Discontinuous rock slope stability analysis by limit equilibrium approaches - a review


Azarafza M., AKGÜN H. , Ghazifard A., Asghari-Kaljahi E., Rahnamarad J., Derakhshani R.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL EARTH, vol.14, no.12, pp.1918-1941, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/17538947.2021.1988163
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL EARTH
  • Page Numbers: pp.1918-1941
  • Keywords: Engineering geology, natural slope, block theory, failure mechanisms, FLEXURAL TOPPLING FAILURE, KEY BLOCK THEORY, 3-DIMENSIONAL STABILITY, WEDGE STABILITY, RELIABILITY ASSESSMENT, EMBANKMENTS, MECHANISMS, FRAMEWORK, MODEL, WEST

Abstract

Slope stability is one of the most important topics of engineering geology with a background of more than 300 years. So far, various stability assessment techniques have been developed which include a range of simple evaluations, planar failure, limit state criteria, limit equilibrium analysis, numerical methods, hybrid and high-order approaches which are implemented in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) space. In the meantime, limit equilibrium methods due to their simplicity, short analysis time, coupled with probabilistic and statistics functions to estimate the safety factor (F.S), probable slip surface, application on different failure mechanisms, and varied geological conditions has been received special attention from researchers. The presented paper provides a review to limit equilibrium methods used for discontinuous rock slope stability analyses with different failure mechanisms of natural and cut slopes. The article attempted to provide a systematic review for rock slope stability analysis outlook based on limit equilibrium approaches.