Delft Hyperloop Raises the BarFebruary 20, 2020
Recently team members of Delft Hyperloop, which is a Dutch team that reaches final stage of the Space X Hyperloop Pod Competition every single year, have given a presentation on their hyperloop project in Kunsthal, an art museum in Rotterdam.
Delft Hyperloop members, who are now calling themselves Delft Hyperloop IV, discussed topics such as their approach to the production process, their main goals this year and the ideas behind the development of a big high-tech project, such as this one.
This year’s team comprises of 33 students of 5 different nationalities, coming from 10 different technical backgrounds. The design goals have changed over the years and this year’s main focus was on the pod’s reliability while maintaining its performance rather than on the elevated performance with a possible decrease in reliability. Young engineers from Delft also brought up the topic of the rules and requirements given by SpaceX every year, or rather lack of those for a long period of time during which the team had already started working on their project.
Delft Hyperloop also disclosed what parts of the pod that they have already built were the most challenging ones and what kind of requirements have to be met in order to develop a fully-functioning hyperloop system in a small scale.
The total weight of the designed vehicle is 100 kilograms (around 220 pounds), which makes it 15% lighter than the previous design. The team expects to beat the world’s record by going faster than 500 kilometres per hour. What is even more impressive, they want to achieve that in less than 10 seconds.
What is more, Delft team shared their view on the topic of designing and manufacturing a high-tech pod and showed the audience their strategies that helped them to deal with problems that they had to face along the way. They are aware that the competition is most likely to be delayed, at least a few months, but they have found a way to work around that.
The team is going to build up a new construction on the pods that they have produced before so that they can minimize the overall cost of this year’s pod but, at the same time, they will still be able to work on the improvements. In the summer the team is planning on testing their pod in an open-air track that is 438 metres-long (around 0.27 miles). Their goal is to reach more than 202 kilometres per hour (about 125 miles per hour) there.
We will see if this approach turns out to be just the right element that was needed to win this year’s competition but for now the team is very happy with their event in Rotterdam and with the number of people that showed interest in their technology.
The Team Presentation Thursday evening at the @kunsthal was a great success! We were very happy to welcome so many interested partners and guests. Guests told us they left the event full of inspiration, and that was one of our goals. The livestream can be viewed on our Facebook! pic.twitter.com/8RDnXRb9zm
— Delft Hyperloop (@DelftHyperloop) February 15, 2020
You can find the full presentation given in English here.