Flexible membranes anchored to the ground for slope stabilisation: Numerical modelling of soil slopes using SPH

E. Blanco-Fernandez, D. Castro-Fresno, J.J. del Coz Diaz, A. Navarro-Manso, M. Alonso-Martinez

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An alternative modelling for flexible membranes anchored to the ground for soil slope stabilisation is presented using Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics to model the unstable ground mass in a soil slope, employing a dynamic solve engine. A regression model of pressure normal to the ground, qsim, and also membrane deflection, fsim, have been developed using Design of Experiment. Finally, a comparison between the pressure obtained from numerical simulation and from a limit equilibrium analysis considering infinite slope has been carried out, showing differences in the results, mainly due to the membrane stiffness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalComputers and Geotechnics
Early online date12 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes

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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Computers and Geotechnics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in
Computers and Geotechnics, 78, (2016) DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2016.04.014

© 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/


  • Shallow landslides
  • Flexible membranes
  • Cable net
  • Wire mesh
  • Numerical simulation
  • Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)


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