Pipe rupture in the Condensate Extraction system (CEX) of nuclear power plants will lead to high oxygen content in the secondary circuit and therefore exacerbates equipment and pipeline corrosion. At the same time, there is a risk of loss of vacuum in the system, which has a direct impact on the safe and stable operation of nuclear power plants and will affect the economic benefits. In this paper, Equipment Failure Root Cause Analysis (ERCA) methodology is employed combined with metallography analysis (SEM analysis, XRD) and finite element simulation analysis, to investigate the root cause for drainage pipeline rupture in CEX System of Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR). Detailed analysis process of ERCA was introduced including RCA project establishment, data collection, failure modes analysis and so on. The most probable failure mode is pointed out through the investigation and evidence analyzed. It suggests that the improper design and the installation of limiting orifice plate should be the root cause. And corresponding corrective actions are put forward in details to prevent the recurrence.

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