A Method for Modelling of a Creeping Slope with a Visco-Hypoplastic Material Law

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Rohn J
Journal: Mathematical Geology
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2006
Volume: 38
Journal issue: 6
Pages range: 711-719
ISSN: 0882-8121


This paper presents the numerical simulation of a creeping slope in Upper Austria, using a visco-hypoplastic material law which describes the mechanical behavior of cohesive soils allowing for viscous effects, i.e. creep and relaxation. The method consists of: (1) determination of the parameters of the material law, based on laboratory tests on soil samples taken from the slope; (2) simulation of the laboratory tests with an element test program in which the used material law was implemented, in order to test whether the model holds for the soils studied; and (3) simulation of slope movements at different sections along the slope, assuming an infinite slope. The simulation results fit well with the field measurements. This demonstrates that despite strongly simplified boundary conditions and limited availability of subsurface data (e.g. density) the visco-hypoplastic law is a promising tool for predicting creep movements. © Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Rohn, Joachim Prof. Dr.
Professur für Angewandte Geologie

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