Mitsubishi’s New Elevator to Debut in 121-story Shanghai Tower

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Shanghai Tower will open later in 2015 as the world’s second largest tower. The feat puts the tower only behind Dubai’s famous Burj Khalifa tower that stands 828 meters high. Shanghai Tower will rise 121-stories into the air and stand at 632 meters high. The building will have one thing that no other tower in the world has yet: the world’s fastest elevators.

Introduced by Mitsubishi Electronics, the elevators use aluminum and carbon fiber to negate wind resistance and move faster than any other elevator in the world. Called an “ultra-high-speed elevator,” the new model will bring guests from the very bottom floor (B2) all the way to the 119th floor within a mere 55 seconds.

The feat is powered by vibration sensors, 9 in total, which will allow the elevator to move at 64.8 kilometers. The system used active roller guides so that vibration is kept to a bare minimum. A company representative stated that the vibration levels upon ascending are virtually non-existent.

Currently, the elevator is not able to be tested by anyone outside of the Mitsubishi Company. A simulator has been created that will allow others to feel how the elevator’s vibrations will feel. The test environment shows how riders would feel in a normal elevator at top speed and in the company’s new invention. Initial tests show that very little vibration is felt in comparison.

The tower will be equipped with 3 of the company’s elevators. Initial estimates show that capacity will be 2,000 Kg, or 28 people of average weight. There will be a pressure control system to ensure that passengers do not experience ear popping when ascending. Descending speeds have been limited to 600 meters per minute as a result.

Currently, the fastest elevator in the world travels at 1,010 meters per minute instead of the Mitsubishi model’s 1,080 meters per minute.

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  1. I like how a 121-floor elevator is listed in the ‘gadget’ category. Like its something we may want to pick up to play with at our own house.