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Spatially variable coal slope stability analysis using image-based scaled boundary finite element method

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posted on 2023-05-23, 15:31 authored by Wijesinghe, DR, Ashley DysonAshley Dyson, You, G, Khandelwal, M, Ooi, ET
Slope stability analysis is a challenging task when complex stratigraphies, complex geometries and spatially variably soil parameters are considered. Numerical methods, such as the finite element method are commonly used in slope stability analyses, however, these methods require significant user input when meshing geometries consisting of heterogeneous and spatially variable materials. This paper presents a numerical technique combining the scaled boundary finite element method and image-based meshing for slope stability analysis. The inputs for the analyses require images detailing the stratigraphy and the spatial variation of the material properties. Quadtree decomposition is applied to simultaneously generate meshes and consider the spatial variation of material properties directly from the images through a mapping technique. The stability of slopes is analysed assuming an elastoplastic Mohr-Coulomb constitutive model for the soil. The shear strength reduction technique is applied to evaluate the shear reduction factor iteratively to define the factor of safety of the slope. Coal slopes at Yallourn open-pit mine, Victoria, Australia was considered, forming the basis of a case study to demonstrate the applicability of the presented method.


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Proceedings of 15th World Congress on Computational Mechanics & 8th Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics


S Koshizuka




School of Engineering

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15th World Congress on Computational Mechanics & 8th Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics

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Virtual Congress

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Geological hazards (e.g. earthquakes, landslides and volcanic activity)

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