Using Monte Carlo Simulation in Lift Traffic Systems to Compile the Probability Density Function (PDF) for the Car-Load Data and Drive-Motor System Loading

Lutfi Al-Sharif, Stefan Gerstenmeyer, Jens Niebling, Richard Peters and Maria Abbi

Wednesday 18th September 2019

The Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) method has been successfully applied in lift traffic systems to evaluate a number of different parameters such as the round-trip time and the average travelling time; and under different conditions, such as sectoring control and for multiple lift cars running in the same shaft. Using the MCS methods is particularly effective in cases where the number of possible combinations becomes too complicated for analytical equation-based calculation methods to deal with. This paper attempts to extend the applications of the MCS method in two areas: Car capacity and drive-motor system sizing. It uses this method to compile the probability density functions (PDF). In the first area, MCS is used in order to compile the statistical description of the number of passengers in the lift car whenever it departs from a floor. This is concisely presented in the form of a PDF of the number of passengers in the car when it departs from a floor. Such a PDF can be used to make judicious decisions regarding the suitable car capacity. The second area involves using the same data in order to compile a load profile of the number of passengers inside the lift car when it stops at a certain floor and when it departs from the that floor, along with the probability of the lift car stopping at that floor. This provides a strong input to simulate the drive-motor system and evaluate the temperature rise in the windings and the power electronic devices. A numerical example is given for a single lift car to illustrate the application of the method.

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