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Automated Lock / Une écluse automatique

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 7, 2018
1. Automated Lock / Une écluse automatique Marker
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The new lock at Combined, opened in 1974, is one of three automated locks on the Rideau Canal. The basic principle of locking through boats by raising and lowering water levels is the same for all the locks, but the operating mechanisms that allow the water in and out of the lock chamber are different. In manually operated locks, Parks Canada staff crank winches using brute strength to open and close gates and sluice valves. At this automated lock, staff push buttons to operate electrically the hydraulic valves that open and close the gates and sluices.

How a lock works...

UPBOUND LOCKAGE
• Boat enters lock, with water at downstream level.
• Lower lock gates are closed.
• Upstream sluice valves are opened to fill lock chamber.
• Water level rises
• Water level is equalized with upstream level.
• Lock gates are opened.
• Sluice valves are closed.
• Boat leaves lock.

DOWNBOUND LOCKAGE
• Boat enters lock, with water at upstream level.
• Lock gates are closed.
• Downstream sluice valves are opened to lower the water level in the lock.
• Water level lowers.

Automated Lock / Une écluse automatique and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 7, 2018
2. Automated Lock / Une écluse automatique and Marker
• Water level is equalized with downstream level.
• Lock gates are opened.
• Sluice valves are closed.
• Boat leaves lock.

[Upper right canal lock diagram legend]
1
26 foot (8 metre) lift. Highest lift on the system.
2 Solid Timber Gates.
3 Electric powered hydraulic systems operate sluice valves and gates.
4 Water enters the chamber through many holes in the floor of the lock that are designed to reduce turbulence.
5 Air escapes through this vent as water travels the tunnel below.

HAVE A SAFE VISIT!
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La nouvelle écluse combinée ouverte en 1974 est l'une des trois écluses automatiques du canal Rideau. Toutes les écluses fonctionnent selon le même principe de base: il s'agit d'élever et d'abaisser le niveau de l'eau pour permettre l'éclusage des embarcations. Cependant, les mécanismes qui font entrer et sortir l'eau des sas peuvent différer. Dans le cas des écluses à fonctionnement manuel, le personnel actionne les treuils à bras pour déplacer les chaînes fixées aux portes et aux vannes d'écluse afin de les ouvrir et de les fermer. Ici, le personnel de l'écluse automatique se contente d'appuyer sur des boutons afin d'actionner électriquement les valves hydrauliques qui ouvrent et ferment les portes et les vannes.

Fonctionnement d'une écluse...

ÉCLUSAGE AMONT
• Le bateau entre dans l'écluse, au niveau d'eau de l'aval.
• On referme les portes aval.
• On ouvre les vannes amont pour remplir le sas.
• Le niveau monte.

• Le niveau de l'eau atteint celui de l'amont.
• Les portes s'ourvent.
• On referme les vannes.
• L'embarcation quitte l'écluse.

ÉCLUSAGE AVAL
• Le bateau entre dans l'écluse, au niveau de l'amont.
• Les portes se referment.
• On ouvre les vannes aval pour abaisser le niveau d'eau des le sas.
• Le niveau descend.

• Le niveau de l'eau atteint celui de l'aval.
• Les portes s'ouvrent.
• On referme les vannes.
• L'embarcation quitte l'écluse.

[Légende du diagramme de verrouillage du canal supérieur droit]
1 Élévation de 26 pieds (8 mètres). L'écluse la plus haute du réseau.
2 Portes de madriers.
3 Des systèmes hydrauliques mus à l'électricité actionnent des portes et les vannes d'écluse.
4 L'eau pénètre dans le sas par de nombreux orifices ménagés dans le plancher de l'écluse et conçus pour réduire le turbulence.
5 L'air s'échappe par cet évent alors que l'eau emprunte la canalisation plus bas.

LA SÉCURITÉ EN TÊTE!
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Location. 44° 53.824′ N, 76° 1.231′ W. Marker is in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Marker is on Beckwith Street South (Provincial Highway 15) just south of Canal Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at Smith Falls Combined Lockstation Lock 29a. Marker is at or near this postal address: 34 Beckwith Street South, Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 2A8, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rotary Club Swimming Pool Stone / La pierre de la piscine du club Rotary (a few steps from this marker); Smiths Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); The underwater view / La vue sous l'eau (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossroads of the Rideau / À la croisée des chemins (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Combined Locks (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); To Commemorate the Opening of the Rideau Canal 1832 (within shouting distance of this marker); HMCS Smiths Falls (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smiths Falls.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rideau Canal National Historic Site. (Submitted on October 29, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Rideau Canal - Behind the Scenes: How a Lock Works. (Submitted on October 29, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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