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Steel Pilings: Boxes, Pipes, Sheets and More

Steel piles are preferred for their high capacity, ability to penetrate through obstructions and its relatively small soil displacement. Steel pilings consist of four different types: H-section piles, Box piles, Pipe Piles and Sheet piles.

H-section Piles:

Steel H-section Piles (also called H-piles) are one of the easiest piles to handle and drive. They are frequently used in urban areas due to their minimal soil displacements. They do have a tendency to bend during driving, especially at large depths. Selecting a steel H-pile is ideal when driving in large groups or in dense soil layers.

Box Piles

Box piles are created by welding together two sections of steel sheet piling. With the additional strength, box piles are ideal for high vertical loads and dolphins. They rarely bend, and are considerably larger than tubular piles of the same dimension. Quay walls are best supported by box piles.

Pipe Piles

With advantages such as increased wall thickness, pipe piles are ideal for drill-and-drive installation. Steel pipe piles can be manufactured seamlessly or lap-welded. The pile can be driven either closed or open ended, although open ended pipe piles tend to plug in cohesive soils. pipe piles are used frequently for marine structures.

Sheet Piles

Sheet piles are used to create an underground barrier, such as with retaining walls and cofferdams. They are strong, easy to use, and can even be reused. While steel sheet piles can be used elsewhere, they are best incorporated in wet environments.

Regardless of the type of steel pilings you choose, be sure to choose the correct grade and size for your project. Alpha Pipe Company, Inc. would be happy to help.

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Last modified on Thursday, 01 May 2014 14:52

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