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The diagram over shows an area of a railway cutting that has failed in the form of a shallow rotational slip. Using radians as a measure of angular displacement determine the length of the failure surface AB.

b.
A partially completed site survey of a quadrilateral site is given below.

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Problem 1:

The diagram below shows an area of a railway cutting that has failed in the form of a shallow rotational slip. Using radians as a measure of angular displacement determine the length of the failure surface AB.

Solution:

If we have the radius and the opening angle, we can compute the length of the arc AB as well as the length of chord AB.
The arc AB

From the definition of the radian, we can write:

where α = the angle taken in radians:

As a result, the length of the arc ...

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