GATE CE 2008

Question 1
The product of matrices (PQ)^{-1}P is
A
P^{-1}
B
Q^{-1}
C
P^{-1}Q^{-1}P
D
PQP^{-1}
Engineering Mathematics   Linear Algebra
Question 1 Explanation: 
\begin{aligned} \left ( PQ \right )^{-1}P&=\left (Q^{-1}P^{-1} \right )P \\ &=\left ( Q^{-1}\ \right )\left ( P^{-1}P \right ) \\ &=\left ( Q^{-1} \right )\left ( I \right )=Q^{-1} \end{aligned}
Question 2
The general solution of \frac{d^{2}y}{dx^{2}}+y=0 is
A
y = P \cos x + Q \sin x
B
y = P \cos x
C
y = P \sin x
D
y = P \sin^2 x
Engineering Mathematics   Ordinary Differential Equation
Question 2 Explanation: 
\begin{aligned} \frac{d^{2}y}{dx^{2}}+y&=0 \\ D^{2}+1&=0 \\ D=\pm i &=0\pm 1i \\ &\text{General solution is,} \\ y&=e^{0x}\left [ C_{1}\cos \left ( 1\times x \right )+C_{2}\sin \left ( 1\times x \right ) \right ] \\ &=C_{1}\cos x+C_{2}\sin x \\ &=P\cos x+Q\sin x \end{aligned}
where P and Q are some constants.
Question 3
A mild steel specimen is under uniaxial tensile stress. Young's modulus and yield stress for mild steel are 2 \times 10^{5} MPa and 250 MPa respectively. The maximum amount of strain energy per unit volume that can be stored in this specimen without permanent set is
A
156 Nmm/mm^{3}
B
15.6 Nmm/mm^{3}
C
1.56 Nmm/mm^{3}
D
0.156 Nmm/mm^{3}
Solid Mechanics   Properties of Metals, Stress and Strain
Question 3 Explanation: 
The strain energy per unit volume may be given as
\begin{aligned} u &=\frac{1}{2} \times \frac{\sigma_{y}^{2}}{E}=\frac{1}{2} \times \frac{(250)^{2}}{2 \times 10^{5}} \\ &=0.156 \mathrm{N}\; \mathrm{mm} / \mathrm{mm}^{3} \end{aligned}
Question 4
A reinforced concrete structure has to be constructed along a sea coast. The minimum grade of concrete to be used as per IS : 456-2000 is
A
M15
B
M20
C
M25
D
M30
RCC Structures   Working Stress and Limit State Method
Question 4 Explanation: 
As per clause 8.2.8 of 1S 456: 2.000 concrete in sea water or exposed directly along the sea coast shall be atleast M20 grade in the case of plain concrete and M30 in case of reinforced concrete.
Question 5
In the design of a reinforced concrete beam the requirement for bond is not getting satisfied. The economical option to satisfy the requirement for bond is by
A
bounding of bars
B
providing smaller diameter bars more in number
C
providing larger diameter bars less in number
D
providing same diameter bars more in number
RCC Structures   Shear, Torsion, Bond, Anchorage and Development Length
Question 5 Explanation: 
Bond stress \left(\tau_{b d}\right)=\frac{\text { Tensile force }}{(n \pi \phi) \sigma_{s t}}
\tau_{b d} should be less than permissible value, if it is greater than \left(\tau_{b d}\right)_{\text {permissible }} then best economical solution is to reduce the diameter of bar and increase its number.
Question 6
The shape of the cross-section, which has the largest shape factor, is
A
rectangular
B
I-section
C
Diamond
D
Solid circular
Design of Steel Structures   Plastic Analysis
Question 6 Explanation: 
Shape factors of some cross-section are as follows:
(i) Rectangle - 1.5
(ii) I-Section - 1.14
(iii) Diamond - 2
(iv) triangle - 2.34
(v) Circle - 1.7
Question 7
Group Symbols assigned to silty sand and clayey sand are respectively
A
SS and CS
B
SM and CS
C
SM and SC
D
MS and CS
Geotechnical Engineering   Classification of Soils and Clay Minerals
Question 7 Explanation: 
First part of the dual symbol indicates gradation
whereas second part indicates the nature of fineness.
\Rightarrow Silty sand =SM
\Rightarrow Clayey sand =SC
Question 8
When a retaining wall moves away from the backfill, the pressure exerted on the wall is termed as
A
passive earth pressure
B
swelling pressure
C
pore pressure
D
active earth pressure
Geotechnical Engineering   Retaining Wall-Earth Pressure Theories
Question 9
Compaction by vibratory roller is the best method of compaction in case of
A
moist silty sand
B
well graded dry sand
C
clay of medium compressibility
D
silt of high compressibility
Geotechnical Engineering   Compaction of soil
Question 10
A person standing on the bank of a canal drops a stone on the water surface. He notices that the disturbance on the water surface is not travelling upstream. This is because the flow in the canal is
A
sub-critical
B
super-critical
C
steady
D
uniform
Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics   Open Channel Flow
Question 10 Explanation: 
For super-critical flow, F_{r} \gt 1
\begin{aligned} \frac{V}{\sqrt{g y}} & \gt 1 \\ V & \gt \sqrt{g y} \\ V & \gt C \end{aligned}
Hence, on upstream, the waves will be washed away and we will not be able to see them but they can be seen on downstream side.
Hence, the flow here is super-critical.
There are 10 questions to complete.

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