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2nd Edition

Slope Stability Analysis and Stabilization
New Methods and Insight, Second Edition

ISBN 9781138075504
Published April 28, 2017 by CRC Press
438 Pages 243 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Includes Recommendations for Analysis, Design Practice, Design Charts, Tables, and More

Using a unified approach to address a medley of engineering and construction problems, Slope Stability Analysis and Stabilization: New Methods and Insight, Second Edition provides helpful practical advice and design resources for the practicing engineer. This text examines a range of current methods for the analysis and design of slopes, and details the limitations of both limit equilibrium and the finite element method in the assessment of the stability of a slope. It also introduces a variety of alternative approaches for overcoming numerical non-convergence and the location of critical failure surfaces in two-dimensional and three-dimensional cases.

What’s New in the Second Edition:

This latest edition builds on the concepts of the first edition and covers the case studies involved in slope stability analysis in greater detail. The book adds a chapter on the procedures involved in performing limit equilibrium analysis, as well as a chapter on the design and construction practice in Hong Kong. It includes more examples and illustrations on the distinct element of slope, the relation between limit equilibrium and plasticity theory, the fundamental connections between slope stability analysis and the bearing capacity problem, as well as the stability of the three-dimensional slope under patch load conditions.

  • Addresses new concepts in three-dimensional stability analysis, finite element analysis, and the extension of slope stability problems to lateral earth pressure problems
  • Offers a unified approach to engineering and construction problems, including slope stability, bearing capacity, and earth pressure behind retaining structures
  • Emphasizes how to translate the conceptual design conceived in the design office into physical implementation on site in a holistic way
  • Discusses problems that were discovered during the development of associated computer programs

This text assesses the fundamental assumptions and limitations of stability analysis methods and computer modelling, and benefits students taking an elective course on slope stability, as well as geotechnical engineering professionals specializing in slope stability

Table of Contents




Closed-form solutions

Engineering judgment

Ground model

Status quo

Ground investigation

Design parameters

Groundwater regime

Design methodology

Case histories

Basic slope stability analysis methods


Slope stability analysis: limit equilibrium method

Miscellaneous considerations on slope stability analysis

Limit analysis method

Rigid element method

Relation between the REM and the slice-based approach

Uses of design figures and tables for simple problems

Finite element method

Distinct element method

Location of critical failure surface, convergence and advanced formulations

Difficulties in locating the critical failure surface

Generation of trial failure surface

Global optimization methods

Verification of the global minimization algorithms

Presence of Dirac function

Numerical studies of the efficiency and effectiveness of various optimization algorithms

Sensitivity of global optimization parameters in the performance of the global optimization methods

Convexity of critical failure surface

Lateral earth pressure determination from slope stability analysis

Convergence problem due to iterative solution of FOS

Importance of the methods of analysis

Solution of the inter-slice force function and fundamental investigation into the problem of convergence

Variable FOS formulation in LEM

Use of internal/external variables in slope stability analysis and relation of slope stability problem to other geotechnical problems

Finite-element methods for slope stability analysis and comparisons with limit equilibrium analysis

Comparisons between SRM and LEM

Stability analysis for a simple and homogeneous soil slope using LEM and SRM

Stability analysis of a slope with a soft band

Local minimum in LEM

Effect of water on slope stability analysis

Soil nailed slopes by SRM and LEM

Stabilization of slope with piles using SRM

Discussion and conclusion

Three-dimensional slope stability analysis

Limitations of the classical three dimensional limit equilibrium methods

New formulation for D slope stability analysis: Bishop, Janbu simplified, Morgenstern–Price by Cheng and Yip

Three-dimensional limit analysis

Location of general critical non-spherical D failure surface

Case studies in D limit equilibrium global optimization analysis

Effect of curvature on FOS

Three-dimensional SRM analysis



FRP nail


Construction difficulties

Routine assessment of feature and design of landslip preventive measures


Geotechnical assessment

Desk study

Aerial photograph interpretation and ground-truthing

GI and field testing

Laboratory testing

Man-made features

Rainfall records

Groundwater regime

Stability assessment of the existing feature

Design of landslip preventive works

Soil nailing

Soil nailing in loose fill

Surface and sub-soil drainage

Surface erosion control and landscaping

Site supervision during implementation

Corrosiveness assessment

Precautionary measures and other considerations

Long-term maintenance

Numerical implementation of slope stability analysis methods

Numerical procedures for simplified limit equilibrium methods

Numerical procedures for "rigorous" limit equilibrium methods

Three-dimensional analysis




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Dr. YM Cheng has an interest in research work in slope stability: unification of 2D methods, location of critical 2D failure surfaces, 3D slope stability analysis, location of critical 3D failure surfaces, development of slope stability software SLOPE2000 and SLOPE3D, unification of lateral earth pressure and slope stability problems, convergence problems in slope stability analysis, field tests of steel, GFRP, CFRP bars and tubes soil nails in Hong Kong, numerical modelling of soil nail pull out tests, finite element analysis of slope stability, and distinct element analysis of slope stability analysis.

Dr. C.K. Lau obtained his PhD from Cambridge University, studying geotechnical engineering under Prof. M. Bolton. He is a past chairman of Geotechnical Division, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, specializing in the design and construction of slope stabilization works in Hong Kong. His research interests include slope stability, slip line analysis, and bearing capacity.