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Mechanics of Catastrophic Landslides: The role of frictional heating and thermal pressurisation in promoting sudden collapse

Francesco Cecinato

ISBN 10: 3845479191 / ISBN 13: 9783845479194
Published by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2011
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Mechanics of Catastrophic Landslides: The ...

Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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The mechanics of the final collapse of large slope failures are still poorly understood, and have constituted a challenge to scientists over the last 40 years. The reasons why some observed catastrophic landslides moved so fast and so far cannot always be explained using standard analyses. Much better understanding is needed to facilitate risk assessment and hazard mitigation measures. In this book, a new model is proposed accounting for temperature rise in the slip zone due to the heat produced by friction, leading to thermoplastic collapse of the soil skeleton and subsequent increase of pore water pressure. This in turn drastically decreases the shear resistance and allows the overlying mass to move downslope ever more freely. The model is validated by back-analysing two case histories, and is then employed in a parametric study to identify the most influential parameters in promoting catastrophic collapse. The results are relevant both for consulting engineers, to better design mitigation measures, and to the research community, by providing a background model through which the interpretation of past landslides can be attempted and more refined landslide models can be developed.

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The Author studied Environmental and Civil Engineering at the Universities of Bologna and Southampton (UK). The latter awarded him a PhD in 2009. He is specialised in constitutive modelling, geotechnics and experimental geomechanics. He worked as a geotechnical consultant and currently holds a position as Geomechanics Specialist at ENI E&P, Milan.

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