Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Horstemeyer, Mark F.

Committee Member

Moser, Robert D.

Committee Member

Howard, Isaac L.

Committee Member

Hammi, Youssef

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


By adding annealed plain carbon steel fibers and stainless steel fibers into Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC), we have increased UHPC’s toughness through optimized thermal processing and alloy selection of steel fiber reinforcements. Currently, steel fiber reinforcements used in UHPCs are extremely brittle and have limited energy dissipation mainly through debonding due to matrix crumbling with some pullout. Implementing optimized heat treatments and selecting proper alternative alloys can drastically improve the post-yield carrying capacity of UHPCs for static and dynamic applications through plastic deformations, phase transformations, and fiber pullout. By using a phase transformable stainless steel, the ultimate flexural strength increased from 32.0 MPa to 42.5 MPa (33%) and decreased the post-impact or residual projectile velocity measurements an average of 31.5 m/s for 2.54 cm and 5.08 cm thick dynamic impact panels.



UHPC||steel fiber reinforcement||fiber reinforced concrete