Pavement Materials (Under Pavement Engineering)

By Prof. Nikhil Saboo   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 2278
The course on Pavement Materials will deal with the basic and fundamental understanding about the behavior of various materials used in the construction of pavements. Characterization, tests and engineering properties of these materials will be elaborated in context with its field application. Current practices and future trends in the area of pavement materials will be discussed. It is envisaged that this course will help in training students/engineers/faculty members in the domain of material engineering related to pavement application.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students (B.Tech/M.Tech/PhD); Engineers; Practitioners; Faculty Members

PREREQUISITES: Any B.Tech (Civil), M.Tech (Transportation) or PhD (Pavement Materials) student can take this class

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Industries/Stakeholders related to Highway Construction: NHAI, MoRTH, IRC, PWD, PMGSY etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
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

1. Soil: Introduction to soil as a highway material; Classification of soils; Consistency Limits; Soil compaction and role of moisture; Mechanical properties of soil (Shear strength, Unconfined compressive strength, Resilient modulus, California bearing ratio, Modulus of subgrade reaction etc.); Introduction to expansive soils, relevant tests, and soil stabilization techniques.
2. Aggregates: Aggregate origin, types, production, and quarrying operation; Classification of aggregates; Aggregate gradation and gradation parameters; Theories of aggregate blending; Minerology of aggregates and its importance; Aggregate shape and texture: quantification and importance; Aggregate strength properties, and relevant tests.
3. Bitumen, Modified bitumen, Bitumen emulsion and Cutback bitumen: Bitumen as a binding agent; Production of bitumen; Physical and rheological properties of bitumen; Introduction to viscoelasticity; Chemistry of bitumen; Ageing of bitumen; Grading of bitumen, and relevant tests: Penetration grade, Viscosity grade, Performance grade; Bitumen modification: Need, Types and Importance; Introduction of bitumen emulsion: Theory of emulsification, Uses, Grading of emulsions, and Relevant tests; Introduction to cutback bitumen: Types, Uses, and relevant tests.
4. Bituminous Mixtures: Production of bituminous mixtures: Laboratory and Plant; Role of bituminous mixture and desirable properties; Volumetrics of bituminous mixture; Mix design of bituminous mixture: Marshall and Superpave methods; Mechanical tests and characterization of bituminous mixtures; Introduction to performance based mix design concepts; Mix design of cold bituminous mixtures; Mix design of hot recycled mixtures
5. Cement: Production of cement; Theory of hydration and importance of different hydration products; Physical and chemical properties of cement; Types of cement; Pozzolanic and geopolymer materials as alternate cement.
6. Concrete Mix Design: Concrete proportioning and importance of various constituents; Introduction and mix design of pavement quality concrete, Dry lean concrete and Pervious concrete
7. Alternative Pavement Materials: State of the art on various alternative materials for construction of flexible and rigid pavements.

Books and references

  1. All relevant codes/standards from Indian Roads Congress (IRC), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM), and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
  2. Highway Engineering: Pavements, Materials and Control of Quality, Athanassios Nikolaides, CRC Press, T&F, 2015
  3. Hot Mix Asphalt Materials, Mixture Design, and Construction, Brown, Kandhal, Roberts, Kim, Lee and Kennedy, NCAT (Third Edition)
  4. Bituminous Road Construction in India, Prithvi Singh Kandhal, PHI publications

Instructor bio

Prof. Nikhil Saboo

IIT Roorkee
Prof. Nikhil Saboo is as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Roorkee. He served as an Assistant Professor at BITS Pilani, Rajasthan, from 2016-2017, and at IIT(BHU) Varanasi from 2017-2021. He completed his M.Tech from IIT Kharagpur (2012), and PhD from IIT Roorkee (2016). He has more than 8 years of experience in the area of Pavement Engineering. Some of his areas of interest includes studies related to Pavement Materials, Rheology of Asphalt Binders, Use of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement Material in Hot Mix Asphalt, Pavement Analysis and Design, and Pavement Evaluation. He has been working on 8 externally funded projects, funded by various organizations such as Department of Science and Technology (DST), Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), National Rural Infrastructure Development Agency (NRIDA), Council of Science and Technology, UP (CST-UP), National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Ministry of Roads Transport and Highways (MoRT&H). Dr. Nikhil Saboo has published more than 38 technical papers in journals (SCI/Scopus) of repute. He has delivered more than 25 invited talks on several topics in the domain of pavement materials and design. He has various professional awards to his credit. These include best paper award at Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (CTRG)-2015, Young Scientist in Civil Engineering by Venus International Foundation, and Achievement Award for Academician / Scientist / Technologist / Innovator by Construction and Industry Development Council. He was also selected for KCC Program for Young Leaders (Disaster Reduction course) organized by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He is a member of state level technical advisory committee for urban local bodies of Uttar Pradesh. He is also a member of Scientific Committee, Advances in Materials and Pavement Performance Prediction (AM3P) and European Asphalt Technology Association (EATA) conferences. He is also a reviewer for many international journals such as International Journal of Pavement Engineering (T&F); Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (ASCE); Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier); Road Materials and Pavement Design (T&F); International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology (Springer); Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials (Springer) etc.

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 Roorkee. 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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