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HYDRAULICS AND GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

SPLE-PICE RIYADH CHAPTER


CLASS BULKAN 2019
DIAGNOSTIC EXAM (30%) – 5 ITEMS
January 18, 2019
Aquarium Hotel, Riyadh KSA

Instructions: Select the correct answers for each of the following questions. Mark only one
answer for each item by shading the box corresponding the letter of your choice on the answer
sheet provided. STRICTLY NO ERASURES ALLOWED. Use pencil no. 2 only.

1.0 (May 2017) In accordance with Rankine's theory for lateral active earth pressure on a retaining wall with
horizontal backfill, what angle of internal friction, in degrees, results in a coefficient of lateral earth equal to
0.50?
a. 18.5 deg
b. 19.5 deg
c. 20.5 deg
d. 21.5 deg
2.0 (May 2017) A soil sample has a specific gravity of 2.50 for ist solid grain, It has a void ration of 0.40 and a degree
of saturation 40%. Evaluate the unit weight of the soil, in Kn/m3
a. 15.60
b. 18.60
c. 20.60
d. 24.60

Situation 01 (May 2014)

A vertical triangular plate with base horizontal and 3.6m high is submerged in water. The distance between the
center of gravity and the center of pressure is 20cm

3.0 How deep is the water from the tip of the triangle?
a. 1.00m
b. 1.10m
c. 1.20m
d. 1.30m
4.0 If the total force acting on one side of the triangle is 79.46KN, find the base width of the triangle
a. 1.00m
b. 1.25m
c. 1.50m
d. 1.75m
5.0 Find the depth of water to the center of pressure.
a. 3.40m
b. 3.50m
c. 3.70m
d. 3.80m

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Prepared by Engr Mark Carlo Tullao


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HYDRAULICS AND GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
SPLE-PICE RIYADH CHAPTER
CLASS BULKAN 2019
DIAGNOSTIC EXAM (30%) – 5 ITEMS
January 18, 2019
Aquarium Hotel, Riyadh KSA

SOLUTION:

1.0 Ka = 1– Sin θ
1+ Sin θ
0.50 = 1 – Sin θ
1+ Sin θ

Sin θ = 1/3

θ = 19.50
2.0 γsat = (Gs + Se) γw
1+e
γsat = (2.50 + 0.40(0.40) 9.81
1 + 0.40
γsat = 18.60 Kn/m3

3.0 December 2014

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