Recovery of infrastructure networks after localised attacks

Fuyu HU, Chi Ho YEUNG, Saini YANG, Weiping WANG, An ZENG

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The stability of infrastructure network is always a critical issue studied by researchers in different fields. A lot of works have been devoted to reveal the robustness of the infrastructure networks against random and malicious attacks. However, real attack scenarios such as earthquakes and typhoons are instead localised attacks which are investigated only recently. Unlike previous studies, we examine in this paper the resilience of infrastructure networks by focusing on the recovery process from localised attacks. We introduce various preferential repair strategies and found that they facilitate and improve network recovery compared to that of random repairs, especially when population size is uneven at different locations. Moreover, our strategic repair methods show similar effectiveness as the greedy repair. The validations are conducted on simulated networks, and on real networks with real disasters. Our method is meaningful in practice as it can largely enhance network resilience and contribute to network risk reduction. Copyright © 2016 Macmillan Publishers Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Article number24522
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


Hu, F., Yeung, C. H., Yang, S., Wang, W., & Zeng, A. (2016). Recovery of infrastructure networks after localised attacks. Scientific Reports, 6. Retrieved from


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