Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


White, Thomas D.

Committee Member

Gullett, Philip M.

Committee Member

Moser, Robert D.

Committee Member

Woodson, Stanley

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


This research developed the quasi-static and dynamic equipment and protocols for tests of both Very-High-Strength Concrete (VHSC) and High-Strength High-Ductility Concrete (HSHDC) to predict blast performance. VHSC was developed for high compressive strength (> 200 MPa). Using VHSC as the baseline material, HSHDC was developed and exhibits comparable compressive strength (> 150 MPa) and high tensile ductility (> 3% tensile strain). This research investigated quasi-static material properties including compression, tension, and flexure (third-point and pressure loadings). Additionally, dynamic blast load simulator (shock tube) tests were performed on simply-supported one-way panels in flexure. Subsequently, the material response in flexure was predicted using the Wall Analysis Code (WAC). Although VHSC has a higher peak flexural strength capacity, HSHDC exhibits higher ductility through multiple parallel micro-cracks transverse to loading. The equipment and test protocols proved to be successful in providing ways to test scaled concrete specimens quasi-statically and dynamically.