Should bitumen be applied to the whole section of driven piles?

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In a certain region of H-piles subjected to ground water table fluctuation, painting is sometimes applied on the surface of H-piles because the rise and fall of water table contribute to the corrosion of H-piles.

On the other hand, to reduce the effect of additional loads brought about by negative skin friction, bitumen is applied on the pile surface corresponding to the region of soils that has negative skin friction. However, bitumen should not be applied to the whole section of H-piles because it will be unable to derive the designed frictional reaction from soils. Actually, some engineers have reservation of the effectiveness of bitumen slipcoat because the bitumen may get removed during pile driving.


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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