Finite Element Simulation of Retrogressive Failure of Submarine Slopes

  • A. Azizian
  • R. Popescu
Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 19)


To simulate earthquake-induced, retrogressive submarine slope failures, element removal capabilities of a finite element program are used to model a soil mass that fails and then flows away, causing upper parts of slope to fail retrogressively due to loss of support. It is explained how an initial failure leads to subsequent failures of a flat or gently sloping seafloor. Effects of a silt layer and gently sloping seafloor on the extension of retrogression in a sand deposit are studied. The extension of failure increases significantly for a gently sloping seafloor with the presence of a silt layer.


Retrogressive submarine failure seismic liquefaction finite element 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Azizian
    • 1
  • R. Popescu
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering & Applied ScienceMemorial UniversitySt. John’s, NewfoundlandCanada

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