Journal article

Probabilistic stability assessment using adaptive limit analysis and random fields

Abid Ali, AV Lyamin, Jinsong Huang, JH Li, MJ Cassidy, SW Sloan



For deterministic scenarios, adaptive finite element limit analysis has been successfully employed to achieve tight bounds on the ultimate load of a geotechnical structure in a much more efficient manner than a dense uniform mesh. However, no probabilistic studies have so far considered finite element limit analysis with adaptive remeshing. Therefore, this research explores the benefits of combining adaptive mesh refinement with finite element limit analysis for probabilistic applications. The outcomes indicate that in order to achieve tight bounds on probabilistic results (such as the probability of failure), the ultimate load in each individual simulation (e.g. factor of safety or bearing ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

This research has been supported by the Australian Research Council through the Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering. The authors wish to acknowledge this support.