To make the highly promising Hyperloop concept a reality, we have to develop our own perspective of the concept from scratch. Therefore, we are entering new technological territory. Whether it’s the ideal aerodynamic shape of the shell or our specialized LIM (Linear Induction Motor) technology, which allows us to levitate and actuate the Hyperloop pod in a single component. Each of our divisions strives to optimize specific parts in terms of safety, performance and sustainability. Scroll down for an overview of the various projects and components we are working on to bring this cutting-edge technology to life.
Hyperloop Pod Prototype
In addition to general research, the focus of the work at mu-zero HYPERLOOP is on the development of a functioning, levitating hyperloop prototype (pod) that can be presented at international competitions and networking events. In the following you can find our areas of research and development.
Aerodynamic conditions in the Hyperloop system play a guiding role in the successful realization of an efficient transport. Traveling through air with very low density results in less drag for the pod, thus reducing the energy needed for movement. We believe, that a scientific based aerodynamic development is a key factor for advancing the Hyperloop concept.
The Aerodynamics Team focusses on the design and manufacturing of the shell. The shell is the outer fairing of our pod and should cause as low aerodynamic drag as possible. In order to achieve that we analyze and modify the geometry of the shell using 2- and 3-dimensional CFD Simulations in OpenFoam. Furthermore, we manufacture the shell ourselves in cooperation with a partner. The shell is made out of a unique sustainable and ecofriendly fiber reinforced plastic with natural flax fibers. To further improve our manufacturing methods we conduct material tests.
Hyperloop – made in Baden-Württemberg
Looking for an opportunity to write your thesis?
As part of our new research task force to advance Hyperloop technology, you could have your own academic impact on the Hyperloop project. Write your thesis at mu-zero and benefit from the cooperation with our strong partners such as SEW Eurodrive!
You have two options for this: Either you apply for one of the published theses of our partners in industry, which would be in the sense of a cooperation, or you can send us a speculative application. Also check out the theses written at mu-zero in our research archive!