Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Landslides and slope engineering
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Environmental And Land Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Deangeli Chiara ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ING-IND/28 48 12 0 0 7
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-IND/28 6 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria per l'ambiente e il territorio
Subject fundamentals
Stability of natural and man-made slopes, cuts and excavations. Methods of rock and soil slope stability analysis. Effects of water. Shear strength selection for stability analysis. Static and seismic conditions.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the course students will have gained the following knowledge and skills:
Identification of landslide kinematisms and related tools of analysis
Methods of slope stability analysis for static and seismic loading conditions
Selection of appropriate shear strength parameters
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Applied geology; Soil mechanics; Rock Mechanics; Hydraulics
A. Classification and description of kinematisms and causes of movement
I. Natural and Artificial Slopes
II. Identification and classification of slope movements
III. Description of different kinematisms
IV. Landslide triggering mechanisms

B. Methods of stability analysis
I. Rockfall: factors affecting the process and analysis of motion.
II. Soil slope stability analysis: The limit equilibrium method. The infinite slope. The methods of slices. Drained and Undrained conditions. Shear strength parameters.
III. Rock slope stability analysis: Planar failure, Wedge failure, Toppling failure.
IV. Analysis of earthquake effects on slope stability
Delivery modes
Exercises and practical examples are presented and developed by the instructor and students.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Landslides: Investigation and mitigation Transportation Research Board, National Academy Press, Washington, 1996.
Rock Slope Stability Analysis, Giani G.P., Balkema, Rotterdam, 1993
Rock Slope Engineering, Duncan & Christopher, based on the Hoek E. & Bray J.W. 3rd ed., London, 4th edition Spon Press- Taylor & Francis Group

The texts, equations and figures shown with PPT during lectures will be available on the course web site
Assessment and grading criteria
Written test (2 hours) consisting of 2 exercises. Score: 12
Oral discussion consisting of 2 analytical demonstrations. Score: 16
Two homeworks assigned in class are due prior the end of the course. Score: 2

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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