Our goal is to design and build the fastest Hyperloop pod to this day. On the short-term, we aim to create a safe and fully functional scaled pod for the 2020 Hyperloop Pod Competition. On the long-term, our aim is to secure, within KTH and Sweden, a space for growing students’ skills and interdisciplinary cooperation to push the Hyperloop technology forward and implement it as a full-scale system. What would implementing a Hyperloop system in Sweden really mean? Simply put, being able to live in Göteborg and commute to Stockholm in under 25 minutes.
What makes us unique? We are one of the first student teams developing a levitation system according to the initial concept proposal. The implementation and feasibility of this technology is challenging and was therefore predominantly disregarded by other student teams up to now.
The shell of our pod is designed as a thin, compact profile based on aerodynamic airfoils produced with carbon fiber chosen for their low weight and high tensile strength.
The chassis acts as a light-weight, durable skeleton of the pod body, holding everything in place and providing support for the shell.
Braking is performed by a hybrid eddy-current friction braking system which allows for extremely short braking distances.
Propulsion of the pod is achieved through a linear-induction motor able to maintain velocities greater than 100m/s. The pod levitates utilizing slim arrays of custom -designed magnets on the sides to eliminate friction during operation.
Hyperloop, known as the fifth mode of transportation, is the concept of a pod-like vehicle travelling inside a sealed tube in near-vacuum conditions. The lowered friction and air-resistance would allow the pod to reach speeds of more than 1200 kilometers per hour while being very efficient. The technology is aimed to become the future of sustainable transport.
The concept was first proposed by Elon Musk in a white paper in 2013 and since then, start-ups and student teams from the world’s best universities have been taking on the challenge of creating the world’s first full-scale Hyperloop system.
Since 2015, Elon Musk and SpaceX have been hosting the Hyperloop Pod Competition in Hawthorne, California, in order to speed up the realization of a first functional prototype. The competition consists of several stages that the teams need to pass in order to finally run their built high-speed pods on the mile-long SpaceX Test Track, among these various presentations, reports and on site tests. With millions of views across several platforms and the general excitement that surrounds SpaceX, the competition is very far reaching, which further pushes the demand for Hyperloop systems.