The traditional approach for estimating the stability of slopes under different submergence conditions is the charts of Morgernstern (1963) and, more recently, proprietary computer programs, both utilizing limit-state analyses. The chart approach is limited by geometry and material property considerations and the limit-state approach by assumptions about analysis method and failure mechanism. The finite-element method offers a powerful method for analyzing complex geometries and properties of slope stability problems, but may be unattractive for routine use by supervisory staff. By comparison a chart-based approach is useful, particularly when setting operating conditions on, for example, drawdown rates for dams and reservoirs. This paper seeks to explore the use of the finite-element method to produce operating charts for such circumstances that should be applicable to real structures.

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    • This work was supported by the National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C., under Grant No. CMS-9512434.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    1801 Alexander Bell Drive
    Reston, VA  United States  20191-4400
  • Authors:
    • Lane, P A
    • Griffiths, D V
  • Publication Date: 2000-5


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  • Accession Number: 00794072
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: 65W001, 59A0071, CMS-9512434
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2000 12:00AM