Sheet Piling


Sheet Pile Design by Pile Buck

Harry A. Lindahl and Don C. Warrington
Pile Buck International

The successor to the classic Pile Buck Sheet Piling Design Manual, this Pile Buck exclusive is the definitive reference for the design of sheet pile walls. It covers every aspect of sheet pile design including the soil mechanics and earth pressure theory involved in sheet pile design, structural considerations, design of both cantilever and anchored walls, earthquake design for sheet pile walls, seepage and hydrostatic loads, anchor systems and tiebacks, cofferdams, corrosion and more. Text includes numerous worked examples and step-by-step solutions featuring various methods of design. Examples include use of Pile Buck’s software program SPW911, along with “hand” solutions.

Design and Use of Sheet Pile Walls in Stream Restoration and Stabilisation Projects

NRCS Stream Restoration Handbook, Technical Supplement 14R
August 2007

This technical supplement provides an introduction to the use of sheet pile, types of walls, sheet pile materials, classical method of design for wall stability, structural design, specification, and installation of sheet pile for stream restoration and stabilization projects. It describes typical applications for cantilever sheet pile wall in stream restoration and stabilization projects, types of sheet pile material, loads applied to the sheet pile, failure modes, design for cantilever wall stability, structural design of the piles, and some construction considerations. It does not address stream stability; hydraulic analyses of the streamflow; geotechnical analyses and slope stability of the stream slopes; or the ecological, aesthetic, or geomorphic consequences of the use of sheet pile.

Design of Sheet Pile Cellular Structures, Cofferdams and Retaining Structures

U.S. Army EM 1110-2-2503

A comprehensive treatment of a specialised subject. Cellular cofferdams are an important type of retaining wall that require a design approach like no other lateral earth retaining structure.

Design of Sheet Pile Walls

U.S. Army EM 1110-2-2504

A guide to the design of sheet pile walls, primarily using the soil-structure interactive method. It does not give a detailed description of classical methods, but has much useful information.

Investigation of Wall Friction, Surcharge Loads, and Moment Reduction Curves for Anchored Sheet-Pile Walls

William P. Dawkins
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Information Technology Laboratory ERDC/ITL TR-01-4
September 2001

This report contains discussions and results of three separate studies of topics associated with sheet-pile wall design.

  • Chapter 1 presents an investigation of the effect of the angle of wall/soil friction on bending moments and compares the results of design and/or analysis using classical design procedures or one-dimensional (1-D) soil-structure interaction (SSI).
  • Chapter 2 discusses the procedures for incorporating the influence of surcharge loads on soil pressures obtained from different pressure calculation methods.
  • Chapter 3 compares moment reduction curves from several different sources.

Numerical analysis of cantilever and anchored sheet pile walls at failure and comparison with classical methods

Alejo Gonzalez Torrabadella
Escola de Caminas, UPC Barcelonatech
January 2013

Concrete sheet pile walls were seldom designed before de beginning of the 20th Century, dating the first design methods from the early 1900’s. It was in the 1950’s, when sheet pile walls were broadly established as a solution to solve problems associated with deep excavations near buildings, subterranean structures or below the water table. Since then, the growing need to use scarce land efficiently, along with the improvement and development of specialized machinery with a greater efficiency, have led to an increase in the use of sheet pile walls. Although design methods have been constantly reviewed and improved, these have not changed much in the last 50 years. Its usage is fully extended due to its simplicity and reliability. Despite the development of numerical methods in the last decades applied to geotechnical engineering the “classical” analytical methods are still broadly used.

This Master Thesis is framed into a wider study of the behaviour of sheet pile walls at failure. In particular, it is the continuation of a previous work by Cuadrado (2010) [Stress-strain analysis at failure and safety conditions in cantilever and anchored sheet pile walls. Comparison with classical methods]. In this study the author developed a detailed assessment of the classical methods for cantilever and single-anchored sheet pile walls and compared them with the Finite Element method. Additionally, that work included a contribution on safety practices, consisting of increasing the embedment depth by 20% and reducing the passive resistance.

A Study of the Long-Term Applications of Vinyl Sheet Piles

August 2003

This report, written for the Corps of Engineers, summarizes the results of a brief investigation of the long-term application of vinyl sheet piles to address some of the concerns raised in a recent Engineering and Construction Bulletin about the integrity, durability, impact damage, construction standards, and allowable design of commercially available PVC sheet piles. The data used in this investigation were available from existing literature, technical organizational databases, (e.g. the Vinyl Institute), manufacturers’ input, input from the technical experts on vinyl, and a few limited laboratory tests. The comments apply primarily to generic PVC and not to the specific PVC material of any manufacturer. The performance of an individual manufacturer’s PVC sheet pile may vary from what has been generally reported here.

Sheet Pile Design and Performance in Peat

Samuel G. Paikowsky and Yong Tan
University of Massachusetts at Lowell
July 2005

As part of a highway relocation project (RT44) in Carver Massachusetts, long sheet pile walls were installed in Cranbury bogs and ponds in order to mitigate environmental concerns. The subsurface consisting of deep peat deposits challenges the current understanding of the pressures developing on sheet piles and the parameters used for its design. A large instrumentation program has been conducted over a period of 2.5 years, measuring the peat pressure developing along the sheet pile walls during construction and service. This project includes (i) original wall design and associated assumptions, (ii) a detailed field and laboratory study investigating the vertical and lateral properties of the peat, (iii) the instrumentation of the walls using inclinometers and vibrating wire total pressure cells along with a new thin film tactile pressure sensors, (iv) the measurements of the pressures and deflections developing along the wall and independent surveying over various stages of construction including excavation, fill, deep dynamic compaction (DDC) and MSE wall construction, (v) the modelling of the wall-soil interaction during the aforementioned stages using the FEM code PLAXIS, (vi) comparisons between the modelling results and measured values at the different stages, and (vii) the development of recommended parameters for future design of walls in peat.

User’s Guide: Computer Program for Design and Analysis of Sheet-Pile Walls by Classical Methods (CWALSHT) Including Rowe’s Moment Reduction

William P. Dawkins
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Instruction Report ITL-91-1
October 1991

The computer program CWALSHT was developed from specifications provided by the Computer-Aided Structural Engineering (CASE) Task Group on Sheet Pile Structures and is described in this report. The program uses classical soil mechanics procedures for determining the required depth of penetration of a new wall or assesses the factors of safety for an existing wall.