The sheet piling is actually retaining wall type that is either drove or pushed and installed in the ground than pouring or a thin cross section and low in weight, therefore, the wall weight does not impact the stability of the wall.
The sheet piling is made up of number of materials. Depending on several factors such as environmental factors and strength, the materials for the sheet piles are chosen. While designing the pile, the possibility of material deterioration and the impact on the integrity of the structure must be considered. Most of the permanent structures are constructed using concrete or steel. The concrete has longer life when it is under normal circumstances, but it has more initial costs than steel sheet piling. Concrete is tougher to install than steel sheet piling. It has been observed that this piling offers a great service life if designed properly.
The timber sheet piles are generally used for temporary purposes i.e. for short spans. It resists light lateral loads. These sheet piles are connected by tongue and groove joints. The con of this pile is that it needs preservative treatment to stay secure and soil with stones or rock chips are not appropriate for this sheet pile type.
The reinforced concrete sheet piles are constructed using precast concrete elements which are usually adjoined by groove joints and tongue. These sheets are used commonly in canals, river embarkments and other marine structures.
Steel sheet pile is the most common and used form as this is highly resistance to driving stress, water tightness and the length can be increased bybolting or welding.
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