Steel versus Composite Ground Anchors

July 1, 2011 by Harvey Banks · Comments Off
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Ground anchors are an integral part of the construction process as they create stability for buildings and other structures. Ground anchors are particularly effective when buildings are constructed on steep slopes as they prevent erosion and potential landslides.

Composite ground anchors have many benefits over steel ground anchors. One of the key overriding factors of composite ground anchors is their strength. Steel ground anchors are more likely to succumb to corrosion which is caused by both atmospheric conditions and alkalis which are found it most soils. Composite ground anchors have a longer life-span which means they cost less to maintain and will not need to be replaced as often.

Despite being more durable, composite ground anchors are lighter in weight than the steel alternative which means they can be transported around and installed much easier. Steel ground anchors are more rigid making them less flexible than composite ground anchors. There are certain sites which it is simply impossible to opt for steel ground anchors.

With regards to health and safety, composite ground anchors are preferable to steel ground anchors. Because they are lightweight but also heavy duty, installation teams and engineers can implement them in difficult circumstances. There is less chance of them breaking or slipping which could prove to be very dangerous.

Finding Stability with Ground Anchors

May 6, 2011 by Harvey Banks · Comments Off
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Ground anchors provide buildings and other large structures with permanent stability. Ground anchors are installed into the soil foundations of a structure, usually via a grout body. There are numerous sorts of ground anchors available. The type of ground anchor used for each construction projects depends on certain factors, including soil quality, the surrounding environment, failure risk and construction requirements.

At MK Piling, we are experts in all matters relating to foundation piling. We only used the best and most technologically advanced piling equipment. For ground anchors, it is no different. The key aim of installing effective ground anchors into the foundations of a structure is to ensure its safety and durability, whether the ground anchors are being applied to a temporary or permanent structure.

Ground anchors are a reliable and cost-effective way of providing stability to a structure. They are a versatile option to choose as they can be used on stone and masonry structures, as well as slopes and embankments. At MK Piling, our piling experts can offer advice and answer any questions that you may have regarding ground anchors and any other type of foundation piling.

Composite Ground Anchors

September 24, 2010 by Harvey Banks · Comments Off
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Ground anchors are what stabilise steep slopes or slopes that are made up of loose soils as well as preventing erosion and landsides. Ground anchors are made up of a bearing plate with connecting cables or rods.

There are many advantages of using ground anchors which consist of reinforced composite materials such as improved durability and therefore less need for maintenance. These ground anchors are much more light weight than conventional steel versions meaning that it is much easier to transport them to the site as well as enabling contractors to place them more accurately. They are much safer to install due to increased tensile strength coupled with them being lightweight.

Composite ground anchors are made up of three parts:
• The composite cable runs through an anchor nut or plate on a steel sheath. This is called the anchorage and it fastens the ground anchor to the structure. Cement mortar fills the anchorage in order to prevent slippage.
• The cable either has just a singular rod or several which are separate or braided together.
• A polyethylene or PVC sheath fits round the free anchor length of cables.