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 propulsion. The design of the aerodynamic shell therefore has to meet certain requirements. Not only the characteristics of the surrounding air, but also the weight of this component must be taken into account. We believe, that a scientific based aerodynamic development is a key factor for advancing the Hyperloop concept.
In our Aerodynamics Team, we conduct Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations to limit the aerodynamic drag of our pod. The image shows the velocity distribution (how fast the air travels around the body) as well as the stream lines for an initial design iteration. After the design optimization is finished, manufacturing must be carefully planned. Using advanced fiber reinforced polymers, we’re able to manufacture in-house lightweight solutions.
The demonstrator division focuses on the development of an Electromagnetic Suspension (EMS) for a separate prototype beside the usual Hyperloop pod. With an iterative approach, the team develops multiple prototypes each with improvements and lessons learned over the previous one. The main goal of this research project is the gain of knowledge and testing of the suspension concept. This is intended to be implemented in the Season III pod.
C³ - Continuous Development, Integration and Testing
The C³ team aims to bring software practices of CI/CD to the engineering development process. The build-up of a custom framework should help developers of other projects to automate tedious tasks and improve the reliability and robustness of their systems.
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!