The effect of spatial variability in soil parameters on the critical slip surfaces has not been investigated substantially. Therefore, this paper aims to propose a stochastic method to determine the critical slip surfaces in soil slopes considering spatial variability of soil strength properties. First, the spectral representation method is adopted to simulate random field of spatially varying soils. Based on this random field model, the critical slip surface is determined by means of the auto-searching method with SIGMA/W and SLOPE/W. Second, the effect of spatial variability in soil parameters on the characteristics of the critical slip surfaces is investigated using a non-intrusive stochastic analysis method. Finally, an illustrative example is presented to demonstrate the validity of the proposed method. The results indicate that the proposed stochastic method can determine the characteristics of the critical slip surfaces effectively. The spatial variability has a significant influence on the position and scale of the critical slip surfaces. The longer the scale of fluctuation is, the wider the critical slip surface distribution is. The possibility of upper-located local sliding increases with the increasing ratio of horizontal fluctuation scale to vertical fluctuation scale. As the coefficients of variation of soil parameters increase, the range of critical slip surface will increase, and small-scale local sliding is more likely to happen.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Yantu Gongcheng Xuebao/Chinese Journal of Geotechnical Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2013|