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Slide & Fixed Wheels Gates


The Slide and Fixed Wheel Gates are two types of gates mainly used to provide a vertical water barrier in waterworks inside a pressurized system or in open water channels.

These types of gates are fabricated in steel plate that is suitably reinforced with various steel sections to withstand the water pressure.

Fixed Wheel Gates are typically used for maintenance and for emergency closure usually where the opening sizes are too large to efficiently use Slide Gates or for when gravity closure is required. The wheels which are mounted on shafts fixed laterally to the leaf on vertical girders have double functions: to reduce the friction forces and to transfer the water load to the embedded parts.

These types of gates provide many advantages:

  • To ensure proper distribution of the water load
  • Reduced friction forces and facilitate the lifting capacity with gravity closure
  • Operating mechanism provides effort only when raised
  • Easy operation under unbalanced heads


Option to supply an array of accessories


Vortex Hydra is capable of supplying a full set of gate accessories such as bypass system, hydraulic power unit, electrical cabinet and original spare parts. Our company’s policy has always preserved the idea to have control of the whole design of the equipment supplied. The key components that form part of the assembly of HPU and the electric control cabinets are only purchased from certified suppliers.

All phases of the engineering design and fabrication through to final testing are undertaken by Vortex Hydra in compliance with UNI EN ISO 9001 Quality Management System.


Custom made design solutions by Vortex


The gate dimensions can be adapted to fit with existing site conditions or with special design required by the civil works. For the Fixed Wheels type, design of heavy duty wheels capable to withstand the water load and to allow opening/closing maneuver even in unbalanced conditions by decreasing the friction resistance.

With Vortex Hydra, you’ll have solving problems, customized solutions, reducing costs and lower environmental impact: all of these solutions are offered by the professionalism and the knowledge of Vortex Hydra’s specialists.