Nodal vulnerability to targeted attacks in power grids

Hale Cetinay, Karel Devriendt, Piet Van Mieghem

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Due to the open data policies, nowadays, some countries have their power grid data available online. This may bring a new concern to the power grid operators in terms of malicious threats. In this paper, we assess the vulnerability of power grids to targeted attacks based on network science. By employing two graph models for power grids as simple and weighted graphs, we first calculate the centrality metrics of each node in a power grid. Subsequently, we formulate different node-attack strategies based on those centrality metrics, and empirically analyse the impact of targeted attacks on the structural and the operational performance of power grids. We demonstrate our methodology in the high-voltage transmission networks of 5 European countries and in commonly used IEEE test power grids.
Original languageEnglish
Article number34
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalApplied Network Science
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Power grids
  • Complex networks
  • Centrality metrics
  • Targeted attacks
  • OA-Fund TU Delft

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