Pultruded sheet piling is manufactured from a process utilizing high performance "space-age" composites. It has 2 primary characteristics:
1. It is manufactured incorporating continuous fiber reinforced roving and matting combined with a high strength resin. The roving gives the sheet piling its longitudinal strength and the matting, the desired transverse properties. The tensile strength of the roving itself is greater than most steel.
2. These high strength fibers are then drawn through a "resin bath" and pulled through a heated die that cures the pultruded profile to its final "Z" shape. The final result is a solid, rigid, high strength sheet piling profile with some of the most consistent tolerances available today.
Manufactured with the worlds most widely accepted and trusted Domestic "ball and socket" interlock, this combined with its rigid "Z" profile, 1/4" thickness and 18" driving width results in what we believe to be the finest composite (pultruded) sheet piling available today!
Unlike most vinyl sheet piling which is simply a non-reinforced pvc (poly vinyl chloride) extruded into the shape of an interlocking sheet pile configuration, pultruded sheet piling is a fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) resin impregnated composite. The glass is actually "woven" in a pattern when combined the hardened with resin results in incredible material strength. The final product is a glass reinforced sheet piling with true structural integrity. The best (and most familiar) analogy is probably the "orange" ladders sold in any Home Depotä or hardware store. The orange ladder rails (sides) of these ladders are not simply fiberglass coated with resin. These "orange" ladder rails are actually pultruded shapes with structural strength second to none.
Characteristics of Pultruded Sheet Piling
· Resistant to corrosion.
· Resists attack of marine borers and other destructive elements in the marine environment.
· High strength.
· Non conductive – thermally and electrically.
· Resists UV degradation.
· Life expectancy of 50 years-plus.
· Low maintenance.
· Lightweight (80% less than steel) – allows for easier installation, even setting by hand in many cases.
· Can cut with a circular saw – No burning.
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