Stability of submerged slopes

Xiaoru Dai
Supervising board members: Wolfgang Fellin, Michael Strasser, Barbara Schneider-Muntau, Jasper Moernaut


Project Overview

Slope failures can have serious consequences, e.g. trigger tsunamis. The PhD candidate Xiaoru Dai focuses her research on the understanding of landslide mechanisms with different failure criteria, and the validation in some real case studies. In her PhD project, the stability is investigated by limit equilibrium method, finite element limit analysis and strength reduction method in finite element calculation. The findings from real case studies help to clarify possible triggering mechanisms of landslides by comparing the results and the observed sliding surfaces in actual situations.


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Fig.: The process of soil deformation in the simulation of the Ludoialm landslide (Tyrol, Austria).


Project Outcome, List of Publications

Dai, X., Schneider-Muntau, B., Fellin, W., Franco, A., Gems, B. (2021): Engineering-Geological Analysis of a Subaerial Landslide in Taan Fiord, Alaska. Remote Sens., 13, 4258.


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