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Complete this problem. A site is underlain by two layers of normally consolidated clayey sand. The unit weights of the top layer are 19 and 21 kN/m3 and the layer is 6 meters thick. The unit weights of the bottom layer are 20 and22 kN/m, and the layer is 8 meters thick. Below the bottom layer lies bedrock. The water table is located 2 meters below the ground surface. The top layer soil has a friction angle of 38 degrees, a cohesion intercept of 20 kPa,and an undrained strength of 160 kPa. The bottom layer soil has a friction angle of 33 degrees, a cohesion intercept of 10 kPa, and an undrained strength of 120 kPa. Point A is located 9 meters underground. All layers have a lateral stress ratio of 0.5.

Draw the profile neatly, add dimensions, and draw a tree on the ground surface.

Determine the geostatic vertical effective stress and the geostatic horizontal effective stress at point A.

Draw the Mohr Circle to determine the effective stress that acts at point A on a plane inclined 10 degrees counter-clockwise from the horizontal plane.


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