In stability (safety factor) analysis the program reduces the original strength parameters - angle of internal friction and cohesion - until failure occurs. The analysis then results into a factor of safety that corresponds to the classical methods of limit equilibrium.
The safety factorrequires using . Since plastic slip is the main failure mechanism we also require that the , the or the plasticity model be used for all soils. Default can be adjusted in the "Analysis settings" dialog window.
In the stability analysis mode the only variables available for graphical representation are displacements (in the Z and X-directions) and equivalent total and plastic strains. The deformation of a soil body corresponds to the state of failure attained for the reduced soil parameters - therefore, it does not correspond to real state of deformation of the soil body. Instead, it provides a good insight about the entire slope response of earth structure in general at the onset of failure.
A suitable way of presenting the stability analysis results are vectors of displacements plotted together with the equivalent plastic strain. The localized plastic deformation provides visible evidence about the possible location of the critical slip surface.
Plot of equivalent plastic strain - slip surface