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Discrete element modeling of a mining-induced rock slide

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Discrete element modeling of a mining-induced rock slide
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SpringerPlus, September 2016
DOI 10.1186/s40064-016-3305-z
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JianJun Zhao, JianGuo Xiao, Min Lee Lee, YunTao Ma


Slopes are subjected to stress redistributions during underground mining activities, and this may eventually cause deformation or landslide. This paper takes Madaling landslide in Guizhou Province, China as a case study to investigate the failure mechanism and its run-out behaviours by using discrete element method. Previous qualitative analysis indicated that the slope experienced four stages of failure mechanisms: (1) development of tension cracks, (2) development of stepped-like creep cracks, (3) development of potential rupture surfaces, and (4) occurrence of the landslide. PFC2D program was employed to model the pre-failure deformation characteristics in order to verify the failure mechanisms quantitatively. Subsequently, the run-out behaviours of the landslide were analyzed by PFC3D program. The results indicated that the movement could be summarized into four stages: acceleration stage, constant movement stage, rapid movement stage, and deceleration and deposition stage.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 13 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 4 31%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 23%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 8%
Researcher 1 8%
Unknown 4 31%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Engineering 4 31%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 1 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 8%
Medicine and Dentistry 1 8%
Chemical Engineering 1 8%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 5 38%