Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls on Embankments

The bearing capacity of 20 ft tall MSE walls with 10 ft non-extensible reinforcement and on a 26° slope was tested with equivalent small scale centrifuge models. Axial laid was applied to achieve general shear failure and the measured resultant load under the wall versus the vertical displacement plots were developed to identify bearing capacity. The research was funded by the FDOT.