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On the Slope Stability of the Submerged Trench of the Immersed Tunnel Subjected to Solitary Wave

Version 1 : Received: 19 March 2021 / Approved: 22 March 2021 / Online: 22 March 2021 (15:57:31 CET)

How to cite: Chen, W.; Wang, D.; Xu, L.; Lv, Z.; Wang, Z. On the Slope Stability of the Submerged Trench of the Immersed Tunnel Subjected to Solitary Wave. Preprints 2021, 2021030553 Chen, W.; Wang, D.; Xu, L.; Lv, Z.; Wang, Z. On the Slope Stability of the Submerged Trench of the Immersed Tunnel Subjected to Solitary Wave. Preprints 2021, 2021030553

Abstract

Wave is a common environmental load that often causes serious damages to offshore structures. In addition, the stability for the submarine artificial slope is also affected by the wave loading. Although the landslide of submarine slopes induced by the waves has received wide attention, the research on the influence of solitary-wave is rare. In this study, a 2-D integrated numerical model is developed to investigate the stability of the foundation trench under the solitary wave loading. The Reynolds-Averaged-Stokes (RANS) equations are used to simulate the propagation of a solitary wave, while the current is realized by setting boundary inlet/outlet velocity. The pore pressure induced by the solitary wave is calculated by Darcy’s law and the seabed is characterized by Mohr-Coulomb constitutive model. Firstly, the wave model is validated through the comparison between analytical solution and experimental data. The initial consolidation state of slope under hydrostatic pressure is achieved as the initial state. Then, the factor of stability (FOS) for the slope corresponding to different distance between wave crest and slope top is calculated with the strength reduction method. The minimum of FOS is defined as the stability index for the slope with specific slope ratio during the process of dynamic wave loading. The parametric study is conducted to examine the effects of soil strength parameters, slope ratio and current direction. At last, the influence of upper slope ratio in a two-stage slope is also discussed.

Subject Areas

Slope stability; Immersed tunnel; Solitary wave; foundation trench; numerical modeling

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