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Appraisal of Bishop's method of slope stability analysis

Babu, GLS and Bijoy, AC (1999) Appraisal of Bishop's method of slope stability analysis. In: International Symposium on Slope Stability Engineering (IS-SHIKOKU 99), NOV 08-11, 1999, Matsuyama, Japan.

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The stability of slopes is a major problem in geotechnical engineering. Of the methods available for the analysis of soil slopes such as limit equilibrium methods, limit analysis and numerical methods such as FEM and FDM, limit equilibrium methods are popular and generally used, owing to their simplicity in formulation and in evaluating the overall factor of safety of slope. However limit equilibrium methods possess certain disadvantages. They do not consider whether the slope is an embankment or natural slope or an excavation and ignore the effect of incremental construction, initial stress, stress strain behavior etc. In the work reported in this paper, a comparative study of actual state of stress and actual factor of safety and Bishop's factor of safety is performed. The actual factor of safety is obtained by consideration of contours of mobilised shear strains. Using Bishop's method of slices, the critical slip surfaces of a number of soil slopes with different geometries are determined and both the factors of safety are obtained. The actual normal stresses and shear stresses are determined from finite difference formulation using FLAG (Fast Lagrangian Analysis of Continuaa) with Mohr-Coulomb model. The comparative study is performed in terms of parameter lambda(c phi) (= gamma H tan phi/c). I is shown that actual factor of safety is higher than Bishop's factor of safety depending on slope angle and lambda(c phi).

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: A A Balkema
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to A A Balkema.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 08:42
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2012 08:42
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/43910

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