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Borja, RI; White, JA; Liu, XY; Wu, W.
(2012): Factor of safety in a partially saturated slope inferred from hydro-mechanical continuum modeling
INT J NUMER ANAL MET. 2012; 36(2): 236-248. FullText FullText_BOKU

Rainfall weakens an earth slope and triggers mass movement. Relevant triggering mechanisms are complex and include reduction of capillary pressure due to increased saturation and frictional drag on the sediment induced by fluid flow. Physics-based continuum models utilizing modern computational tools are useful for understanding the mechanisms of deformation in partially saturated slopes; however, they do not provide a scalar indicator called factor of safety that measures the potential of a given slope for mass movement. In the present work, we employ sequential calculations consisting of a physics-based finite element model that couples solid deformation with fluid flow to quantify the stress and deformation fields in a steep hillside slope subjected to rainfall infiltration. This is followed by a limit-equilibrium calculation based on the method of slices that evaluates the desired factor of safety. The field condition investigated is similar to the steep experimental catchment CB1 near Coos Bay, Oregon, which failed as a large debris flow from heavy rainfall. Copyright (c) 2011 John Wiley *** Sons, Ltd.
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Wu Wei
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