The Power Grid as a complex network: A survey

Giuliano Andrea Pagani*, Marco Aiello

*Corresponding author for this work

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The statistical tools of Complex Network Analysis are of useful to understand salient properties of complex systems, may these be natural or pertaining human engineered infrastructures. One of these that is receiving growing attention for its societal relevance is that of electricity distribution. In this paper, we present a survey of the most relevant scientific studies investigating the properties of different Power Grids infrastructures using Complex Network Analysis techniques and methodologies. We categorize and explore the most relevant literature works considering general topological properties, physical properties, and differences between the various graph-related indicators and reliability aspects. We also trace the evolution in such field of the approach of study during the years to see the improvement achieved in the analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2688-2700
Number of pages13
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Complex Network Analysis
  • Graph theory
  • Infrastructure reliability
  • Power Grid


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