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Spreadsheet to calculate slope stability of toe circles using Bishop's Method of Slices (indirect method)

THIS IS A TEACHING TOOL - DO NOT USE FOR DESIGN!!

Enter: Plotting data:


Note: toe will be given coordinates (0,0) Slope and Slip Surface Analysed slice x y slip y slope extents
Note: solver must be re-run for every input change -5.249742 0 0
Height of slope H 14 meters 25 0 0 0 0
Slope angle theta 30 degrees 1 2.694301 -0.458086 1.555556
Setback of slip d 2 meters d ok 20 2 5.388603 -0.587836 3.111111
circle at crest 3 8.082904 -0.394958 4.666667
Coords of a point xg 20 meters 15 4 10.77721 0.129083 6.222222
on the slip line yg 5 meters point ok 5 13.47151 1.009079 7.777778
Unit weight gamma 16 kN/m^3 6 16.16581 2.292666 9.333333
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cohesion c 20 kN/m^2 7 18.86011 4.066311 10.88889
friction angle phi 20 degrees 8 21.55441 6.497354 12.44444
pwp parameter ru 0.2 5 9 24.24871 9.978326 14
Calculate: 10 26.24871 14 14
Setback of crest S 24.24871 meters 0 31.49845 14 14
Number of slices Ns 9 -10 -5 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 0 0
on slope -5
5.125915 21.99634
Number of slices Nc 1 26.24871 14
at crest
Coords of point xo 5.125915 Solver: -0.000028521 NOTE: every time input is changed, use Tools -> Solver with
of rotation yo 21.99634 -3.2699E-005 Set Target Cell = goal0, Value of = 0, and By Changing Cells = D23:D25
Radius of rot. rad 22.5857 -3.1275E-005
2.86074E-009

Assumed F = 1.385249 Slice Weight alpha dL Wsin(alph) cdLsin(a) gammaz udLtansin malpha P cdL (P-udL)tan
Fs = sum(c*dL + (P-udL)tan(phi))/sum(Wsin(alpha)) 1 43.40286 -0.16841 2.732966 -7.274975 -9.161727 16.10914 -0.196554 0.941812 52.95616 54.65932 16.06966
Fs = 1.384422 2 123.1315 -0.04812 2.697424 -5.922786 -2.594992 45.70071 -0.160021 0.986204 126.6364 53.94847 37.11824
3 188.829 0.071465 2.701196 13.48326 3.857559 70.08457 0.364288 1.016209 183.3355 54.02392 52.94788
Fs - Fassumed -0.000826 4 240.4344 0.192101 2.744791 45.9042 10.48082 89.23811 1.24023 1.031769 226.5658 54.89582 64.63303
5 277.2293 0.315691 2.83437 86.07231 17.59992 102.8947 2.325483 1.032158 257.909 56.6874 72.64141
Use Tools - Goal Seek on the above - set "Set cell" 6 297.6527 0.444596 2.984435 128.0185 25.67173 110.4749 3.458777 1.01579 277.2397 59.6887 76.90642
to C32, "To value" to 0, and "By changing cell" to C28 7 298.8141 0.582185 3.22569 164.3029 35.47291 110.906 4.4391 0.979735 282.1283 64.51381 76.64437
8 275.2427 0.734079 3.628943 184.3861 48.62086 102.1573 4.981704 0.918463 265.3779 72.57887 69.60323
9 214.8708 0.912106 4.401866 169.9187 69.61943 79.75012 4.590826 0.819861 204.8241 88.03731 48.99556
10 64.34679 1.109307 4.491533 57.61549 80.43349 32.1734 2.097032 0.680544 11.45602 89.83065 -6.349662
sums 836.5037 648.8643 509.2101

alpha is the angle of the base of the slice and is in radians


dL is the arc length (approx) of the base of the slice