Mechanics of Slides

  • Yang H. Huang


The purpose of stability analysis is to determine the factor of safety of a potential failure surface. The factor of safety is defined as a ratio between the resisting force and the driving force, both applied along the failure surface. When the driving force due to weight is equal to the resisting force due to shear strength, the factor of safety is equal to 1 and failure is imminent. Figure 2.1 shows several types of failure surfaces.


Shear Strength Pore Pressure Slip Surface Failure Surface Failure Plane 
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© Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Inc. 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yang H. Huang
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  1. 1.University of KentuckyUSA

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