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An Improved Strength Reduction-Based Slope Stability Analysis

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X-Elastica, LLC, Boulder, CO 80303, USA
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School of Natural and Built Environment, University of South Australia, 5001 Adelaide, Australia
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Department of Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
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Geosciences 2019, 9(1), 55; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences9010055
Received: 15 November 2018 / Revised: 11 January 2019 / Accepted: 16 January 2019 / Published: 21 January 2019
Slope uncertainty predominantly originates from the imperfect analysis model and the inaccuracy and imprecision of the observations. The strength reduction method (SRM) is widely used to attain the safety factor (SF) of the slopes, which is similar to interpretation of the limit state (LS). In this paper, the spectral element method (SEM), using an elasto-plastic Mohr–Coulomb failure criterion, is employed to project the plausible LS of the soil slopes. An iterative SRM search method is proposed to evaluate the SF of the slopes regardless of the LS interpretation. The proposed SRM paradigm encompasses the design trigger to trace the uncertain parameters in decision-making. This method is applied to three numerical examples: (1) a homogeneous dry slope, (2) a dry slope with a weak layer, and (3) a partially-wet slope with a weak layer. It is shown that for the case study examples, the proposed SRM reasonably converges to the required precision. Results further are compared and contrasted with some of the conventional and standard techniques in slope stability. This hybrid procedure paves the road for fast and safe stability analysis of man-made and natural slopes. View Full-Text
Keywords: slope stability; limit state; strength reduction; spectral element; uncertainty slope stability; limit state; strength reduction; spectral element; uncertainty
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Seyed-Kolbadi, S.M.; Sadoghi-Yazdi, J.; Hariri-Ardebili, M.A. An Improved Strength Reduction-Based Slope Stability Analysis. Geosciences 2019, 9, 55. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences9010055

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Seyed-Kolbadi SM, Sadoghi-Yazdi J, Hariri-Ardebili MA. An Improved Strength Reduction-Based Slope Stability Analysis. Geosciences. 2019; 9(1):55. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences9010055

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Seyed-Kolbadi, S. M., J. Sadoghi-Yazdi, and M. A. Hariri-Ardebili. 2019. "An Improved Strength Reduction-Based Slope Stability Analysis" Geosciences 9, no. 1: 55. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences9010055

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