R. Ramkrishnan currently serves as Assistant Professor at the department of Civil Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore. He joined Amrita in 2014 after completing M. Tech. from the Department of Civil Engineering, SRM University, Chennai, where his main research area was Ground improvement and Soil Stabilization. He has worked on sustainable and environmental friendly soil stabilization methods involving microbial precipitation and natural fibre incorporation in soil. Currently working on Slope stability, landslide remediation and Beach erosion .He is also pursuing Ph. D. from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.


2014 – Present Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore
July 2012 – August 2012 Site Engineer, Artech Realtors, Trivandrum, Kerala


  • Ansys, Plaxis 2D, SeismoSoft, QGIS


  1. Micro Water Distribution Networks: A participatory method of sustainable water distribution in rural communities
  2. Analysis of Seepage Induced Soil Mass Movements and Stabilization using Vertical Sand Drains


Publication Type: Journal Article
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2016 Journal Article A. Sharma and Ramakrishnan, R., “Study on effect of Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitates on strength of fine grained soils”, Perspectives in Science, vol. 8, pp. 198 - 202, 2016.[Abstract]

Summary For construction purposes, it is very essential to provide a strong foundation for the structure. If required, the suitability of soil has to be improved; this process of improving properties of soil is called Soil Stabilisation. This study intends to experimentally analyse the effectiveness of use of an unorthodox liquid soil stabiliser, Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitates (MICP) for improving the shear strength parameters of two different types of fine grained soils. For this process, a species of Bacillus group, B. pastuerii was used to activate and catalyse the calcite precipitation caused by reaction between urea and calcium chloride. Two types of soils, i.e. intermediate compressible clay and highly compressible clay were used for the study. Parameters included concentration of B. pasteurii, concentration of the cementation reagent and duration of treatment. These parameters were applied on both the soils in a specified range in order to optimise their usage. The results proved that with the use of MICP, there was a noticeable improvement (1.5–2.9 times) in the unconfined compressive strength of both type of soils. It was also found that the strength increased with an increase in duration of treatment. Based on this study, optimum quantity and concentration of liquid additive to be added for different soil types for better strength increments were established. More »»
2014 Journal Article K. M. Mini, Alapatt, R. John, David, A. Elizabeth, Radhakrishnan, A., Cyriac, M. Maria, and Ramakrishnan, R., “Experimental study on strengthening of R.C beam using glass fibre reinforced composite”, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, vol. 50, pp. 275-286, 2014.[Abstract]

This paper reports the influence of number of layers and length of GFRP sheets wrapped onto RCC beams for strengthening. Twelve beams of size  were cast and tested. Two beams without GFRP and ten beams wrapped in different lay-up patterns with one and two layers of GFRP sheets was subjected to three point loading test and ultrasonic pulse velocity test. Initial crack load, ultimate failure load and types of failure have been observed and noted. Experimental results indicate a significant increase in initial and ultimate load carrying capacity of GFRP wrapped beams compared to unwrapped beams. The failed control specimen was retrofitted using U wrap scheme and tested under three point loading. More »»
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