Wedge Gate Penstocks

Specifically designed for arduous, off seating duty with zero leakage

Wedge Gate PenstockWedge gates are a type of penstock utilising a whole of gate wedging action. Knife wedge gates are a variation specifically for grit prone invert situations. They can be used for circular or rectangular openings, are drip tight,and designed specifically for the applicationand duty.

The seal on the frame is neoprene. The sliding surface for the gate is UHMW Polyethylene, a low friction proven material in aggressive water environments.

The higher the closing load applied by the stem, the higher the sealing pressure on the neoprene seal. This is unlike a knife gate valve that closes vertically by necessity of the outside flange.

The concept is not unique. A number of manufacturers use it, especially in North America. Wedge action has been applied to cast iron penstocks for over a century. What is unique is the combination of new technologies; the knife action into sand filled inverts, the cantilevered lower gate, full length wedges rather than individual ones which have to be staggered horizontally and the application of new technologies that have emerged in the past couple of years.

Wedge Gate PenstockThere are many actuation options available including submerged hydraulics, where we recommend the use of Queensland Hydraulics’ equipment. The most important issue is that each unit is designed specifically for the circumstances under which it is to be used and that the designer has significant experience in that area. With decades of experience, Mark La Forest is available to discuss your needs and ensure the right outcome for you at no charge.

Although we manufacture knife gate valves they are designed to be between flanges and must have one piece gates that are designed to the specified head. Without any stiffening available the head is critical to the gate thickness. Knife gate valves have a role, but are a product for pipelines whereas knife wedge gates are for end of pipe or wall mounted applications.

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