Numerical Analysis of Geocell Protective Slope Stability

Guangyue Wang*, Jianpeng Zhang, Tianyu Xu
School of Civil Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong, 250061, China.

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Geocell protective slope is a kind of important ecological protection form, which is widely used in the geotechnical engineering field. Based on the finite element software ABAQUS, and combining with protective slope body’s mechanics performance in shallow soil, the finite element model of geocell slope protection is established under the conditions of rainfall seepage, and then we simulate the shallow and the overall stability of slope in rainfall seepage cases. The results show that the safety factor of slope body increased by about 14% when using geocell slope protection and it reduces the displacement of slope surface effectively, it prolongs the destruction time of the slope under the condition of continuous reduction of soil shear strength, and it further helps reducing the collapse or part of slope sliding of slope disasters.

Keywords: Geocell, side slope, stability, safety factor.