Vol17 No.1: 191-202
【Title】Modeltest of the influence of cyclic water level fluctuations on a landslide
【Author】HE Chun-can; HU Xin-li*; XU Chu; WU Shuang-shuang; ZHANG Han; LIU Chang
【Addresses】Faculty of Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
【Corresponding author】HU Xin-li
【Citation】He CC, Hu XL, Xu C, et al. (2020) Model test of the influence of cyclic water level fluctuations on a landslide. Journal of Mountain Science 17(1). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-019-5713-9
【Abstract】Many landslides in reservoir areas continuously deform under cyclic water level fluctuations due to reservoir operations. In this paper, a landslide model, developed for a typical colluvial landslide in the Three Gorges Reservoir area, is used to study the effect of cyclic water level fluctuations on the landslide. Five cyclic water level fluctuations were implemented in the test, and the fluctuation rate in the last two fluctuations doubled over the first three fluctuations. The pore water pressure and lateral landslide profiles were obtained during the test. A measurement of the landslide soil loss was proposed to quantitatively evaluate the influence of water level fluctuations. The test results show that the first water level rising is most negative to the landslide among the five cycles. The fourth drawdown with a higher drawdown rate caused further large landslide deformation. An increase of the water level drawdown rate is much more unfavorable to the landslide than an increase of the water level rising rate. In addition, the landslide was found to have an adaptive ability to resist subsequent water level fluctuations after undergoing large deformation during a water level fluctuation. The landslide deformation and observations in the field were found to support the test results well.
【Keywords】Reservoir landslide; Cyclic water level fluctuations; Physical model test; Landslide soil loss; Adaptive ability