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An approach for modelling interdependent infrastructures in the context of vulnerability analysis

Jonas Johansson and Henrik Hassel

Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 2010, vol. 95, issue 12, 1335-1344

Abstract: Technical infrastructures of the society are becoming more and more interconnected and interdependent, i.e. the function of an infrastructure influences the function of other infrastructures. Disturbances in one infrastructure therefore often traverse to other dependent infrastructures and possibly even back to the infrastructure where the failure originated. It is becoming increasingly important to take these interdependencies into account when assessing the vulnerability of technical infrastructures. In the present paper, an approach for modelling interdependent technical infrastructures is proposed. The modelling approach considers structural properties, as employed in graph theory, as well as functional properties to increase its fidelity and usefulness. By modelling a fictional electrified railway network that consists of five systems and interdependencies between the systems, it is shown how the model can be employed in a vulnerability analysis. The model aims to capture both functional and geographic interdependencies. It is concluded that the proposed modelling approach is promising and suitable in the context of vulnerability analyses of interdependent systems.

Keywords: Critical infrastructures; Interdependencies; Vulnerability analysis; Modelling; Networks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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