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In this paper a slope stability problem due to an increase of the pore pressure is analysed by means of the material point method (MPM). A strain softening model is implemented and the progressive failure is examined in terms of mobilized shear strain. A parametric study is performed varying the strength decay but maintaining a common peak envelope. The influence of the brittleness of the material, evaluated in
terms of the brittleness index (IB) proposed by Bishop (1967), in run-out and velocity of unstable slopes is examined. The initiation of motion in the defined slope is observed for values of IB>0.5 and a well correlation between run-outs and brittleness is found. It can be concluded that MPM is able to simulate both the initiation of the failure and the post-failure stages.
CitationYerro, A., Alonso, E., Pinyol, N.M. Run-out of landslides in brittle soils: an MPM anlysis. A: International Symposium on Geomechanics from Micro to Macro. "Geomechanics from micro to macro: proceedings of the TC105 ISSMGE international symposium on geomechanics from micro to macro: Cambridge, UK, 1-3 September 2014". Cambridge: CRC Press, 2014, p. 977-982.
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