Contractors World International Vol 7 No 5
The work of experts from Taiyo Europe, who have
provided textile architecture for renowned projects such
as the Millennium Dome in London, San Francisco
Airport, the German Pavilion at Expo Milan and the
Mercedes-Benz-Arena in Stuttgart, is attracting great
public interest in Rottweil.
Since the construction work is on schedule, the re-
search operations at the tower are slated to
begin in December 2016. In May 2017, the
tower will also be opened to visitors.
The ThyssenKrupp Test Tower is 246 me-
ters high and was formed using sliding form-
work construction, which began in mid-April
2015. The crane grew along with it to an even
greater height. The hook height begins at 90
meters and climbs to 259 meters.
The crane used on Rottweil’s Test Tower
construction site was a 280 EC-H 12 Litronic
from Liebherr. It was equipped with a pow-
erful 110-kW hoist gear in order to achieve
high hook speeds on account of the project’s
required hook heights of up to 259 meters.
The 280 EC-H crane was mounted on a
500HC tower system. It consisted of individual
tower elements measuring 5.8 meters in
height. This tower system was selected in
order to be able to ensure the largest possible
scaling steps and to interrupt the sliding form-
work construction as little as possible.
After a free-standing construction at 90
meters hook height, the crane was then grad-
ually climbed up to its final height. There was
a climbing unit mounted on the crane
It consisted of the guide piece and an integrated
hydraulic unit. The guide piece enclosed the actual crane
tower, while the upper part of the crane used hydraulics
to push the tower length upwards.
The guide piece was equipped with an appropriate
high opening that made it possible to insert another
tower element measuring 5.8 meters in height. This
‘climbed’ tower piece was subsequently bolted and the
process began again.
This process could take several days.
ThyssenKrupp started building the test tower with
the general contractor Züblin in 2014. Among the lead-
ing-edge technologies that will be tested in Rottweil is
the newest-generation elevator, the MULTI.
Three of the twelve shafts in the new test facility are
reserved for the MULTI system which is powered by
maglev technology from the Transrapid and provides a
number of advantages:
The cable-free design means several cabs can be
operated in a single shaft. This increases passenger
capacity per shaft by up to 50 percent and at the same
time reduces the elevator footprint in a building by half.
In addition, the elevators can move both sideways
and vertically without height limitations, opening up
completely new applications and architectural design
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