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How does Sheet pile works


Sheet piles are used for both temporary and permanent retaining walls. Structures include basements, underground car parks and abutments for bridges including integral bridges.


This passage talks about following:

The concept of sheet pile

U & Z sheet pile

Types of Retaining Walls for Sheet pile

The Safety of Sheet pile

U sheet pile

The concept of sheet pile

The steel sheet pile is a steel structure with a linkage device at the edges. These linkage devices can be freely combined with each other to form a continuous and tight retaining wall.

 The sheet piles are driven into the soil with vibratory or impact hammers. In some cases they may be installed with hydraulic presses. The placed sheet piles interlock with each other, enabling variable designs that can be adapted for a specific retention job. If even more strength is needed, anchors are easy to add. The adaptability of the sheet pile means they can be used permanently or temporarily according to different needs. Sheet pile is used to protect or construct:

Parking structures

Seawalls and bulkheads


Pump houses



Below ground facilities

U & Z sheet pile

U & Z sheet piles are primarily used for reinforcing dams and river or canal banks. They are also used for containment barriers in contaminated land and as noise barriers when sound absorbent facing is attached to the front of the pile.

Where the depth of excavation is small, cold formed trench sheet sections can be used as an alternative to U and Z sheet piles. In some projects including sewerage and drainage works, and many other temporary works, Z-profiles are used as intermediate in deep wall construction as they are considered to be the most efficient type of sheet pile available. They are commonly used for cantilever and tied-back retaining wall systems. U sheet piles have similar applications as Z sheet piles.


Types of Retaining Walls for Sheet pile

Different sites need different walls. With each technique specifically designed for the scenario, the following are the most common retention walls:

Cantilever – These walls provide support by the sheer strength of the sheets.

Braced and Anchored – These are necessary for high pressure situations, increasing retaining strength with lateral braces and anchors.

Soldier Piles – H-section pipes or piles are inserted into drilled holes.

Secant or Tangent Piles – Drilled out sections are filled will soil to stiffen the walls.

Structural Slurry Walls – Trenches are dug and filled with concrete as an alternative to steel.

We provide expert deep foundation and pile driving services and can assist clients in getting the sheet pile they need to thoroughly and completely protect their work sites.


The Safety of Sheet pile

If the design is correct, the sheet pile can almost eliminate the risk of landslide, erosion, collapse or water. The construction site is full of people and expensive equipment, so there is no excuse for adventure. Through a simple survey, the best retention plan can be designed to minimize building costs and security risks. The correct design and driving of the plate pile can provide excellent protection for the construction site and the permanent retaining wall. If you are interested in our products, please contact us at any time.


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