Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here


Elevator Rail Deflection Requirements

Elevator Rail Deflection Requirements

Elevator Rail Deflection Requirements

I am in the process of designing a elevator that is steel framed with metal studs. I need to provide rail support for the car as it travels up and down the elevator shaft. Loads are provided by the manufacturer for me to design my rails (simple enough). I am looking for some guidance as to what allowable deflection would be for these rails. I seem to remember a figure of H/1000 but I can't seem to find anything on the elevator shop drawings. Is H/1000 correct?

RE: Elevator Rail Deflection Requirements

I don't know if it's the latest version, but Google "ASME A17.1-2007/CSA B44-07". (I was able to find several free downloads on the first few hits.)

They have deflection requirements in there.

RE: Elevator Rail Deflection Requirements


"Allowable deflections for rail supports as required by the elevator code are 1/8-inch under normal loading and ¼-inch maximum with seismic activity."

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members!


eBook - Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts
When making CNC machined parts, mastering tolerances can be challenging. Are general tolerances good enough? When does it make sense to call out for tighter tolerances? Do you need a better understanding of fits, datums, or GD&T? Learn about these topics and more in Xometry's new e-book. Download Now
eBook – How to Choose the Correct Corrosion Testing Method
When designing a metal component, engineers have to consider how susceptible certain alloys are to corrosion in the final product’s operating environment. In a recent study by NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers), it was estimated that the direct and indirect costs of corrosion in the United States is approximately 6.2% of the GDP. In 2016, that cost exceeded $1 trillion dollars for the first time. Download Now

Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close