Centrifuge modelling of root reinforcement of slopes

R. Sonnenberg, M. F. Bransby, P. D. Hallett, A. G. Bengough, M. C. R. Davies

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

    2 Citations (Scopus)


    The stability of slopes may be modified by plant roots that permeate the soil. Thus, vegetation may form a natural method of mechanically reinforcing soil and preventing shallow slope failures. To date, the effect of vegetation is not considered routinely in design largely because of uncertainty in application of existing vegetation reinforcement models. This paper reports a series of centrifuge model tests conducted to investigate the mechanical stabilisation of slopes by plant roots. Compacted clay embankments were constructed with steep (45°) side slopes and brought to failure by increasing the height of the internal water table. By comparing the collapse behaviour of fallow (i.e. unreinforced) slopes to that of those reinforced by root analogues or real willow roots, the reinforcing effect can be found
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPhysical Modelling in Geotechnics
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 7th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (ICPMG 2010)
    EditorsLinda Seward
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherCRC Press
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4665-5742-0
    ISBN (Print)978-0-415-59288-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event7th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics - Zurich, Switzerland
    Duration: 28 Jun 20101 Jul 2010


    Conference7th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics
    Abbreviated titleICPMG 2010
    Internet address


    Dive into the research topics of 'Centrifuge modelling of root reinforcement of slopes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this