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History of Lifts
 Roman architect Vitruvius, reported
that Archimedes built his first elevator in
236 BC.[13] Elevators were mentioned as
cabs on a hemp rope and powered by
hand or by animals.
• In 1852, Elisha Otis introduced the
safety elevator, which prevented the
fall of the cab if the cable broke. The
design of the Otis safety elevator is
somewhat similar to one type still used

• On March 23, 1857 the first Otis

passenger elevator was installed at 488
Broadway in New York City

• The Equitable Life Building completed

in 1870 in New York City was the first
office building to have passenger
Elisha Otis' elevator patent drawing, 15 January 1861.
1.1 Definition of Lifts
 A vertical transport equipment that efficiently moves people
between floors (levels, deck) of a building, vessel or other

 Generally powered by electric

motor that drive by traction cable and
counterweight systems like a hoist or
hydraulic pump.
Importance of Lifts
 Rapid development : buildings design nowadays built vertically
/higher because of high land cost.

 Basic needs : to bring building user from one level to higher level in

 Comfort needs : working efficiency for office building or large


 UBBL : building with more than 6 storey must provide lifts system.

 Fire requirements : provide fire lift to be used during fire.

1.2 Lift Categories According to the
 Trade Lift

- Crucial to the good performance to clients of the

- Between 6 – 23 people.
- Speed of elevator 200 – 2000 ft/ min.
- Examples : offices, shopping mall and hotels
 Hospital Lift

- Used in hospital & treatment center

- Designed for transporting large carts or furniture.
- Speed of elevator 100 – 350 ft/ min.
- Two sides of front and back doors for loading and
unloading facilities.
- Door width between 900 – 1100mm
 High Residential Lift
- For high rise residential buildings such as flat, apartment
or condominium.
- Needs regular maintenance
because high frequency
of its use everyday or possibility
of vandalism.
 Institution Lift

- Used in library, office, classroom or lecture hall located

at high altitudes.

 Store Lift

- Used to transport heavy goods but depends on types of

good transported.
- Elevator speed 50 – 150ft/min.
- 5000 lbs normal, load haul 20000 lbs.
- Usually used in shoppping complex, airports, hotels,
 Lift of Cars

- Used specifically to lift a car in

multi storey car park or

• The six types of elevators had to be in the form of pull
(traction) and hydraulics.
• Form of traction is more commonly used for high velocity.
• Hydraulic type only used to transport goods where waiting
time is not concerned.
1.3 Characteristic of Lifts
1. Lift needed for the building more than 6 storey.
2. Installation must be in accordance with the regulation in
3. Suitable speed 100 – 150ft/min. Too fast will result in a nervous
breakdown to the user. If too slow will cause lack of function.


 Good System – quiet equipment, smooth journey, good

condition and safe at every moment.
 Waiting time – minimum waiting time at any level.
 Aesthetics – Button panel clear and easily reached at
appropriate level. Complete instruction. Decorative lighting
and comfortable.
 Movement of door – door movement is quiet and fast.
1.4 Components & Installation of Lifts

Lift sub-system

 Control Motion – includes motor, gear, engines, brakes and power

 Control System - to get control the movements of the lift.
 Door Control – contained motor connecting lift car doors,
platforms gates and door safety devices.
 Safety Control – contain the safety gear,
speed controller for the first balance, heat
and lack of power.
Typical traction lift design
Lift Components

 Platform where passengers or goods is transported.

 Constructed with steel or iron attached with steel frame.
 Fire resistance

Elevator hoist ropes on

top of a lift car
 Equipment to be provided – door, floor panel indicators, button of
request, phone, emergency button, lighting, ventilation and
enough emergency supplies.

A modern internal control panel. Notice the

buttons labeled 1 above G. An external control panel
• Divided into 2 types :
1. Closed Lift (typical type)
2. Open Lift (bubble type)

Closed Lift (typical type)

Open Lift (bubble type)

 Constructed with reinforced concrete.

 To accommodate the loading and fire resistance.
 Size of lift shaft space is determined by the number of user.

Looking down the lift shaft

of a hydraulic elevator. The
hydraulic ram is to the left
Gearless motor mounted on the wall in the lift shaft

 Usuallyplaced at the top of lift shaft.

 Placed in room equipped with a lifting
beam for maintenance purposes.
 Have electric motor, safety gear, guard rail,
diaphragm motion and gear.

 Lift car is equipped with its own door (sliding

 Security measure – resist the movement as long
as the door is still open.
 Self closing within a certain time frame.
 2 types of sliding door :
1. Opened automatically when the lift stops at
every level.
2. Swing door – will open when the lift stopped
at the lobby.

 Work to keep the car and the counterweight.

 Mounted on both sides of the lift shaft which is
attached to the wheel of the car.
 A safety device to hold the lift from crashing
down if the rope break.


 To absorb the impact of the lift car when it fell.

 Placed in a room called the lift pit.

 Load borne by the generator is balanced by

the counterweight.
 Connected with a wire rope of the elevator
 Function of counterweight :
- To grip the lift car
- Reduce the power of generator
- Reduce the brake to stop the car lifts.
1.5 Selection Factor
 Utility – The function must be identified whether for
commercial, office of hospital.
 Capacity & number of lifts – depends on the access building
pattern and building size.
 Speed – depends on the number of stops, numbers of user and
transport cost.
 Type & size of lift gate – depends on the use or function.

 Size of lift shaft – depends on lift cargo capacity
 Depth of lift shaft – depends on the speed of elevator
 Area of space in lift – depends on speed of elevators.
 Mechanical room size – depends on type and size of the lift

 Electrical panels and power outlets.

 Ventilation fan and lighting in engine room.
 Steps down and power sockets in the wells lift (lift pit).
 The structure for lifting the machinery room.
 Maintanence works.
Building type Waiting time (second)
Office building
- Central town 25 – 30
- Commercial 30 – 45
Residential building
- Luxury 50 – 70
- Medium type 60 – 80
- Low cost 80 – 120
- Hostel 60 – 80
- Class A 40 – 60
- Class B 50 - 70
Function Lif capacity Min. Speed Building height (ft)
(lbs) (ft/min.)
Office Building
Small size 2500 350 – 400 0 – 125
500 – 600 126 – 225
Medium size 3000 700 226 – 275
800 276 – 375
High scale 3500 1000 > 375
Hotel 2500 Same as above
Hospital 3000 150 0 – 60
200 61 – 100
3500 250 – 300 101 – 125
350 – 400 126 – 175
4000 500 – 600 176 – 250
700 > 250
Residential 2000 100 0 – 75
200 76 – 125
2500 250 – 300 126 – 200
350 - 400 > 200
Commercial 3500 200 0 – 100
4000 250 – 300 101 – 150
350 – 400 151 – 200
5000 500 > 200
1.6 Location & Lift Arrangement
 To ensure there is no interference between
passengers who wish to get into the lift.
 Should be carefully planned so can easily get into
lobby and travel distance is reasonable.
 Maximum travel distance 150 – 200ft
 System layout depends on the number of elevator
cars that use the elevator
 Normally the elevator is set in the layout or zoned.

 If there is high traffic , the usage is at optimum level
 Waiting time will be shorten.
Lift Arrangement for 2 car lift

Side by side Not good

arrangement – Opposite arrangement
width of corridor arrangement of
= width of car lift corridor = width of
car lift
ment –
width of corridor
= width of car lift
Lift Arrangement for 3 car lift

Opposite Side by side

arrangement – arrangement -
width of corridor width of corridor =
= 1.5 – 2A, where 1.5A, where A is
A is width of lift width of lift
Lift Arrangement for 4 car lift

Opposite Side by side

arrangement – arrangement -
width of corridor width of corridor =
= 1.5 – 2A, where 1.5A, where A is
A is width of lift width of lift
Lift Arrangement for 6 car lift

Opposite Side by side

arrangement – arrangement -
width of corridor width of corridor =
= 1.75 – 2A, 2A, where A is
where A is width width of lift
of lift
Lift Arrangement for 6 car lift

arrangement for
6 car lift
Lift Arrangement for 8 car lift

arrangement –
width of corridor
= 2A, where A is
width of lift
1.7 Types of lift

 Common type used today.

 Use electric lift cable to lift the
elevator car with the weight and
movement is the catalyst action.
 Use the traction with the motor.
 Used in most building > 60ft.
 Motor room on top of lift shaft will
increase the load of building structure. Traction elevator motor
 Possibility of noise structure
 Need a lift wells and maintenance
room near the engine room.

 Use hydraulics principles – moves by the action

of steel plunger lift which installed under the car.
 Not suitable for building > 60ft (low rise) –
insufficient space or roof rooms too small to put
the machinery.
 Transport load not > 100,000 pound.
 Speed – not > 200ft/min.
 Installation does not increase the building
structures because lifting weight is not used.
 Machinery room located at ground floor
 Shaft area is smaller than electric lift.
Bottom view of a hydraulic elevator

 For people with disability who use wheelchair.

 Or with disabilities who are unable to use ordinary
crowded lift of fast services.
 Mounted on the stair parallel to the ladder


 Buildings over than 60ft high are required to provide fire

 This lift controlled by a system back on in emergencies.

 A lift systems moves continuously in one

direction by providing the same car lifts.
 Provides the movement up and down
 No doors and passengers are forced into
or out of the moving car lift
 Speed – 80 min.
 Suitable for 6 – 7 storey buildings
 Not suitable to used by children or older people.

 Service requirement for high rise building is

critical to balance the upper and lower level
 The concept of zone system and sky lobby can
be used.
 Usually divided into zones where high level car
will not stop or pick passengers at lower level.
 Zone which too low will takes passengers down
to lower levels such as 5 – 10 levels below.

 Carry passengers without raising double the lift shaft.

 Have two platforms which are increased.
 High transport capacity and reduce floor space
 Number of stops can reduced to 50% - reducing
waiting time and shorter car lift trips.
 Can be used in building which has a same height in
every level.
 The main lobby has two levels.
 Must have clear indication of the use in the main
lobby to avoid confusion.
1.8 : Lift Installation by zone system
 For building not > 15 levels.
 Elevators car stops at every level of the building.
 Used to save space.


 For buildings > 15 levels and < 40 levels.
 System brake into two zone of elevator
 The elevator of bottom and same for the top will not
stop at any lower zone.
 Not effective in the event of ‘off peak’ and interfloor

 For building > 40 levels.

 A group lift with high speed moving lift
without interruption from the floor to
the sky lobby.
 The elevator will move with normal
velocity at the next level.