Elevator to the skies

Do not fall!
Do not fall!

With the generous help of carbon fiber, a new technology by the name “UltraRope” allows to reduce the weight of elevators apparatus as well as the energy required for its operation.

These days, elevators are a common sight. But even with its broad use and common appearance, they are not without their limits.

Current Tallest Buildings
Which is the tallest?

People wish to live close to their work place, and use up less time, energy and money in the transition between home, work and vice versa.

Today there are only a few sky scrapers in the world which belong to the exclusive “over 500 meters tall” club, and they’re all quite well known. (“Burj Khalifa” in Dubai, which starred in “Mission: Impossible” movie, is currently the tallest building in the world with 828 meters height, but will soon become the second tallest with the completion of “Sky City” in China)

Sky City in Changsha
Sky City in Changsha

But one of the many problems encountered by architects and engineers when coming to the gargantuan task of designing and building such babylon towers, is the task of lifting passengers and freight to those head spinning heights.

Now, a finnish company by the name of “Kone” has taken upon itself to solve this problem, by introducing a technology named “UltraRope”.

“UltraRope” takes one of the lightest and strongest materials known to men – carbon fiber, and uses it to allow lifting of people and freight to new heights, while reducing energy and weight by almost 10x factor.

Here is how it works
Here is how it works

Regular steel cables being used in standard sky scrapers are just not up to the task. They become a big problem for the super-tall building infrastructure and engineering plans when going over a few hundred meters.

The tallest a building gets, the more weight an elevator cables has to withstand. At the height of 500 meters, that cable has to withstand a weight of 100,000 kilograms!

Which will be the tallest soon?
Which will be the tallest soon?

Carbon fiber has been mentioned before as the material of choice for the “space elevator” idea checked by Nasa as a viable idea to lift cargo and personnel to a point outside the atmosphere. It is the only material that can withstand the great stress such a gigantic tube needs to take.

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