Special Issue "Natural and Artificial Unsaturated Soil Slopes"
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Interests: slope stability; unsaturated soils; laboratory testing; ground monitoring; remote sensing; large slow-moving landslides; numerical modeling of landslide processes; chemo-mechanical interaction in clayey soils; soil-structure interaction; soil dynamics
Interests: slope stability; landslide risk mitigation measures; unsaturated soils; fine-grained soils; soil-atmosphere interaction; laboratory testing; site monitoring; large slow-moving landslides; debris flows; numerical modeling of landslide mechanics
Interests: slope stability; unsaturated soils; soil-atmosphere interaction; field monitoring; rainfall-induced landslides; physical modeling; numerical modeling; early warning systems; regional-scale landslide hazard; hydrological modeling
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Special Issue in Geosciences: Rock Slope Stability Analysis
Recently, there has been extensive literature on engineering problems involving soils whose mechanical and hydraulic properties are strongly influenced by the degree of saturation. Earthen embankments, soil–vegetation–atmosphere interaction, geoenvironmental applications, risk mitigation, are just a few examples of the constant interest of the scientific community to the subject. The presence of a sloping ground surface is common to many of these problems. In slightly inclined natural slopes, susceptible to deep landslides, the unsaturated condition of shallow soil horizons affects deep pore water pressure distribution and, as a consequence, the stability of the entire slope. The stability of steep mountain areas covered by shallow deposits is often guaranteed by a shear strength contribution related to the unsaturated nature of the soil. In this case, the degree of saturation plays a key role in determining which rainfall events can act as landslide triggers, consequently controlling the post-failure evolution. Partial saturation is the basic characteristic of soils adopted as construction materials of geo-structures like levees, dikes, and dams. This condition governs the structure behavior during construction phases, in serviceability, and in extreme scenarios. Hoping to provide a bridge between theoretical research and practical applications, this Special Issue aims to collect quality contributions related to natural and artificial slopes under unsaturated conditions and focusing on several aspects such as the following: water retention and transport properties, mechanical behavior, advances in experimental methods, laboratory and in situ characterization, soil improvement, field monitoring, small-scale models, geotechnical and geophysical field tests, landslide investigation and prevention, design and maintenance of engineered slopes, analysis at different spatial scales, constitutive and numerical modeling of the chemo-hydro-mechanical behavior.Prof. Roberto Vassallo
Prof. Luca Comegna
Prof. Roberto Valentino
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- slope stability
- unsaturated soils
- pore water pressures
- water retention
- triggering factors
- earthen embankments
- geoenvironmental applications
- soil–vegetation–atmosphere interaction
- laboratory and site characterization
- geophysical investigation
- soil improvement
- physical, constitutive and numerical modeling
- chemo-hydro-mechanical behavior
- risk mitigation