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Geomechanics and Engineering
  Volume 28, Number 1, January10 2022 , pages 077-87
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12989/gae.2021.28.1.077
 


Stability analyses of dual porosity soil slope
Alfrendo Satyanaga, Sung-Woo Moon and Jong R. Kim

 
Abstract
    Many geotechnical analyses require the investigation of water flow within partially saturated soil zone to incorporate the effect of climatic conditions. It is widely understood that the hydraulic properties of the partially saturated soil should be included in the transient seepage analyses. However, the characteristics of dual porosity soils with dual-mode water retention curve are normally modelled using single-mode mathematical equation for simplification of the analysis. In reality, the rainwater flow can be affected significantly by the dual-mode hydraulic properties of the soil. This paper presents the variations of safety factor for dual porosity soil slope with dual-mode water retention curve and dual-mode unsaturated permeability. This paper includes the development of the new dual-mode unsaturated permeability to represent the characteristics of soil with the dual-mode water retention curve. The finite element analyses were conducted to examine the role of dual-mode water retention curve and dual-mode unsaturated permeability on the variations of safety factor under rainfall loading. The results indicate that the safety factor variations of dual porosity soil slope modelled using the dual-mode water retention curve and the unsaturated permeability equation are lower than those of dual porosity slope modelled using single-mode water retention curve and unsaturated permeability equations.
 
Key Words
    numerical analyses; safety factor; seepage; slope stability; partially saturated soil
 
Address
Alfrendo Satyanagaa, Sung-Woo Moonb and Jong R. Kim: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan 010000, Kazakhstan
 

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