An investigation of the limit equilibrium method and numerical modeling for rock slope stability analysis

Scott Ureel, Moe Momayez

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Abstract

The following paper presents a review of the methods used to model large scale rocks in practice. The objective of the work is to create a resource available to geotechnical engineers pertaining to recent results, common programs used in practice, method limitations and recommendations for future use, and research of modeling programs. The following methods are included: (1) the distinct element method (discontinuum) using Itasca's universal discrete element code (UDEC); (2) the finite difference method (continuum) using Itasca's fast LaGrangian analysis of continua (FLAC); and (3) the limit equilibrium method using Geostudios: SlopeW. From the investigations and literature performed within this paper, the intention was to present studies within the past decade and increase confidence within engineers when utilizing numerical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRock Mechanics and Its Applications in Civil, Mining, and Petroleum Engineering - Selected Papers from the Proceedings of the 2014 GeoShanghai International Congress
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages218-227
Number of pages10
Edition237 GSP
ISBN (Print)9780784413395
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event2014 GeoShanghai International Congress: Rock Mechanics and Its Applications in Civil, Mining, and Petroleum Engineering - Shanghai, China
Duration: May 26 2014May 28 2014

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number237 GSP
ISSN (Print)0895-0563

Other

Other2014 GeoShanghai International Congress: Rock Mechanics and Its Applications in Civil, Mining, and Petroleum Engineering
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period5/26/145/28/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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    Ureel, S., & Momayez, M. (2014). An investigation of the limit equilibrium method and numerical modeling for rock slope stability analysis. In Rock Mechanics and Its Applications in Civil, Mining, and Petroleum Engineering - Selected Papers from the Proceedings of the 2014 GeoShanghai International Congress (237 GSP ed., pp. 218-227). (Geotechnical Special Publication; No. 237 GSP). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784413395.025