Introduction and Definition of Key Terms

  • Wolfgang Kröger
  • Enrico Zio


The welfare and security of each nation rely on the continuous flow of essential goods (such as energy and data) and services (such as banking and health care). A large-scale array of wide area, man-made systems and assets, mostly privately owned or operated, that function collaboratively and synergistically to produce and distribute such a flow, are called infrastructures. Those infrastructures so vital to any country that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating impact on the health, safety, security, economics and social well-being, including the effective functioning of governments


Critical Infrastructure Infrastructure System Rail Transport Essential Good Lifeline System 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanical and Process Engineering DepartmentETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Ecole Centrale Paris, Laboratoire Génie IndustrielChatenay-Malabry CedexFrance

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