Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

5-24-2010

Session End Date

5-29-2010

Abstract

The mechanical response of dry granular slopes subjected to dynamic perturbations is tackled from a theoretical/numerical viewpoint. A 1D geometrical/numerical scheme is adopted to analyze infinitely long strata: the dynamic activation of shallow translational failure mechanisms (as well as the displacement performance far from collapse) is analyzed by means of a self-made FEM code. The soil mechanical behavior is described by means of a simplified viscoplastic one-dimensional constitutive model, capable of reproducing both ductile (hardening) and brittle (softening) mechanical responses. The dependence of numerical results on the soil “time-sensitiveness”, as well as the differences between viscoplasticity and standard rate-independent plasticity, is discussed. For the case of impulse-like loads (Ricker wavelets), the influence of the ratio between the dominant wavelength and the stratum thickness on the overall deformation mechanism is commented. The response of the slope to a real accelerometric record is finally illustrated.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

5-24-2010

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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1D Dynamic Non-Linear Numerical Analysis of Earth Slopes: The Role of Soil Ductility and Time-Sensitiveness

San Diego, California

The mechanical response of dry granular slopes subjected to dynamic perturbations is tackled from a theoretical/numerical viewpoint. A 1D geometrical/numerical scheme is adopted to analyze infinitely long strata: the dynamic activation of shallow translational failure mechanisms (as well as the displacement performance far from collapse) is analyzed by means of a self-made FEM code. The soil mechanical behavior is described by means of a simplified viscoplastic one-dimensional constitutive model, capable of reproducing both ductile (hardening) and brittle (softening) mechanical responses. The dependence of numerical results on the soil “time-sensitiveness”, as well as the differences between viscoplasticity and standard rate-independent plasticity, is discussed. For the case of impulse-like loads (Ricker wavelets), the influence of the ratio between the dominant wavelength and the stratum thickness on the overall deformation mechanism is commented. The response of the slope to a real accelerometric record is finally illustrated.