The systems analysis and design of lifts (elevators): the models and assumptions appraised

Stefan Kaczmarczyk*, Phil Andrew

*Corresponding author for this work

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With modern computer systems equipped with relevant software tools / programs to automate the calculations the systems analysis and design of lifts appears to be relatively straightforward. However, thorough understanding of engineering principles and models applied is of paramount importance in conducting the system calculations. This is critical in correct understanding of the assumptions applied in the safety standard formulae and requirements. In this context the importance of application of design / structural integrity criteria associated with the worst case scenario dynamic conditions to achieve a system which complies with accepted safety code requirements is discussed and appraised. The paper demonstrates this through practical examples involving traction-drive systems designed to operate across a range of system design parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-1-19-10
Number of pages10
JournalLift and Escalator Symposium
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2019
Event10th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technologies - Highgate House Conference Centre & Hotel, Creaton, Northampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Sep 201919 Sep 2019


  • Systems engineering
  • Traction drive
  • Design criteria
  • Structural integrity
  • Safety code requirements


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