Articles | Volume 21, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1263–1278, 2021
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1263–1278, 2021

Research article 21 Apr 2021

Research article | 21 Apr 2021

Cascade effect of rock bridge failure in planar rock slides: numerical test with a distinct element code

Adeline Delonca et al.

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Short summary
Rockfalls are a major sources of danger, particularly along transportation routes. Thus, the assessment of their occurrence is a major challenge for risk management. One interesting factor involved in the occurrence of an event is the failure mechanism of rock bridges along the potential failure plane. This work proposes to study the phenomenology of this failure considering numerical modelling. The influence of rock bridge position in regard to the rockfall failure mode is highlighted.
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