Slope stability evaluation of stiff fissured clays and shales for different failure conditions

Chrysanthos Steiakakis, Zacharias Agioutantis, Evangelia Apostolou

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This paper evaluates the utilization/mobilization of shear strength on failure surfaces located at different depths and in extension to different stress fields based on the current state of practice. Superficial failure surfaces are distinguished from deep seated ones regarding the utilization of shear strength parameters. Practical recommendations following the differentiation of stress field are proposed in the way that different shear strength parameters should be selected for different types of failures. Finally the difficulties and pit falls in evaluating the stability of high slopes in such materials is presented in order to help practicing engineers. .

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering Geology for Society and Territory - Volume 2
Subtitle of host publicationLandslide Processes
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783319090573
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.


  • Landslide
  • Residual Shear Strength
  • Stiff Fissured Clays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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