Literature review on modeling and simulation of energy infrastructures from a resilience perspective

Jing Wang, Wangda Zuo, Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos, Xing Lu, Jianhui Wang, Yanling Lin

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Recent years have witnessed an increasing frequency of disasters, both natural and human-induced. This applies pressure to critical infrastructures (CIs). Among all the CI sectors, the energy infrastructure plays a critical role, as almost all other CIs depend on it. In this paper, 30 energy infrastructure models dedicated for the modeling and simulation of power or natural gas networks are collected and reviewed using the emerging concept of resilience. Based on the review, typical modeling approaches for energy infrastructure resilience problems are summarized and compared. The authors, then, propose five indicators for evaluating a resilience model; namely, catering to different stakeholders, intervening in development phases, dedicating to certain stressor and failure, taking into account different interdependencies, and involving socio-economic characteristics. As a supplement, other modeling features such as data needs and time scale are further discussed. Finally, the paper offers observations of existing energy infrastructure models as well as future trends for energy infrastructure modeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)360-373
Number of pages14
JournalReliability Engineering and System Safety
StatePublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy infrastructure
  • Model evaluation
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Natural gas network
  • Power grid
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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