Geosynthetics And Reinforced Soil Structures

By Prof. K.Rajagopal   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 293
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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : 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.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

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
Week-10: Drainage application of geosynthetics    
 Filtration Applications of Geosynthetics
Week 11:  Erosion control using geosynthetics    
 Natural geosynthetics and their applications
Week-12: Geosynthetics for construction of municipal and hazardous waste landfills

Books and references

1. Almeida, M. and Marques, M.E.S. (2013) Design and Performance of Embankments on Very Soft Soils, CEC Press, London, U.K.
2. Hausmann, M.R. (1976) Engineering principles of ground modification, McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., New York, N.Y. USA.
3. Kempfert, H.G. and Gebreselassie, B. (2006) Excavations and Foundations in Soft Soils, Springer, The Netherlands.
4. Koerner, R.M. (2012) Designing with Geosynthetics. Vols. 1&2, 6th Edition, Xlibris Corporation, USA.
5. Jewell, R.A. (1996) Soil reinforcement with geotextiles, CIRIA & Thomas Telford, London, U.K.
6. John, N.W.M. (1987) Geotextiles, Blackie & Son Ltd., London, U.K.
7. Jones, C.J.F.P. (2010) Earth Reinforcement and Soil Structures, Thomas Telford, London, U.K.
8. Saran, Swami (2006) Reinforced Soil and its Engineering Applications, I.K. International, New Delhi.
9. Shukla, S.K. (2012) Handbook of Geosynthetic Engineering, 2nd Edition, ICE Publishing, London, U.K.

Instructor bio

Prof. K.Rajagopal

IIT Madras
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.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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