Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Hammi, Youssef

Committee Member

Liu, Yucheng

Committee Member

Prabhu, Raj

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


Concrete is a widely used product and is an important application throughout industry due to its inexpensive cost and wide range of applications. This work focuses on understanding the behavior of high strength concrete in high strain rate ballistic impact loading scenarios. A finite element analysis was created with the implementation of the Concrete Damage and Plasticity Model 2 (CDPM2) to represent the material behavior. The model’s parameters were calibrated to existing literature and the results were analyzed by a comparison of the impact velocity to residual velocity and a qualitative assessment of the impact crater. The model captured the impact dynamics of the contact between the projectile and the concrete target with defined fracture patterns. Impact velocity and target thickness indicated a relatively linear relationship with the final projectile velocity.