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Optimisation of strength reduction finite element method codes for slope stability analysis


Dyson, AP and Tolooiyan, A, Optimisation of strength reduction finite element method codes for slope stability analysis, Innovative Infrastructure Solutions, 3 Article 38. ISSN 2364-4176 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s41062-018-0148-1


One of the modern methods for estimating the factor of safety for the stability of slopes is the strength reduction method. In recent times, computer codes have utilised the strength reduction method in conjunction with finite element analysis. This paper explores the implementation of a strength reduction finite element method with FORTRAN and Python codes in conjunction with the computer-aided engineering package Abaqus, incorporating a modified strength reduction definition, allowing for a refinement of the factor of safety search space. The computational efficiency of the modified method is compared with the traditional technique, for both 2D and 3D analysis. The algorithm results are compared for contrasting FEM element types and geometries and benchmarked against proprietary geotechnical finite element solvers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:strength reduction method, finite element method, slope stability, factor of safety, Abaqus FEM
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Civil engineering
Research Field:Civil geotechnical engineering
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Dyson, AP (Dr Ashley Dyson)
UTAS Author:Tolooiyan, A (Dr Ali Tolooiyan)
ID Code:129218
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2018-11-15
Last Modified:2022-08-30

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