Laboratory experiments on initiation of rainfall-induced slope failure with moisture content measurements

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Abstract

A series of laboratory slope failure experiments was conducted to elucidate the initiation of rainfall-induced slope failures from moisture content measurement records. The change in moisture content during the infiltration of rainwater and at initiation of slope failures was monitored by moisture sensors (Amplitude Domain Reflectrometry type). Prior to experiments, numerical unsteady seepage analyses were also conducted to identify the hydraulic response of the soil slope models to rainfall. The experiment results showed that slope failures were initiated by the increase in moisture content of the soil at the toe of the slope. Moisture content of the soil was noted to reach its saturated value at the time of failure. This indicates that rainfall-induced slope failure is a consequence of instability of the toe of the slope induced by saturation process under drained condition, and the major portion of the sliding mass may still be in an unsaturated condition. The experiments reported in this Paper also indicated that the direct measurements of change in moisture content could provide a great possibility in predicting the critical time of the initiation of rainfall-induced slope failures. Therefore, the results of applying any moisture sensors to predict and to monitor slope movements are encouraging.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
EventISRM International Symposium 2000, IS 2000 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Nov 19 2000Nov 24 2000

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OtherISRM International Symposium 2000, IS 2000
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period11/19/0011/24/00

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics

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    Tohari, A., Nishigaki, M., & Komatsu, M. (2018). Laboratory experiments on initiation of rainfall-induced slope failure with moisture content measurements. Paper presented at ISRM International Symposium 2000, IS 2000, Melbourne, Australia.