Acta Geotechnica

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 643–657 | Cite as

A multiresolution strategy for solving landslides using the Particle Finite Element Method

Research Paper


We present an approach for the simulation of landslides using the Particle Finite Element Method of the second generation. In this work, the multiphase nature (granular phase and water) of the phenomenon is considered in a staggered fashion using a single, indeformable Finite Element mesh. A fractional step and a monolithic strategy are used for the water flow and granular phase, respectively. In this way, the maximum accuracy with minimal computational times is reached. The method is completed by adding the interaction terms due to drag and pressure forces, together with a moving mesh strategy to reduce the size of the computational domain.


Landslides Multiphase PFEM-2 



This research has been partly funded by the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/ under REA grant agreement n 289911. This work was also supported by the ERC Advanced Grant REALTIME project AdG-2009325, the ERC Advanced Grant SAFECON project AdG-26752, the ERC Proof of concept FORECAST \(\hbox {n}^\circ\)664910 and the PARFLOW project of the I+D+i National Plan of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness BIA2013-49007-C2-1-R.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics en Enginyeria (CIMNE)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)BarcelonaSpain

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