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Slide gates, as the name implies, are the gates in which the operating member (that is, gate leaf) slides on the sealing surfaces provided on the frame. In most cases, the sealing surfaces are also the load-bearing surface. Slide gates may be with or without top seal depending whether these are used in a close conduit or as crest gate. A typical installation of a slide gate is shown in above. These consist of a gate leaf and embedded parts. These embedded parts serve the following purposes:

a) Transmit water load on the gate leaf to the supporting concrete (structure),

b) Guide the gate leaf during operation, and

c) Provide sealing surface.