Effects of Rainfall Characteristics on the Stability of Tropical Residual Soil Slope

Harianto Rahardjo, Alfrendo Satyanaga, Eng Choon Leong

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Global climate change has a significant impact on rainfall characteristics, sea water level and groundwater table. Changes in rainfall characteristics may affect stability of slopes and have severe impacts on sustainable urban living. Information on the intensity, frequency and duration of rainfall is often required by geotechnical engineers for performing slope stability analyses. Many seepage analyses are commonly performed using the most extreme rainfall possible which is uneconomical in designing a slope repair or slope failure preventive measure. In this study, the historical rainfall data were analyzed and investigated to understand the characteristics of rainfall in Singapore. The frequency distribution method was used to estimate future rainfall characteristics in Singapore. New intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) curves for rainfall in Singapore were developed for six different durations (10, 20, 30 min and 1, 2 and 24 h) and six frequencies (2, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 years). The new IDF curves were used in the seepage and slope stability analyses to determine the variation of factor of safety of residual soil slopes under different rainfall intensities in Singapore.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15004
JournalE3S Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - Sept 12 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils, E-UNSAT 2016 - Paris, France
Duration: Sept 12 2016Sept 14 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Energy(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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