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Sheet piles

Sheet piles, like cut-off walls, are flexible retaining structures made of normally metallic driven elements laterally connected by guide joints, which serve to make the assembly watertight, to avoid transverse water seepage, as well as to guide the driving-in of the adjoining elements which are consecutively delivered on-site. As with cut-off walls, they directly receive pressure from the ground and can be cantilevered, requiring a very long embedment, or need anchoring or bracing to support their backfill pressure. The drive is made vertically (exceptionally allowing for small inclines) by hammering or vibration.