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L'ascenseur funiculaire de Strépy-Thieu

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L'ascenseur funiculaire de Strépy-Thieu
Counterweighted lift of Strépy-Thieu


Structure in General

ship elevator
existing [completed]


ship traffic
museum (science / technology)


  • This was the biggest ship elevator in the world upon completion.
  • The complete system is suspended on 112 fixed and 32 controllable steel cables.
  • This ship elevator actually consists of two water-filled counterweighted cages.
  • This ‘ship-elevator’ structure has three passenger elevators and two goods elevators.
  • The elevator itself travels a vertical distance of exactly 73.15 m.
  • Each cage is held in equilibrium by 8 fixed counterweights and 8 controllable counterweights.
  • The mechanical power to move the cage comes from four electric motors mechanically connected through gears.
  • The minimum force in the steel cables of the controllable counterweights is set at 100 kN.
  • The lock doors are constructed to stop boats with a weight of 2000 metric tons moving at 5 km/h.
  • The hoisting drum used to move the cage has diameter of 4.8 m and a weight of 72 metric tons. Four cables are wound on each drum: two are connected to the cage, whereas the other two are connected to the counterweights.
  • The hoisting drum rotates at a speed of 0.796 RPM.
  • The four electrical motors are six pole asynchronous motors, each with a maximum torque of 5800 Nm.
  • This elevator weighs about 200 000 metric tons.

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Rue de la Chapelle Bertrand
Rue de la Chapelle Bertrand
La Louvière
Walloon Region

Technical Data

383.86 ft
429.79 ft
265.75 ft

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