Secant pile walls are formed by constructing intersecting reinforced concrete piles. The secant piles are reinforced with either steel rebar or with steel beams and are constructed by augering. Primary piles are installed first with secondary piles constructed in between primary piles once the latter gain sufficient strength. Pile overlap is typically in the order of 8 cm. In a tangent pile wall, there is no pile overlap as the piles are constructed flush to each other.
The main advantages of secant pile walls are:
- Increased wall stiffness compared to sheet piles.
- Can be installed in difficult ground (cobbles/boulders).
- Less noisy construction.
Secant walls can be used to form a continuous watertight wall which can be an added benefit for the construction of basements and underground carparks.