Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Gullett, Philip

Committee Member

Woodson, C. Stanley

Committee Member

Lacy Jr., E. Thomas

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil Engineering


Concrete structures designed to meet blast criteria often require substantial increases in structural system size, weight, and cost when using conventional materials, but using higher strength materials may offer a way to mitigate these increases while achieving desired performance levels. The primary objective of this research is to investigate the performance of a high-strength Portland cement concrete, high-strength low-alloy vanadium (HSLA-V) rebar material combination that meets or exceeds blast resistance criteria while allowing a more efficient structural design than can be achieved using conventional materials. Twelve panels consisting of both single and double mat conventional Grade 60 rebar or HSLA-V rebar in combination with 4 ksi or 15 ksi concrete were tested using the ERDC quasi-static water chamber. Permission to publish this thesis was granted by the Director of the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.