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Advances in Civil Engineering
Volume 2018, Article ID 1609608, 13 pages
Research Article

Surficial Failure of Expansive Soil Cutting Slope and Its Flexible Support Treatment Technology

1Engineering Research Center of Catastrophic Prophylaxis and Treatment of Road and Traffic Safety of Ministry of Education, Changsha University of Science and Technology, Changsha 410114, China
2National Engineering Laboratory of Highway Maintenance Technology, Changsha University of Science and Technology, Changsha 410114, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Jun-hui Zhang; moc.361@ueshjz

Received 31 July 2017; Revised 17 November 2017; Accepted 13 December 2017; Published 11 February 2018

Academic Editor: Claudio Tamagnini

Copyright © 2018 Jie Xiao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The surficial failure of most expansive soil cutting slopes, subjected to the repeated wet-dry cycles, often occurs during or after rainfall following a long drought. The reason for this, however, is still unclear. Therefore, the laboratory tests were conducted to gain the saturated drained shear strength of the natural Nanning expansive soil considering the combined effects of swelling with loading and wet-dry cycles. The findings indicate that the envelope of shear strength, which significantly drops close or equal to zero, can be well fitted by the generalized power function. At the same time, the effect of shear strength parameters on the stability of the expansive soil cutting slope was investigated. The reasons for the shear strength attenuation of the natural expansive soil and the surficial failure of the expansive soil cutting slopes were analyzed. It is evident that the effective cohesion being small is a vital factor influencing the occurrence of surficial failure of an expansion soil slope. Moreover, an effective flexible support treatment measure was provided.