American Society of Civil Engineers

Pile Jetting

by Gregory P. Tsinker, M.ASCE, (Staff Civ. Engr., Acres International Ltd., Niagara Falls L2E 6W1, Canada)

Journal of Geotechnical Engineering
, Vol. 114, No. 3, March 1988, pp. 326-334, (doi:

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Abstract: The state-of-the-art of pile jetting is reviewed. In general, jetting is a very effective time-saving method of pile driving. It can be effectively utilized for the driving of both vertical and batter piles. It is almost indispensable for the driving of wide flange piles, T-shaped sheet piles, or similar types of piling. The method requires very simple equipment, which typically includes a centrifugal pump, jet pipes, flexible pressure hoses, and a jet pipe handling winch. The flow rate and head required for the successful pile jetting primarily depend on foundation soil conditions and the type of pile.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Jets (fluid)
Pile driving
State-of-the-art reviews