Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Priddy, Matthew P.

Committee Member

Whittington, Wilburn

Committee Member

Woodson, Stanley C.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


Experiments were conducted on ASTM A572 50 and A992 steel over a range of intermediate strain rates in order to determine material strength properties of structural members subjected to dynamic loadings. The yield and ultimate tensile stress (UTS) of the steels were determined at increasing strain rates using a hydraulic apparatus and compared to static values obtained from ASTM E8 standardized tensile experiments. Results revealed that A572-50 steel exhibited an increase in yield stress of up to 35% and UTS of up to 20% as strain rate increased from 0.002 to 2.0 s-1. A992 steel demonstrated a similar increase in yield stress of up to 45% and UTS of up to 20%. Ratios of dynamic-to-static strengths were used to develop dynamic increase factor curves spanning the range of strain rates studied. These curves provide designers with material property values required for accurate and economical design of protective structures.