Slab avalanche release viewed as interface fracture in a random medium
Abstract:A theoretical model is formulated to investigate the influence of random variations in strength of the weak layer on slab avalanche release. An equation for slab stability is derived which accounts for stress redistribution between strong and weak regions. The model is first used to re-derive results on shear fractures (shear bands) in a homogeneous slab. It is then applied to the case of a slab with randomly varying peak strength of the weak layer. It is demonstrated that such variation may have a dramatic knock-down effect on the failure strength of a slope. The nature of the critical flaw is studied and precursors to failure are investigated.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2004
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