Expansive Soil

By Prof. Anil Kumar Mishra   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 1127
Expansive soil occurs in many parts of the world particularly in arid and semi-arid regions. These soils undergo volumetric changes upon wetting and drying, thereby causing ground heave and settlement problems. Cracking associated with the shrinkage is of concern for embankment and earth-dam stability. This leads to considerable construction defects if not adequately taken care of. Such soils are considered natural hazards and pose challenges to civil engineers.


INDUSTRY SUPPORT :Civil Engineering companies working in the area of infrastructure development and ground improvement

INTENDED AUDIENCE :PG students, researchers, design and site engineers
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Introduction to soil mechanics
Week 2:Clay mineralogy, ntroduction to Expansive soils
Week 3:Swelling behavior of expansive soil
Week 4:Swelling-shrinkage characteristics of expansive soil
Week 5:Behaviour of expansive soil
Week 6:Treatment of expansive soil-1
Week 7:Treatment of expansive soil-2
Week 8:Foundation on expansive soil,Engineering application of expansive soil

Books and references

1.Nelson, J. D. and Miller, D. J. (1992). Expansive soils- problems and practice in foundation and pavement engineering, John Wiley & Sons Inc.
2.Mitchell, J.K. and Soga, J. (2005). Fundamentals of soil behavior, 3rd edition, John Wiley & Sons Inc.
3.Hausmann, M.R. (1990). Engineering Principles of Ground Modification, McGraw-Hill International Editions.

Instructor bio

Prof. Anil Kumar Mishra

IIT Guwahati
The SME, Dr. Anil Kumar Mishra, currently working as an Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. After completing his PhD degree from Kyushu University, Japan in 2006, Dr. Mishra worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Korea, U.K. and Japan and worked in various research topics related to the geoenvironmental engineering. Dr. Mishra joined IIT-Guwahati as an Assistant professor in the year 2010. Dr. Mishra’s research work is primarily focuses in studying the chemical compatibility of expansive soil and ground improvement using different waste material among the other topics. Dr. Mishra has guided 3 PhD students and 16 master students and has published more than 60 research publication in reputed international journals and conference proceedings so far.

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: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

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