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Vulnerability analysis and critical areas identification of the power systems under terrorist attacks

Shuliang Wang, Jianhua Zhang, Mingwei Zhao and Xu Min

Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 2017, vol. 473, issue C, 156-165

Abstract: This paper takes central China power grid (CCPG) as an example, and analyzes the vulnerability of the power systems under terrorist attacks. To simulate the intelligence of terrorist attacks, a method of critical attack area identification according to community structures is introduced. Meanwhile, three types of vulnerability models and the corresponding vulnerability metrics are given for comparative analysis. On this basis, influence of terrorist attacks on different critical areas is studied. Identifying the vulnerability of different critical areas will be conducted. At the same time, vulnerabilities of critical areas under different tolerance parameters and different vulnerability models are acquired and compared. Results show that only a few number of vertex disruptions may cause some critical areas collapse completely, they can generate great performance losses the whole systems. Further more, the variation of vulnerability values under different scenarios is very large. Critical areas which can cause greater damage under terrorist attacks should be given priority of protection to reduce vulnerability. The proposed method can be applied to analyze the vulnerability of other infrastructure systems, they can help decision makers search mitigation action and optimum protection strategy.

Keywords: Critical infrastructure systems; Critical area identification; Vulnerability analysis; Terrorist attacks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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