American Journal of Environmental Sciences

The Role of Slope Geometry on Flowslide Occurrence

Chiara Deangeli

DOI : 10.3844/ajessp.2007.93.97

American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 3, Issue 3

Pages 93-97


The paper reports a study aimed to the prediction of susceptibility to flowslide of granular soil slopes as a consequence of the in situ state of stress. In particular, the slope geometry has been investigated as a factor influencing the initial state of stress. For this purpose the results of numerical models, performed by a finite different approach (FLAC), allowed the complete definition, in any point of the slope, of the stress conditions by changing slope height and inclination. By relating this state of stress to parameters used to describe potential for liquefaction of loose granular soils a chart of instability has been set up.


© 2007 Chiara Deangeli. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.