Abstract

This paper uses a 3D model for stability assessment of Zhujiabaobao waste dump with ground cracks. The study data were gathered via reconnaissance, geomorphological analysis and laboratory experiment. A 3D finite extended element method model that can consider cracks was then used to calculate the factor of safety (FOS) of the waste dump via the strength reduction technique. The simulation shows the dump to have an FOS of 1.22 and both the position and depth of penetration of cracks in the waste dump have a crucial impact on the stability of the slope. Because the study area is located in a seismically active area, simulation and analysis of the dynamic response of the waste dump under different magnitudes of seismic waves (peak acceleration is 0.05, 0.15, 0.25 and 0.45g) were performed via an explicit dynamic model. The simulation shows that high steps in the slope are particularly responsive to earthquakes. The approach used here for analysing stability under static and dynamic loads is useful for hazard prevention and mitigation.

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