Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 859–870 | Cite as

Failure mode and dynamic response of a double-sided slope with high water content of soil

  • Bing Yang
  • Fu-ping Gao
  • Dong-sheng Jeng


A double-sided slope with high water content in sandy clay was considered under the action of seismic load. Its failure mode and dynamic response were investigated using a hydraulic servo shaking table test. The typical characteristic of failure mode and dynamic responses of the double-sided slope were analyzed. Experimental results show that slope failure undergoes a process of progressive deformation. The slope failure mode can be explained as creep sliding landslide. AFA (Amplification Factor of Acceleration) at the surface and inner parts of the slope shows an increasing trend with the increase of relative elevation. The relationship between AFA and EAA (Excitation Amplitude of Acceleration) is nonlinear. An empirical formula is proposed to describe preferably the relationship between AFA, relative elevation and dimensionless EAA. The AFA at the middle and upper parts of the slope increases apparently with increasing EFA (Excitation Frequency of Acceleration).


Slope displacement Slope failure mode Soil water content Shaking table test Landslides 


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This study was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 10902112), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2682017QY02) and the National Key R&D Program of China (2016YFC0802203), and the Youth Innovation Promotion Association CAS.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Civil EngineeringSouthwest Jiaotong UniversityChengduChina
  2. 2.Institute of MechanicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.School of Engineering and Built EnvironmentGriffith University Gold Coast CampusSouthportAustralia

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