In order to enhance the inherent safety of sodium-cooled fast reactors, innovative hydraulically suspended absorber rod (HSR) passive shut-down system have been proposed for China demonstration fast reactor. In this study, based on the functional and performance requirements, a full-scale experimental setup has been designed and fabricated for the analysis of the HSR as applied to the prototype reactor. The main characteristic of the test facility is the actuation of the mobile safety rod is triggered by coolant flow rate decrease in the primary loop below half the nominal value and then the rod inserts into the stationary sleeve by gravity. The objective is to investigate the dynamic performance of HSR and establish the laws of its movement at lowering the flow rate modeling the coastdown of primary circulating pump. A series of tests have been performed, including start-up, steady-state operation, loss of flow accident, sensitivity analysis and reliability test. This study also focused on the effect of various factors on scram time, the effect of pump coasting time, rod weight, gap between rod and guide tube, bypass holes, cone angle of rod, flow rate and fluid temperature are analyzed. The experimental results demonstrate the functionality and reliability of the HSR, which would lay foundation for further optimization design.

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