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Geotechnical Slope Analysis

By: Robin Chowdhury, Phil Flentje and Gautam Bhattacharya

CRC Press

Hardback | Aug 2009 | #180297 | ISBN-13: 9780415469746
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Freshly updated and extended version of Slope Analysis (Chowdhury, Elsevier, 1978). This reference book gives a complete overview of the developments in slope engineering in the last 30 years. Its multi-disciplinary, critical approach and the chapters devoted to seismic effects and probabilistic approaches and reliability analyses, reflect the distinctive style of the original.

Subjects discussed are: the understanding of slope performance, mechanisms of instability, requirements for modeling and analysis, and new techniques for observation and modeling. Special attention is paid to the relation with the increasing frequency and consequences of natural and man-made hazards. Strategies and methods for assessing landslide susceptibility, hazard and risk are also explored. Moreover, the relevance of geotechnical analysis of slopes in the context of climate change scenarios is discussed. All theory is supported by numerous examples.

A CD-ROM with software and bonus material is included in the back of the book. Intended for researchers, consultants, practioners and senior students in civil, mining and geological engineering.

An easy to read and comprehensive coverage of the subject matter. The brief examples and case studies are very helpful and facilitate teaching in schools, in short course and self-learning by practitioners. It moreover addresses a variety of common questions readers could have concering slope analysis. A little voluminous, it could still be used as a textbook; for sure its comprehensive coverage makes it work very well as a reference. Prof. Wilson H. Tang, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology The authors should be congratulated for compiling the information on the subject matter in an extremely meticulous manner ... I certainly recommend this book as a reference for all those associated with the geotechnical engineering profession. Its strength is the discussion on earthquake effects, probabilistic approaches and reliability analysis, and the choice between various methods of analysis. Prof. Devendra Narain Singh, Indian Inst. of Technology, Mumbai, India I have yet to see a book that excels the range and depth of the new arrival-Geotechnical Slope Analysis. Upon a quick scan, I have failed to find a topic which is not covered and that kind of coverage makes the book almost a single window outlet for the whole range of readership from students to experts and from theoreticians to practicing engineers. At least three things standout upon a second scan. Good teachers will find enough ammunition in this book to teach better. Poor teachers will improve upon their teaching, and those who are unaware of the multi-dimensional aspects of geotechnical concepts and content in slope engineering will find the right road. I would like to see a stronger bond between macro-geomorphology, engineering geology and slope analysis in the next edition. Prof. R.K.Bhandari, New Delhi, India "The experience of the authors, drawing on research over many years, has resulted in an essential volume on theory and pracice, of value to both researchers and practising geotechnical engineers involved with studies of slopes and their mechanicsms of failure." Dr Robin McInnes OBE FICE FGS FRSA


1. Introduction, aims and scope - slopes, geology and materials; 2. Basic concepts of geomechanics;
3. Performance indicators and the limit equilibrium concept;
4. Limit equilibrium methods for slip surfaces of arbitrary shape;
5. Stress-deformation approach and its role in slope analysis;
6. Natural slope analysis considering initial stresses;
7. Plasticity and shear band analysis;
8. Earthquake effects and seismic slope analysis;
9. Probabilistic approaches and reliability analyses;
10. Role of analysis in geotechnical practice and research;
11. Looking to the future, concluding remarks;
Appendices, tables of geotechnical parameters and slope stability charts, references

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Dr Robin Chowdhury is a well known internationally as a geotechnical engineer and scholar, and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He completed his PhD from the University of Liverpool, England in 1970 and has devoted more than three decades to teaching, research and scholarship. His early work was concerned with factors influencing slope stability, landslide occurrence and mechanisms and with the concepts and methods of deterministic geotechnical analysis. Subsequently he devoted considerable attention to the development and application of probabilistic approaches and reliability analysis. He also made a sustained contribution to the understanding and simulation of progressive failure. In recent years Robin has emphasized the linking and integration of regional slope studies with site-specific slope engineering assessments. He has also advocated the adoption of an interdisciplinary approach for geotechnical engineering projects and, in particular, for landslide management. His recent work has been concerned with the assessment of geotechnical hazard and risk as well as with observational approaches which include modern methods of field monitoring. Dr Phil Flentje is a recognised expert in Slope Engineering and Landslide Management, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. His education and training is in Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering. He completed his PhD at the University of Wollongong (NSW, Australia) in 1998. He developed a comprehensive GIS-based approach for regional studies concerning the occurrence, frequency and impact of landslides. In his subsequent work he has developed models for the use of landslide inventories, the assessment of landslide susceptibility, hazard and risk. His current activities include webbased real-time monitoring of slope deformations, pore pressures and associated structural displacements as part of a regional assessment of landslide activity and frequency. His research also embraces analysis of rainfall with its spatial and temporal variability and landslide-triggering rainfall thresholds/alerts. Dr. Gautam Bhattacharya is an experienced academic and researcher, and currently the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, BESU, Shibpur, and also the Vice-Chairman, Calcutta Chapter of the Indian Geotechnical Society. His interest in the subject of slope stability developed during his doctoral research at IIT Kanpur (1985--1990). His thesis was concerned with the application of numerical methods in slope analysis. He has since been engaged in teaching this subject and in pursuing research on both deterministic and probabilistic approaches of analysis of unreinforced and reinforced slopes under static and seismic conditions. He has teaching, research and consultancy experience in the field of geotechnical engineering for about three decades.

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