The latest wonder elevator by Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Electric has designed super fast elevator to be fitted in the Shanghai Tower, which is being constructed in Shanghai’s Pudong area in China. The Shanghai Tower, which is presently under construction and expected to open in 2014, has been designed by U.S. architectural firm Gensler and when complete will stand at 632 meters or 2,073 feet and have 128 floors.

This impressive elevator will travel at approximately 40mph,( 1,080 meters, or 3,543 feet, per minute )to ensure a smooth flow of traffic within the Shanghai Tower which will be the second highest sky scraper in the world, after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

Running an elevator that achieves such high speeds has required special attention to detail from Mitsubishi. The safety gear is made of ceramic to be able to withstand the heat and friction that will result when it grips the elevator rails in the event of a malfunction in the cables. The gears are in two stages to be able to handle the kinetic energy that will be generated because of the high speeds of this elevator.  A built in generator in each motor in the elevator regenerates electricity reducing the power consumed by this elevator by more than 30 percent.

 

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