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Introduction to Slope Engineering

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The online course of Slope Engineering was recorded by Professor Wu Shunchuan from Kunming University of Science and Technology. Focusing on the stability of slope engineering, the course starts from the basic concept and theory of slope, and then introduces the influencing factors, calculation methods, treatment measures and engineering effect monitoring of slope stability. The course has 10 parts, with a total of 37 lectures, each opening on its own page.

  • Part 1 - Slope and Hazards
    • Lecture 1.1 Introduction
    • Lecture 1.2 Slope Deformation and Failure
    • Lecture 1.3 Classification Cases of Slope Disaster
  • Part 2 - Factors Affecting Slope Stability
    • Lecture 2.1 Internal Factors
    • Lecture 2.2 External Factors
  • Part 3 - Slope Engineering Design and Analysis Method
    • Lecture 3.1 Introduction to Slope Engineering Design
    • Lecture 3.2 Design Safety Factor and its Application
    • Lecture 3.3 Introduction to Slope Stability Analysis Methods
  • Part 4 - Limit Equilibrium Slice Method for Slope Stability
    • Lecture 4.1 Overview
    • Lecture 4.2 Swedish Slice Method
    • Lecture 4.3 Calculation Case of Swedish Slice Method
    • Lecture 4.4 Bishop Simplified Method
    • Lecture 4.5 Calculation Case of Bishop Simplified Method
    • Lecture 4.6 General Limit Equilibrium Method
  • Part 5 - Stability Analysis Method of Slope Controlled by Weakness Plane
    • Lecture 5.1 Single Plane Sliding Analysis
    • Lecture 5.2 Dog-legged Sliding Analysis
    • Lecture 5.3 Toppling Failure Analysis
    • Lecture 5.4 Wedge Failure Analysis
  • Part 6 - Stereographic Projection and Kinematic Analysis of Slope Stability
    • Lecture 6.1 Basic Principle of Stereographic Projection (S.P.)
    • Lecture 6.2 S.P. Reading and Drawing
    • Lecture 6.3 Kinematic Analysis of Rock Slope Stability
  • Part 7 - Numerical Analysis for Slope Stability
    • Lecture 7.1 Continuous Medium Analysis Method—Finite Element Method
    • Lecture 7.2 Continuous Medium Analysis Method—Finite Difference Method
    • Lecture 7.3 Discontinuous Medium Analysis Method—Discrete Element Method
  • Part 8 - Determination of Geotechnical Parameters
    • Lecture 8.1 Determination of Soil Mechanical Parameters
    • Lecture 8.2 Determination of Rock Mechanical Parameters
  • Part 9 - Slope Protection and Reinforcement
    • Lecture 9.1 Slope Disaster Prevention Principles and Measures
    • Lecture 9.2 Slope Surface Protection and Rockfall Control
    • Lecture 9.3 Slope Retaining
    • Lecture 9.4 Slope Anchoring
    • Lecture 9.5 Anti-slide Pile
  • Part 10 - Slope Engineering Stability Monitoring Technology
    • Lecture 10.1 Overview
    • Lecture 10.2 Slope Displacement Monitoring
    • Lecture 10.3 Groundwater Monitoring
    • Lecture 10.4 Vibration Monitoring
    • Lecture 10.5 Reinforced Structure Load Monitoring
    • Lecture 10.6 Automatic Monitoring System


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Prof. Wu Shunchuan, PhD, Faculty of Land Resources Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST), Yunnan, China

WU Shunchuan, a Professor of Faculty of Land Resources Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST), Yunnan, China, obtained his BSc degree of Mining Engineering from KUST (formerly called Kunming Institute of Technology) in 1990, and MSc and PhD degrees of Engineering Mechanics from University of Science and Technology Beijing in 1993 and 2004, respectively.

Currently he holds concurrent post as the chief of Key Laboratory of Geohazard Forecast and Geoecological Restoration in Plateau Mountainous Area, Ministry of Natural Resources, P.R. China, a research fellow of Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering (CSRME), a vice director of Open-pit Mining and Slope Engineering Technical Committee of CSRME, a vice president of Chinese Sub-Society for Soft Rock & Deep Disaster Control. He is editorial board members of Chinese Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering and International Journal of Minerals, Metallurgy and Materials.

His research focuses on the disaster mechanism, monitoring and control of slope engineering and excavation of underground space. He established the Engineering Excavation Disaster-Causing Theory and Prevention-Control Technology. His theory laid a theoretical foundation for rock engineering disaster monitoring, warning and control, and was published in prestigious international journals such as Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Engineering Geology, Computers and Geotechnics. He has also addressed himself to some practical issues in the safety control for the whole process of underground engineering excavation and operation, thereby gained many technology achievements which have become the common methods of engineering disaster treatment.

He won two National Science and Technology Progress Awards of China in 2003 and 2012 respectively for his research on the disaster prevention-control of underground engineering and highway engineering. He was recently given the 2022 Natural Science Award of CSRME for his outstanding contribution to the theory and method research on the complex fracture mechanism of rock and the catastrophic prediction.

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    Numerical & Constitutive Modeling, Soil Mechanics, Slope Stability
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