Modelling of the quickness test of sensitive clays using the generalized interpolation material point method

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Research units

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Chalmers University of Technology


The presence of the sensitive clays in Scandinavia and Canada creates quick clay landslide hazards. The ability to predict the likelihood of such landslides occur-rence, as well as their outreach would reduce the damage to the infrastructures and loss of life. Recently, a simple experimental technique named a quickness test (Thakur & Degago, 2012) has been employed to investigate the susceptibility of the clay to create large retrogression landslides. In this paper, we applied General-ized Interpolation Material Point Method (a numerical method suitable for large displacement dynamic problems) to replicate the quickness test experiment. The primary goal of the presented simulations is to further validate the modelling technique and the constitutive model used. In particular, the computations suggest the importance of the strain rates for the prediction of the run-out distance of the remoulded sensitive clays.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLandslides in sensitive clays
Subtitle of host publicationfrom research to implementation
EditorsVikas Thakur, Jean-Sébastien L'Heureux, Ariane Locat
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book
EventInternational Workshop on Landslides in Sensive Clays - Trondheim, Norway
Duration: 12 Jun 201714 Jun 2017
Conference number: 2

Publication series

NameAdvances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research
ISSN (Print)1878-9897
ISSN (Electronic)2213-6959


WorkshopInternational Workshop on Landslides in Sensive Clays
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    Research areas

  • Material point method, Quickness test, Sensitive clays

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