Resilience in supply systems – What the food industry can learn from energy sector

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Drastic events such as pandemics, earthquakes or other disasters threaten not only the immediate living conditions of people but also indirect circumstances such as energy supply, infrastructure and food production. To ensure that damage and failures in these areas do not lead to a disaster, special requirements are placed on this critical infrastructure. In this context resilience, which is defined as the resistance of a system to external effects, is required. A field that is indeed part of the critical infrastructure, but which has not been considered as intensively as the energy sector, is food production.
The investigation focuses on how fundamental principles of thermodynamics, system theory and reliability theory can be applied to the modelling of food production processes to obtain a measure of resilience. Using known state and process variables from thermodynamics and electrical power engineering, analogous variables are derived for the food industry. These variables serve as an evaluation standard for a quality measure . In addition to system-theoretical considerations, it is investigated how existing evaluation criteria of power engineering, such as System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) and Customer Average Interruption Duration Index (CAIDI), can be transferred to food production.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39 - 47
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Safety Science and Resilience
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

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Scopus 85126920770
ORCID /0000-0001-8439-7786/work/142244089


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  • Resilience, Food Industry, Energy Sector, System Theory, Food industry, Resilienz, Lebensmittelindustrie, Energietechnik, Systemtheorie

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