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HIGH-SPEED HYUNDAI UNIT USES CARBON FIBER BELTS
Hyundai Elevator has developed a high-speed elevator using carbon fiber belts instead of traditional ropes, BusinessKorea reported on May 22. According to the company, the innovation marks the world's first elevator with carbon fiber belts. It can travel at 1,260 m/min, or 21 m/s. The report said the belt weighs only one-sixth the weight of metal ropes, which the company said allows the new elevator to travel beyond 1,000 m. The report adds that the new elevator can use 30% less electricity than a traditional elevator. The company said the system can operate safely in windy or earthquake conditions, and a special coating doubles the life of the belts. It has a streamlined car that reduces air resistance, thus improving ride comfort and stability.
Image credit: courtesy of Hyundai Elevator
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