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Master of Science (MS)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
James A. Bay
James A. Bay
Loren R. Anderson
Joseph A. Caliendo
Kevin C. Womack
This paper reports on the pullout test performance of welded-wire reinforcing mats. A 126-foot high mechanically stabilized earth wall was constructed at Kennecott Utah Copper. In the lower half of the wall, single lengths of 50-foot long welded-wire mats were used. In the top half of the wall, two lengths of 50-foot mats were overlapped 10 feet to create 90-foot mats. This 10-foot "lap zone" was investigated in this study.
The finite element program Plaxis was used to investigate several pullout test parameters: overburden pressure, gap width, boundary effects, and horizontal spacing of transverse elements from the pullout box face.
Physical pullout tests were performed in a scale pullout box to compare test configurations with single and multiple layers of mats, and test configurations with single and multiple lap zones. Finally, a Plaxis model of the scale pullout box was created to compare the finite element and pullout test results.
Conder, Bradley C., "Finite Element and Pullout Test Performance of Welded Wire Mats" (2002). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 8058.
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