Civil Engineering - Highway Engineering - Discussion


A gradient along which the vehicle does not require any tractive effort to maintain a specified speed, is known as

[A]. ruling gradient
[B]. pushing gradient
[C]. floating gradient
[D]. minimum gradient

Answer: Option C


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Loki said: (Sep 20, 2017)  
Anyone explain it? please.

Kanji said: (Mar 6, 2019)  
Gradient :

It is expressed as the ratio of the difference of heights between the two points and the distance between them.

Eg: Now when you are going up on the hill by road, then you need more tractive effort. But when you are coming down, the tractive effort is negative, means your car will speed downwards. Even while going Straight a car need some amount of tractive effort. But there is a definite gradient in which you will need no tractive effort. Remember, it is not negative tractive effort but just the amount that is required to maintain the speed. So that specific gradient in which you can maintain a specific speed will be called floating gradient.

Sushma said: (Mar 12, 2019)  
Thank you @Kanji.

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