Hydraulic Pipe Ramming

Published: May 20, 2017 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Hydraulic Pipe Ramming Mean?

Hydraulic pipe ramming is a means of pushing casing or steel pipe into the ground with repeated percussive blows using a ramming tool powered by hydraulic forces. A hydraulic tool uses water or fluid pressure to accomplish its tasks. Pipe ramming is a horizontal or directional form of pile driving used in drilling processes in trenchless construction operations.

Trenchlesspedia Explains Hydraulic Pipe Ramming

Throughout history, various kinds of power have been employed to drive objects into the ground. The name for this general process is pile driving. Hydraulic hammers are powered by pressure created by forcing water, oil, or another liquid through a narrow pipe or orifice.

In some cases, hydraulic pipe ramming is being used rather than pneumatic pipe ramming. Of course, pipe or casing behind hammered must be of a material strong enough to withstand the ramming force. The size of the pipe or casing can be anywhere from a few inches to as much as 150 inches in diameter.

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