Date of Award


Degree Type



Aeronautics and Astronautics

Committee Chair

Weinong Chen

Committee Member 1

Chin Teh Sun

Committee Member 2

Jason Weiss


Cor-Tuf, broadly characterize as a reactive powder concrete is a type of cementitious material. Cementitious materials have been observed to exhibit a strain-rate dependent mechanical behavior. The mechanical behavior of cementitious materials can also depend significantly on specimen sizes. Therefore it is crucial to determine the behavior of Cor-Tuf with different specimen sizes for high-rate applications. For this purpose, split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB), also known as Kolsky bar was utilized to determine the dynamic behavior of Cor-Tuf for different specimen sizes under uniaxial dynamic compression loading at different strain rates. It was observed that as strain rate increases the compressive strength decreases for the small specimen. However for specimens at larger diameter, the compressive strength was observed to be rate independent. The Young's modulus decreases as strain rate increases for all specimen sizes. However the critical strain and energy absorption per unit volume was observed to increase as the strain rate increases.