Movement 463

463. Self-acting weir and scouring sluice. Two leaves turn on pivots below centers; upper leaf much larger than lower, and turns in direction of stream, while lower turns against it. Top edge of lower leaf overlaps bottom edge of upper one and is forced against it by pressure of water. In ordinary states of stream, counteracting pressures keep weir vertical and closed, as in the left-hand figure, and water flows through notch in upper leaf; but on water rising above ordinary level, pressure above from greater surface and leverage overcomes resistance below, upper leaf turns over, pushing back lower, reducing obstructions and opening at bed a passage to deposit.