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Building Transportation, Traffic and Engineering Systems

Lutfi Al-Sharif

University of Jordan


Elevator Traffic Engineering Simulation Elevator Mechanical Engineering Safety Gear System Drive Systems Control Systems Energy Consumption Power Riding Comfort Noise and Vibration Escalators Passenger Conveyors

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About the book

The book aims to provide a general integrated and balanced introduction to the areas of elevator, escalators and passenger conveyors. These systems will be introduced under the title of ""Building Transportation"".

The book will be ideal for anyone who needs an introduction to building transportation systems, as wells as specialists who want to gain a deeper understanding in any of the relevant subject areas.

The book will distinguish between three distinct areas: traffic engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Traffic engineering is of particular importance, as it is the basis for the design and selection of the elevator traffic systems in building, in terms of deciding the most suitable and economical number, speed and capacity of the elevators within the building.

Mechanical components and systems are reviewed including ropes, guide rails, doors, safety gears, overspeed governors, gearing systems and buffer systems. Electrical systems are generally reviewed, including single car controllers, drive systems, motors (including modern permanent magnet synchronous motors), as well as group controllers.
The book also covers the more specialized areas of energy consumption, riding comfort, noise and vibration.
Escalators and passengers conveyors should also be addressed, as these devices complement elevator system in moving passenger around the building.

Modern developments are hope to be covered within the relevant chapters, some of which are listed as follows: Modern electrical safety systems,Modern shaft and motor feedback devices, Modern electrical drive system, Two elevator cars in the same shaft, Multiple elevator car systems in the same shaft, Evacuation systems using elevators, Modern calculation and simulation tools and software packages, Ropeless elevator systems.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: November 14th 2019

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline Extended: Open for Submissions

Potential authors submit chapter proposals ready for review by the academic editor and our publishing review team.

Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: February 3rd 2020

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: April 23rd 2020

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

Book compiled, published and promoted

Expected publication date: June 22nd 2020

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About the editor

Lutfi Al-Sharif

University of Jordan

Lutfi Al-Sharif is currently Professor of Building Transportation Systems at of the Department of Mechatronics Engineering, The University of Jordan. He received his Ph.D. in lift traffic analysis in 1992 from UMIST (Manchester, U.K.). He worked for 9 years for London Underground, London, United Kingdom in the area of lifts and escalators. In 2002, he formed Al-Sharif VTC Ltd, a vertical transportation consultancy based in London, United Kingdom. He has over 30 papers published in peer reviewed journals the area of vertical transportation systems and is co-inventor of four patents and co-author of the 2nd edition of the Elevator Traffic Handbook. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Northampton (UK), member of the scientific committee of the annual Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technologies and a member of the editorial board of the journal Transportation Systems in Buildings. He is a passionate believer in making higher education simple and accessible for engineering students and has a You Tube channel on engineering that has around 50 000 subscribers and around 7 million views. He has also been working as a member of the METHODS Project that aims to improve teaching methods in higher education in Jordan and Palestine. He is also the author of the Mechatronics Engineering Module on

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