Physical Modelling of the Rainfall Infiltration Processes in Pyroclastic Soil Responsible of Landslide Trigger

  • Giovanna Capparelli
  • Pasquale Versace
  • Gennaro SpolverinoEmail author
Conference paper


Landslides cause many damages to people, structures and infrastructure. The prediction of these natural processes is important. A good predictive model can allow the implementation of an equally good warning system, reducing the risk caused by such phenomenons (Capparelli et al. in “Ingredienti essenziali” di un sistema Early Warning per l’innesco di colate di fango in coltri di natura pirocalstica: resistenza a taglio in condizioni di parziale saturazione e curve di ritenzione idrica, 2014). There are many researches to understand the underlying processes trigger a landslide. Rainfall is the most common cause of landslides, so it is important to know the infiltration processes responsible for a failure. In our research, we study the infiltration processes, using an integrated approach, comparing data station in situ with the results and interpretations of physical models, trying to simulate with mathematical models. The aim is to observe and interpret laboratory tests to reproduce and simulate the phenomenon with mathematical models. The following we propose two tests carried out in laboratory scale using a physical model for the simulation of landslides induced by rainfall. The soil used for the tests was taken from the site Sarno (Southern Italy), near the volcano Vesuvius. This area had a mudflow in May 1998.


Landslides Physical modelling of landslides Infiltration in pyroclastic soil 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanna Capparelli
    • 1
  • Pasquale Versace
    • 1
  • Gennaro Spolverino
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University of CalabriaRendeItaly

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