Modelling of the Quickness Test of Sensitive Clays Using the Generalized Interpolation Material Point Method

Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 46)


The presence of the sensitive clays in Scandinavia and Canada creates quick clay landslide hazards. The ability to predict the likelihood of such landslides occurrence, as well as their outreach would reduce the damage to the infrastructures and loss of life. Recently, a simple experimental technique named a quickness test (Thakur V, Degago S, Geotech Lett 2:87–95, 2012) has been employed to investigate the susceptibility of the clay to create large retrogression landslides. In this paper, we applied Generalized Interpolation Material Point Method (a numerical method suitable for large displacement dynamic problems) to replicate the quickness test experiment. The primary goal of the presented simulations is to further validate the modelling technique and the constitutive model used. In particular, the computations suggest the importance of the strain rates for the prediction of the run-out distance of the remoulded sensitive clays.


Material point method Quickness test Sensitive clays 



The authors gratefully acknowledge constructive reviewing on the paper by Mr. Lars Andresen. The work has been funded by the Academy of Finland under the project ‘Progressive failure and post-failure modelling of slopes with Generalized Interpolation Material Point Method (GIMP)’ under decision number 286628.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringAalto UniversityEspooFinland
  2. 2.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)TrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringChalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden

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