Delft University of Technology
Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Transport Technology

M. van der Veen en C.M. Smissaert Torenkranen in het bouwbedrijf. Een introductie.
Literature survey, Report 92.3.TT.3085A, Transport Engineering and Logistics.

Many variations of towercranes for building-construction exist. A towercrane is to be constructed in such a way that both transportation and mounting are made as simple as possible.

The towercrane is usually constructed of a steel lattice work with the tower and the jib(s) as main elements. In cases where the tower reaches beyond a certain height, it is possible to connect it onto the building.

The towercrane is equipped with a selection of the following mechanisms for load handling: hoisting system, luffing systeem, trolley, travelling system and a slewing unit. Which combination is used characterises the towercrane.

Some models are equipped with a climbing-machanism. This makes it possible for the crane to increase it's height without the use of a additional (mobile) crane.

Reports on Transport Engineering and Logistics (in Dutch)
Modified: 2008.05.02; , TU Delft / 3mE / TT / LT.