Hydraulic Resistance of Steel Sheet Pile Joints
Steel sheet pile joints are investigated to determine their permeability behavior. A suitable definition is obtained for the permeability. A testing rig is described and tests on 10 different joint filler materials are reported. The results show significant time-dependent and joint-dependent features. These are explored and conclusions on both water swelling and bituminous materials are noted. A case study gives a design example as well as suggestions on how a safety factor can be implemented.
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By JB Sellmeijer, JPAE Cools, J Decker and WJ Post