MULTI Model Of Star Trek Turbolift

The MULTI is ThyssenKrupp's version of Star Trek's turbolift, an elevator that goes from side to side as well as up and down. They have been working on it for a while (I wrote about the MULTI in 2014), but they now have a one-third size model that works.


(Model-sized MULTI turbolift)

MULTI lift system.. gets rid of elevator cables, and instead runs each elevator cab as an independent vehicle on a vertical track, powered by linear induction motors. Because there were no cables, it meant that they could put more than one car in every shaft. In fact, they could put a continuous stream of them in...

The cabs rise up on the tracks, powered by the linear induction motors; when they reach the end, top, bottom or any point where they want to move sideways, a section of track rotates and the cab goes sideways.

In a manner similar to a metro system operation, the MULTI design can incorporate various self-propelled elevator cabins per shaft running in a loop, increasing the shaft transport capacity by up to 50% and making it possible to reduce the elevator footprint in buildings by half… The overall increase in efficiency also translates into a lower requirement for escalators and additional elevator shafts, resulting in significant construction cost savings and increased rent revenues from the greater availability of usable space.

And now the Star Trek version, which illustrates the need to use careful engineering.


(Star Trek tubolift)

Via Treehugger.

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