A Study of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident Process

What caused the core melt and hydrogen explosion?

Authors: Ishikawa, Michio

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  • Fukushima accident processes are identified logically based on the past similar accidents facts and safety experimental results
  • Identifies the route and the igniter of hydrogen gas which destroyed reactor buildings
  • Decontamination effect of SC vent is proved by analysis of site radiation data in accident
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Written by an expert in the field, this book is perfect for those who would like to know what happened at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Part 1 of the book studies how core melts occurred in Fukushima Daiichi units 1, 2, and 3, respectively, based on evidence from the Three-Mile Island core melt accident and fuel behavior experiments performed in the 1970s under the cooperation between the United States, Germany, and Japan. This information explains the accident processes without contradicting data from Fukushima, which was published in the TEPCO report. The hydrogen explosions in units 1, 3, and 4 are also explained logically in conjunction with the above core melt process. Part 2 clarifies how the background radiation level of the site doubled: The first rise was just a leak from small openings in units 1 and 3 associated with fire-pump connection work. The second rise led to direct radioactive material release from unit 2. Evacuation dose adequacy and its timing are discussed with reference to the accident process, and the necessity for embankments surrounding nuclear power plants to increase protection against natural disasters is also discussed. New proposals for safety design and emergency preparedness are suggested based on lessons learned from the accident as well as from new experiences. Finally, a concept for decommissioning the Fukushima site and a recovery plan are introduced.

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Dr. Ishikawa has more than 50 years of experiences in the area of nuclear power generation and its safety. He started to work in 1957 in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, for construction and operation of Japan Power Demonstration Reactor (JPDR), 15 MW Boiling Water Reactor (BWR), which was the first nuclear power plant in Japan. After that, he joined in Special Power Excursion Reactor Test Program (SPERT) project, NRTS, in U.S.A. He worked for nuclear safety, especially leading fuel behavior program, Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR), and safety analysis. In addition, he had an unique experience to direct decommissioning work of The Japan Power Demonstration Reactor (JPDR), Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) which was one of the pioneer works in the world. He was assigned the Professor in Hokkaido University in 1991, and the Technical Adviser of Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation in 1997. He served as the Advisory member of Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC), Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) in Japan, for 30 years as well as contributed a member of international meetings and advisory groups at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). From 2005, he served as a president for 3 years at Japan Nuclear Technology Institute, and then, he acceded to Chief Adviser from March, 2008 to Sep. 2012 at Japan Nuclear Technology Institute (JANTI).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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Softcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-4-431-55542-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Study of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident Process
Book Subtitle
What caused the core melt and hydrogen explosion?
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-55543-8
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-55543-8
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-55542-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 231
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 36 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Original Japanese edition published by The Japan Electric Association, Newspaper Division, Tokyo, 2014
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