Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 1109–1117 | Cite as

High slope stability of diversion power system intake of Jinchuan hydropower station

  • Liang-qin TangEmail author
  • Kui Tang
  • De-xin Nie
  • Jun-jie Wang
  • Dong-yan Liu


The excavated height of the left bank slope of the diversion power system intake in Jinchuan hydropower station is about 160 m. The stability and safety of the slope during construction and its operation/utilization become one of the most important geological engineering problems. At the same time, it is also crucial to select a safe and economic excavation gradient for the construction. We studied the problem of how to select a safe and economic slope ratio by analyzing the geological condition of the high slope, including the lithology, slope structure, structural surface and their combinations, rock weathering and unloading, hydrology, and the natural gradient. The study results showed that the use of an excavation gradient larger than the gradient observed during site investigation and the gradient recommended in standards and field practice manuals is feasible. Then, we used the finite element method and rigid limit equilibrium method to evaluate the stability of the excavation slope under natural, rainstorm and earthquake conditions. The calculated results showed that the excavated slope only has limited failure, but its stability is greatly satisfactory. The research findings can be useful in excavation and slope stabilization projects.


Jinchuan Hydropower Station High slope Excavation slope ratio Stability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liang-qin Tang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Kui Tang
    • 3
  • De-xin Nie
    • 4
  • Jun-jie Wang
    • 1
  • Dong-yan Liu
    • 5
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Hydraulic and Waterway Engineering of the Ministry of EducationChongqing Jiaotong UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics and Mountain River EngineeringSichuan UniversityChengduChina
  3. 3.School of Mathematics and StatisticChongqing University of TechnologyChongqingChina
  4. 4.College of Environment and Civil EngineeringChengdu University of TechnologyChengduChina
  5. 5.College of Civil EngineeringChongqing UniversityChongqingChina

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