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Numerical modelling of submarine landslides with sensitive clay layers

Dey, R and Hawlader, BC and Phillips, R and Soga, K (2016) Numerical modelling of submarine landslides with sensitive clay layers. Geotechnique, 66. pp. 454-468. ISSN 0016-8505

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© 2016, ICE Publishing. All rights reserved. A large-deformation finite-element (FE) modelling technique is presented to model submarine landslides. A strain softening model for undrained shear strength of marine clay is incorporated in the FE modelling. The development of large plastic shear strain concentrated zones (shear bands) and their propagation with displacement of soil mass are simulated. FE simulations show that the existence of a weak layer might result in the initiation and propagation of shear bands leading to large-scale progressive landslides. Such progressive development of failure planes cannot be simulated using the limit equilibrium method of slope stability analysis. Depending upon the geometry and soil properties, a number of failure patterns are identified which are comparable with morphologic features seen in field observations. Based on this type of FE analysis and compared with seabed morphology, the developed failure planes could be identified where the shear strengths are expected to be lower because of pre-shearing than the shear strengths of the soil outside these zones, which could then be implemented in the modelling of seabed for offshore development projects in the areas where failure occurred in the past.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:32
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 06:28
DOI: 10.1680/jgeot.15.P.111