Patents by Inventor Sohei FUKUI

Sohei FUKUI has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11515051
    Abstract: In view of above problems, an object of the invention is to provide a primary containment vessel venting system having a structure capable of continuously discharging vapor in a primary containment vessel out of the system and continuously reducing pressure of the primary containment vessel without discharging radioactive noble gases to the outside of the containment vessel and without using an enclosing vessel or a power source. In order to achieve the above object, an nuclear power plant of the invention includes a primary containment vessel which includes a reactor pressure vessel, a radioactive substance separation apparatus which is disposed inside the primary containment vessel and through which the radioactive noble gases do not permeate but vapor permeates, a vent pipe which is connected to the radioactive substance separation apparatus, and an exhaust tower which is connected to the vent pipe and discharges a gas, from which a radioactive substance is removed, to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sohei Fukui, Takahisa Matsuzaki, Kazuaki Kito, Yoshihiko Ishii, Masataka Hidaka, Tomohiko Ikegawa, Katsuki Hamada
  • Publication number: 20220139586
    Abstract: As an organic iodine remover that removes organic iodine in a containment vessel of a nuclear reactor, an organic agent (for example, an ionic liquid, an interfacial active agent, a quaternary salt, or a phase transfer catalyst) having a function of dissolving and decomposing the organic iodine and retaining iodine is used. The organic iodine remover is a substance composed of a cation and an anion. The organic iodine remover is, in particular, an organic iodine remover in which, in a structure of the cation of the organic agent, carbon or oxygen is bonded to, via a single bond, to a phosphorus element, a sulfur element or a nitrogen element, the number of carbon chains is 2 or more, and an anionic structure is configured with a substance with high nucleophilicity. By using such an organic agent, the organic iodine is removed with an efficiency of 99% or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Inventors: Sohei FUKUI, Motoi TANAKA, Masaaki TANAKA, Fumio TOTSUKA, Tomoharu HASHIMOTO, Kazuo TOMINAGA
  • Publication number: 20220139587
    Abstract: To provide an iodine trapping apparatus capable of trapping organic iodine in a wide temperature range with high efficiency. The iodine trapping apparatus includes a first trapping agent 2 capable of trapping organic iodine in a gas in a nuclear power structure main body. The first trapping agent 2 contains a generating and trapping component which generates an iodide ion (I?) from organic iodine (RI) and traps the generated iodide ion, and a generating component which is different from the generating and trapping component, generates an iodide ion from the organic iodine at least at 100° C. to 130° C., and traps the generated iodide ion in the generating and trapping component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Inventors: Sohei FUKUI, Kazushige ISHIDA, Tsuyoshi ITO, Kazuo TOMINAGA, Motoi TANAKA, Masaaki TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20220051813
    Abstract: An organic iodine trapping apparatus and method efficiently traps organic iodine in a nuclear reactor container vessel. A liquid vessel contains a non-volatile liquid (e.g., ionic liquid or interfacial active agent solution) capable of decomposing organic iodine. An introduction pipe introduces a fluid containing organic iodine in the nuclear reactor container vessel to the non-volatile liquid. The non-volatile liquid is heated by heat in the nuclear reactor container vessel or reaction heat of the fluid in the nuclear reactor container vessel. Then, the trapping apparatus decomposes and traps the organic iodine. The organic iodine trapping method includes heating a non-volatile liquid capable of decomposing organic iodine by heat in the nuclear reactor container vessel or reaction heat of fluid in the nuclear reactor container vessel; making the fluid containing organic iodine pass through the heated non-volatile liquid; and decomposing and trapping the organic iodine in the non-volatile liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Inventors: Sohei FUKUI, Motoi TANAKA, Masaaki TANAKA, Fumio TOTSUKA, Tomoharu HASHIMOTO, Kazuo TOMINAGA
  • Publication number: 20210316248
    Abstract: There is provided an organic iodine trapping apparatus that can efficiently trap an organic iodine without using complicated or large equipment. An organic iodine trapping apparatus 30 is an apparatus that traps an organic iodine, including: a trapping vessel 1 through which gas containing an organic iodine is passed; an organic iodine remover 2 (Example: trihexyl (tetradecyl) phosphonium chloride, or the like) that is disposed in or injected into the trapping vessel 1 and decomposes the organic iodine; and a trapping material 3 that is disposed in or injected into the trapping vessel 1 and traps iodine ions generated by decomposition of the organic iodine, in which the trapping material 3 is a metal (Example: silver or the like) or a metal compound (Example: silver chloride, silver oxide, or the like).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Sohei FUKUI, Kazushige ISHIDA, Kazuo TOMINAGA, Motoi TANAKA, Tomoharu HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20190371481
    Abstract: In view of above problems, an object of the invention is to provide a primary containment vessel venting system having a structure capable of continuously discharging vapor in a primary containment vessel out of the system and continuously reducing pressure of the primary containment vessel without discharging radioactive noble gases to the outside of the containment vessel and without using an enclosing vessel or a power source. In order to achieve the above object, an nuclear power plant of the invention includes a primary containment vessel which includes a reactor pressure vessel, a radioactive substance separation apparatus which is disposed inside the primary containment vessel and through which the radioactive noble gases do not permeate but vapor permeates, a vent pipe which is connected to the radioactive substance separation apparatus, and an exhaust tower which is connected to the vent pipe and discharges a gas, from which a radioactive substance is removed, to the outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Sohei FUKUI, Takahisa MATSUZAKI, Kazuaki KITO, Yoshihiko ISHII, Masataka HIDAKA, Tomohiko IKEGAWA, Katsuki HAMADA