Civil Engineering

Specializations

1. Building Materials and Construction Management

The research in Building materials and construction technology at IIT Palakkad is focussed on the development of sustainable and modern construction materials for building systems and its implementation. The research laboratory facilities developed are generic with respect to materials research and can be used for physical and mechanical characterization of all construction materials. The near future plan is focussed on developing a laboratory for durability testing with emphasis on concrete and corrosion. Some of the current work includes improving robustness characteristics of special concretes such as self-compacting concrete (SCC), design and prototype applications of fibre reinforced concrete (FRC) and improving the durability characteristics of textile reinforced concrete (TRC). Another recent area of research being pursued is the utilization of low grade clay in building materials including its classification as per usage potential.

Faculty Members

  • Dr. Senthilkumar V.
  • Dr. Sunitha K. Nayar

2. Environmental Engineering

Research in Environmental Engineering at IIT Palakkad broadly focuses on understanding physical, chemical, and biological processes in the environment, various water quality issues, process development of water and wastewater treatment system, and groundwater remediation.

Faculty Members

  • Dr. Praveena Gangadharan

3. Geotechnical Engineering

The geotechnical engineering group in IIT Palakkad is focused on areas like Reinforced Soil & Ground Improvement Techniques, Geosynthetics: Geotechnical and Geo-environmental applications, Green Geotechnics, Physical and numerical modelling in Geotechnical Engineering, Deep Foundations, Soil Stabilisation and Soil-Structure Interaction.

Faculty Members

  • Dr. Divya P.V.
  • Dr. Rakesh J. Pillai
  • Dr. Sudheesh T. K.

4. Structural Engineering

The research potential includes the theoretical and experimental research related to the following areas: Buckling and post-buckling behaviour of steel structure, Concrete filled steel tubular (CFST) members, Reinforced, and prestressed concrete structures, Structural evaluation of deteriorating structures, Non-destructive testing and evaluation, Structural dynamics and Earthquake engineering with an emphasis on vibration control of structures, Passive, active and semi-active feedback control of structures, Nonlinear dynamic behaviour of structures and Sub structure shaking table test.

Faculty Members

  • Dr. Anil Kumar M. V.
  • Dr. Madhu Karthik M.
  • Dr. Sanjukta Chakraborty

5. Transportation Engineering

Transportation engineering is the application of science and mathematics to enable safe and efficient transport of people and goods. The specific research areas in which the faculty at IIT Palakkad work are road network analysis, urban and regional transport planning, traffic engineering, transport safety etc.

Faculty Expertise

  • Prof. Tom V. Mathew
  • Dr. B. K. Bhavathrathan

6. Water Resources Engineering

The research capabilities of Water Resources Engineering group include both simulation and field scale studies in the mentioned areas. Watershed management and developing best management practices using hydrologic models; ungauged basin predictions; groundwater and stream-aquifer interactions; climate and land use change projection and impact assessment on hydrology and water resources; quantification of uncertainty in regional scale climate change studies; forecasting and mitigation studies of hydro-climatic extremes such as droughts and floods; utilizing climate oscillation information for long term prediction and planning of water resources availability; exploring advanced statistical techniques for simulation and analysis of hydro-climatic datasets; teleconnection and impact analysis of large scale ocean atmospheric phenomena with food-water-energy nexus.

Faculty Members

  • Dr. Athira P.
  • Dr. Sarmistha Singh
  • Dr. Subhasis Mitra

 

Research Facilities

Laboratories/ Research Centres

Research Equipments

  1. Servo Hydraulic testing System — including load frame, controller, software, HPU (Hydraulic power unit). It is a multipurpose testing system for materials and component testing under static or alternating loads with periodic or random signals. 
  2. Actuators (MTS) of capacity 100 kN and 250 kN – These devices are used for providing load to the structure considering static, dynamic and fatigue appliances.  
  3. Real time modular Data Acquisition Systems (NI) – Standalone compact Data Acquisition and control system for control and monitoring of actuators and sensors such as load cell, strain gauges, LVDTs, earth pressure cells, pore pressure transducers, accelerometers, and string potentiometer. The system can incorporate data processing, signal conditioning and connectivity with sensor specific input/output modules. 
  4. 100kN & 500kN Servo hydraulic UTMs—Universal Testing Machine (UTMs) –These are used to test the tensile strength and compressive strength of materials
  5. Speed Control Motor with frequency varying between 90 rpm—1400 rpm for the application of lateral periodic excitation to the structure.
  6. Fully automated static triaxial setup: for conducting conventional triaxial compression tests such as Unconsolidated Undrained (UU) tests, Consolidated Undrained (CU) tests and Consolidated Drained (CD) tests and stress path tests. The equipment have computerized control system for the application of cell and back pressures, and deviator stress, and measurements of volume change, pore pressure; stress/strain paths, etc.Using the pore-water pressure measured during the test, the shear strength determined from this test method can be expressed in terms of effective stress or total stress. The shear strength determined from the test is commonly used in embankment stability analyses, earth pressure calculations, and foundation design.
  7. Automated Oedometer System: Fully-computerized oedometer apparatus for performing consolidation and swell tests. The system is capable of determining the compressibility and swelling characteristics of the soil. The data from the consolidation test are used to estimate the magnitude and rate of both differential and total settlement of a structure or earthfill.
  8. Automated Direct Shear System: The system is capable of performing direct shear test under fully computerised control for the determination of shear strength characteristics of the soil. The test is performed by deforming a soil specimen at a controlled strain rate on or near a single shear plane determined by the configuration of the apparatus.
  9. Fully Computerized Cyclic Triaxial Test System: Fully Computerized Dynamic / Cyclic Triaxial Test System will be used for determining dynamic/cyclic shear strength behaviour of soil mass. The system is capable of performing isotropic and anisotropic consolidation; Ko-consolidation; cyclic triaxial tests with different drainage conditions (CD, CU, and UU) to obtain dynamic shear strength and deformation, liquefaction potential, shear modulus, damping ratio, etc.
  10. Fully Automated Flexible wall Permeameter: Fully Automated Flexible wall Permeameter for conducting hydraulic conductivity tests such as constant gradient test, constant flow test and isotropic/anisotropic consolidation test and hydraulic conductivity ratio tests in soil.Hydraulic conductivity varies with varying void ratio, which changes when the effective stress changes.This equipment provides a means for determining hydraulic conductivity at a controlled level of effective stress for porous materials.
  11. Fully Automated Soil-Geosynthetic Interface Shear Resistance testing system: This equipment has automatic computer control to determine the interface and internal shear resistance of Geosynthetic clayliner (GCL) and other geosynthetic materials with the soil. The system is capable to determine the interface and internal shear resistance of Geosynthetic clayliners (GCL) and Geosynthetic materials such as geomembrane, geotextile, geocomposites, geogrid, etc. with the soil. This is essential for ascertaining the true soil-geosynthetic interaction behavior; and for obtaining the interface parameters used for the design of geosynthetic clay liners and geosynthetics reinforced soil system. The system can be used for performing incremental consolidation, constant volume swell, constant stress swell of geosynthetics clay liners and other soil-geosynthetics systems.
  12. UV Spectrophotometer- To analyze transition metal ions, highly conjugated organic compounds, and biological macromolecules.
  13. TOC Analyser- To measure Total carbon (TC), inorganic carbon (IC), total organic carbon (TOC), non-purgeable organic carbon (NPOC), volatile organic carbon (VOC) and total nitrogen (TN) of aqueous and solid samples.
  14. Multi-channel Potentiostat: Corrosion studies; Electocatalysis; Electrodeposition; Electrochemical impedance analysis
  15. Experimental Fume- is used for conducting experiments on open-channel flow, running waters, hydraulic engineering and coastal protection.

Projects

No. Project Name Amount (in INR) Duration Funding Agency
1 Reinforcement corrosion in bridge bent caps - fatigue response: An experiment and analytical study Rs.3422232 2021 - 2024 SERB Core Research Grant
2 Consultancy for Remedial Measures for Distressed Culvert, Runway and Embankment of Calicut International Airport Rs.3497520 March 2021 - September 2021 Airports Authority of India
3 Real-Time Air Quality and Weather Monitoring System for IIT Palakkad Campus Rs.14596658 2021 - 2023 IIT Palakkad
4 Four Laning of Thalassery - Mahe Bypass section of NH-17 from km 170+600 (Design Chainage 170+600) to km 188+000 (Design Chainage 189+200) in the State of Kerala under NHDP Phase-III on EPC Mode Rs.254880 March 2021 - April 2021 EKK Infrastructure Ltd.
5 Preparation of Cross Examination Arguments and Analysis against the detailed delay and escalation report of the Contractor against IOCL's Arbitration case in connection with MULT at Puthuvypen, Cochin Port Rs.446040 February 2021 Indian Oil Corporation Limited
6 Preparation of Counter Argument Report for IOCL’s Arbitration case in connection with Construction of Multi- User Liquid Terminal at Puthuvypen, Cochin Port Rs.446040 January 2021 - February 2021 Indian Oil Corporation Limited
7 Technical review of the counter claims by IOCL and CoPT for arbitration of the case in connection with Construction of Multi- User liquid Terminal at Puthuvypen, Cochin port Rs.632952 January 2021 - February 2021 Indian Oil Corporation Limited
8 Soil Investigation Report - AMRUT-2017-18-WSS to Guruvayur Municipality in Thrissur District - Distribution network for Thaikkad Zone - Railway line crossing at Paluvai by push through method Rs.32568 January 2021 - February 2021 Tony P. Thekkiniyath (Contractor KWA)
9 An Algorithm for Automated Identification of Geometric Inconsistencies on Road Networks by Employing Cluster-Calibrated Speed Prediction Models Rs.2659820 December 2020 - December 2022 SERB - Start-Up Research Grant (SRG)
10 STP Water Testing Rs.4000 February 2020 - March 2020 Builtech Avenue Apartment Owner's Association
11 Soil Investigation for Laying 500 mm MS pipe across railway line at Ponnurunni by Push-through method Rs.154580 December 2020 - January 2021 Kerala Water Authority
12 Checking/ Vetting the Structural Design/ Drawings proof of the proposed 300 bedded hostel building of SAI - LNCPE, Trivandrum Rs.566400 November 2020 - December 2020 Biju P. Daniel & Co.
13 Vetting of Cold In-place Recycling on NH 66 Rs.184080 October 2020 - July 2021 PMR Construction Company
14 Upgradation of coastal roads - Construction of Retaining wall and Upgradation of Road at Vettikkunnuvila Road in Paravoor Municipality in Chathannoor Legislative Assembly Constituency) Rs.300000 October 2020 - December 2020 Harbour Engineering Department, Government of Kerala
15 Soil Investigation for existing soil at Runway Basic Strip - Calicut International Airport (Phase 2) Rs.195408 September 2020 - October 2020 Airports Authority of India
16 Soil Investigation for existing soil at Runway Basic Strip - Calicut International Airport Rs.455126 August 2020 - September 2020 Airports Authority of India
17 Soil investigation and structural stability for Sebastian indoor stadium, Edava, Thiruvananthapuram Rs.708000 April - May 2020 Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board
18 Performance of mechanically stabilised reinforced soil structures with locally available marginal lateritic backfills Rs.1105046 September 2020 - February 2022 Techfab India Industries Ltd., Mumbai
19 Consultancy for Design and Vetting of Fibre reinforced concrete (FRC) and Mesh reinforced concrete (RC) Flooring Rs.240720 March - April 2020 Indian Institute of Technology Madras
20 Development of Membrane-confined Stem Grouted Piles and their Behaviour under Uplift Loading Rs.3041700 2020-2023 SERB - Core Research Grant (CRG)
21 Optimization of Production & Transmission - WSS to Pavaratty & Mullassery Panchayaths in Chavakad Thaluk - Supplying, Laying & Commissioning of 300/250/200 mm DI K9 gravity main - Railway crossing at Brahmakulam- Soil exploration by taking 2 nos. trial bo Rs.30090 January 2020 Kerala Water Authority
22 RWSS to Pudukkad, Parappurkkara and Adjoining Panchayaths - Implementation of pipe line near Railway bridge at Kurumali, Rapal by HDD Method Rs.30090 January 2020 Kerala Water Authority
23 Drought preparedness in Kerala: A comprehensive assessment with respect to climate change Rs.1288000 2019 - 2021 Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment
24 Structural stability check of flag mast for Naval Academy, Ezhimala Rs.283200 3 months (Jan - Mar 2020) Garrisson Engineer (Maint) Ezhimala
25 BPCL Cross Country Pipeline: Study on Ground Improvement for the Development of Cochin Seaport- Airport Road Phase-II Rs.236000 November - December 2019 Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
26 Analytical and Experimental Investigation on Frequency Dependent Linear Control Algorithm for Performance Enhancement of Real Life Civil Structures under Random Excitation Rs.2156240 2019 - 2021 SERB - Start-Up Research Grant (SRG)
27 Linkage of Large Scale Ocean-Atmospheric Phenomena on Hydroclimatic Extremes in India Rs.1973180 2019 - 2021 SERB - Start-Up Research Grant (SRG)
28 Analysis of Evacuation Options considering Citizen Mobility Patterns and Disaster Vulnerability in a Himalayan Region Transportation Network Rs.1353836 2019 - 2022 National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS)
29 Sustainable and resilient environment friendly solutions for hill road design through a pilot study on Mannarkkad - Chinnathadagam Road Rs.2498760 2019 - 2020 Kerala Public Works Department
30 Checking and Vetting of Design Solution of Reinforced Flooring, done by Flatworx Consulting LLP Rs.155760 September 2019 Flatworx Consulting LLP
31 Vetting of Detailed Design of Viaduct from 1+786 to 2+013 along Thiruvalla Bypass Rs.141600 July 2019 - September 2019 E K K Infrastructure Limited
32 Review of Soil Report Rs.25488 January 2019 - February 2019 Furnace Fabrica India Limited
33 Proof Checking of 40m Girder and Deck Slab: Flyover at Vytilla Rs.106200 PWD, Kerala Government
34 Behaviour and Design of CFS Channel compression member with partial LIP Stiffened Flanges Rs.3426691 2019 - 2022 SERB - Core Research Grant (CRG)
35 Integrating wastewater treatment to groundwater softening and defluoridation using microbial desalination cell Rs.3519480 2019 - 2022 SERB- Early Career Research Award (ECRA)
36 Vetting of Structural Drawings (Flyover at Edappal Junction) Rs.283200 April 2019 - June 2019 Ernad Engineering Enterprises
37 Vetting of Structural Design (Improved Design of Eranholi Bridge) Rs.84960 March 2019 - May 2019 Ernad Engineering Enterprises
38 Energy positive microbial osmotic- electro desalination cell for wastewater treatment and high- quality water recovery Rs.3994500 2019 - 2022 SERB - Empowerment and Equity Opportunities for Excellence in Science (EMEQ)
39 Vetting of Design submitted by Durafloor Concrete Solutions for Fibre Reinforced Flooring Rs.155760 January 2019 Durafloor Concrete Solutions LLP
40 Soil Investigation for Permanent Campus of IIT Palakkad Rs.525336 1 month Central PWD
41 Review of lateral capacity of pile Rs.28320 August 2018 - September 2018 Furnace Fabrica India Ltd.
42 Vetting of Structural Design of Bus Terminal (AMRUT Urban Transport) for Palakkad Municipality Rs.56640 July 2018 - September 2018 Palakkad Municipality
43 Structural design of Crash Guard Fencing Rs.84960 August 2018 - October 2018 Vigilance and Forest Intelligence, Thiruvananthapuram
44 Mix design for grade M15 Dry Lean Concrete mix Rs.46550 October 2017 - December 2017 Garrison Engineer (P) AF Sulur, MES, Sulur
45 Improving water availability in hilly rain shadow regions through conservation measures Rs.921431 2015 - 2020 DST INSPIRE Grant

Faculty

Dr. Athira P.

Assistant Professor
Email ID: athira@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 469
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/athira

Research Interests

  • Predictions in Ungauged Basin
  • Climate and Landuse Change Impact Analysis
  • Watershed Management
  • Hydrological Modelling and Uncertainty Analysis

Dr. B. K. Bhavathrathan

Assistant Professor
Email ID: bhavathrathan@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 475
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/bhavathrathan

Research Interests

  • Urban and regional road networks
  • Traffic operations
  • Network disruption
  • Traffic safety
  • Transportation Systems' Simulation

Dr. C. V. Veena Venudharan

Assistant Professor
Email ID: veena@iitpkd.ac.in
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/veenav

Research Interests

  • Pavement Materials, Design, Maintenance and Rehabilitation
  • Forensic Evaluation
  • Sustainable and Alternate Materials
  • Pavement Management Systems

Dr. Divya P. V.

Assistant Professor
Email ID: divyapv@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 467
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/divyapv
 

Research Interests

  • Reinforced Soil & Ground Improvement Techniques
  • Geosynthetics: Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental applications
  • Rainfall triggered slope failures
  • Bulk utilization of potential waste materials in geotechnical applications
  • Green Geotechnics

Dr. Gokulnath C.

Assistant Professor
Email ID: gokul@iitpkd.ac.in
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/gokul
 

Research Interests

  • Constitutive Modelling
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Finite Element Modelling
  • Experimental Mechanics

Dr. M. V. Anil Kumar

Assistant Professor
Email ID: anil@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 463
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/anil

Research Interests

  • Buckling and post-buckling behaviour of steel structure
  • Concrete filled steel tubular (CFST) members

Dr. Madhu Karthik M.

Assistant Professor
Email ID: madhu@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 462
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/madhu

Research Interests

  • Reinforced, and prestressed concrete structures
  • Steel-concrete composite structures
  • Structural evaluation of deteriorating structures
  • Non-destructive testing and evaluation

Dr. Praveena Gangadharan

Assistant Professor
Email ID: praveenag@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 473
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/praveena

Research Interests

  • Bioelectrochemical systems for wastewater treatment
  • Desalination
  • Defluoridation of groundwater
  • Nutrient Recovery from urine
  • Metal reduction and recovery

Dr. Rakesh J. Pillai

Assistant Professor
Email ID: rakeshpilla@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 478
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/rakeshpilla

Research Interests

  • Cyclic behavior of soil
  • Constitutive modeling of soils
  • Numerical modeling of landslide runout

Dr. Sanjukta Chakraborty

Assistant Professor
Email ID: sanjukta@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 477
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/sanjukta

Research Interests

  • Vibration Control of Structure
  • Passive, active and semi active feedback control of structures
  • Nonlinear dynamics of structure
  • Substructure shaking table test

Dr. Sarmistha Singh

Assistant Professor
Email ID: sarmistha@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 476
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/sarmistha

Research Interests

  • Vibration Control of Structure
  • Passive, active and semi active feedback control of structures
  • Nonlinear dynamics of structure
  • Substructure shaking table test

Dr. Subhasis Mitra

Assistant Professor
Email ID: smitra@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 471
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/smitra

Research Interests

  • Climate change projections and impacts on water resources
  • Short and long term forecasting of water resources
  • Drought, flood and hydro-climatic extremes

Dr. Sudheesh T. K.

Assistant Professor
Email ID: sudheesh@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 468
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/sudheesh

Research Interests

  • Deep Foundations
  • Soil Mass Stabilization
  • Soil-Structure Interaction

Dr. Sunitha K Nayar

Assistant Professor (Visiting)
Email ID: sknayar@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 472
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/sknayar

Research Interests

  • Physical and mechanical characterization of construction materials and systems
  • Developing sustainability concrete systems by utilizing local and waste materials
  • Long-term performance of construction materials
  • Modelling and design of construction materials and systems

Dr. V. Senthilkumar

Assistant Professor
Email ID: senthil@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 479
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/senthil

Research Interests

  • Automation in Construction
  • Planning Design Phases and Process Management
  • Lean Construction
  • Policy Making in Infrastructure Projects

Prof. Tom V. Mathew

Professor
Email ID: tvm@iitpkd.ac.in
Contact Number: 04923 226 474
https://iitpkd.ac.in/people/tvm

Research Interests

  • Traffic Flow Modeling & Simulation