Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Thompson, S. David

Committee Member

Luke, Edward

Committee Member

Weed, Richard

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Simulations of blasts in an urban environment were performed using Loci/BLAST, a fulleatured fluid dynamics simulation code, and analyzed. A two-structure urban environment blast case was used to perform a mesh refinement study. Results show that mesh spacing on and around the structure must be 12.5 cm or less to resolve fluid dynamic features sufficiently to yield accurate results. The effects of confinement were illustrated by analyzing a blast initiated from the same location with and without the presence of a neighboring structure. Analysis of extreme pressures and impulses on showed that confinement can increase blast loading by more than 200 percent.