SHEET PILES IN CLAYS

Design Steps and Equations
For an example on Design of Sheet Piles in Clays click here

Sheet Pile in Clay with dimensions and pressure distribution

Design Steps (refer to figure above for terms)
1. Calculate: k a ) tan2 $ 45 (

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2. Calculate: p1 ) *L1k a and

p2 ) *L1 . * 'L 2 - k a where * ' ) * SAT ( * w
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Calculate:

1 1 p1L1 . p1L 2 . +p2 ( p1, L 2 2 2 Calculate: z1 by taking moment about E of area ACDE = P1z1

Calculate: D by the following equation :

D2 4c ( *L1 . * 'L 2 ( 2DP1 (
6. 7. Calculate: Dactual = 1.3 to 1.6 D Calculate: p ) 4c ( *L . * 'L 6 1 2 Calculate: L 4 )

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Draw the sheet pile (similar to page 1) with the estimated values in steps 1-8 9.

P ' Calculate: z ) 1 p6

10. Calculate: M max ) P z1 . z' 1

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p6 z '2 ( 2

11. Calculate: S )

Mmax 1all

where S = Minimum section modulus of sheet pile 1all = allowable stress for sheet pile Select sheet pile section based on S from Table of Sheet Pile Section Properties.

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