Effect of spatial variability of shear strength on reliability of infinite slopes using analytical approach

Jing Sen Cai, E. Chuan Yan, Tian-Chyi J Yeh, Yuan Yuan Zha, Yue Liang, Shao Yang Huang, Wen Ke Wang, Jet Chau Wen

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This paper develops an analytical approach for reliability analysis of infinite slope stability in presence of spatially variable shear strength parameters. The analytical approach considers spatial autocorrelation of each parameter and cross-correlations between different parameters. It is robust, computational efficient and provides insight to the importance of spatial correlation scale on slope reliability analysis. This paper also explores the difference in continuous and discrete random fields and emphasizes the importance of fine discretization in relation to correlation scale. Finally, it shows that conditioning the stability analysis with information about trends and spatial data leads to reliability assessments with less uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-86
Number of pages10
JournalComputers and Geotechnics
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017



  • Analytical approach
  • Infinite slope
  • Reliability
  • Shear strength
  • Slope stability
  • Spatial variability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Computer Science Applications

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