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My primary research interests are in the field of Transportation Engineering, especially  pavement  materials and highway Engineering. 

I am currently working on a research project for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) which involves the field trials of rapid setting repair materials for concrete pavements under the advisement of Prof. Jan Olek at Purdue University. I am also a teaching assistant for civil engineering materials - I, a course which deals with the fundamentals of mechanics of materials.

 

Resume [pdf]

 

Courses

Fall-2006

  • Roadway and Pavement Design
  • Advanced Concrete and Aggregates
  • Modeling of Heterogeneous Materials

Spring-2007

  • Properties of Concrete
  • Experimental Methods in Construction Materials Research
  • Chemistry of Cement

Fall-2007

  • Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Structures
  • Statistical Methods

Spring-2008 

  • Bituminous Materials and Mixtures 


Publications

  • Prashant.V.Ram and Jan Olek, "Performance Evaluation of Rapid-Setting Repair Materials for Concrete Pavements/Bridge Decks: A Laboratory and a Field Perspective", Proceedings of the Second Internal Conference on Concrete Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting, November 2008 (Accepted) [pdf]
  • Prashant.V.Ram and Jan Olek, "Influence of Cement Composition and Admixture Dosage on Properties of Rapid-Setting SCC for Repair Applications - Lessons Learned", Proceeding of the Third North American Conference on the Design and Use of Self Consolidating Concrete, August 2008 (Accepted) [pdf]
  •  Prashant.V.Ram, C.V.Vaidyanathan, K.Balaji Rao, M.B.Anoop, "Application of Convex Models for Robust Reliability Analysis of Block Type Machine Foundations", Journal of Structural Engineering (SERC), Vol. 33 (1), Apr - May 2006, pp. 101 - 107 [pdf]
  •  Prashant.V.Ram, C.V.Vaidyanathan, K.Balaji Rao, M.B.Anoop, "Robust Reliability Analysis of Block Type Machine Foundations in the presence of Multiple Uncertain Variables", Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Reliability and Safety Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, December 2006, pp.  47-53 [pdf]

Internship [ Jan - Jun, 2006 ]

I did my final year intern at Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai. I worked on the application of convex models for robust reliability analysis of machine foundations under the advisement of Dr. K.Balaji Rao and Dr. C.V.Vaidyanathan.

 

Undergraduate Thesis [Aug - Dec, 2005]

 

Design, Fabrication and Testing of an Accelerated Pavement Testing Instrument

Advisor: Prof. V.R.Vinayaka Rao

 Fabricated an accelerated pavement-testing instrument to study the permanent deformation  characteristics in Bituminous Concrete Mixtures being subjected to wheel loads moving at different frequencies. The instrument simulated the actual field conditions of a 10.2 Ton truck running over an Asphalt Concrete Pavement. Several instruments have been developed to perform this function, however, they are quite expensive. It is with this background that this study had been undertaken to develop an instrument with  additional features involving temperature control of the sample being tested, rainfall simulation over the pavement and also the frequency of loading application.



Undergraduate Project work

 

Feasibility Study and Analysis for strengthening a stretch of an existing road in Pilani

Advisor: Prof. Amarendra Kumar Sandra 

 A real time project involving surveying, analyzing and designing a 1KM stretch of road in Pilani. The project was divided into two phases. In the first phase the pavement evaluation surveys indicating the magnitude of various distresses in the pavement were performed. These along with the traffic data,  CBR, OMC, Roughness and Benkelman Beam Deflection Data were used to decide upon the action to take for improvement. The  second phase involved the design of overlay thickness using IRC 58, IRC 81(1998) and the HDM-4 software.

 

 

Performance Evaluation of Flexible Pavements 

 Advisor: Prof. Ashoke K Sarkar 

 A thorough study of various sections of State Highways in Jhunjhunu Dist., Rajasthan was done. The aim of this project was to relate the various distresses on the pavement to the IRI and establish a unified factor known as the Pavement Condition Index (PCI), based on which we can visualize the condition of the pavement without actually viewing it and suggest maintenance and repair measures based upon the PCI.