Acta Geotechnica

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 355–371 | Cite as

Numerical modeling and inverse parameter estimation of the large-scale mass movement Gradenbach in Carinthia (Austria)

  • Jörg Meier
  • Michael Moser
  • Maria Datcheva
  • Tom Schanz
Research Paper

Abstract

This paper deals with the inverse problem of using time-displacement monitoring data to determine the material parameters of a numerical model of a large-scale mass movement. A finite element model for simulating the mechanical behavior is presented for the Gradenbach landslide in Carinthia, Austria. Particular attention is paid to the calibration of the constitutive relationships, which represent a prerequisite for a realistic quantitative analysis. After a short introduction to the concept of model-parameter identification, this paper demonstrates how to apply the proposed model identification strategy to determine model parameters for the Gradenbach example. The impact of the amount of reference data available for the inverse model-parameter analysis is evaluated by means of artificial reference data. Subsequently, the numerical model is calibrated using field measurement data. The results obtained are presented, and the benefits and drawbacks of the proposed concept are evaluated.

Keywords

Mathematical optimization Parameter identification Statistic parameter analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jörg Meier
    • 1
  • Michael Moser
    • 2
  • Maria Datcheva
    • 3
  • Tom Schanz
    • 4
  1. 1.Gruner AGBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Applied GeologyUniversität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany
  3. 3.Institute of MechanicsBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria
  4. 4.Chair for Foundation Engineering, Soil and Rock MechanicsRuhr-Universität BochumBochumGermany

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