Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

MS Civil Engineering


Civil & Environmental Engineering


Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

First Advisor

Dusseau, Ralph

Second Advisor

Cleary, Douglas B.


Structural analysis; Airport buildings


Structural Engineering


Hangar Q was built in Millville, New Jersey as a part of the Home Defense Program of World War II. The airport is now owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) as the Millville Airport. Hangar Q was a historic nine-bow truss hangar when it was first constructed, standing at 30 feet high, 130 feet wide, and 160 feet deep. It was originally constructed with no side walls and no back wall or front roll-up doors. It was later updated from a completely open design to a closed design. The objective of this study was to evaluate the structural strength and stability of Hangar Q against dead, snow, and wind loads in an open condition and recommend improvements as needed. RISA-3D was used to model the hangar as an open eight truss hangar. In the analysis, strength deficiencies at locations in top chord, bottom chord and bracing members were observed. Suggested modifications to strengthen the deficient members are presented. Additional work included design and detailing of concrete elements including the foundation of the piers, the piers, and the cross beams on top of piers.