Analysis and Design of Bituminous Pavements

By Prof. M. R. Nivitha (MRN), Prof. Neethu Roy(NR), Prof. A. Padmarekha(APR), Prof. J. Murali Krishnan(JMK)   |   PSG Tech., Coimbatore, MBCET, Trivandrum, SRM IST, Kattankulathur, IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 313
More than 90% of the highway system in India are constructed with bituminous materials. This course will introduce the fundamentals of stress analysis procedures for bituminous pavements. Analysis of traffic, material characterization for design and distress, and aspects of reliability related to bituminous pavement design will be discussed thereafter. The students of this course will also get hands-on training on the use of IRC37 and understand the boundaries within which such design guidelines should be used

INTENDED AUDIENCE: 1.Graduate students in Transportation Engineering stream
2.Practising Highway Engineers

PREREQUISITES: This is a self-contained course for students and practitioners alike, and hence, no prerequisite is required. For those who do not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, familiarity with the construction of bituminous pavements will be helpful.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Engineering Staff working in State and Central Highways Departments and PWD, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and National Highways Authority of India.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Overview of pavement design/distress – Pavement cross-sections with different combinations of layers and their functions. Pavement distress considered for design – Rutting/Fatigue damage/Temperature cracking/Moisture damage/IRI
Week 2: Single-layer stress-strain analysis – Introducing three-dimensional stress functions, Layered structure analysis - Boussinesq equation and numerical to determine stresses and strain at different locations of the laye
Week 3: Two-layered and multi-layered structural analysis and determination of stresses and strain for a different combination of layers with numerical examples
Week 4: Traffic characteristics – Traffic volume, growth rate, lane distribution factor, modal distribution, Axle configuration, Equivalent single wheel load for different criteria and Equivalent wheel load factor, Axle load survey, distribution, Truck factors, ESAL and computation of the number of repetitions with numerical examples
Week 5: Traffic characteristics – Traffic volume, growth rate, lane distribution factor, modal distribution, Axle configuration, Equivalent single wheel load for different criteria and Equivalent wheel load factor, Axle load survey, distribution, Truck factors, ESAL and computation of the number of repetitions with numerical examples - cont
Week 6: Material and climate – Soil characteristics, granular material characteristics, and bituminous material characteristics
Week 7: Material and climate – Climate variation, estimation and prediction model, Influence of climate in material characteristic functions.
Week 8: AASHTO method of pavement design - 1993 and Reliability of pavement design
Week 9: Distress transfer functions and damage accumulation
Week 10: IRC37 guidelines for flexible pavement design and IITPAVE software
Week 11: Design examples based on the IRC37 method of pavement design
Week 12: Kenlayer software for the stress, strain analysis – Demo and Projects

Books and references

1.Yang Huang, Pavement Analysis and Design, Pearson, 2004
2.IRC37-2018, Guidelines for the design of flexible pavements, Indian Roads Congress, 2018.

Instructor bio

Prof. M. R. Nivitha (MRN)

PSG Tech., Coimbatore
M. R. Nivitha is currently a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. She received her Ph.D. from IIT Madras in 2016. Her research interests include rheological and microstructure characterization of bitumen, interaction mechanisms in modified bitumen and aging kinetics.

Prof. Neethu Roy(NR)

MBCET, Trivandrum
Neethu Roy is working as Dean (R&C) and Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She got her Ph.D. from IIT Madras during 2013. Her research interest includes rutting and fatigue characterization of bituminous mixtures, bituminous pavement design and pavement management system.

Prof. A. Padmarekha(APR)

SRM IST, Kattankulathur
A Padma Rekha is currently working as an Associate Professor in the department of Civil Engineering, SRM Institute of science and Technology. She received her Ph.D. degree from IIT Madras during 2013. Her area of research interest includes, Rheological characterization of bitumen and bituminous mixture, aging characteristics of bituminous material and bituminous pavement design.

Prof. J. Murali Krishnan(JMK)

IIT Madras
J. Murali Krishnan is currently a faculty member in the department of civil engineering, IIT Madras. He obtained his Ph.D. from IIT Madras during 1999 and was a post-doctoral research associate at Texas A&M University, College Station, USA from 1999 to 2004. Before his Ph.D., he worked as a bituminous pavement engineer in various construction firms for more than six years.

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 April 2023  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.

- NPTEL team

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