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Stability assessment of rock slopes in hydropower engineering regions is an important and complex issue. Rock mass classification systems are a good approach because they thoroughly consider many factors influencing rock slope stability. The slope stability probability classification (SSPC) system is a novel method. However, it has two obvious limitations when applied to rock slopes: 1) it is only suitable for slopes less than 45 m in height, and 2) there is great subjectivity and randomness in the estimation of intact rock strength. Therefore, this study presents two modifications of the SSPC system by adopting the Hoek–Brown strength criterion and an empirical formula for maximum slope height. Evaluation of results from of 34 typical rock slopes of the major hydropower engineering regions in China indicated that the accuracy rate of the modified SSPC for stability evaluation of these slopes was 61.8%, and the accuracy for stability evaluation of 10 slopes with non-structural control failure was 80%. The stability values of stable and unstable slopes obtained using the modified SSPC were different to those obtained using the Chinese Slope Mass Rating (CSMR) and modified CSMR systems. In addition, the identification accuracy rate of the modified SSPC was significantly higher than that of the CSMR and modified CSMR. Therefore, the modified SSPC can be applied to hydropower engineering regions, providing a new means of rapidly evaluating the slope stability of high rock slopes (slopes > 45 m in height) in these regions.
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