Failure of a slope frequently takes the form of quite large translational or rotational movements of a body of soil having a lower boundary deep within the soil mass. The stability of the slope with respect to this type of failure may be analysed by any of the methods described in Chapter 8, but most of the methods in general use depend on considerations of limiting equilibrium (Section 8.27). Failure is assumed to occur as a result of sliding along a rupture surface at the lower boundary of the moving soil mass, and a systematic search is made for the rupture surface which yields the least factor of safety against this form of failure.


Pore Pressure Effective Stress Slip Surface Failure Surface Soil Mechanic 
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  • C. R. Scott
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  1. 1.The City UniversityLondonEngland

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