Failure of Anchored Sheet Pile Walls

by Bengt B. Broms, (F.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Soil and Rock Mechanics, Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm, Sweden,
Hakan Stille, Civ. Engr.; Dept. of Soil and Rock Mechanics, Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm, Sweden,


Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 3, Pg. 235-251


Document Type: Journal Paper

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Abstract: Several failures of anchored sheet pile walls have occurred in Sweden. Most of these have been caused by insufficient stability or by frost action. Large movements have been observed when piles were driven close to a wall and the driving depth exceeded that of the sheet piles due to the high excess pore pressures which develop during the driving in cohesionless soils. Such failures can be prevented by increasing the driving depth, by decreasing the slope of the anchors, or by using steel H-piles instead of concrete piles. Failure of the anchors caused by the lateral expansion of the soil due to frost action has been observed. It is possible to prevent such failures by drainage or by heating the wall during the winter.

Subject Headings: Structural failures | Sheet piles | Failure analysis | Walls | Concrete piles | Frost | Driven piles | Pile driving | Europe | Sweden

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