Design of the Tower Motors and Elevators Edit

Elevator Diagram

A diagram portraying the basic components of how an elevator works.

The Tower of Terror is operated by a modified version of the common traction elevator. In this type of elevator, elevator cars are pulled up and repelled down by rolling steel cables over a common pulley system. The cable creates a loop attached at the top and bottom of the car itself. A counterweight of the elevator car is on the opposite side of the loop.[1] The motor that pulls the elevator up also pulls it down. The motors operate a pulley system. In the common system, a wheel or wheels with a valley on them are attached to a fixed point, allowing them to rotate freely, letting the ropes or cables slide over them easily. The goal of a pulley system is to lift objects using less force. In a sense, the more pulley wheels that are used, the less force is required to lift an object.[2]

Size of the Terror Motors Edit

The motor that pulls the cables of the elevator is approximately 12 feet tall, 7 feet wide, and 35 feet long. In other words, each of the motors that enable the elevator to work is the size of a garage that can fit one car. Motors that run the Tower of Terror are 3 times larger than the average elevator motor.[3]

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Tower of Terror attraction motor.

Tower Acceleration Edit

Acceleration is defined as the change in velocity divided by the time taken for the change in velocity to occur (a= v/t). Each motor accelerates 10 tons of weight. These motors accelerate 15 times as fast as the fastest elevators in the world.

Tower Speed Edit

The Tower of Terror can reach top speeds of 39 mph. This, however, is faster than the acceleration of gravity (9.8 m/s2). This is because when you are descending, you are actually being pulled down by the cables pulling the elevator cars, plus the acceleration due to gravity (gravity= 9.8 x mass).

References Edit


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