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Title: Numerical modelling and analysis of slope stability within fracture dominated rock masses
Author: Styles, Thomas Daniel
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 3582
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2009
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Numerical modelling of rock slopes can involve a number and variety of techniques, the selection and requirement of which depends on the factors deemed to control the potential for Instability. This thesis presents a number of case studies involving slopes in fractured rock, encompassing a range of scales. The case study slopes have provided a means to question the way in which particular slope instabilities should be analysed. Currently there are few methods available for analysing the complex behaviour within slopes of fractured rock. A review of available techniques is given within this thesis, with the use of limit equilibrium, finite element and hybrid methods, to highlight their specific advantages and limitations for the chosen case study slopes. By modelling slope Instability within fractured rock, the understanding of both discrete and mass behaviour increases considerably. Numerical modelling can therefore be used as a tool to help improve both the safety and efficiency of open pit mining and the management of natural rock slopes.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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