Problem 531 | Friction

Problem 531
A uniform plank of weight W and total length 2L is placed as shown in Fig. P-531 with its ends in contact with the inclined planes. The angle of friction is 15°. Determine the maximum value of the angle α at which slipping impends.
 

Plank resting at some angle on two inclined planes

 

Problem 530 | Friction

Problem 530
A plank 10 ft long is placed in a horizontal position with its ends resting on two inclined planes, as shown in Fig. P-530. The angle of friction is 20°. Determine how close the load P can be placed to each end before slipping impends.
 

Plank resting horizontally on inclined planes