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Syllabus | B.Tech Civil Engineering | Highway Engineering | 13010504



Highway Engineering

Learning Schedule
13010504 Pre-requisites: — 3 0 0 3


Highway Engineering is a prominent aspect of surface transport. Highway engineering deals with planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of all types of roads. During the course, the students will learn about the highway related tests on Soil, Bitumen and Aggregate. Students will also get familiar with the test on Modified Binder and modern techniques of highway construction along with use of modern highway construction materials. Course shall also contain design of Highway Engineering.


To impart the knowledge in Highway Geometrics, materials, construction methods and design of different type of pavements along with design of base course and sub–base course


On completion of this course, the students will be able to

  1. Design various geometric elements of highways.
  2. Understand the various type of materials used in highway construction along with conducting specified test on the materials as per BSI code for their suitability.
  3. Perform structural design of flexible and rigid pavements.
  4. Know various highway constructions techniques and its maintenance



Section A

Unit I: Highway planning

Introduction to Transportation Engineering and modes of Transportation, Topographical survey for highway alignment, Transport economics; Traffic forecasting, Introduction to four-stage modelling of transportation planning–trip generation and distribution models.

Unit II: Highway Geometrics

Functional Classification of highways; design elements and controls, Cross sectional elements; Stopping, Overtaking, Decision and Headlight Sight Distance studies; Introduction to horizontal and vertical alignment; Horizontal curve design; Super Elevation, Extra widening, Transition curves; Set back distance; Vertical curves design.

Section B

Unit III: Pavement material

Pavement classification – flexible and rigid; Unconventional pavement – shell and block; Pavement components, Pavement materials – soil, aggregate, bitumen (including modified one), cement and unconventional materials, Pavement material testing and specification.

Section C

Unit IV Pavement design and analysis

Traffic load survey; Single and multiple axle load; Equivalent standard axle load; Load equivalency factor; Load transfer through wheel; Lateral distribution of wheel load; Pavement design philosophy; Factors influencing the pavement design (external, climatic, vehicular loading); Flexible pavement design – Marshall and Superpave design method; Flexible and Rigid pavement design as per IRC guidelines; Stresses in pavement; Thickness of pavement.

Section D

Unit V: Pavement construction and maintenance

Need for pavement performance evaluation and maintenance, Bituminous and concrete road construction practice including the modern materials, Quality control measures, Drainage, Construction machineries, Strengthening of pavement, Type of maintenance.

Text Books

  1. S.K. Khanna, C.E.G. Justo & A. Veeragavan, Highway Engineering.

Reference Books

  1. S.C. Rangwala, Highway Engineering.
  2. Roger L. Brockenbrough, Highway Engineering Handbook.