Dr. B. Hanumantha RaoAssistant Professor
School of Infrastructure

Research Interests

    o   Ground Improvement

o   Expansive Soil Stabilization

o   Clay Mineralogy and Oxides Influence

o   Sensors and Sensing Techniques for Geosystems

o   Geomaterial Characterization

o   Linear and Volumetric Strain Measurements

o   Contaminant Detection

o   Slope Monitoring

o   Geoenvironmental Engineering

o   Geotechnics & Waste Valorization: Red Mud, Fly Ash, Phosphogypsum

o   Tailings Management

o   Thermal Effects on Geomaterial Behavior: Thermal Conductivity & Thermal Storage, Phase change materials

o   Biopolymers and Geopolymers

o   Microbiogeotechnology


Brief Resume

Contact Details

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  • +91-9439739910, 674-713-6614
  • bhrao@iitbbs.ac.in

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 Degree Discipline Year School
 Ph.D. Geotechnical Engineering (Civil Engineering) 2009 IIT Bombay
 M.Tech. Geotechnical Engineering 2005 IIT Bombay
 B.E. Civil Engineering 2003 Osmania University





UG Level

PG Level

1.Foundation Engineering
2.Ground Improvement
3.Geoenvironmental Management
4.Engineering Drawing and Computer Graphics
5.Structural Detailing and Drawing
6.Soil Mechanics Laboratory
7.Engineering Mechanics
8.Soil Mechanics
9.Geotechnics of waste and waste containment
1.Foundation Analysis and Design
2.Ground Improvement
3.Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
4.Environmental Geotechnics Lab Tutor
5.Advanced Soil Mechanics
6.Applied Soil Mechanics
7.Geotechnics of waste and waste containment
8.Geotechnics of polluted sites
9.Insitu testing of soils laboratory


2014-17    Studies on characterization of unsaturated soils using thermal flux sponsored by IIT Bhubaneswar
2014-17    Establishment of swelling and cracking characteristics of expansive soils from suction measurements, sponsored by CSIR
2014-17  Investigations on Strength and Volume Change Properties of Red Mud for its Effective Utilization in Geotechnical Applications, sponsored by DST under Fast Track scheme
2014-17    Synthesis, characterization, and development of red mud-fly ash based geopolymer concrete, sponsored by NALCO
2015-19    Characterization and utilization of red mud as a structural fill and embankment material, sponsored by DST
2018-21    Characterization studies of nano-enhanced phase change material (NEPCM) in thermal storage devices for sustainable building designs in India, sponsored by DST under CERI scheme
2018-19    Estimation of morphodynamicity and its remedial action using red-mud based concrete at coastal zone of Eastern Odisha, sponsored by Ministry of Mines
2019-22    A novel Biotreatment of bauxite residue for conversion into sustainable geomaterial, sponsored by MHRD under SPARC
2019-21    Geoenvironmental and geotechnical issues of coal mine overburden, sponsored by MHRD under SPARC
2022-24    Green and sustainable construction materials from waste industrial by-products-red                        mud and waste gypsum by DST under Indo-Slovenia bilateral scientific and                                technical cooperation project 

Author(s) Recent Publication (International Journals)
B. Hanumantha Rao, V. Sridhar, R. R. Rakesh, D. N. Singh, P. K. Narayan, and P. K. Wattal
1 "Modeling Radioactive Contaminant Transport in Soils" In print in International Journal of Environment and Waste Management (IJEWM).
B. Hanumantha Rao, K. Venkataramana, and D. N. Singh
2 "Studies on Determination of Swelling Properties of Soil from Suction Measurements", Canadian Geotechnical Journal, May 2011.
B. Hanumantha Rao and D. N. Singh
3 "Establishment of Soil-water Characteristic Curve from Electrical Measurements", ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 136(5), 2010.
B. Hanumantha Rao and D. N. Singh
4 "Application of Thermal Flux for Establishing Soil-water Characteristic Curve of Kaolin", Geomechanics and Geoengineering: An International Journal, 5(4), 2010, 259-266.
Dalinaidu. A, B. Hanumantharao, Shathakumar. S, and D.N. Singh
5 "Determination of Distribution Coefficient of Geomaterials and Immobilizing Agents", Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 47, 2010, 1139-1148.
Yusuf Erzin, B. Hanumantha Rao, Anjan Patel and D. N. Singh
6 "Application of Artificial Neural Network Models for Predicting Electrical Resistivity of Soils from their Thermal Resistivity," International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 2010, 49(1), 1189-130.
B. Hanumantha Rao, V. Sridhar, R. R. Rakesh, D. N. Singh, P. K. Narayan, and P. K. Wattal
7 "Application of In-situ Lysimetric Studies for Determining Soil Hydraulic Conductivity", Geotechnical and Geological Engineering Journal, Vol. 27(5), 595-606, 2009.
K. Venkataramana, B. Hanumantha Rao, and D. N. Singh,
8 "A Critical Review of the Methodologies Employed for Determination of Tensile Strength of Fine-grained Soils", Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 37(2), published online 1st March-2009, pages 8.
Yusuf Erzin, B. Hanumantha Rao and D. N. Singh
9 "Artificial Neural Network Models for Predicting Soil Thermal Resistivity", International Journal for Thermal Sciences, 2008, 47(10), 1347-1358.
D. N. Arnepalli, B. Hanumantha Rao, S. Shanthakumar, and D. N. Singh
10 "Comparison of Methods for Determining Specific Surface Area of Fine-grained Soils", Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Springer Netherlands, 2008, 26(2), 121-137.
Ajaz Massod Bhat, B. Hanumantha Rao and D. N. Singh
11 "A Generalized Relationship for Estimating Dielectric Constant of Soils", Journal of ASTM International, ASTM, 4(7), Published Online: 15 August 2007, pages: 12.
B. Hanumantha Rao and D. N. Singh
12 "Determination of Diffusion Characteristics of Intact Rock Mass: A Critical Comparison", Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 2008, 31(6), 490-502.
B. Hanumantha Rao, Ajaz M. Bhat, and D. N. Singh
13 "Application of Impedance Spectroscopy for Modeling Flow of AC in Soils", Geomechanics and Geoengineering: an International Journal, 2007, 2(3), 197-206.
B. Hanumantha Rao. B, A. Dalinaidu and D.N. Singh
14 "Accelerated Diffusion Tests on Intact Rock Mass", Journal of Testing and Evaluation, ASTM, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp: 111-117, 2007.

Academic Honors & Awards

  • Novel technology developed on “Geopolymer concrete product with industrial wastes” stood among one of the top innovative projects (out of 77) in ALL IIT R&D Fair 2021.
  • Best presentation award (Oral) of the paper presented in IGC-2019 held at NIT Surat, India from 19th - 21st December 2019.
  • Third Ranker in whole class in B. E. at College of Engineering, Osmania University.
  • PRATIBHA award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh for the year 1999.
  • Secured second rank in state level Engineering Common Entrance Test, ECET-1999.
  • Ranked first in three consecutive years during Diploma.

Research Scholar

Title of thesis
Janardhan Tahasildar
Establishment of Swelling and Characteristics of Expansive Soil
M. Srinivasula Reddy
Synthesis, development, and characterization of geopolymer concrete made with industrial wastes of fly ash and red mud
Dr. Dinakar Pasla
Shamshad Alam
Characterization of coarse fraction of red mud as a civil engineering construction material
Prof. SK Das
N. Gangadhara Reddy
Geotechnical and geoenvironmental characterization of red mud with different amendments: mineralogical and morphological investigations
P. Srikanth Reddy
Engineering Applications of Natural Expansive Soils based on Combined Montmorillonite Content and Chemical Parameters
Prof. Bijayananda Mohanty
Manas Chandan Mishra
Chemical treatment methods for mitigating alkalinity in the bauxite residue: pH rebound and leaching studies
Bheem Pratap
Development of composite materials using red mud and phoshopgypsum
Joined in 2018
Dr. Somenath Mondal
Goushya Begum
Stability analysis of bauxite residue tailings facility: effect of climatic impacts
Joined in 2020
Benazeer Sultana
Microbial methods for treating of bauxite residue: pH rebound and leaching studies
Joined in 2021
Shubojit Saha
Synthesis and development of pavement composites using bauxite residue and phosphogypsum
Joined in 2021
Kummari Sekhar
Synthesis of construction materials from waste industrial byproducts - red mud and phosphogypsum
Joined in 2022

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Professional Experience

o   Assistant Professor, IIT Bhubaneswar, December 2011 – till present. o   Assistant Professor, NIT Rourkela, August 2011 – December 2011. o   Scientific Officer-D, NPCIL, November 2010 – July 2011. o   Assistant Professor, KL University, AP, June 2010 – November 2010. o   Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and September-2009 - April-2010. o   Research Assistant, IIT Bombay, January 2009 – June 2009.

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