This course is an undergraduate core course. The course will focus on the design of shallow foundation and axially loaded pile foundation. The field and laboratory soil testing methods will be discussed to determine the required design parameters. Lateral earth pressures theories and design of various retaining structures will be covered. Design of sheet piles and bracing system will also be discussed. It will also focus on soil arching and its application to design the underground conduits. The selection of proper foundation or characteristics of foundations for different soils will be discussed. The course is suitable for undergraduate students who are preparing for competitive examination like GATE, IES and for university or college examinations. Field Engineers can also be benefited from this course.
Kousik Deb is presently working as Associate Professor in Civil Engineering at IIT Kharagpur. Dr. Deb has more than 11 years of research experience and working in the areas of Geosynthetic- Reinforced Earth, Numerical Modeling, Embankment stability. He has published/accepted 90 research articles including about 50 papers in referred journals. He has developed number of numerical and analytical models to study the behavior of improved grounds, embankment stability and underground structures. Under Dr. Deb's guidance, three Ph.D. are awarded and six more are in progress. He has also supervised 13 M.Tech dissertations. Dr. Deb has completed 2 sponsored research projects funded by DST. He has successfully completed more than 12 consultancy projects. As a visiting research fellow at RWTH, Aachen, Germany; Dr. Deb has gained expertise in the cutting edge technologies on ground improvement such as applications of geosynthetics in roadways.