Sluice gates are used to manage water flow: they can completely stop water from moving through a channel or can allow a certain volume to pass through. Basically, a gate that fits the size of a waterway – which might be a manmade channel or a natural stream – is lowered or raised depending on the amount of water that has been allotted to move through. Sluice gates can be operated a few different ways: manually, mechanically, automatically or hydraulically. Although types of sluice gates have been used in ancient civilizations, their design has become more sophisticated and technical in contemporary times. Engineers work with variables such as slope, flow depth and flow rate and equations such as Manning’s Equation to design equipment that effectively monitors fluid movement.
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