|Nov25-12, 08:03 PM||#13805|
Japan Earthquake: nuclear plants
It was certainly a breath of fresh air compared to most of the reports we had to put up with for so long. I look forward to reading the rest of it, it was a bit too long to read properly in one go to say the least!
I should point out the site it came from in case anyone is interested in reading other documents that went with it:
If I combine it with the other final report that I've just been reading, which tends to focus on some different things, then I finally feel like I've got almost as much data, analysis and narrative as I could reasonably hope for until such a time as they are better able to ascertain detail of damage, fuel location etc.
(From http://warp.da.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/...ort/index.html )
Again just to highlight a few areas of interest to me, leaving out reactor 2 which I'm discussing in its own thread:
Page 31 seems to be suggesting this reports authors required a core-concrete interaction to generate sufficient quantities of hydrogen to explain the explosions at reactor buildings 3 & 4.
Pages 90-93 looks at whether the operation of SRVs at reactor 1 depressurised that RPV, or whether pipe damage due to the earthquake was responsible.
In some ways this report doesnt feel quite up to the same standard as the other one, and especially the above highlights may be controversial. But the way in which it looks at such issues, and its broader attempt to construct a narrative of the sequence of events at the reactors in a slightly different manner to the other reports, gives it some worth in my eyes, just not on its own. I highly recommend that anyone frustrated by failures of previous reports to at least mention possible remelts etc after the first stages of disaster at each reactor, eg dates such as 16th and 21st March, or failures to construct a readable narrative that focuses on important details rather than seem to willfully obscure, could do a lot worse than at least skim these documents.
|Nov27-12, 09:57 AM||#13806|
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushi...21126_02-e.pdf Since the area surrounding the [PCV Gas Control System] duct in Unit 3 Reactor Building is high radiation area (Max.approx. 1Sv.h), the inspection will be performed by a robot with a camera attached. The inspection is scheduled on November 27 (and 28), 2012 (...) New Type Robot Name: FRIGO-MA.
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp...3342_1870.html a TEPCO employee found that Unit 3 reactor injection water amount had increased from 5.8m3/h (as of 10:00 AM) to 7.0m3/h at 11:00 AM today [26 November] during the regular data check. (...) the cause of the increase in the reactor injection water amount was identified to be a worker unintentionally touching the handle to operate the flow rate adjustment valve.
|Dec1-12, 09:41 AM||#13807|
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/genpatsu-...aishinsei.html Tepco made another round of inspections (the 3rd one) concerning unit 4's earthquake resistance. The maximum inclination value on the western wall was 4.4 cm against a 13 m height, which is nearly the same as in the previous inspection.
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushi...21129_01-e.pdf Results of the Third Soundness Inspection of Unit 4 Reactor Building at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/genpatsu-...130/index.html The teleconference videos covering the helicopters spraying water over unit 3 on 17 March 2011 and the discussions on 30 March, 4 April, etc. leading to the decision to release contaminated water into the sea without prior explanations given to national or international concerned parties have been made available to journalists. Other videos covering the last two weeks up to 11 April 2011 are to be made available by January 2013.
|Dec2-12, 08:47 PM||#13808|
Here is an english article about the latest teleconference video releases, including some bad comedy when it came to trying to get the fire department to respond to fire at reactor 4 building. Judging by other articles and the timeline of events, I think there is a mistake in the article and when they say March 15th they actually mean March 16th.
The robot investigation of reactor 3 PCV gas duct also involved quite a detailed survey of the equipment hatch area. Radiation levels around the rails showed readings considerably higher than last time in places, although I do not know if this reflects fresh contamination as opposed to a difference in measuring equipment etc.
eg at height of 0.4m at location 2, 1740mSv/h this time as opposed to 800 mSv/h last time. And at floor surface at location 1, 4780 mSv/h this time as opposed to 1300 mSv/h last time.
Some of the videos of the reactor 3 PCV gas line inspection also show the equipment hatch area again, with the gap clearly visible and also a look inside the cupboard that houses the equipment that enables the plug to move on the rails. I dont think it shows anything new of particular note though.
|Dec2-12, 08:52 PM||#13809|
Another teleconference story, this time about manpower shortages, exhaustion and radiation exposure:
|Dec3-12, 02:25 AM||#13810|
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/genpatsu-...203/index.html Unit 4 fuel removal will be quicker than previously announced. Fuel removal will start in November (instead of December) 2012, and be completed by December 2014 (instead of 2015), Tepco announced. This new plan is made possible by "increasing the number" of "steel containers for removed fuel", which makes the work more efficient.
|Dec3-12, 07:40 AM||#13811|
I guess you mean 2013 rather than 2012?
|Dec3-12, 05:02 PM||#13812|
By the way, the latest mid-long term meeting was held on 3 December 2012 and I hope I can find the headlines and pdf presentations on the Meti website soon.
|Dec4-12, 11:12 AM||#13813|
http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-...21203_08-j.pdf page 7/20 : Tepco plans to close unit 2's blowout panel by next March. A report on that plan was sent to the NRA on 30 November. [I can't find any press release about that report on the NRA website.]
|Dec5-12, 06:48 PM||#13814|
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|Dec7-12, 03:41 AM||#13815|
http://www.tepco.co.jp/index-j.html At 17:18 on 7 December an intensity 4 [JMA scale] earthquake occurred on the Hamadori region (the coastal region) of Fukushima prefecture.
Fukushima Daiichi : concerning all monitoring post values, units 1,2,3,4,5,6 plant parameters, reactor water injection facilities, accumulated water transportation facilities, water treatment equipments, no abnormality was found. Personnel injury was not reported. The largest acceleration was the one measured at unit 6 with 26.2 gal (horizontal direction).
Fukushima Daini : maximum value 26.0 gal (vertical direction).
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=soc_30&k=2012120700686 A 1 m high tsunami was measured at Ishinomaki (Miyagi prefecture) at 18:02 on 7 December 2012. The workers at Fukushima Daiichi have taken shelter in elevated places away from the sea.
|Dec7-12, 12:18 PM||#13816|
Thanks Tepconium... indeed that's so.
|Dec12-12, 02:53 PM||#13817|
The 12th mid & long term meeting was held on 3 December 2012: http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02.html
1) Previous related topics:
12th meeting English roadmap http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushi.../m121203-e.pdf
The 11th meeting (22 October 2012) http://www.physicsforums.com/showpos...ostcount=13788
11th meeting English roadmap : http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushi...21022_01-e.pdf and http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushi.../m121022-e.pdf
The 10th meeting (24 September 2012) http://www.physicsforums.com/showpos...ostcount=13735
The 9th meeting (27 August 2012) http://www.physicsforums.com/showpos...ostcount=13635
The 8th meeting (30 July 2012) http://www.physicsforums.com/showpos...ostcount=13588
The 7th meeting (25 June 2012) http://www.physicsforums.com/showpos...ostcount=13512
The 6th meeting (25 May 2012) : http://www.physicsforums.com/showpos...ostcount=13399
The 5th meeting (23 April 2012) : http://www.physicsforums.com/showpos...ostcount=12979
The 4th meeting (28 March 2012) : http://www.physicsforums.com/showpos...ostcount=12764
The 3rd meeting (27 February 2012) was translated into English on Tepco's website : http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushi...ference-e.html
3 December 2012 government-Tokyo Electric mid and long term response committee, steering committee (11th meeting)
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02c.pdf Abstract of the proceedings of 11th steering committee meeting
Document 2: Plant status
Document 2-1: Plant status
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02d.pdf Plant parameters
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02e.pdf Accumulated water storage status
Document 3 Study and execution of each special plan
3-1 Cooling by closed loop water injection
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02g.pdf Condensate Storage Tank (CST) water injection (into reactor) system installation work : scope and schedule revisions
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02h.pdf Results of nitrogen injection into unit 1 suppression chamber
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02j.pdf Results of checking the status of unit 3 PCV gas management system ducts
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02k.pdf Change of pressure-resistant hoses into polyethylene ones
3-2 Treatment of accumulated water
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02n.pdf Ground water bypass implementation status
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02p.pdf Responses toward the start of the multinuclide removal facility (ALPS)'s hot test
3-3 Countermeasures to reduce environmental radiations
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02r.pdf Countermeasures to reduce harbour seawater concentrations (November)
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02s.pdf Reduction of harbour seawater concentrations (survey plan)
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02t.pdf Silt fence replacement work in front of unit 3 screen chamber
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02u.pdf Results of evaluation of additional releases from reactor buildings
3-4 Improvement of working conditions
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02w.pdf Fiscal 2012 heatstroke prevention countermeasure implementation status
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02x.pdf Infectious disease prevention and contagion prevention countermeasures
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02y.pdf Questionnaire survey on the actual labour conditions
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_02z.pdf Entrance and departure management facilities completion schedule change
3-5 Countermeasures for spent fuels pools
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02bb.pdf Spent fuel pool countermeasure schedule
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02cc.pdf Debris removal work, reactor building top part, unit 3
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02dd.pdf Debris removal work, reactor building top part, unit 4
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02ee.pdf Schedule of fuel removal from unit 4 spent fuel pool
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02ff.pdf Outline of cover structure for unit 3 fuel removal
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02gg.pdf Results of periodical inspection for the purpose of checking the soundness of unit 4 reactor building
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02hh.pdf Unit 1 operation floor re-inspection results
3-6 Preparations for fuel debris removal
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02kk.pdf Plan to inspect the surroundings of unit 2 vent pipe lower parts
3-7 Treatment and disposal of radioactive waste
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02nn.pdf Debris, cut down trees management status
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02pp.pdf progress status of temporary storage by means of covering with soil
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02qq.pdf Program decided within the implementation plan specified by the Special Nuclear Power Facility status
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02rr.pdf Mid and long term roadmap progress status (abstract)
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02ss.pdf Mid and long term roadmap progress status and future problems
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02tt.pdf Mid and long term roadmap seminar (to be held in Fukushima City on 19 December 2012)
3 December 2012 government-Tokyo Electric mid and long term response committee, technical development progress headquarters (11th meeting) ( http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_03.html )
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_03b.pdf Abstract of proceedings of 10th meeting (draft)
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_03c.pdf Fiscal 2013 research and development plan (draft)
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_03d.pdf Fiscal 2013 executive plan of research and development toward decommissionning of nuclear energy facilities (draft)
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_03e.pdf Practical use of national and international knowledge in accident progression analysis (OECD-NEA BSAF project)
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_03f.pdf Initiative toward the determination of the research and development plan for treatment and disposal of radioactive waste (draft)
http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...121203_03g.pdf Invitation to the Fukushima workshop on machinery and equipments, etc. toward the decommissionning (draft) (to be held in Fukushima City on 19 December 2012)
|Dec12-12, 03:18 PM||#13818|
The first one of the eight unit 2 vent pipe lower part inspections has been completed by the quadrupedal walking robot (robot picture is available on http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuc...21203_02kk.pdf page 3 (2/6)) :
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushi...21211_01-e.pdf Results of Investigation on the Lower Part of Unit 2 Vent Pipe at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (English)
|Dec17-12, 09:53 PM||#13819|
Here's a slide presentation on the explosions of Units 1 and 3 by the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization, presented on September 17, 2012 at the IAEA General Conference:
They opine that the Unit 3 explosion propagated upwards from a hydrogen release on the 1st floor. Apparently the force of the explosion increased significantly over time, doing very little damage to lower floors but growing so strong that by the time it reached the 5th floor it annihilated that top floor.
The slide presentation says:
|Dec19-12, 04:40 AM||#13820|
No. There would be crushed piping, debris and such at all levels.
EDIT: in unrelated news I am quite pleased with myself, as their estimate of H2 quantities agrees with my own BOE calcs :D
|Dec21-12, 03:41 PM||#13821|
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/genpatsu-...220/index.html On 20 December 2012, the 7 m long, 470 kg heavy steel beam that had fallen into unit 3 SFP in September was lifted out of the pool. Tepco says that the beam was caught with other debris, and was possibly bearing consequences on the debris removal work. The debris removal work was planned to be completed by March 2013, but it is feared that the beam falling event might have caused a delay from the schedule.
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushi...21220_02-e.pdf Debris Removal from the Upper Part of Unit 3 Reactor Building at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: Removal of the Steel Beam Which Fell into the Pool
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