Mud Flow— Slow and Fast

  • C. C. Mei
  • K.-F. Liu
  • M. Yuhi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 582)


Heavy and persistent rainfalls in mountainous areas can loosen the hillslope and induce mud flows which can move stones, boulders and even trees, with destructive power on their path. In China where 70% of the land surface is covered by mountains, debris flows due to landslides or rainfalls affect over 18.6% of the nation. Over 10,000 debris flow ravines have been identified; hundreds of lives are lost every year [1]. While accurate assessment is still pending, mud flows caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 have incurred devastating floods in Central America. In Honduras alone more than 6000 people perished. Half of the nation’s infrastructures were damaged.


Debris Flow Shear Layer Yield Surface Lubrication Approximation Hyperconcentrated Flow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. C. Mei
    • 1
  • K.-F. Liu
    • 2
  • M. Yuhi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan, Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Civil EngineeringKanazawa UniversityIshikawaJapan

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