Vinyl sheet piles, Fibre Reinforced Plastic sheet piles and Aluminium sheet piles are manufactured in similar shapes and section modulus to steel sheet piles. There are Z profiles, Box profiles which are a U shape with the clutch on one side of the wall (also referred to as Omega profile), a Pan profile and a Flat profile.
The key difference between the synthetic non ferrous sheet piles and steel sheet piles is the bending strength. The key advantages are that these sheet piles are lightweight, and chemical and corrosion resistant making them ideal for a wide range of applications. Vinyl and Aluminum are homogenous materials so design can be carried out in a similar manner to steel. FRP sheet piles are composite products which require different considerations in design; technical papers contained in this site will assist designers.
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