In contrast with conventional fieldbus researches which are focused merely on real time performance, this study aims to evaluate the real-time performance of the communication system including fault-tolerant mechanisms. Maintaining performance in presence of recoverable faults is very important because the communication network will be applied to next generation NPP(Nuclear Power Plant). In order to guarantee the performance of NPP communication network, the time characteristics of the target system in presence of recoverable fault should be investigated. If the time characteristics meet the requirements of the system, the faults will be recovered by fieldbus recovery mechanisms and the system will be safe. If the time characteristics can not meet the requirements, the faults in the fieldbus can propagate to system failure. In this study, for the purpose of investigating the time characteristics of fieldbus, the recoverable faults are classified and then the formulas which represent delays including recovery mechanisms and the simulation model are developed. In order to validate the proposed approach, the simulation model is applied to the Korea Next Generation Reactor (KNGR) NSSS Process Control System (NPCS). The results of the simulation provide reasonable delay characteristics of the fault cases with recovery mechanisms. Using the outcome of the simulation and the system requirements, we also can calculate the failure propagation probability from fieldbus to outer system.