Fully dynamic stability analysis of jointed rock slopes

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A fully dynamic, two dimensional, stability analysis of a highly discontinuous rock slope is demonstrated in this paper. The studied rock slope is the upper terrace of King Herod's Palace in Masada, situated on the western margins of the seismically active Dead Sea Rift. The dynamic deformation of the slope is calculated using a fully dynamic version of DDA in which time dependent acceleration is used as input. The analytically determined failure modes of critical keyblocks in the jointed rock slope are clearly predicted by DDA at the end of the dynamic calculation. It is found however that for realistic displacement estimates some amount of energy dissipation must be introduced into the otherwise fully elastic, un-damped, DDA formulation. Comparison of predicted damage with actual slope performance over historic time span window of 2000 years allows us to conclude that introduction of 2% kinetic damping should suffice for realistic damage predictions. This conclusion is in agreement with recent results of Tsesarsky, Hatzor and Sitar (2002) who compared displacements of a single block on an inclined plane subjected to dynamic loading obtained by DDA and by shaking table experiments. Using dynamic DDA it is shown that introduction of a simple rock bolting pattern completely stabilizes the slope.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003
Event10th International Society for Rock Mechanics Congress, ISRM 2003 - Sandton, South Africa
Duration: 8 Sep 200312 Sep 2003


Conference10th International Society for Rock Mechanics Congress, ISRM 2003
Country/TerritorySouth Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics


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