Slope stability is influenced by a number of factors that modify the resisting/acting force ratio control landslide initiation and movement velocity. Among these, artificial vibrations have been identified as an important degrading factor for soil strength, but it is not fully clear if they can trigger or modulate movements of clay landslides. To contribute to a better understanding of the potential effect of vibrations on landslide movement, also in terms of boundary conditions, we analyzed monitoring data acquired at the toe of the Pietrafitta landslide in southern Italy. This landslide adjoins the SS87 national road that suffered periodic closure due to landslide activity and in April 2016 operates daytime only for risk mitigation purpose. This condition promoted a better identification of a potential cause-effect relation between traffic vibration and landslide movement. Results from data analysis and landslide modeling suggest that in condition of incipient movement, artificial vibrations, also of limited amplitude, are able to directly initiate clay landslide movement that due to the viscous nature of the involved material exhibit a specific displacement pattern that is not consistent with a sliding block model.

Clay landslide movement triggered by artificial vibrations: new insights from monitoring data

Guerriero L.;Ruzza G.;Maresca R.;Guadagno F. M.;Revellino P.
2021

Abstract

Slope stability is influenced by a number of factors that modify the resisting/acting force ratio control landslide initiation and movement velocity. Among these, artificial vibrations have been identified as an important degrading factor for soil strength, but it is not fully clear if they can trigger or modulate movements of clay landslides. To contribute to a better understanding of the potential effect of vibrations on landslide movement, also in terms of boundary conditions, we analyzed monitoring data acquired at the toe of the Pietrafitta landslide in southern Italy. This landslide adjoins the SS87 national road that suffered periodic closure due to landslide activity and in April 2016 operates daytime only for risk mitigation purpose. This condition promoted a better identification of a potential cause-effect relation between traffic vibration and landslide movement. Results from data analysis and landslide modeling suggest that in condition of incipient movement, artificial vibrations, also of limited amplitude, are able to directly initiate clay landslide movement that due to the viscous nature of the involved material exhibit a specific displacement pattern that is not consistent with a sliding block model.
Intermittent movement
Kinematics
Landslide
Road
Southern Italy
Vibration
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