Special Issue "Safety and Security in Critical Infrastructures"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Antonella Petrillo
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Guest Editor
University of Naples “Parthenope”, Isola C4, Centro Direzionale Naples (NA) 80143, Italy
Interests: multicriteria decision analysis, smart manufacturing; digital transformation; sustainability; circular economy; automation systems, safety, disaster management
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Prof. Dr. Fabio De Felice
Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Cassino 0043, Italy
Interests: digital manufacturing, multi-criteria decision making, safety and human factors, smart manufacturing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The resilience of modern societies have become more and more dependent on Critical Infrastructures (CI), complex socio-technical systems vital to the running of a country. These systems significantly affect the triple bottom lines of sustainability. For this reason, CI are considered so vital that their incapacity would have a debilitating impact on security, the economy, public health, safety and environmental security. Critical Infrastructure Protection began to be actively addressed in Europe in 2005, when the European Union issued a Call for a European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (further only CIP). The Sustainability, Reliability and Safety of these systems are issues of global concern. Since then several techniques and methods have been developed for their correct management take into consideration several aspects such as human errors, design and construction of the infrastructure, maintenance policies, energy, water supply, healthcare protection and emergency transportation in case of disaster.

Recently, some studies have identified several interlinks among critical infrastructure, environmental security, risk assessment and risk management. These fields are inextricably interrelated and the need to make complex decisions based on multiple criteria as part of the risk management process is an urgent issue. In this context innovation and new technologies already making a difference.

The theme of this SI is to discuss the role and characteristics of critical infrastructure in modern societies and to analyzes the vest practices to maintain the sustainability of critical infrastructure. Promoting research for innovation and safety sustainable solutions, are the key tasks of this Special Issue.

Prof. Antonella Petrillo
Prof. Fabio De Felice
Guest Editors

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  • Decision Analysis and decision-making process
  • Ecological protection and environmental security
  • RAMS analysis
  • Safety assessment
  • Disaster Management
  • Resilience Engineering
  • Digitalization and innovation (enabling technologies i.e.: modelling and simulation; Big Data analytics; Augmented Reality; Additive manufacturing; Cyber-security; IoT, etc)
  • Risk Management
  • Functional Resonance Analysis Method
  • Human Reliability Analysis
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Fault forecasting and Fault prevention
  • Cost-Benefit Assessment
  • Risk Reduction Assessment
  • Qualitative Criteria Assessment
  • Emergency procedures
  • Maintenance
  • Life Cycle Thinking and Social Life Cycle Assessment

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Critical Risks Method (CRM): A New Safety Allocation Approach for a Critical Infrastructure
Sustainability 2020, 12(12), 4949; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124949 - 17 Jun 2020
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In the current research, a safety allocation technique named the Critical Risks Method (CRM) has been developed. Starting from a literature review, we analyzed the shortcomings of conventional methods. The outcomes show the primary two criticalities of the most important safety allocation approaches: [...] Read more.
In the current research, a safety allocation technique named the Critical Risks Method (CRM) has been developed. Starting from a literature review, we analyzed the shortcomings of conventional methods. The outcomes show the primary two criticalities of the most important safety allocation approaches: (1) They are developed for series configuration, but not for parallel ones; (2) they ordinarily give only qualitative outputs, but not quantitative ones. Moreover, by applying the conventional methods, an increase in safety of the units to ensure the safety target leads to an increase of the production costs of the units. The proposed strategy can overcome the shortcomings of traditional techniques with a safety approach useful to series–parallel systems in order to obtain quantitative outputs in terms of failures in a year. The CRM considers six factors that are able to ensure its applicability to a great variety of critical infrastructures. In addition, CRM is described by a simply analytic definition. The CRM was applied to a critical infrastructure (Liquid Nitrogen Cooling Installation) in a nuclear plant designed with series–parallel units. By comparing the CRM outputs with databank safety values, the proposed method was validated. Full article
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