Engineering study considers attributes of SGP with directly mounted handrails.

by Dr. Iraklis Chatziparasidis and Dr. Dimitrios Giagopoulos

This article was first presented at the 2018 International Elevator & Escalator Symposium in Istanbul. For more information on December 3-4, 2019’s event in Las Vegas and to participate, visit

The car is one of the most significant elevator components, because it is used to carry goods and people and, thus, is subject to strict legislations and standards that differ in each country or other AHJ. At the same time, the car is usually the only functional component of the elevator visible to the final user. This fact makes the car an architectural and decorative element of the building. The latest trends in architecture are to use fully transparent glass building elements.[1] A frameless glass panoramic elevator (Figure 1) not only fits this trend, but also extends the aesthetic of the building. However, glass is a brittle material prone to fatigue failure, and this characteristic made the verification of the material-load-carrying capacity to be mostly based on experimental studies.[2] Some research has been done in the field of modeling of the behavior of glass components using finite element (FE) methodologies, but these are mainly studying static load situations aimed at the building construction domain.[1"