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# Ex/AM/ME/T/1A/24/14

## BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING EXAMINATION, 2014

(First Year, First Semester)
ENGINEERING MECHANICS
Time: Three Hours Full Marks: 100 (520)
Any missing data may be assumed with suitable justification

ANSWER TOTAL FIVE QUESTIONS WITH AT LEAST TWO QUESTIONS FROM EACH GROUP
GROUP A
Q1. [10+10]
(a) Replace the two forces and single couple by an equivalent force-couple system at point A (Fig. Q1(a)).
(b) The turnbuckle (Fig. Q1(b)) is tightened until the tension in cable AB is 1.2 kN. Calculate the magnitude of the
moment about point O of the force acting on point A. Then determine the magnitude of the moment about the x- axis.

## Fig. Q1(a) Fig. Q1(b)

Q2. [10+10]
(a) Determine the reaction at the roller F for the frame loaded as shown in Fig. Q2(a). Draw the free body diagram of
all the members and identify the two-force member.
(b) The light bar is used to support the 50 kg block in its vertical guides (Fig. Q2(b)). If the coefficient of static
friction is 0.30 at the upper end of the bar and 0.40 at the lower end of the bar, find the friction force acting at each end
for x=75 mm. Also find the maximum value of x for which the bar will not slip.

## Fig. Q2(a) Fig. Q2(b) [Turn Over]

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Q3. [12+8]
(a) Determine the x- and y-coordinates of the centroid of the enclosed area shown in Fig. Q3(a).
(b) Find the area moment of inertia of the enclosed area, shown in Fig. Q3(a), about the x- axis. Take k=1 unit and
a=b.

Fig. Q3(a)

Q4. The vertical mast (Fig. Q4) supports 4 kN force and is constrained by the two fixed cables BC and BD and by a
ball-and-socket connection at A. Calculate the tension in cable BD. 

Fig. Q4

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GROUP B
Q5. [10+10]
(a) The coefficient of static friction between the 100 kg body (Fig. Q5(a)) and the 150 wedge is 0.20. Determine the
magnitude of the force P required to raise the 100 kg body if (a) rollers of negligible friction are present under the
wedge, and (b) the rollers under the wedge are removed and the coefficient of static friction applies at this surface as
well.
(b) Determine the range of values of W1 for which the block W2 will be in static equilibrium (Fig. Q5(b)). At what
value of W1 is the friction force zero? Take W2 =500 N. The coefficient of static friction, =0.2.

## Fig. Q5(a) Fig. Q5(b)

Q6. [10+10]
(a) A test projectile (Fig. Q6(a)) is fired horizontally into a viscous liquid with a velocity v0. The retarding force is

proportional to the square of the velocity, so that the acceleration becomes a kv . Derive expressions for the
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distance D traveled in the liquid and the corresponding time t required to reduce the velocity to v0/2. Neglect any
vertical motion.
(b) In the design of a timing mechanism (Fig. Q6(b)), the motion of the pin A in the fixed circular slot is controlled by the
guide B, which is being elevated by its lead screw with a constant upward velocity v0 = 2 m/s for an interval of its motion.
Calculate both the normal and tangential components of acceleration of pin A as it passes the position for which = 30.

## Fig. Q6(a) Fig. Q6(b)

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Q7. [10+10]
(a) Deduce the components of both velocity and acceleration of a particle executing plane curvilinear motion in polar
coordinates.
(b) A jet plane flying (Fig. Q7(b)) at a constant speed v at an altitude h=10 km is being tracked by radar located at O
directly below the line of flight. If the angle is decreasing at the rate of 0.020 rad/s when =600, determine the
value of r at this instant and the magnitude of the velocity of the plane.

Fig. Q7(b)

Q8. [10+10]
(a) Determine the acceleration of bodies A and B and the tension in the cable due to the application of the 300 N force.
Neglect all friction and the masses of the pulleys (Fig. Q8(a)) .
(b) The 1500 kg car (Fig. Q8(b)) is traveling at 100 km/hr on the straight portion of the road, and then its speed is reduced
uniformly from A to C, at which point it comes to rest. Compute the magnitude F of the total friction force exerted by the
road on the car (a) just before it passes point B, (b) just after it passes point B, and (c) just before it stops at point C.

## Fig. Q8(a) Fig. Q8(b)

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