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Limit analysis solutions for very gentle undrained slopes
conference contributionposted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by An-Jui Li, R Merifield
In view of the demand for energy resources, offshore engineering has drawn the attention of many investigators over the past decade. Recent studies have revealed that seabed landslides can have a sig-nificant influence on the performance of offshore infrastructure, such as pipelines. The vulnerability triggered by seabed landslides can even lead to loss of life. In this context, the importance of offshore slope stability evaluation is obvious. Slope stability is generally assessed by the limit equilibrium method (LEM). However, the accuracy of the method is often questioned due to the underlying assumptions that it makes. This study utilises numerical finite element upper and lower bound limit analysis to produce solutions for very gentle undrained slopes. Using these techniques, the stability can be bracketed from above and below. In this paper, a range of slope geometries and the inhomogeneity of the natural soil have been taken into account. The solu-tions presented are useful tools for preliminary design.