same extended farm.

Journal Articles

Development of analysis method for airborne radiation monitoring using the inverse problem solutions

Sasaki, Miyuki; Ishizaki, Azusa; Sanada, Yukihisa

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 6, p.63 - 67, 2019/01

Since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS), some unmanned vehicles (UAVs) are applied to airborne radiation measurement in around FDNPS. In conventional analysis methods, count rate that is obtained in the sky is converted to air dose rate at 1 m above the ground (agl.) under following premises. (1) Topography under the UAV is a plane (plane source model). (2) The air dose rate at 1 m agl. under the UAV is constant inside approximately 10 m radius. (3) Relationship of altitude and count rate is exponential correlation. Therefore, it is difficult that dose rate by airborne radiation measurement is precisely measured at the mountains and uneven place of dose rate by the conventional method. In this study, Maximum Likelihood-Expectation Maximization (ML-EM) method which is used in the medical radiation such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is attempted to apply to environmental radiation measurement using UAV.

Journal Articles

A Method for the prediction of the dose rate distribution in a primary containment vessel of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

Okumura, Keisuke; Riyana, E. S.; Sato, Wakaei*; Maeda, Hirobumi*; Katakura, Junichi*; Kamada, So*; Joyce, J. M.*; Lennox, B.*

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 6, p.108 - 112, 2019/01

In order to establish the prediction method of the dose rate distribution in the primary containment vessel (PCV) of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, a series of calculations were carried out in the following way; (1) burnup calculation to obtain fuel composition at the time of accident, (2) activation calculation for the structural materials including impurities, (3) estimation of Cs contamination in PCV based on the result of severe accident analysis by IRID, (4) decay calculation of radioactive nuclides, (5) photon transport calculation to obtain dose rate distribution. After that, Cs concentration around the dry-well of 1F was modified to be consistent with locally measured dose rates in the PCV-investigation by IRID.

Journal Articles

Development of ROV system to explore fuel debris in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Kamada, So*; Kato, Michio*; Nishimura, Kazuya*; Nancekievill, M.*; Watson, S.*; Lennox, B.*; Jones, A.*; Joyce, M. J.*; Okumura, Keisuke; Katakura, Junichi*

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 6, p.199 - 202, 2019/01

As a technology development to investigate the distribution of submerged fuel debris in the primary containment vessel (PCV) of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, we are conducting development experiments of sonar system to be mounted in a compact ROV. The experiments were conducted in two types of water tanks with different depths, simulating the PCV, using sonar with different sizes, ultrasonic frequencies, and beam scanning method, and simulated fuel debris. As a result, we characterized the shape discrimination performance of the simulated debris, and the noise due to multi-path in narrow closed space.

Journal Articles

Study on restricted use of contaminated rubble on Fukushima Daiichi NPS site, 2; Validation of reference radiocesium concentration for recycling materials

Miwa, Kazuji; Shimada, Taro; Takeda, Seiji

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 6, p.166 - 170, 2019/01

In this study, in order to validate the restricted use of recycling material at the reference radiocesium concentration (determined in series report (1)), we evaluated worker annual doses, air dose rate at the site boundary and impact of migrated radiocesium into groundwater. Firstly, we evaluated the additional annual dose for workers, on the assumption that typical workers coming in contact with the source after construction (Road: 1.2 mSv/y, Building: 1.3 mSv/y). Secondly, we evaluated the air dose rates by distance from road and building including recycling material, and investigated the distance for not exceeding 1 mSv/y (including additional dose rate by recycling and background dose rate of 0.6 mSv/y) at the site boundary (Road: 25 m, Building: 1 m). Thirdly, we evaluated the Cs migration in groundwater, and investigated the distance required for satisfying the operation target value ($$^{134}$$Cs: 1 Bq/L, $$^{137}$$Cs: 1 Bq/L) at the boundary (coastal line) (Road: 10 m, Building: 10 m).

Journal Articles

Study on restricted use of contaminated rubble on Fukushima Daiichi NPS site, 1; Estimation of reference radiocesium concentration for recycling materials

Shimada, Taro; Miwa, Kazuji; Takeda, Seiji

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 6, p.203 - 207, 2019/01

Rubbles less than 5 $$mu$$Sv/h of surface dose rate, which are stored outdoor in the Fukushima Daiichi NPS (1F) site, will be recycled and applied in a restricted reuse only within 1F site in the future. In this study, we suggested a concept for establishing the reference radioactive concentration of recycling material for the restricted use in the 1F site. Reference radiocesium concentration is calculated so that increased dose rate by restricted reuse does not exceed 1 $$mu$$Sv/h which is the minimum value of dose rate map in the 1F entire site. In order to justify the restricted reuse under the reference concentration calculated, additional occupational dose, dose rate at the site boundary and groundwater concentration at the outlet to the ocean are evaluated and confirmed that the values are below 2 mSv/y, 1 mSv/y and 1 Bq/cm$$^{3}$$ of $$^{134}$$Cs and $$^{137}$$Cs, respectively. And then calculated the reference radiocesium concentrations of the recycling material used for paved roads and the bases of concrete building.

Journal Articles

Comparison of the Fukushima radioactive mapping by two different aerial radiation monitoring systems

Kim, B.-J.*; Sasaki, Miyuki; Sanada, Yukihisa

Progress in Nuclear Science and Technology (Internet), 6, p.130 - 133, 2019/01

A radiation monitoring system using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was developed for post-nuclear accidents by the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS). JAEA has been conducted radiation monitoring in the Fukushima area and undertaking research and development of related technology. Considering future large-scale disasters, it is important that measurement methods using UAVs are unified between the neighbor countries. JAEA and KINS attempted technical collaborations to compare results obtained from different methods. In 2015, measurements were carried out around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station. Corrections to convert the coefficients from detectors in air to the radiation dose or radioactivity concentration on the surface were carried out in areas previously surveyed as flat and relatively evenly contaminated. Explorations of contamination mapping were conducted in river basins, with contaminants appearing in different water and soil contours, which were expected to make intuitive comparisons easier for multiple mappings. We used a Japanese unmanned helicopter, which is used for agricultural applications such as the spraying of pesticides. The measurement system of JAEA and KINS was installed and the same route was flown once in each case.

Journal Articles

A Probabilistic Approach to Assess External Doses to the Public Considering Spatial Variability of Radioactive Contamination and Interpopulation Differences in Behavior Pattern

Takahara, Shogo; Iijima, Masashi*; Yoneda, Minoru*; Shimada, Yoko*

Risk Analysis, 39(1), p.212 - 224, 2019/01

A dose assessment model was developed based on measurements and surveys of individual doses and relevant contributors in Fukushima City for four population groups: Fukushima City Office staff, Senior Citizens' Club, Contractors' Association, and AgriculturalCooperative. In addition, probabilistic assessments were performed for these population groups by considering the spatial variability of contamination and interpopulation differencesresulting from behavior patterns. As a result of comparison with the actual measurements, the assessment results for participants from the Fukushima City Office, Senior Citizens' Club and the Agricultural Cooperative agreed with the measured values. By contrast, the measurements obtained for the participants from the Contractors' Association were not reproduced well in the present study. To assess the doses to this group, further investigations of association members' work activities and the related dose reduction effects are needed.

Journal Articles

Modelling the effect of mechanical remediation on dose rates above radiocesium contaminated land

Malins, A.; Kurikami, Hiroshi; Kitamura, Akihiro; Machida, Masahiko

Remediation Measures for Radioactively Contaminated Areas, p.259 - 272, 2019/00

Mechanical strategies for remediating radiocesium contaminated soils, e.g. at farms, schoolyards, gardens or parks, lower air dose rates in one of two characteristic ways. The first is to physically remove radiocesium from the environment, for example by stripping topsoil and sending it for disposal. The second is to redistribute the radiocesium deeper within the ground, e.g. by mixing the topsoil or switching the positions of different soil layers, in order that soil attenuates radiocesium gamma rays before they reach the surface. The amount that air dose rates reduce because of remediation can be calculated using radiation transport methods. This chapter summarizes modelling results for the effect of topsoil removal (with and without recovering with a clean soil layer), topsoil mixing, and soil layer interchange on dose rates. Using measurements of the depth profile of $$^{134}$$Cs and $$^{137}$$Cs activity in soil at un-remediated sites across North East Japan, the potential effectiveness of remediation work was estimated considering remediation to different soil depths and different time lags after the accident. The results show that remediation performance would have been essentially constant irrespective of the time at which it was undertaken in the initial five year period following the fallout.

JAEA Reports

Annual report for FY2016 on the activities of Naraha Remote Technology Development Center

Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development, Fukushima Research Insitute

JAEA-Review 2018-014, 52 Pages, 2018/12

JAEA-Review-2018-014.pdf:5.62MB

The Naraha Remote Technology Development Center (Naraha Center) consists of a mock-up test building and a research management building, and various test facilities necessary for the decommissioning work after the accident of TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station are installed. Using these test facilities, a wide range of users, such as companies engaged in decommissioning work, research and development institutions, educational institutions, etc., can efficiently develop robots through characterization and performance evaluation of remote-controlled robots. Furthermore, it is possible to make various uses such as exhibitions that many companies have met together, experts' meetings on decommissioning. This report summarizes the activities of the Naraha Center such as development of remote control technologies, maintenance and training of remote control equipment for emergency response, use of component test areas, and so on in FY2016.

Journal Articles

Overview of computational frog models

Kinase, Sakae; Mohammadi, A.*; G$'o$mez-Ros, J.-M.*

Computational Anatomical Animal Models; Methodological Developments and Research Applications, p.5_1 - 5_9, 2018/12

There are limited investigations on the computational frog models and the organ dose evaluations for frogs in environmental protection. In this article, computational frog models and their applications are reviewed to share some perspectives of frog model development in the near future. The authors hope that 3D printing frog phantoms with adequate tissue substitutes should be developed for the validation of the dosimetric quantities by the Monte Carlo simulations.

Journal Articles

Evaluation of ecological half-life of dose rate based on airborne radiation monitoring following the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

Sanada, Yukihisa; Urabe, Yoshimi*; Sasaki, Miyuki; Ochi, Kotaro; Torii, Tatsuo

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 192, p.417 - 425, 2018/12

Many time of the airborne radiation monitoring was conducted. Temporal change of dose rate was evaluated based on airborne radiation monitoring. The air dose rate 5.6 years after the FDNPS accident has decreased by 80%. The increasing attenuation by radioactive cesium penetration into the soil was effective.

Journal Articles

Decreasing trend of ambient dose equivalent rates over a wide area in eastern Japan until 2016 evaluated by car-borne surveys using KURAMA systems

Ando, Masaki; Mikami, Satoshi; Tsuda, Shuichi; Yoshida, Tadayoshi; Matsuda, Norihiro; Saito, Kimiaki

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 192, p.385 - 398, 2018/12

Car-borne surveys using KURAMA systems have been conducted over a wide area in eastern Japan since 2011. The measurement data collected until 2016 was analyzed, and decreasing trend of the dose rates in regions within 80 km of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant were examined. The averaged dose rates tended to decrease considerably with respect to the physical decay of radiocaesium, and the ecological half-lives of the fast and slow decay components were estimated. The decrease of the dose rate in the forest was slower than its decrease in other regions, and the decrease of the dose rate in urban area was the fastest. The decrease in the dose rates obtained via the car-borne survey was larger than that obtained on flat ground with few disturbances using survey meters approximately 1.5 y after the accident; hereafter, the decrease in the dose rates obtained via the car-borne survey was same as the latter measurement.

Journal Articles

Distribution and fate of $$^{129}$$I in the seabed sediment off Fukushima

Otosaka, Shigeyoshi; Sato, Yuhi*; Suzuki, Takashi; Kuwabara, Jun; Nakanishi, Takahiro

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 192, p.208 - 218, 2018/12

From August 2011 to October 2013, the concentration of iodine-129 ($$^{129}$$I) in the seabed sediment collected from 26 stations located within 160 km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was estimated. The concentrations of $$^{129}$$I in seabed sediment off Fukushima in 2011 ranged between 0.02 and 0.45 mBq/kg. Although iodine is a biophilic element, the accident-derived radioiodine negligibly affects the benthic ecosystem. Until October 2013, a slightly increased activity of $$^{129}$$I in the surface sediment in the shelf-edge region (bottom depth: 200-400 m) was observed. The increase of the $$^{129}$$I concentrations in the shelf-edge sediments was affected by the (1) transport of $$^{129}$$I-bound particles from the land through rivers and (2) re-deposition of $$^{129}$$I desorbed from the contaminated coastal sediment to the shelf-edge sediments, which were considered to be dominant processes.

Journal Articles

Development of the unmanned surface vehicle for radiation monitoring at seabed; Observation of temporal change of radiocesium concentration in the sea bottom sediment at coastal zone of Fukushima

Sanada, Yukihisa; Miyamoto, Kenji*; Ochi, Kotaro; Matsuzaki, Koji*; Ogawa, Toshihiro*; Senga, Yasuhiro*

Kaiyo Riko Gakkai-Shi, 24(2), p.9 - 18, 2018/12

Seven years passed since Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station accident which was caused large amount of radionuclide release to the sea. Elucidation of behavior mechanism of radiocesium in the seabed is required for restarting fishing industry. We developed radiation detection system using the unmanned surface vehicle for in-situ measurement of radiocesium concentration in seabed sediment. This system is able to automatically navigate to measurement point and obtain the radiation data on the bottom sediment. The detector was calibrated by comparing the actual sediment samples. The periodical measurement off-shore the Fukushima Prefecture was performed using developed this system. As these results, distribution of radiocesium concentration was changed due to oceanographic condition. However, radiocesium inventory was tendency to decrease according to radiocesium half-life in measurement area. This system is effective for elucidation of behavior mechanism of radiocesium because it can easily measure the radiocesium concentration in the bottom sediment.

Journal Articles

Isotope-selective microscale imaging of radioactive Cs without isobaric interferences using sputtered neutral mass spectrometry with two-step resonant ionization employing newly-developed Ti:Sapphire lasers

Sakamoto, Tetsuo*; Morita, Masato*; Kanenari, Keita*; Tomita, Hideki*; Sonnenschein, V.*; Saito, Kosuke*; Ohashi, Masaya*; Kato, Kotaro*; Iguchi, Tetsuo*; Kawai, Toshihide*; et al.

Analytical Sciences, 34(11), p.1265 - 1270, 2018/11

Characterization of radionuclides in Fukushima is important to determine their origins and current state in the environment. Radionuclides exist as fine particles and are mixed with other constituents. A measurement method with both micro-imaging capability and highly selective element detection is necessary to analyze these particles. We developed such an imaging technique using a time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and wavelength tunable Ti:Sapphire lasers for resonance ionization of target elements without mass interference. This is called resonant laser ionization sputtered neutral mass spectrometry. The instrument has high lateral resolution and higher ionization selectivity using two-step resonance excitation of Cs with two lasers at different wavelengths. Optimization of the wavelength for resonance ionization using a Cs compound was performed, and a real environmental particle containing radioactive Cs was analyzed. Isotope images of three kinds of Cs were successfully obtained without interfere from Ba isotopes for the first time.

Journal Articles

Review of the performance of a car-borne survey system, KURAMA-II, used to measure the dose rate after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

Tsuda, Shuichi; Tanigaki, Minoru*; Yoshida, Tadayoshi; Saito, Kimiaki

Hoshasen, 44(3), p.109 - 118, 2018/11

JAEA has started to perform dose rate monitoring using a car-borne survey system KURAMA to rapidly produce the dose rate mappings of the deposited radionuclides in the environment after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. KURAMA is a car-borne survey system developed by Kyoto University to perform dose rate monitoring in a wide area in detail with rapidity. By improving KURAMA with continuous dose rate monitoring, the 2nd generation of KURAMA (KURAMA-II) succeeded in downsizing, durability and automated transmission of data so that enable detailed dose rate mapping in wide area in shorter period of time. This paper reports the radiation characteristics and the simulation analysis of KURAMA-II on the special issue of Hoshasen, the journal of Ionization Radiation Division in the Japan society of applied physics.

Journal Articles

Free convective heat transfer experiment to validate air-cooling performance analysis of fuel debris

Uesawa, Shinichiro; Yamashita, Susumu; Shibata, Mitsuhiko; Yoshida, Hiroyuki

Proceedings of 11th Korea-Japan Symposium on Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics and Safety (NTHAS-11) (Internet), 6 Pages, 2018/11

A dry method for fuel debris is proposed for decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi NPS. We have been evaluating the air-cooling performance of the fuel debris in the dry method by using JUPITER. Because JUPITER can calculate relocation of the corium, it is expected to calculate thermal-hydraulic simulation of the air cooling of the fuel debris in the dry method based on the calculated debris position, shapes and composition with the relocation analysis. In this paper, the experiment of heat transfer and flow visualization of free convection adjacent to upward-facing horizontal heat transfer surface was performed to validate the calculation of the free convective heat transfer with JUPITER. In the experiment, the temperature distribution was measured with a thermocouple tree. In addition, the velocity distribution of free convection was visualized by a particle image velocimetry (PIV). In the comparison between the JUPITER and the experiment, the temperature distribution for the vertical direction in the quasi-steady state was fitted between the JUPITER and the experiment. The velocity distribution calculated with JUPITER was also in good agreement with the experimental result. Therefore, it is expected that JUPITER is a helpful numerical method to evaluate the air-cooling performance of the fuel debris in the dry method.

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