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An elevator or lift is a vertically transporting mechanism that uses cable, hydraulic cylinders, or roller tracks to carry people or freight between floors, levels, or decks of a building, vessel, or other structure. Electric motors often drive traction cables and counterweight systems, such as a hoist, however others pump hydraulic fluid to elevate a cylindrical piston, similar to a jack.

An elevator is any form of conveyor mechanism used to move items in a continuous stream into bins or silos in agriculture and industries. There are several varieties, including the chain and bucket elevator, grain auger screw conveyors based on Archimedes’ screw, and hay elevators with chain and paddles or forks. Other languages, such as Japanese, may use loanwords based on elevator or lift to refer to elevators. Elevators are frequently a legal necessity in new multistory buildings due to wheelchair accessibility rules, especially where wheelchair ramps are not possible.

The oldest recorded mention of an elevator may be found in the works of Roman architect Vitruvius, who claimed that Archimedes (c. 287 BC ” c. 212 BC) built his first elevator around 236 BC. Later sources describe elevators as taxis suspended on a hemp rope and propelled by people or animals.

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The Roman Colosseum featured around 25 elevators that were used to raise animals to the floor when it was built in AD 80. When driven by up to eight men, each elevator could move around 600 pounds (270 kg) (about the weight of two lions) 23 feet (7.0 m) up.

In Islamic Spain, Ibn Khalaf al-Book Muradi’s of Secrets detailed the employment of an elevator-like raising apparatus to raise a giant battering ram to destroy a citadel in the year 1000.

Elevator prototypes were placed in the royal structures of England and France in the 17th century. In 1743, Louis XV of France had a ‘flying chair’ created at the Chateau de Versailles for one of his mistresses.

Hoists and windlasses were employed to power ancient and medieval elevators. The introduction of a screw drive mechanism, which led to the establishment of modern passenger elevators, was possibly the most major step in elevator technology since ancient times. Although there may have been an earlier concept by Leonardo da Vinci, Ivan Kulibin built the first screw-drive elevator in 1793 and put it in the Winter Palace. Another of Kulibin’s elevators was erected in the Arkhangelskoye near Moscow a few years later.

The necessity to carry raw commodities from hillsides, such as coal and lumber, prompted the construction of elevators. The passenger and freight elevators that we use today were made possible by the technology produced by these sectors and the introduction of steel beam construction.

Elevators were first employed in coal mines in the mid-nineteenth century, and they utilised steam power to move commodities in bulk in mines and industries. These gadgets were quickly put to a variety of uses. Burton and Homer, two London architects, developed and ran the “ascending chamber,” a revolutionary tourist attraction that lifted guests to a significant height in the heart of London, affording a panoramic perspective.

In the next decade, the early, crude steam-driven elevators were developed. The Teagle, an inventive elevator, was constructed by Frost and Stutt in England in 1835. It had a counterweight for added power and was belt-driven.

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