EGU2020-12783, updated on 12 Jun 2020
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Slope stability study of the 2001 Taipei National University of the Arts landslide

Chien Liu1, Cheng-Han Lin2, and Ching Hung1
Chien Liu et al.
  • 1National Cheng Kung University, Civil Engineering, Taiwan (
  • 2National Taiwan University, Civil Engineering, Taiwan (

Situated within a subtropical and mountainous region where frequent typhoons hit, rainfall-induced landslides have been a critical issue in Taiwan. On September 29, 2001, due to the torrential rainfall brought by the Typhoon Nari and Lekima, a downslope in Taipei National University of the Arts failed. The sliding source hit and severely damaged the Tao-Yuan junior high school. Before the 2001 Taipei National University of the Arts landslide, several landslides had already occurred in this landslide-prone region. In this study, a two-dimensional (2D) slope stability analysis, based on the limit equilibrium analysis (LEA), is conducted to analyze the 2001 Taipei National University of the Arts landslide. LEA has been the most popular and widely used technique given that it can estimate the factor of safety of a slope with some preliminary site investigation information. By comparing the failure surface and factor of safety (FOS) suggested in the post-disaster report [1], reasonable soil parameters, which are in an agreement with the experimental results [1], can be obtained through the study. The obtained soil parameters can later be applied to coupled transient unsaturated seepage-stress finite element analysis (FEA) [2] that will help practical engineers to understand the onset of failure in the future study.



  1. Taiwan Professional Geotechnical Engineers Association. (2001). National Taipei University of the Arts tennis court down slope failure reason identification and long-term remediation plan suggestion work report.
  2. Hung, C., Liu, C. H., & Chang, C. M. (2018). Numerical investigation of rainfall-induced landslide in mudstone using coupled finite and discrete element analysis. Geofluids, 2018.

How to cite: Liu, C., Lin, C.-H., and Hung, C.: Slope stability study of the 2001 Taipei National University of the Arts landslide, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-12783,, 2020

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