Granular anchors for stabilising slopes

V Sivakumar, J Lively, B Solan, J Black

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A series of small-scale tests was undertaken to verify if granular anchors could be used as a slope stabilisation technique. The nature of the material used and the resulting loading configuration are described here. The work confirms that the inclusion of anchors within a slope mass, irrespective of their number or orientation, significantly enhances the capacity and ductility of the failure mode. The small-scale nature of this research did influence the observed capacities, but the overarching hypothesis was confirmed. A simple analysis method is proposed that allows designers to accurately remediate natural or man-made slopes using existing analytical methods for slope stability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-300
JournalGéotechnique Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Sept 2014


  • anchors
  • gravels
  • ground improvement
  • landslides
  • retaining walls
  • soil nailing


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