A comprehensive parametric study has been carried out to investigate the behaviour of a simple anchored earth wall. The finite element method (FEM) is the only available method of analysis which allows the importance of individual parameters on the serviceability limit state of a typical structure, ie the behaviour under working loads, to be assessed. Single parameters have been varied such that the results can be directly compared with a 'Standard Case'. The influence of a wide range of variables, on the performance of a wall, is summarised. The results are presented in three sections reflecting the three foundation types which have been modelled: rigid, medium compressibility and soft. The effects of the boundary conditions, wall and anchor properties, properties of the fill, surcharge loading and compaction are included in the study. The development of failure mechanisms has also been considered. The importance of each variable is assessed and its effect compared to that which might be anticipated on the basis of the Department of Transport design method as laid down in the Department of Transport Departmental Standard BE3/78 (1987). The variables which have the greatest influence on behaviour are identified and recommendations for areas in which future research could be concentrated are made. This report is the second in a series of three reports. The first report is published as Contractor Report CR 323, and for the abstract see IRRD 850105.

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