Understand the fundamentals of both discontinuous and continuous geomechanics approaches to analyse rock and soil mass mechanical behaviour, with particular reference to slope stability problems.
Understand the fundamentals of both discontinuous and continuous geomechanics approaches to analyse rock and soil mass mechanical behaviour, with particular reference to slope stability problems. At the end of the course, students are expected to: be able to 1) select and apply the most appropriate mechanical behaviour laws, 2) assess strength and deformability of rock discontinuities, rock matrix and soil, 3) analyse excavation problems, 4) Assess the level of safety of slopes in compliance with design standards, 5) Use numerical codes for slope stability analysis, 6) assist engineers in planning stabilisation works. master technical terminology and communicate to a professional standard. develop, in addition to course-specific skills, problem-solving skills and the ability to tackle complex geomechanical problems.
ROCK MECHANICS AND SLOPE STABILITY Rock discontinuity quantitative description; Rock mass classification; Rock matrix, discontinuity and rock mass mechanical properties; Tunnel excavation methods; Analytical solution for stress and strain analysis of underground excavations; Reaction curve method; Analytical and numerical methods for rock structure stability analysis.
General slope stability concepts Factors inducing Slope failure conditions Geological, Hydrogeological and Geotechnical Models Limit equilibrium analyses and Factor of Safety concept - Infinite slope analysis - Planar surface analysis - Circular surface analysis - Method of slices - Selection and use of limit equilibrium methods Seismic analysis Probabilistic analysis Sensitivity analysis Introduction to Finite Difference Methods (FDM) Shallow Failures - Seepage flow and Infiltration - Mechanism of rainfall-induced Landslides - Correlation between Landslides and shallow Failures
Slope stabilization Methods - General concepts - Excavations, benching and butterssing - Drainage - Reinforcement - Retaining walls - Surface slope protection - Selection of stabilization methods - Cost analysis and stabilization alternatives