Protection of Piles: Steel, Concrete, Wood

by Roney A. Heinz, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 12, Pg. 59-64

Document Type: Feature article


Normal construction materials have a very limited life when placed in a corrosive soil or water environment; steel rusts, concrete spalls, and wood rots (if the insects don't get it first). The protection of piles made from any of these materials is an ongoing battle. Many methods have been developed to prevent pile deterioration or to refurbish weakened piles. The basic categories of protection techniques include cathodes, coatings, and encasements. Some of the methods are discussed and compared.

Subject Headings: Concrete piles | Steel piles | Wood piles | Piles | Construction materials | Steel construction | Soil water | Concrete construction

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