Probabilistic-numerical modeling of stability of a rock slope in Amasya-Turkey

Gheibie, Sohrab
Rock slope stability is considered as one of the most important fields in rock engineering. Developments of computation facilities and increase in application of sophisticated mathematical concepts in engineering problems have also affected the methods of slope stability analysis. In recent years, the numerical modeling methods have extensively applied instead of limit equilibrium methods. Also, the probabilistic methods are considered in rock slope designs to quantify the uncertainties of input effecting variables. In this research, a probabilistic-numerical approach was developed by integration of three dimensional Distinct Element Method (DEM) and probabilistic approach to analyze the stability of discontinuous rock slopes. Barton models have been used to model the behavior of rock discontinuities and the shear strain was considered as failure indicator of discontinuities. The proposed methodology was applied to a rock slope in Amasya, Turkey where the Joint Roughness Coefficient (JRC) was considered as the main random variable. The effect of basic friction angle and cohesion of joints infilling material and its strength reduction due to weathering were included in the analysis. In the slope the shearing behavior of fourteen discontinuities and the failure probability of each block were investigated, and the corresponding Reliability Index (β) was derived for each of the discontinuities.


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Citation Formats
S. Gheibie, “Probabilistic-numerical modeling of stability of a rock slope in Amasya-Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.