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Pound Lock - Da Vinci Doors

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Navigation Locks (or Pound Locks) are used on canals, rivers and dams to allow boats to bypass any obstructive structure in its navigational path and/or for the raising and lowering of boats between stretches of different water levels.
The Navigation Lock is normally a long narrow constructed canal type structure of suitable dimensions to allow a boat to pass through it. Steel Gates (called “Mitre” or “Miter” Gates) are located at both ends of the structure to allow the controlled flow of water in and out of the canal like structure. The level of water inside the chamber can also be raised or lowered via water troughs type conduits, that are formed in the side piers of the structure, to match the river level that the boat is navigating towards.
The Mitre Gates are fabricated in steel plates that are suitably reinforced with various steel sections to withstand the water pressures. Vortex Hydra as part of their design criteria normally recommend the type of steel to be used but any special request from the customer can be analysed and agreed on.

The operational system of the gates could consist of the following:
• Twin hydraulic cylinders
• Special operational system defined and agreed with the customer

Sealing System: rubber seals located in the bottom and side edges of the gates that seat into a stainless steel sealing frames that are attached to adjacent structure.
All phases of the engineering design and fabrication through to final testing of the gates are undertaken by Vortex Hydra in compliance with UNI EN ISO 9001 Quality Management System.
Vortex Hydra design and manufacture Mitre Gates having dimensions up to 24 x 9m.

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