Green stabilization system for residual soil slope in tropics / Noorasyikin Mohammad Noh and Zainab Mohamed

Mohammad Noh, Noorasyikin and Mohamed, Zainab (2013) Green stabilization system for residual soil slope in tropics / Noorasyikin Mohammad Noh and Zainab Mohamed. [Research Reports] (Unpublished)


Green stabilization system is a technique of slope stabilization using biotechnical system in order to prevent slope failure. Failure of residual soil slope is normally shallow type in nature but has significant effect to the slope long term global stability. Over decades, many philosophies and technological approaches worldwide (Diti, 1999) has been adopted and applied to range of slope topography and climate conditions but to date none able to prove to be the absolute solution to mitigate the hazard. In Malaysia environment, the two common techniques used, either by vegetative cover or by using structure component, however failed to mitigate slope failure hence need for improvement is crucial. The biological technique has recently being revisited by few researchers (Elliott, 1998) due to depletion of construction materials, escalating of material cost price and failure of some engineered slopes. The mechanical stabilization technique such as retaining wall is applied to slope that has high probability of deep slope failure however the challenge is on optimum cost-benefit technique. Meanwhile, for shallow slope failure, the surface vegetative cover failed to stabilize the slope as it is not a load bearing structure. This study is going to explore and introduce a green stabilization system that innovate a special type of vegetation root system that able to enhance and create a natural earth reinforced root system within the residual soil slope to overcome the potential shallow slope failure induce by external factors. Some preliminary trial was carried out by practisetioner (Alfred, 2006) to introduce the potential of using legume crop as an agent that enrich residual soil hence encourage the growth of vegetation root system that strengthen the reinforcing matrix to the residual soil mass. The main objectives of this study are to derive analysis of chemical composition for ferum soil and to determine interaction between ferum soil and plant root system. The expected outcome of this study is that an engineered root system able to create a natural root-reinforced-soil mass should be able to stabilize and overcome potential shallow slope failure and even to the extent of using the technique to reinstate failed residual soil slope by unskillful labor at minimum cost. A full scale insitu lab will be prepared to model a ferum soil slope subjected to natural tropical climate. The stability and performance of the ferum soil slopes shall be determine and the interaction between ferum slopes and plants root system shall be derived. The slope parametric study will be carried out by using Slope/W software to validate the efficiency of root matrix. The agricultural science approach will be used to enhance the capacity and sustainability of the root system to stabilize the slope in aggressive environment.


Item Type: Research Reports
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Mohammad Noh, Noorasyikin
Mohamed, Zainab
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > Soils. Soil science. Including soil surveys, soil chemistry, soil structure, soil-plant relationships
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > Soil conservation and protection
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Research Management Centre (RMC)
Keywords: Green stabilization system; Residual soil slope; Tropics
Date: 2013
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