Journal of Systems Engineering and Electronics ›› 2014, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (2): 249-264.doi: 10.1109/JSEE.2014.00029

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Ripple-effect analysis for operational architecture of air defense systems with supernetwork modeling

Zhigang Zou1,*, Fuxian Liu1, Shiman Sun2, Lu Xia1, and Chengli Fan2   

  1. 1. School of Air and Missile Defense, Air Force Engineering University, Xi’an 710051, China;
    2. Research & Development Center, China Airport Construction Group Corporation, Beijing 100621, China
  • Online:2014-04-22 Published:2010-01-03


In order to solve the problem that the ripple-effect analysis for the operational architecture of air defense systems (OAADS) is hardly described in quantity with previous modeling approaches, a supernetwork modeling approach for the OAADS is put forward by extending granular computing. Based on that perational
units and links are equal to different information granularities, the supernetwork framework of the OAADS is constructed as a “fournetwork within two-layer” structure by forming dynamic operating coalitions, and measuring indexes of the ripple-effect analysis for the OAADS are given combining with Laplace spectral radius. In this framework, via analyzing multidimensional attributes which inherit relations between operational units in different granular scales, an extended granular computing is put forward integrating with a topological structure. Then the operation process within the supernetwork framework, including transformation relations between two layers in the vertical view and mapping relations among functional networks in the horizontal view, is studied in quantity. As the application case shows, comparing with previous modeling approaches, the supernetwork model can validate and analyze the operation mechanism in the air defense architecture, and the ripple-effect analysis can be used to confirm the key operational unit with micro and macro viewpoints.