Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Liu, Yucheng

Committee Member

Changer, Harish

Committee Member

Knight, Adam

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


This study proposes a nitinol-based thin-walled arch wedge support (AWS) and validated its performance in shock absorbing by using finite element analysis (FEA) method. Five human movements, two boundary conditions, and three thicknesses were implemented in FEA models to systematically reveal how those parameters and factors affect the response of the AWS. Due to the lack of data, the FEA models were meshed with elements of different sizes and used for simulations until the results converged. The simulation results showed that the thin-walled nitinol AWS with the selected thicknesses can withstand different human movements under both boundary conditions. In another word, the AWS will retain its original shape give the force conditions with no permanent deformation. Based on the initial numerical results, the AWS design can be further optimized before experimentation and testing. The potential of replacing the plastic AWS with additive manufactured nitinol AWS is verified from this study.