What is Sheet Piling?
Sheet piling, sometimes referred to as steel sheet piling or “Z Piles”, are long, structural sections designed to create a continuous wall. In fact, these walls create an interlocking design system. This method connects multiple piles to form long walls in retaining structures. Steel sheet piling is the preferred material choice for retaining soil or water.
Why Use Sheet Piling?
Sheet piles are typically used when the bending strength and stiffness of the pile are the primary design consideration. In fact, piles are readily available, easy to store, and installs at the job site with impact hammers. In addition, piling minimally disruptive to the environment.
The unique shape of the sheet pile, like an elongated “Z”, allows for free sliding while maintaining its integrity during installation. In addition, it resembles a wide flange beam – having a web and two flanges. The interlocking “ball and socket” mechanism are located on the outside of the flange.