Philippe L. Bourdeau

Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP G233
Phone: (765) 494-5031


Specialty Area(s)

Ph.D., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, 1986
M.S., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, 1977
B.S., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, 1976

Research Interests
Soil mechanics; geosynthetics; particulate mechanics; geotechnical uncertainty; reliability and risk analysis.

Selected Research Projects

  • Chemical and Biochemical Clogging of Geotextile Filters, 2007-2008, Indiana DOT/FHWA (P. L. Bourdeau, P.I.)
  • Advanced Compaction Quality Control, 2005-2006, INDOT/FHWA (V. Drnevich, P.I., P. L. Bourdeau, Co-P.I.)
  • Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls for Bridge Support, 2004-2006, INDOT/FHWA (P. L. Bourdeau, P.I.)
  • Dynamics of Soil-Reinforcement Interface, 2002-2004, Purdue University (P. L. Bourdeau, P.I.)
  • Filter Performance and Design for Highway Drains, 2002-2004, INDOT/FHWA (P. L. Bourdeau, P.I.)
  • Improvement of Soft Subgrade Using Geosynthetics, 2001-2006, INDOT/FHWA (P.L. Bourdeau, P.I., D. Kim, Co-P.I.)

Teaching Activity
CE 383, Geotechnical Engineering I

CE 483, Geotechnical Engineering II

CE 682, Groundwater and Seepage

CE 593, Environmental Geotechnology

CE 583, Slopes and Retaining Structures

CE 695, Probabilistic Methods in Geotechnical Engineering

Honors & Awards
1995 Awards of Excellence State-of-Practice Technology Award, by the North American Geosynthetics Society. This award was received for outstanding contributions to geosynthetics technology as presented in the paper entitled: "Stress-Strain Compatibility of Geomembranes Subjected to Subsidence" by S. M. Merry, J. D. Bray and P. L. Bourdeau.

Selected Publications

  • Lee, S.H., and Bourdeau, P.L., (2006), "Filter Performance and Design for Highway Drains", Final Report, FHWA/IN/JTRP-2005/1, May, 204 p.
  • Zevgolis, I.E., and Bourdeau, P.L., (2006), "System Reliability of Cantilever Retaining Walls with Correlated Failure Modes", Proceedings, ASCE, Geo-Institute Geocongress, Atlanta, Feb. 26-March 1, 2006. Publication on CD Rom.
  • Bourdeau, P.L., and Zevgolis, I.E., (2005), "Correlations entre modes de ruine dans l'analyse de fiabilite de systeme des murs de soutenement (Correlations between failure modes in system reliability analysis of retaining walls)", Proceedings, 4th Conference on Materials and Structures Reliability, JNF '05, Clermont-Ferrand, France, Oct. 25-26, 2005, Paper No. 2.6, 8 p. (in French).
  • Bourdeau, P.L., and Amundaray, J., (2005), "Non-parametric Simulation of Geotechnical Uncertainty", Geotechnique, Institution of Civil Engineers, London, Vol. 55, No. 2, pp. 95-108.
  • Bourdeau, P.L., (2004), "Long-term Deformation of Soft Ground at a Trial Embankment Site and Its Simplified Numerical Modeling", in GSP No. 126, Geotechnical Engineering for Transportation Projects, July, ASCE, Vol. 1, pp. 420-427.
  • Bourdeau, P.L., (2004), "Probabilistic Modeling of Landslide Reactivation by Embankment Load", Proceedings, ASCE Specialty Conference on Probabilistic Mechanics, Albuquerque, NM, July. Publication on CD-ROM.