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Physical processes in the Mediterranean climates and related slope instabilities in overconsolidated clayey soils


The project aims at understanding the behaviour of slopes in overconsolidated clay deposits with respect to the occurrence of instability phenomena related to climate change, seismic events and progressive failure and the provision of design guidance for geotechnical engineers to be used in the prevention and control of slope instabilities and for land rehabilitation.

The project includes field and laboratory experiments, theoretical and numerical analyses focussed on the following topics:
- Constitutive modelling of overconsolidated clays both in saturated and partially saturated conditions.
- Groundwater flow through the slope.
- Progressive failure phenomena.
- Effects of earthquake loading.
Solutions useful to engineering analyses of slope stability will be produced through numerical modelling. A test site in Italy will be selected to compare the modelling results with the response of a prototype slope, taking into account climatic, geological and hydrogeological factors.


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Università degli Studi di Ancona
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Via Brecce Bianche 65
60131 Ancona

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