Issue Number:FDR-104
Phase: Preparation
Decommissioning Process Fuel Debris Retrieval
Investigation Subject Understanding status inside PCV
Issue Understanding dose inside PCV and RPV


① Measuring and evaluating doses inside the PCV and the RPV

Desired state and reasons for it

In order to carry out fuel debris retrieval safely, smoothly and efficiently, it is desirable that accurate dose assessment and dose distribution understanding in the reactor, including in air and water, be conducted.
In the fuel debris retrieval, it is desirable to have a competent to measure neutrons and hydrogen for ensuring work safety and for risk reduction.
From the viewpoint of radiation resistance, it is desirable to have a competent to reflect the information on the dose in the reactor in the design of fuel debris retrieval equipment.

Current state against ideal

In Unit 1, Unit 2, and Unit 3, the gap between the shield plugs is estimated to be highly dosed, based on the estimation of FP migration pathway. The entire reactor well, which is located below the operation floor on the migration pathway, is also estimated to be highly contaminated. In addition, the inside of the pressure vessel is considered to have FP deposition on the structure and wall surfaces, and the dose is estimated to be high.
The specific doses investigated so far for Unit 1 are as follows:
Above the grating on the first floor: 4.7 Sv/h to 9.7 Sv/h (4/10/2015);
At the bottom of the PCV, the dose increased as it approached the deposit and recorded several to 10 Sv/h at about 0.3 to 1.6 m in height from the floor (3/18, 3/19 and 3/22/2017);
Near the pedestal opening (about 1 m in height from the floor): Up to 9.4 Sv/h (3/20-3/22/2017);
Above the water surface in the torus room: 920 mSv/h at maximum (2/20/2013).
The specific doses investigated so far for Unit 3 are as follows:
In the gas phase part near the PCV wall: About 1 Sv/h;
About 550 mm from the X-53 penetration opening: About 0.75 Sv/h (2015/10/30).

Issues to be resolved

In the future, it is desirable to estimate and investigate doses in the uninvestigated areas. In particular, it is necessary to understand and estimate doses along the access route and near the debris to reflect the results in the fuel debris retrieval method, and to utilize them in the design of equipment. In addition, it is necessary to identify the areas with high local doses and to improve the information on the doses inside the PCV in combination with the clarification of the mechanism of FP concentration.

Relevant Issues


Please note that this English text is a provisional translation of the Japanese original.