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Measuring Community and Multi-Industry Impacts of Cascading Failures in Power Systems

Topics: Critical Infrastructure Theory, Policy and Practice, Energy,

This article, written by professors at ETH Zurich for IEEE Systems Journal, focuses on developing a framework for a multiregional, multi-industry interdependence model with an AC cascading failure analysis for the electric network. This model ultimately measures the short-term economic effects of the cascading failures that would come from an electric power disruption. Using a case study of the global impacts of a power failure of a single Swiss network, the paper ultimately aims to guide the ranking of the separate parts of the electric network, and to identify the most vulnerable aspects and sectors that could be fortified by pre-event preparedness planning.

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