Simulation of direct shear tests on rooted and non-rooted soil using finite element analysis

Slobodan B. Mickovski, Alexia Stokes, Rens van Beek, Murielle Ghestem, Thierry Fourcaud

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The finite element (FE) method has been used in recent years to simulate overturning processes in trees and to better comprehend plant anchorage mechanics. We aimed at understanding the fundamental mechanisms of root–soil reinforcement by simulating direct shear of rooted and non-rooted soil. Two- (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) FE simulations of direct shear box tests were carried out using readily available software for routine strength assessment of the root–soil composite.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1523-1532
Number of pages10
JournalEcological Engineering
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011



  • root reinforcement
  • vegetation
  • internal friction angle
  • tensile strength
  • slope stability
  • effective cohesion

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