Mathematical modelling of slopes
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The paper discusses first the effect of rainfall on the stability of slopes and it focusses on the role of permeability. Existing or induced discontinuities are shown to have a remarkable effect on the slope safety. Also, the relevance of changes in hydraulic properties in weathered profiles is discussed through a real case. The performance of modern “Lagrangian particle” methods and their capabilities to deal with large displacements is presented. The cases solved refer to brittle materials, a common situation in overconsolidated high plasticity clays.
CitationAlonso, E., Pinyol, N.M., Yerro, A. Mathematical modelling of slopes. "Procedia Earth and planetary science", 2014, vol. 9, p. 64-73.