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RE: API Pipes as Pile Matl

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Look at the commentary in AISC 360. Alternative steel materials are allowed when evaluated by the EOR for suitability.
API pipe is a superior grade to pipe usually used for piling. The chemistry and mechanical properties have better control and the API pipe is easy to weld.
Bill Scott

From: milo zabala [mailto:milozabala(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2008 7:10 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: API Pipes as Pile Matl


Our client has extra API pipes (12" dia. x 1/2 thk) that he prefer to use as pile foundation for a pipe rack project. Building code does not list API pipes as pile material.

Any advise on the suitability or acceptability of these material for building applications.

Thanks in advance.  

Milo Zabala