Vienna – Carbon fibre-reinforced ropes are being used in the 180m tall Danubeflats development to support what lift maker Kone claims are the fastest lifts used in a residential project in Austria.
The ropes are 80% lighter than steel cables and are extremely durable, said Kone, which specified the ropes. They enable the lifts to travel quickly. The two high speed lifts reach 7m/s (15mph) and the slower ones 4m/s. 'A speed of 1m/s is more usual,' said the company.
Additionally, there should be much greater lift availability because the ropes will not be affected by building movements from strong winds or earthquakes, the company claims.
The polyurethane coated-carbon fibre ropes can be used without lubricants, Kone said.