The present paper summarizes the work done on developing and validating the use of a hybrid Finite – Discrete Element (FEMDEM) code for modelling slope instability processes. The main advantages of the FEMDEM method are the ability (i) to analyze the slope failure without assuming any mode or mechanism a priori, and (ii) to explicitly model the postpeak failure and the dynamic processes associated with the material runout. Several examples are presented to demonstrate the validity of the proposed numerical approach.
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Slope Stability Analysis Using a Hybrid Finite-Discrete Element Method Code (EMDEM)
Paper presented at the 12th ISRM Congress, Beijing, China, October 2011.
Paper Number: ISRM-12CONGRESS-2011-348
Published: October 16 2011
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Grasselli, G. , Lisjak, A. , Mahabadi, O.K. , and B.S.A. Tatone. "Slope Stability Analysis Using a Hybrid Finite-Discrete Element Method Code (EMDEM)." Paper presented at the 12th ISRM Congress, Beijing, China, October 2011.
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