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Geosynthetics And Reinforced Soil Structures

This course will dealt with the geosynthetics as construction materials in civil engineering projects. It will introduce the concept of geosynthetics, their manufacture and their behavior and their applications in different civil engineering designs. The support for the course will be in the form of pre-recorded videos, power point slides and supplementary reading materials given every week.

Two basic courses in geotechnical engineering at UG level that covers fundamentals of soil mechanics and designs of retaining walls, slope stability analysis and foundations is the required background for this course.



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Dr. K. Rajagopal :Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras.  
He has more than 25 years of experience with teaching and research in geosynthetics and reinforced soil structures.


Week 1
Introduction to Geosynthetics    
Types of geosynthetics and their applications    
Manufacture of geosynthetics

Week 2
Strength of reinforced soils
Testing of Geosynthetics

week 3
Different Types of Soil Retaining Structures    
Construction Aspects of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls    
Design Codes for Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls

Week 4
External Stability Analysis of Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls    
Seismic Loads and Internal Stability Analysis of Reinforced Soil Walls    
Testing Requirements for Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls

Week 5
Design of Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls – simple geometry    
Design of reinforced soil retaining walls – sloped backfill soil    
Design of reinforced soil retaining walls supporting a bridge abutment

Week 6   
Stability analysis of soil slopes – infinite and finite slopes    
Stability analysis of reinforced soil slopes resting on soft foundation soils    
Stability analysis of reinforced soil slopes resting on strong foundation soil

Week 7

Stability analysis of reinforced soil slopes – bilinear wedge analysis    
Design of Embankments supported on Load Transfer Platforms

Week 8
Reinforced soil for supporting shallow foundations 

Week 9

Accelerated consolidation of soft clays using geosynthetics    
Geosynthetic encased stone columns for load support


Drainage application of geosynthetics    
Filtration Applications of Geosynthetics

Week 11
Erosion control using geosynthetics    
Natural geosynthetics and their applications


Geosynthetics for construction of municipal and hazardous waste landfills

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exam: April 27th 2019 (Saturday).
  • Time of Exam: Morning session 9am to 2 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.