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Title: An alternative rock mass classification system for rock slopes
Authors: Pantelidis, Lysandros 
Keywords: Rock mass rating;Rock falls;RMR;SMR;Rock cutting failure;Quantitative risk assessment
Category: Environmental Engineering
Field: Engineering and Technology
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Publisher: Springer
Source: Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 2010, Volume 69, Issue 1, Pages 29-39
Abstract: A system for the quantification of the failure hazard of rock cuttings structured in the form of rating tables is proposed. Rock cuttings are classified according to their failure hazard taking into account both their drained condition and the influence that climatic conditions have on stability; the latter being the most common landslide-triggering factor. The system deals with seven types of failure including slides, topples and falls. Where possible and convenient, parameters are amalgamated using well-established expressions of safety factor increasing the objectivity of the system. In addition to triggering mechanisms, site-specific parameters related to the mean and critical precipitation height, as well as the potential for the development of adverse, water-related conditions are taken into account to arrive at a Hazard Index value.
ISSN: 1435-9537
DOI: 10.1007/s10064-009-0241-y
Rights: © Springer-Verlag
Type: Article
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