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Engineering Mechanics Tutorial -4 topic -Friction (Part-1)

Problem 1
The 200-lb block shown in Fig. 1 has impending motion up the plane caused by the
horizontal force of 400 lb. Determine the coefficient of static friction between the contact
surfaces.

Fig-1 Fig-2
Problem 2
The blocks shown in Fig. 2 are connected by flexible, inextensible cords passing over frictionless
pulleys. At A the coefficients of friction are s = 0.30 and k = 0.20 while at B they are s = 0.40 and k
= 0.30. Compute the magnitude and direction of the friction force acting on each block.

Problem 3
Find the least value of P required to cause the system of blocks shown in Fig. 3 to have impending
motion to the left. The coefficient of friction under each block is 0.20.

Fig-3
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Problem 4
A homogeneous block of weight W rests upon the incline shown in Fig. 4. If the coefficient of friction
is 0.30, determine the greatest height h at which a force P parallel to the incline may be applied so
that the block will slide up the incline without tipping over.

Problem 5
The 10-kN cylinder shown in Fig. 5 is held at rest on the 30 incline by
a weight P suspended from a cord wrapped around the cylinder. If
slipping impends, determine P and the coefficient of friction.

Fig-5
Engineering Mechanics Tutorial -4 topic -Friction (Part-1)

Problem 6
Block A in Fig. 6 weighs 120 lb, block B weighs 200 lb, and the cord is parallel to the
incline. If the coefficient of friction for all surfaces in contact is 0.25, determine the angle
of the incline of which motion of B impends.

Prob
Fig-6 Fig-7

Problem 7

The blocks shown in Fig. 7 are separated by a solid strut which is attached to the blocks with
frictionless pins. If the coefficient of friction for all surfaces is 0.20, determine the value of horizontal
force P to cause motion to impend to the right. Assume that the strut is a uniform rod weighing 300
lb.

Problem 8
A uniform ladder 4.8 m ft long and weighing W lb is placed with one end on the ground and the other
against a vertical wall. The angle of friction at all contact surfaces is 20. Find the minimum value of
the angle at which the ladder can be inclined with the horizontal before slipping occurs.

Problem 9
A homogeneous cylinder 3 m in diameter and weighing 30 kN is resting on two inclined planes as
shown in Fig. 8. If the angle of friction is 15 for all contact surfaces, compute the magnitude of the
couple required to start the cylinder rotating counterclockwise.

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150 Fig-9 Fig-9

Problem 10

A uniform plank of weight W and total length 2L is placed as shown in Fig. 9 with its ends in
contact with the inclined planes. The angle of friction is 15. Determine the maximum value of
the angle at which slipping impends.