Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Slope stability/Geotechnical earthquake
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Civil Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Foti Sebastiano ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ICAR/07 48 12 0 12 7
Pirulli Marina ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ICAR/07 48 12 0 12 4
SSD CFU Activities Area context
B - Caratterizzanti
C - Affini o integrative
Ingegneria civile
Subject fundamentals
Geotechnical earthquake
The dynamic response of the subsoil has a strong influence on the seismic risk. Indeed it affects the seismic hazard and the soil-foundation-structure interaction. The course, after the introduction of the basics of seismology and soil dynamics, deals with geotechnical issues of engineering structures under seismic loads.

Slope Stability
The course aims to provide the knowledge necessary for the evaluation of the stability conditions of soil and rock slopes, in presence of both natural and man-made slopes. The different instability mechanisms are described, together with analytical and numerical methods to use in static and dynamic conditions. Basis for selection and design of structural protection systems are given and contribution of monitoring systems in slope stability are discussed.
Expected learning outcomes
Geotechnical earthquake
Understanding of the seismic response of soil deposits and its influence on the seismic hazard for the construction site. Ability to build simplified models for the prediction of the seismic response of site, the analysis of seismic hazards and the analysis of soil-structure interaction.

Slope Stability
Capability to identify typical landslide kinematics, to select and apply the more appropriate stability analysis method (as a function of the characteristics of the phenomenon to be investigate) and to select mitigation and stabilization techniques.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Geotechnical earthquake
Basics of Mechanics and of Soil Mechanics

Slope Stability
Applied geology, Hydraulics, Soil mechanics, Foundations, Rock mechanics
Geotechnical earthquake
- Fundamentals of Engineering Seismology (9h)
- Seismic wave propagation in soils (9h)
- Behaviour of soils under cyclic and dynamic loads (3h)
- Experimental Soil Dynamics (in situ and laboratory testing) (8h)
- Seismic site response (12h)
- Liquefaction (8h)
- Retaining walls (9h)
- Soil-structure interaction (6h)

Slope Stability
- Landslide census - Italian landslide inventory (IFFI)
- Typological prediction: identification and classification of landslides. Identification of typical landslide kinematisms.
- Spatial prediction: description of monitoring systems and interpretation of their results to describe an instability phenomenon, identification of landslide causes, definition of a geomechanical model, stability analysis (Limit Equilibrium Methods, Numerical Metods, Creep).
- Temporal prediction: occurence probability definition based on statistical and mechanical approaches.
- Runout and landslide intensity prediction: Digital terrain model, rheology, problems in numerical modelling of the dynamic phase of the instability phenomenon.
- Identification of elements at risk, in terms of numbers and characteristics.
- Vulnerability of elements at risk
- Hazard and risk mapping. Hydrogeological setting plan (PAI)
- Structural measures to secure urban areas and infrastructures: debris flows mitigation measures, soil slope stabilization (e.g. draining systems), rock slope stabilization.
Delivery modes
Geotechnical earthquake
Practical examples will be presented in the classroom to make the students familiar with the topics of the course. Some practical examples will be devoted to the use of computer softwares for the numerical simulation of geotechnical earthquake engineering problems.

Slope Stability
The course consists in lectures and exercises.
On the basis of the theoretical aspects that are taught during lectures, students are given some homework to solve. Each homework can be carried out by groups of a maximum of three people.
Students have to return the assigned exercises by the deadline fixed. In case of delay, exercises will not be corrected and evaluated and will contribute negatively to final evaluation.
The above exercises, some of which to be solved using the software available in the Politecnico Informatics Laboratory, will concern: Italian landslide inventory, interpretation of monitoring systems data, toppling, Limit Equilibrium Methods application to slope stability, numerical modelling of rapid landslide propagation, design of structural mitigation systems (e.g. draining systems).
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Geotechnical earthquake

Testi di approfondimento
E. Faccioli, R. Paolucci (2005) "Elementi di sismologia applicata all’ingegneria", Pitagora Ed., Bologna
G. Lanzo, F. Silvestri (1999) "Risposta sismica locale: teoria ed esperienze", Hevelius, Benevento
S.L. Kramer (1996) "Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering", Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs
K.F. Graff (1975) "Wave motion in elastic solids", Oxford Press Publ.
G. Gazetas (1990) "Foundation Vibrations" in Foundation Engineering Handbook (H.Y. Fang Ed.), Kluwer Academic Pub., Boston
B.A. Bolt (1986) "I terremoti", Zanichelli
F.E. Jr Richart, Wood R.D., Hall J.R. Jr (1970) "Vibration of soils and foundations", Prentice-Hall, New Jersey
G. Dente (1999) "La risposta sismica dei pali di fondazione", Hevelius, Benevento

Slope Stability
Power Point slides used during the course are available for students.
References can be made also to the following texts:
- Landslides: Investigation and mitigation Transportation Research Board, National Academy Press, Washington, 1996.
- Rock Slope Stability Analysis, Giani G.P., Balkema, Rotterdam, 1993
- Caduta Massi, Giani G.P., Hevelius, Benevento, 1997
- Meccanismi di deformazione e rottura dei pendii, Picarelli L., Hevelius, Benevento, 2000
Assessment and grading criteria
Geotechnical earthquake
The exam is composed by an homework in 3 parts and an oral exam.

Slope Stability
The exam consists in an oral test aimed to verify the degree of learning of the theoretical concepts and the ability of the student in applying concepts in solving applied problems.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2016/17

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