Kone UltraRope is a cable designed specifically for the ever-growing elevator shaft. The logistics involved in building taller building are often the primary setback for construction and architectural firms. High-rise elevator components operate under highly demanding conditions, making durability the biggest challenge. Such components are subject to severe stresses such as building sway, which can put them out of service on windy days. It’s unfortunate to think of all the skyscrapers that never left the drawing board due to engineering limitations, especially considering the plethora of new material and structural innovations.
The UltraRope is equipped with a carbon fiber core giving it its lightweight properties. These lighter cables would reduce energy consumption in traditional buildings by 15% and decrease the force required for moving masses by 60%. And in this increasingly vertical world, buildings will only get taller, allowing for up to a 45% decrease in energy consumption and 90% for moving masses. Additionally, the cable is layered with a high friction coat that allows for double the lifespan that is currently feasible with traditional steel elevator cables.
Kone proposes a thoughtful solution to the high-rise problem. Though carbon fiber cables are merely a stepping stone into the vast array of intricate problems associated with designing taller structures: supporting the load at the base, preventing the effects of wind, etc. For now, it seems we can only solve one problem at a time, and set a foundation for the skyscrapers of tomorrow.
by Khai Tran