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Calculate the power of a the lift motor

  1. May 20, 2011 #1
    Please help :

    Calculate the power of a the lift motor,when is lift on a distance on a building site lift 400kg of brick50m to the top of a buiding in 24 seconds

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  4. May 20, 2011 #3

    Ans :

    mass= 400kg (convert mass to weight 1kg=9.81N (force of gravity on 1kg)

    Workdone (j)= force xdistance
    3924x50 =196200

    Power = 196200 /24= 8175 W
    convert to KW =8.175KW
  5. Sep 4, 2012 #4
    Assuming that this is a cable driven lift and not a hydraulic lift, more data is required to calculate the HP required to lift the load:
    Desired speed of lift
    % of counterweighting
    Hoisting machine eff.
    acceleration rate and rate of change of acceleration rate (known as jerk rate)
    Hoistway eff.
    H.P. required = Speed (fpm) x capacity (lbs) x Percentage of uncounterweighted load (usually .4 to .5 / 33000) / overall eff.*
    * this can actually range anywhere from 40% to 90% depending upon machine be geared or gearless, the roping type usually being 1:1 or 2:1 as well as the types of guide shoes (roller or slide).
    If steep accelleration and jerk rates are required to meet a specific performance than a larger motor maybe required to meet those peak torque requirements.
    To convert HP to KW, multiply the HP times .746
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