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RE: open ended pipe piles - bearing plate in concrete pile cap?

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Steel cap plates have not been recommended for H piles since the Lehigh H-Pile pile cap studies in the 1960's. People still use them, but they are not necessary. Pipe piles are different in only one respect, you might want to place a cap on them to keep from having to fill the pipe when you start placing concrete for the pile cap.

Harold Sprague

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Subject: open ended pipe piles - bearing plate in concrete pile cap?
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 08:30:06 -0900

Should pipe piles which are driven open ended have an bearing plate in
concrete pile caps / grade beams? I have seen closed ended pipe piles filled
with concrete but it seems for an open ended pile you would want a cap
similar to an HP pile.


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