Masters Theses


"In a world of ever newer and modified improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that are very common in certain parts of the world, it is always more important to improve the devices used for protection. This research endeavors to design and analyze a blast barrier using three different media types to mitigate the high pressures from an IED or a car bomb. The three media types used in this research are pumice, steel grit, and foam. Six barriers were built to test the three media types and account for the changes from a standard solid concrete barrier to a barrier with a cavity and media. The different media were tested for peak overpressure and impulse reduction. Test panels were subjected to various standoff distances and three charges were tested at each standoff distance. Of the three different media types tested steel grit showed the largest reduction in peak over pressure and impulse. It is the hope of the author that this research will take the first steps in designing a new blast mitigating barrier that is easily built and deployed to better protect buildings and save lives"--Abstract, page iii.


Baird, Jason, 1955-

Committee Member(s)

Worsey, Paul Nicholas
Myers, John


Mining Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Explosives Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2014


xiii, 110 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 108-109).


© 2014 Caleb Michael Baumgart, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Concrete -- Impact testing
Reinforced concrete -- Testing
Explosives -- Detection
Hazard mitigation
Blast effect
Concrete -- Creep

Thesis Number

T 10574

Electronic OCLC #