Application of interval field method to the stability analysis of slopes in presence of uncertainties



Feng, Chengxin, Faes, Matthias, Broggi, Matteo, Dang, Chao, Yang, Jiashu, Zheng, Zhibao and Beer, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-0611-0345
(2022) Application of interval field method to the stability analysis of slopes in presence of uncertainties. Computers and Geotechnics, 153. p. 105060.

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Abstract

Spatial uncertainty of soil parameters has a significant impact on the analysis of slope stability. Interval field analysis is emerging as a complementary tool of the conventional random field method that can take spatial uncertainty into account, which, however, has not been investigated in slope stability analysis. The present paper proposes a new method, named the interval field limit equilibrium method (IFLEM), for assessing the stability of slope in the presence of the interval field. In this method, the modified exponential function is introduced to characterize the spatial uncertainty of the interval field and the Karhunen–Loève-like decomposition is employed to generate the interval field. Then, in a single calculation, the deterministic slope stability analyzed by the Morgenstern–Price approach is implemented in order to estimate the safety factor. Subsequently, the upper and lower bounds of the interval of safety factor are efficiently evaluated by a kind of surrogate-assisted global optimization algorithms, such as Bayesian global optimization used in this study. Finally, the effectiveness of the proposed method is verified by three numerical examples. The results indicate that the proposed method can provide reasonable accuracy and efficiency, which is potentially applicable to a number of geotechnical systems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spatial uncertainty, Interval field, Spatial dependency function, Karhunen-Lo?ve like expansion, Slope stability
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2022 09:39
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2023 01:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2022.105060
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3165994