Calculation of permeability of clay mineral in natural slope by using numerical analysis

Junghae Choi, Byung Gon Chae, Katsuyuki Kawamura, Yasuaki Ichikawa

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A natural landslide is mainly occurred by rainfall, snowmelt, earthquakes and construction works. Especially, the role of rainfall or snowmelt in slope stability is very important because it causes a decrease in shear strength by reducing the soil cohesion. If clay exists in the weathered soil, the physical characteristics such as viscosity and permeability are generally different from the condition without the clay. In this case, changes of permeability or viscosity due to the rainfall or snowmelt are dependent on the content of clay in soil. In order to calculate the variation in permeability according to the content of clay in soil, many researchers have conducted laboratory experiments or in-situ tests in the field. However, it is difficult to determine the property of the clay such as a viscosity because of its poor crystalline property. In order to solve this problem and to calculate permeability of clay under various dry densities, we used molecular dynamic (MD) simulation to examine the viscosity of micro scale and homogenization analysis (HA) method to expand micro material property to macro scale. In this research, we determined the permeability of clay with various dry densities due to the rainfall or snowmelt conditions by using MD/HA method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLandslide Science for a Safer Geoenvironment
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2: Methods of Landslide Studies
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783319050508
ISBN (Print)9783319050492
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Clay
  • Homogenization analysis
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Permeability
  • Viscosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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