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Dr. Nikhil Saboo
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering, IIT (BHU)
nikhilsaboo.civ@iitbhu.ac.in
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Area of Interest: 
Pavement Materials, Pavement Evaluation, Design and Analysis, Rheology of Asphalt Binders

Nikhil Saboo
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi
Education
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Department of Transportation
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India.
Topic: Strength Characteristics of Polymer Modified Asphalt Binders and Mixes
 
Masters of Technology, Civil Engineering, Department of Transportation
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
Topic: Performance Evaluation of Gap Graded Mixes Using Modified Binders
 
Bachelors of Technology, Civil Engineering
West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata, India
 
Work Experience
  • 2016-2017: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus, Rajasthan, India.
  • 2017-Present: Assistant Professor Department of Civil Engineering, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, India.
Research Interest
  • Study of Viscoelastic Characteristics of Asphalt Binders and Mixes.
  • Rheology of Asphalt Binders.
  • Pavement Evaluation, Design and Analysis.
  • Pavement Materials and Testing.
  • Deformation Characteristics of Bituminous Mixes.
  • Use of Recycled Materials in Pavements.
Teaching Engagements
  • Pavement Material Characteristics
  • Pavement Analysis and Design
  • Pavement Evaluation and Maintenance
  • Transportation Engineering II (Railways and Airports)
  • Transportation Engineering I (Highway Engineering)
  • Building Planning, Drawing and Estimation
Thesis Supervision
Sl. No. Name of the Project Type Year
1 Strength Evaluation of Asphalt Mixes Containing Copper Tailing M.Tech (completed) 2016-2017
2 Effect of Marshall Blows on Asphalt Mixes Prepared at Optimum Binder Content M.Tech (completed) 2016-2017
3 Use of Waste Plastic Bottles as Bitumen Replacement in Asphalt Mixes M.Tech (Completed) 2017-2018
4 Optimizing Grout Properties for Semi-Flexible Pavements M.Tech (Completed) 2017-2018
5 Evaluating the Feasibility of Use of Semi Flexible Wearing Courses PhD 2017-present
6 Assessing the Suitability of Waste Cooking Oil and Nanoclay for Bitumen Modification M.Tech 2019-Present
7 Evaluating the Effect of Fillers on the Fatigue Response of Asphalt Mixes PhD 2018-Present
8 Assessing the Effect of Warm Mix Type on the Performance of Asphalt Binders and Mixes PhD 2018-Present
9 Assessing the Suitability of warm mix asphalt (WMA) Technology Using Tribological and Performance Characteristics PhD 2019-Present
Contributions
  • Member of Transportation Division IIT Kharagpur in Designing and Drafting of IRC: 37-2012.
  • Worked on validation of MEPDG fatigue equation in IRC: 58-2011 and Reliability Factors.
  • Reviewer: International Journal of Pavement Engineering (T&F); Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (ASCE); Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier); Road Materials and Pavement Design (T&F); International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology (Springer); Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials (Springer) etc.
Workshops/Short Term Course Organized
Sl. No. Type Title Dates Duration
1 QIP/CEP Short Term Course Recent Development in Pavement Analysis and Design September, 17-22, 2018 6 Days
2 CEP Short Term Course Design and Construction of Long Lasting Flexible Pavements July, 15-19, 2019 5 Days
3 International Webinar Understanding Moisture Damage in Pavements by Professor Amit Bhasin, University of Texas-Austin July 18, 2020 1 Day
4 International Webinar Advances in Nanomechanical-based Design of Sustainable Asphalt Binders by Professor Eyad Masad, University of Texas-Austin, Qatar August 8, 2020 1 Day
Sponsored Projects
Sl. No. Name of the Project Nature of Duty Funding Agency Year Amount
1 Developing suitable pedagogical methods for various classes, intellectual calibres and research in e-learning Co-developer Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India. 2016 5 Lacs
2 Use of copper slag as aggregate replacement in asphalt pavement Principle Investigator Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani 2016 2 Lacs
3 Feasibility study on use of polymer modified asphalt binders incorporating warm mix additives Principle Investigator Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi 2017 20 Lacs
4 Development and assessment of asphalt mastic from typical Indian and Austrian filler materials with a new test method Principle Investigator Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India 2018 11.4 Lacs
5 Feasibility study on use of polymer modified asphalt binders 
Incorporating warm mix additives
Principle Investigator Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi 2018 10 Lacs
6 Feasibility on the Use of Waste Plastic Bottles on
Flexible Pavements
Principle Investigator Project Varanasi, IIT BHU 2018 6 Lacs
7 Rheophysics of semi-rigid road-building materials and optimization of their compositions for the perception of heavy transport load Principle Investigator Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India 2019 10 Lacs
8 Assessing the Suitability of warm mix asphalt (WMA) Technology Using Tribological and Performance Characteristics Principle Investigator Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), India 2019 36 Lacs
9 Life Cycle and Performance Assessment of Roads Constructed Using Cold Mix Technology Principle Investigator National Rural Infrastructural Development Agency, (Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India) 2019 20.5 Lacs
10 Performance Assessment of Roads Constructed Using Waste Plastics Principle Investigator National Rural Infrastructural Development Agency, (Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India) 2019 20.5 Lacs
11 Safer Roads: Development of Mix Design Methodology for OGFC Mixes Principle Investigator Council of Science and Technology: UP 2019 12 Lacs
12 Development of Guidelines for Use of Waste Reclaimed Water in Pavement Construction Principle Investigator Ministry of Roads Transport and Highways (MoRTH) 2020 27.56 Lacs
13 Development of Performance based mix design process: A re-look at the Marshall Mix design process for production of strong and durable bituminous mixes Principle Investigator National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) 2020 91.21 Lacs
Scholarships/Awards/Academic Achievements
  • Received GATE Scholarship in M.Tech by M.H.R.D (2010-2012).
  • Senior Research Fellowship by M.H.R.D (2013-2015).
  • Received best paper award at “Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (CTRG)” held at Kolkata from 17-20 December 2015.
  • Selected for “KCC Program for Young Leaders (Disaster Reduction course)” organized by JICA: November 6- November 25: 2017.
  • Received “International Travel Support (ITS) Grant” by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) to attend conference of Transportation Research Board (TRB), 2018.
  • “Young Scientist in Civil Engineering”, Centre for Advanced Research and Design, Venus International Foundation, August 2018
  • “Achievement Award for Academician / Scientist / Technologist / Innovator”, 11th CIDC Vishwakarma Awards, Construction and Industry Development Council, March 2019
  • Member: State level technical advisory committee for urban local bodies of Uttar Pradesh
  • Member: Scientific Committee, Advances in Materials and Pavement Performance Prediction (AM3P): International Conference
  • Member: Scientific Committee, European Asphalt Technology Association (EATA) Conference: International Conference
Invited Talks/Session Chairs
  • Studying the rutting and fatigue properties of conventional asphalt binders: Challenges on Road Sector and New Technologies: UP PWD, Lucknow, December 8-9, 2017
  • Development of Hierarchical Ranking Strategy for the Asphalt Skeleton in Semi-Flexible Pavements: ASMMCE, 2018, National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, November 3-4, 2018.
  • Overview of Pavement Materials, Construction and Mix Design-Flexible Pavements: Innovative Construction Machineries, Materials and Methods (ICMMM-2019), IIT Jammu, November 9-10, 2019
  • Mix Design of Asphalt Mixes: Fundamentals: TEQIP-III, Pavement Construction Practices", MIT Muzaffarpur, 23-27 November 2019.
  • Pervious Roads: A Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Structure: One Day Workshop on Air Pollution Mitigation, District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA)-Gorakhpur, November 29, 2019.
  • Session Chair: A Special Tribute to Lt Prof. B. B. Pandey: Conference of Transportation Research Group of India- December 18-21, 2019
  • Work Shop Co-Chair: Highway Materials & Pavement: Conference of Transportation Research Group of India- December 18-21, 2019
  • Mix Design of Hot Mix Asphalt Using Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) Materials: One Day Workshop-February 7, 2020, National Highway Authority of India- Varanasi.
  • Volumetrics of Asphalt Mixes-The Backbone of Mix Design: Workshop on Design and Construction Failure of Pavements: Causes and Remedial Measures-29 February 2020, RGPV, Bhopal.
  • Mix Design of Bituminous Mixtures: Fundamentals and Relevance to Performance: TRG-WCTRS Joint Webinar, May 18, 2020.
  • Use of reliability in Design of Flexible Pavements: Online Short Term Course on ' Emerging Trends in Highway Engineering and Infrastructure Development' NIT Jalandhar, June 26-2020.
  • Design of Flexible Pavements Using IRC 37-2018: Online Short Term Course on ‘Prospects of Sustainability in Pavement Construction in India' NIT Jalandhar, July 15-2020.
Memberships
Life Member: Indian Roads Congress (eLM-101102)
Research Papers/Conferences
Peer Reviewed Journals
 
2020
  1. Saboo, N., Sukhija, M and Gaurav Singh (2020) “Effect of Nanoclay on Physical and Rheological Properties of Waste Cooking Oil Modified Asphalt Binder”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, In Press
  2. Chaudhary, M., Saboo, N., Gupta, A., Hofko, B., and Steineder, M (2020), “Assessing the effect of fillers on LVE properties of asphalt mastics at intermediate temperatures”, Materials and Structures, Vol 53, No. 96, pp 1-10.
  3. Saboo, N., Sukhija, M (2020) “Effect of Analysis Procedures in Linear Amplitude Sweep Test on the Fatigue Resistance of Nanoclay Modified Asphalt Binders”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, In Press
  4. Dubey, P., Paswan, S., Sukhija, M., and Saboo, N (2020), “Assessing the Effect of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement on Mechanical Properties of Dry Lean Concrete”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, In Press
  5. Saboo, N., Sukhija, M (2020) “Evaluating the Suitability of Nanoclay Modified Asphalt Binders from 10 to 70 ℃”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, In Press
  6. Saboo, N. (2020) “A new damage parameter for fatigue analysis of asphalt binders in Linear Amplitude Sweep (LAS) test”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol 32, No. 6, pp 1-10.

 
2019

  1. Saboo, N., Shivhare, S., Kori, K., Chandrappa, A K. (2019) “Effect of Flyash and Metakaolin on Pervious Concrete Properties”, Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, Vol 233, No. 10, pp 322-328.
  2. Saboo, N., Singh B., Kumar, P. (2019) “Development of high temperature ranking parameter for asphalt binders using Arrhenius model”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol 31, No. 12, pp 1-10.
  3. Saboo N., Khalpada, V., Sahu, P.K., R, Ranjeesh., Gupta, A. (2019) “Optimal proportioning of grout constituents using mathematical programming for semi flexible pavement”, International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology, Springer, Vol 12, No. 3, pp 297-306.
  4. Saboo, N., R, Ranjeesh., M, Suresh., and Gupta, A. (2019) “Development of Hierarchical Ranking Strategy for the Asphalt Skeleton in Semi-Flexible Pavements”, Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, Vol 201, No. 3, pp 149-158.

 
2018

  1. Saboo, N., Mudgal, A., Singh, A. (2018) “Frequency Sweep Test as a Tool to Predict Creep and Recovery Response of Asphalt Binders”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 31, No. 6, pp 1-9.
  2. Saboo, N., Mudgal, A. (2018) “Modelling Creep and Recovery Response of Asphalt Binders Using Generalized Burgers Model”, Petroleum Science and Technology, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 36, No. 20, pp 1-9
  3. Saboo, N., Kumar, R., Kumar, P., Gupta, A. (2018) “Ranking the Rheological Response of SBS and EVA Modified Bitumen Using MSCR and LAS Test”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE Vol. 30, No. 8, pp 31-38.
  4. Saboo, N., Singh, B., Kumar, P., and Vikram, D. (2018) “Study on Viscosity of Conventional and Polymer Modified Asphalt Binders in Steady and Dynamic Shear Domain” Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials, Springer, Vol 22, No. 1, pp 67-78.
  5. Saboo, N., Kumar, P. (2018) “Equivalent Slope Method for Construction of Master Curves”, Indian Highways, Indian Roads Congress, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp 19-28.
  6. Saboo, N., Kumar, P. (2018) “Analysis of Creep and Recovery for Modified Binder”, Indian Highways, Indian Roads Congress, Vol. 46, No. 6, pp 1-9.

 
2017

  1. Kumar, P., Saboo, N., Pratim Das, B. (2017) “A Comparative Study of Dense and Gap Graded Mixes prepared using Modified binders”, Indian Highways (discussion paper), Indian Roads Congress (accepted).
  2. Kumar, P., Tiwari S., and Saboo, N. (2017) “Effect of Temperature on Response of Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD)” Highway Research Journal, Indian Roads Congress, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp 1-8.
  3. Singh, B., Saboo, N., and Kumar, P. “Effect of Short Term Ageing on Creep and Recovery Response of Asphalt Binders” Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part B, ASCE, Vol 143, No. 4, pp 1-10.
  4. Singh, B., Saboo, N., and Kumar, P. (2017) “Use of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy to study ageing characteristics of the asphalt binders" Petroleum Science and Technology, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 35, No. 16, pp 1648-1654.
  5. Kumar, P., Saboo, N., Radhika (2017) “Effect of Sulphur Mixing on Storage Modulus of SBS Modified Bitumen”, Indian Highways, Indian Roads Congress, Vol. 45, No. 6, pp 39-50.
  6. Vikram, D. and Saboo, N. (2017) “An Effective Technique to Estimate Cross Model Parameters”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 29, No. 11, pp 1-8.
  7. Kumar, R., Saboo, N., Kumar, P. and Chandra, S. (2017) “Effect of Warm Mix Additives on Creep and Recovery Response of Conventional and Polymer Modified Asphalt Binders” Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, Vol 138, pp 352-362.

 
2016

  1. Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. (2016) “Analysis of Different Test Methods for Quantifying Rutting Susceptibility of Asphalt Binders”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 28, No. 7, pp 1-8.
  2. Saboo, N., Pratim Das, B., Praveen Kumar. (2016) “New Phenomenological Approach for Modeling Fatigue Life of Bituminous Mixes”, Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, Vol. 121, No. 09, pp 134-142.
  3. Singh B., Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. (2016) “Modelling the complex modulus-strain relationship of asphalt binders”, Petroleum Science and Technology, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 34, No. 13, pp 1137-1144.
  4. Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. (2016) “Use of Flow Properties for Rheological Modelling of Bitumen”, International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology, Elsevier, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp 63-72.
  5. Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. (2016) “Performance Characterization of Polymer Modified Asphalt Binders and Mixes”, Advances in Civil Engineering, Hindawi Publication, Vol. 2016, pp 1-12.
  6. Kumar, P., R N Rasinchung, G.D., Mehta, M. and Saboo N. (2016) “A Study on Performance of Bituminous Mixes Using Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD)”, Indian Highways, Indian Roads Congress, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp 25-35.

2015

  1. Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. (2015) “A study on creep and recovery behaviour of asphalt binders”, Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, Vol. 96, No. 2015, pp 632-640.
  2. Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. (2015) “Study of flow behaviour for predicting mixing temperature of bitumen”, Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, Vol. 87, No. 15, pp 38-44.
  3. Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. (2015) “Optimum Blending Requirements for EVA Modified Binder”, International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology, Elsevier, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp 172-178.

 
2014

  1. Saboo, N., Redyy M. A. and Pandey B.B. (2014) “Durable wearing course for bituminous pavements”, Indian Highways, Indian Roads Congress, Vol. 42, No. 5, pp 19-28.

 
2013

  1. Kumar, P., Mishra S. and Saboo N. (2013) “A laboratory study on short term and long term ageing of bitumen using modifiers”, Indian Highways, Indian Roads Congress, Vol. 41, No. 12, pp 41-52.

 
International/National Conferences
2020

  1. Saboo, N., Sukhija, M., Choudhary, M. “Relating Asphalt Binders Response to LAS and LAOS Tests at Intermediate Temperatures”, Transportation Research Board 2019 Annual Meeting, January 12- January 16, Walter E. Washington Convention Centre, Washington D.C, 2020.

 
2019

  1. Saboo, N., Khalapada, V., Sahu, P., R, Ranjeesh., Gupta, A. “Optimal proportioning of grout constituents using mathematical programming for semi-flexible pavement”, Transportation Research Board 2019 Annual Meeting, January 7- January 11, Walter E. Washington Convention Centre, Washington D.C, 2019.

 
2018

  1. Saboo, N., Reddy, A., Pandey, B.B. “Five year performance of gap-graded mixes with crumb rubber modified asphalt binder”, Transportation Research Board 2018 Annual Meeting, January 7- January 11, Walter E. Washington Convention Centre, Washington D.C, 2018.
  2. Saboo, N., Kumar, P., Gupta, A., Ranjeesh R. “Shear rate dependence on mixing and compaction temperatures”, Advances in Materials and Pavement Performance Prediction, April 16-April 18, Doha, Qatar, 2018.

 
2017

  1. Saboo, N., Singh, B. and Kumar, P. “Studying the Rutting and Fatigue Properties of Conventional asphalt binders”, National Conference on Roads and Transport, October 13- October 16, IIT Roorkee, 2017. (Key Note)
  2. Singh, B., Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. “Morphological Study of Polymer Modified Binders Ageing”, National Conference on Roads and Transport, October 13- October 16, IIT Roorkee, 2017.

 
2016

  1. Singh, B., Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. “Effect of spindle diameter and plate gap on the rheological properties of asphalt binders”, 4th International Chinese European Workshop (CEW), June 29- July 1, TU Delft, Netherlands, 2016.
  2. Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. “Prediction of mixing temperature of asphalt binders using Carreau-Yasuda (C-Y) equation”, 15 Years of PMGSY, August 5-7, IIT Roorkee, 2016.

 
2015

  1. Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. “Rheological Study on Mixing Temperatures of Modified Bitumen”, 3rd Conference of the Transportation Research Group of India, Oct 17-20, Kolkata, India, 2015.
  2. Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. “Creep and Recovery as a Function of Conventional Binder Properties”, 3rd Conference of the Transportation Research Group of India, Oct 17-20, Kolkata, India, 2015.

 
2014

  1. Saboo, N. and Kumar, P. “Rheological Investigations of Sulfur Modified Bitumen”, ICSCI, ASCE India Section, Oct 17-18, Hyderabad India, 2014, pp 703-713.