Bridge Engineering

By Prof. Piyali Sengupta   |   IIT (ISM) Dhanbad
Learners enrolled: 3359
Bridges constitute a significant portion of the national economy of a country and serve as a foundation for infrastructure development. With several new bridges required to be constructed and numerous existing bridges required to be repaired and retrofitted across the world, it is essential to study a course on “Bridge Engineering”. This course on “Bridge Engineering” aims at knowledge development of principles of engineering mechanics, load transfer mechanisms, analysis methodologies, design principles, damage mechanics, failure mechanisms, construction, inspection, maintenance, repair and retrofit strategies in the realm of bridge engineering. Additionally, advanced topics in the domain of bridge engineering, like, fatigue and fracture in bridges, use of shape memory alloys (SMA) and special concrete for repair of bridges, 3D printing of bridges, high speed railway bridges, will also be introduced in this course. After successful completion of this course, the students will be able to equip themselves with fundamental concepts, acquire an in-depth knowledge on analysis and design of a wide variety of bridges, understand field-based construction, inspection, maintenance, repair and rehabilitation techniques of bridges and comprehend the emerging global trends in the domain of bridge engineering.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG, PG and PhD Students; Working Professionals

PREREQUISITES: Structural Analysis, Solid Mechanics, Design of Concrete Structure, Design of Steel Structure

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Construction Industry, Design and Consultancy Firms
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Design
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 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
Week 2: Reinforced Concrete Slab Bridge Decks
Week 3: Box Culverts and Pipe Culverts
Week 4: Steel Truss Bridges
Week 5: Plate Girder Bridges
Week 6: Arch Bridges, Suspension Bridges, Cable-Stayed Bridges, Balanced Cantilever Bridges
Week 7: Prestressed Concrete Bridges and Composite Bridges
Week 8: Rigid Frame Bridges and Continuous Girder Bridges
Week 9: Piers, Abutments and Foundations
Week 10: Bridge Bearings, Joints and Appurtenances
Week 11: Construction, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Bridges
Week 12: Advanced Topics in Bridge Engineering

Books and references

  1. N. Krishna Raju, Design of Bridges, Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd.
  2. D.J. Victor, Essentials of Bridge Engineering, Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd.
  3. S. Ponnuswamy, Bridge Engineering, McGraw Hill Education.
  4. T.R. Jagadeesh and M.A. Jayaram, Design of Bridge Structures, PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.
  5. W.F. Chen, and L. Duan, Bridge Engineering Handbook, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.
  6. G. Parke and N. Hewson, ICE manual of Bridge Engineering, Thomas Telford Publishing.

Instructor bio

Prof. Piyali Sengupta

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad

Dr. Piyali Sengupta (M. ASCE, M. ACI, A.M. EERI, M. IABSE, M. IEI) is presently serving as Assistant Professor in Department of Civil Engineering of Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad since 2017. She received her PhD from Structures and Mechanics Division of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore in 2014. She obtained her B.E. in Civil Engineering with First Class (Honours) from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur in 2007. Before joining IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, she served as post-doctoral research fellow in National University of Singapore (NUS) for three years. She also acquired two years of industry experience while being associated with M. N. Dastur & Co (Pvt.) Limited, Kolkata, India and EMAS-AMC PTE LTD, Singapore. Her primary research interest comprises vulnerability assessment of bridges and tall and special buildings under extreme loading. She is recipient of Early Career Research Award by Science and Engineering Research Board of Department of Science and Technology (DST) in 2019 for her research project on “Multi-Hazard Performance Assessment of Highway Bridges under Seismic and Blast Loading”. She has authored several research publications in SCI-indexed journals and reputed conferences. She also served as the secretary of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), India Section, Eastern Region during 2019-2021. Dr. Piyali Sengupta is the winner of the “Outstanding Woman Structural Engineer Awards 2021" by Indian Association of Structural Engineers (IAStructE)

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: 29 October 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 Kharagpur .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.

- NPTEL team

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