LANDSLIDES: INVESTIGATION AND MITIGATION. CHAPTER 15 - ROCK SLOPE STABILITY ANALYSIS

This chapter addresses rock slope stability analysis. For all but very weak rock materials, the analysis of rock slope stability is fundamentally a two-part process. The first step is to analyze the structural fabric of the site to determine if the orientation of the discontinuities could result in instability of the slope under construction. This determination is usually accomplished by means of stereographic analysis of the structural fabric and is often referred to as kinematic analysis. Once it is determined that a kinematically possible failure mode is present, the second step requires a limit-equilibrium stability analysis to compare the forces resisting failure with the forces causing failure. The ratio between these two sets of forces is termed the factor of safety. Following a discussion of the stereographic analysis of structural fabric, the following types of rock slope failures are examined: planar failures; wedge failures; toppling failures; circular failures; column buckling failure; and bilinear wedge failure. The remainder of this chapter deals with the issue of slope design under dynamic loading and with specialized analytical techniques based on probabilistic and distinct-element methods.

  • Record URL:
  • Availability:
  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Special Report 247 is also available in hardcover (ISBN 0-309-06151-2). Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
  • Authors:
    • Norrish, Norman I
    • Wyllie, Duncan C
  • Publication Date: 1996

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 391-425
  • Monograph Title: LANDSLIDES: INVESTIGATION AND MITIGATION
  • Serial:
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00722504
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030906208X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 6 1996 12:00AM