Residual-state creep of clastic soil in a reactivated slow-moving landslide in the Three Gorges Reservoir Region, China

Shun Wang, Wei Wu, Jinge Wang, Zhenyu Yin, Deshan Cui, Wei Xiang

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We study the creep properties of clastic soil in residual state. The intact samples are taken from a reactivated slow-moving landslide in the Three Gorges Reservoir Region, China. Firstly, the patterns of the landslide movement are analysed based on recent monitoring data, which indicate that the soil within the shear zone is undergoing two deformation processes: a creep phase, characterised by different creep rates, and a dormant phase. We then study the creep behaviour of the soil samples through a series of ring shear creep tests under various shear stress conditions. The creep response depends strongly on the ratio of the shear stress to the residual strength, and the normal effective stress, whereas the creep rate decreases due to strength regain. The long-term strength of the clastic soil is close to the residual strength. Therefore, the residual strength obtained from conventional shear test, which is less time consuming than creep test, can be used in long-term stability analyses of creeping landslides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2413-2422
Number of pages10
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Clastic soil
  • Long-term strength
  • Reactivated landslide
  • Residual shear strength state
  • Ring shear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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