Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anil Yildiz
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Both above- and below-ground biomass of plants provide additional strength to soil through different mechanisms, which help to increase the stability of a vegetated slope. Nonetheless, shallow landslides on steep slopes covered with vegetation still occur, often being triggered above the groundwater table, due to loss of suction subsequent to rainfall. Therefore, it is essential to know to what extent vegetation enhances slope stability, and to quantify the contribution of vegetation to the shear strength of soil to determine factors of safety. Results of large-scale direct shear experiments on root-permeated soils and slope geometry from a landslide database were synthesised through an infinite slope analysis under partially saturated conditions to find critical combinations of slope angle and suction stress. Monte Carlo simulations yielded a clear separation of stable and unstable zones, which can be used to define the susceptibility of a slope to near surface failure. This method, based on the simulations, has the potential to be used as a regional early warning system.
Author(s): Yildiz A, Graf F, Springman SM
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical Engineering
Pages: epub ahead of print
Online publication date: 28/03/2019
Acceptance date: 25/03/2019
Date deposited: 02/08/2019
ISSN (print): 1353-2618
ISSN (electronic): 1751-8563
Publisher: ICE Publishing
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