Analysis of self-equilibrated networks through cellular modelling: Self-equilibrated networks and cells

O. Aloui, D. Orden, N. Bel Hadj Ali, L. Rhode-Barbarigos

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Network equilibrium models represent a versatile tool for the analysis of interconnected objects and their relationships. They have been widely employed in both science and engineering to study the behaviour of complex systems under various conditions, including external perturbations and damage. In this paper, network equilibrium models are revisited through graph-theory laws and attributes with special focus on systems that can sustain equilibrium in the absence of external perturbations (self-equilibrium). A new approach for the analysis of self-equilibrated networks is proposed; they are modelled as a collection of cells, predefined elementary network units that have been mathematically shown to compose any self-equilibrated network. Consequently, the equilibrium state of complex self-equilibrated systems can be obtained through the study of individual cell equilibria and their interactions. A series of examples that highlight the flexibility of network equilibrium models are included in the paper. The examples attest how the proposed approach, which combines topological as well as geometrical considerations, can be used to decipher the state of complex systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20200154
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number2241
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020


  • analysis
  • cellular morphology
  • damage
  • network equilibrium models
  • self-equilibrium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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