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Case Study Webinar Series Finite Element Method in the Stability Analysis with a Complex Geological Structure 1 December 2020 (Tue.)
7AM(London) / 8AM(CET) / 12:30PM(New Delhi) / 2PM(Indonesia) / 3PM(SG,KL) / 6PM(Sydney) / 8PM(Wellington) | Duration : 60 min

Due to the shortcomings in the limit equilibrium method for modelling the actual failure mechanism and satisfy kinematics during slope failure, continuum-based methods were developed, such as finite element, finite difference, boundary element, and discrete element method. Amongst these methods, the finite element method is most widely used to solve slope stability problems assuming that the material is continuous. FEM gives more precise results as the analysis maintains force equilibrium, displacement compatibility at each node, constitutive equations to model linear elastic, nonlinear elastic or elastoplastic material behaviour, and the boundary conditions.


The examples of the stability analysis of large-volume structures like the Świerki open pit mine, the largest Polish lignite mine in Bełchatów and the reinforced railway embankment will be presented during the webinar. The emphasis will be put on the preparation of the numerical model and the analysis of the results. The influence of the model digitization method on the obtained results will also be discussed.

  • Ph.D. Michał Kowalski
    Finite Element Method in the Stability Analysis with a Complex Geological Structure AGH University of Science & Technology

AGH University of Science & technology









AGH University of Science & Technology

AGH is one of the largest Polish technical universities. At the Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering, numerical analyzes have been performed for many years at the request of external companies, both from the mining and construction industries. The main activities are focused on the slope stability, tunneling, foundations system.


Michał Kowalski (GTS NX Expert User)

Michał Kowalski has been involved in geotechnics for 15 years. During this time he participated in about two hundred studies and expertise for Polish and international industry (including Norway, Vietnam, the Czech Republic, Sierra Leone). He also participated in the following research projects titled ‘Development of coal gasification technology for highly efficient production of fuels and electricity’, ‘Blue Gas’ and ‘RID (Road Innovation Development)’. He is currently involved in the project ‘LOOP - Landing Once On Phobos’, carried out jointly with the Space Research Center and founded by the European Space Agency.


Email:  kowalski@agh.edu.pl

Website:  https://www.agh.edu.pl

01 Slope stability risk in the open pit mine

02 Surface map of the open pit mine

03 3D numerical model of the open pit mine

04 Shear strain result of slope stability analysis using c-phi reduction

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