Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 1068–1083 | Cite as

Determination method for shear strength parameters of rock-soil mixtures using close-range photogrammetry and 3-D limit equilibrium theory

  • Jia-wen ZhouEmail author
  • Xing-guo Yang
  • Zhao-hui Yang


Using a combination of close-range photogrammetry and three-dimensional (3-D) limit equilibrium theory, a determination method for the shear strength parameters of rock-soil mixture is presented. A close-range photogrammetry method is used for measurement of the 3-D terrain of the experimental target. AutoCAD Lisp and EXCEL VBA are used to perform 3-D limit equilibrium analysis of the stability of sliding mass and perform backanalysis of shear strength parameters. The presented method was used to determine the shear strength parameters of rock-soil mixtures at the Liyuan Hydropower Station. The 3-D terrain of sliding surface could be measured notably well using of closerange photogrammetry. The computed results reveal that the cohesion and friction angle of rock-soil mixtures were 3.15 kPa and 29.88° for test A, respectively, and 4.43 kPa and 28.30° for test B, respectively, within the range of shear strength parameters, as determined by field and laboratory tests. The computation of shear strength parameters is influenced by the mesh grid number, especially the cohesion of the rock-soil mixture. The application of close-range photogrammetry can reduce the site works and improve the computational efficiency and accuracy.


Rock-soil mixtures In-situ horizontal push-shear test Photogrammetry Limit equilibrium Shear strength parameters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics and Mountain River EngineeringSichuan UniversityChengduChina
  2. 2.College of Water Resource and HydropowerSichuan UniversityChengduChina
  3. 3.School of EngineeringUniversity of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA

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