Steel H piles are square-shaped beams used in various industries for deep foundation applications. They are often used as a support structure in commercial construction, such as buildings and bridges, and marine structures. H piles are driven into the earth by pile driving equipment. The strong and durable H-shape provides excellent weight distribution when carrying a structure above ground.
H Beam v.s. I Beam
The H beam has wider edges than an I-beam, but the I-beam has tapered edges. The width is the edge, and the height is the web. The difference between both H beams and I beams is the edge by web ratio. An I beam has tapered edges where an H beam does not. It gets its name from the fact that it looks like a capital letter “I” when you see it from the side. With an I beam, the height of the cross section is higher than the width. The I beam is lighter than the H beam, which means a H beam is not always the best choice for building.
Soldier Pile and Lagging
The H beam is commonly used for soldier beams and lagging. Soldier pile and lagging is a retention method consisting of steel piles driven or placed in drilled holes. After the soldier beams have been driven, the ground is excavated along one side of the beams to expose a hollow piece of ground. This also partially exposes the front faces of the beams. Then lagging is installed with either timber or sprayed shotcrete to hold back the soil.
What is a Friction Pile
H piles can be used for many different types of pile driving and foundation work. One thing they can be used for is friction piling. A friction pile is a type of pile foundation. This type of pile uses the frictional resistance force between the pile surface and surrounding soil to transfer the complete weight of the structure it is carrying.
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