Term of Award

Summer 2019

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Engineering (M.S.A.E.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Department of Civil Engineering and Construction

Committee Chair

Saman Hedjazi

Committee Member 1

Francisco Cubas

Committee Member 2

Roger Purcell


In this thesis, a finite element modeling of Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) walls using welded wire wall panels was performed. The implementation of finite element modeling and analysis proved to be quite efficient in simulating the three-dimensional behavior of wall panels that are a part of MSE walls. The comprehensive finite element model included defined concrete and steel material properties in order to present both the realistic behaviors of each component in the model as well as better facilitating and increasing the accuracy of the simulation of numerous finite element analysis (FEA) cases. FEA was employed to simulate welded wire wall panels under the applied loads and to consider varying parameters of the model. The standard finite element tool (Abaqus) was used to conduct the analysis. Demonstrated behaviors and the model’s performance were observed throughout the implementation of soil pressure and pullout loads on an anchorage system. The captured results were used to prove that the possibility of implementation of 3D panels as MSE wall facings, and to determine the mode of failure of panels, and to establish a sufficient anchorage system.

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