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Strength of Temporary Earth Retaining Wall Made from Wooden Planks

A temporary earth retaining wall consists of wooden plank driven vertically into the ground. The wall is designed to resist 2.4 m height of soil.

Given the following:
Cross-sectional dimensions of the plank = 300 mm wide × 75 mm thick
Allowable bending stress of the plank = 10.4 MPa
Allowable shear stress of the plank = 0.8 MPa
Unit weight of retained soil = 17.3 kN/m3
Active earth pressure coefficient = 1/3

1.   Calculate the maximum flexural stress.

A.   12.7 MPa C.   8.6 MPa
B.   14.2 MPa D.   10.1 MPa

2.   Calculate the maximum shear stress.

A.   1.11 MPa C.   0.99 MPa
B.   0.33 MPa D.   0.77 MPa

3.   Calculate the minimum thickness of the plank to prevent failure.

A.   90 mm C.   110 mm
B.   80 mm D.   100 mm

Safe Dimensions of the Notch at a Joint of a Timber Truss

The truss shown in is made from timber Guijo 100 mm × 150 mm. The load on the truss is 20 kN. Neglect friction.

Allowable stresses for Guijo:
Compression parallel to grain = 11 MPa
Compression perpendicular to grain = 5 MPa
Shear parallel to grain = 1 MPa




1.   Determine the minimum value of x in mm.

A.   180 C.   160
B.   150 D.   140

2.   Determine the minimum value of y in mm.

A.   34.9 C.   13.2
B.   26.8 D.   19.5

3.   Calculate the axial stress of member AC in MPa.

A.   1.26 C.   1.57
B.   1.62 D.   1.75


Maximum Stress of Truss Member Due to Moving Loads

The bridge truss shown in the figure is to be subjected by uniform load of 10 kN/m and a point load of 30 kN, both are moving across the bottom chord



Calculate the following:
1.   The maximum axial load on member JK.

A.   64.59 kN C.   -64.59 kN
B.   -63.51 kN D.   63.51 kN

2.   The maximum axial load on member BC.

A.   47.63 kN C.   -47.63 kN
B.   -74.88 kN D.   74.88 kN

3.   The maximum compression force and maximum tension force on member CG.

A.   -48.11 kN and 16.36 kN
B.   Compression = 0; Tension = 16.36 kN
C.   -16.36 kN and 48.11 kN
D.   Compression = 48.11 kN; Tension = 0


Truss With Tension-Only Diagonals

Diagonals BG, CF, CH, and DG of the truss shown can resist tension only.



If W = 3 kN and P = 0, find the following:
1.   the force in member CF.

A.   4.76 kN C.   4.67 kN
B.   4.32 kN D.   4.23 kN

2.   the force in member BF.

A.   3.2 kN C.   3.4 kN
B.   3.3 kN D.   3.5 kN

3.   the force in member DH.

A.   2.8 kN A.   2.5 kN
B.   2.8 kN D.   2.7 kN


3-Panel Truss with Flexible Cables Used as Diagonals

Flexible cables BE and CD are used to brace the truss shown below.



1.   Determine the load W to cause a compression force of 8.9 kN to member BD.

A.   7.80 kN C.   26.70 kN
B.   35.64 kN D.   13.35 kN

2.   Which cable is in tension and what is the tensile reaction?

A.   BE = 12.58 kN C.   BE = 6.29 kN
B.   CD = 6.29 kN D.   CD = 12.58 kN

3.   If W = 20 kN, what will be the tensile reaction of member CE?

A.   6.67 kN C.   0
B.   13.33 kN D.   10 kN