We are a student team participating in the SpaceX Competition to build the Hyperloop, a revolutionary high speed transportation system.
The idea of the Hyperloop was released by Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX. Rather than developing the idea himself, Elon Musk opensourced the concept and, with his company SpaceX, is now holding a student competition to build a half-scale prototype. The WARR will be operating on the SpaceX test track in the Summer 2016.
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We are 37 students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) coming from a variety of faculties across the campus to be part of the WARR Hyperloop Team. The team is part of a much larger student group called WARR. Among all the teams participating to the competition, we are the only german team and among the only two european teams to have moved to the final stage.
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Our protoype is a pod in levitation running in a vacuum tube at high-speed! We are integrating a compressor to reduce the air friction drag by accelerating the remaining air in the tube, the concept is similar to an airplane reactor. Having advanced to the final stage, we are building our prototype and testing it before shipping it to California.
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In 2013, Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX, released a white paper
on the Hyperloop, his concept of high-speed ground transport.
His idea was a radical system of pods in levitation inside a tube at low air pressure traveling at a speed of 1200 km/h.
This revolutionary transportion would create a link from San Francisco to Los Angeles in just 35 minutes.
Elon Musk opensourced the idea. Currently two companies are working on the project to make a commercial line but in order to accelerate the development of a functional prototype and to encourage student innovation,
Elon Musk and his company SpaceX are moving forward with a competition to design and build a half-scale Hyperloop Pod.
In parallel with the competition, SpaceX will be constructing a sub-scale test track adjacent to its Hawthorne, California headquarters and some of the best teams will be allowed to run their prototypes on it. All the information can be found on the official competition website.
The most important steps of the competition are the following:
|Maximum speed||350 km/h|
|Total weight||600 kg|
|Dimensions||4,2 m x 1,0 m x 1,1 m|
|Braking||Eddy current brake & friction brake|
|Drag reduction system||Active system : Compressor|
|Power of the compressor||30 kW|
|Pressure inside the tube||860 Pa (0,009 bar)|
WARR Hyperloop Pod. Credits Uli Benz
Founded in 1962, WARR stands for Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Raketentechnik und Raumfahrt (Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Space Flight) and is a student group from the Technische Universität München (TUM). Having gathered years of experience in building and researching all aspects of space flight, today the group aims at helping students from different fields to apply their theoretical knowledge and develop practical skills.
WARR has a great deal of experience with system design. One of our its recent accomplishments was winning the British Interplanetary Society's "Project Icarus Design Competition" in 2013. Furthermore we also possess significant international competition experience, including participation in the ESA REXUS programme, as well as the launch of a completely in-house developed experimental hybrid rocket from a Brazilian air force base last year.
We are a team of about 37 students from a variety of different faculties across the university. Currently, we have students from mechanical engineering, computer science, power engineering, civil engineering, physics and environmental engineering. Under the lead of Mariana Avezum, a computer science student who started the project, our team is divided into several branches of competence and each of them is responsible for a subsystem of the pod. We have Structures, Drag-Reduction, Levitation, Braking, Power and Navigation Systems.
Although the SpaceX competition takes place on a shorter track at different conditions than the full transportation system, our approach is to aim for future scalability of our prototype. That means that we intend to be able to build the hyperloop described by Elon Musk in his white paper from our prototype without changing the basic design. Even though the speed of the test will be much slower than that of the final transportation system, we wanted to integrate a compressor to reduce the air friction. This aspect makes us unique in the competition.
The WARR Hyperloop Team is led by Mariana Avezum who started the project in the fall of 2015. As one of only two European teams remaining in the competition, we face many challenges not related directly to the design of the protoype and the project management team handles those issues.
As Systems Engineer, Johannes Gutsmiedl is responsible for making sure all the subsystems can function together and are completed on schedule. He is also responsible for coordinating subsystem and system level tests.
One key aspect of the Hyperloop concept is to levitate the pods. Together with his team, Lucas Spreiter develops and tests a magnetic levitation system based on permanent magnets. Besides the ability to lift the pod, the system needs to be reliable and prevent the pod from dropping.
The design of the energy supply is based on the power requirements of the Hyperloop pod subsystems, environmental parameters inside the tube, and safety regulations. This team is lead by Joachim Sturm.
The drag reduction team, led by Stefan Biser, is responsible for simulating and designing the aerodynamics of the pod and the compressor, an active drag reduction component and a key element of our design.
Under the lead of Martin Riedel, this team is responsible for the onboard computers, sensors, telemetry and navigation systems. These components control all the dynamics of the hyperloop travel system and check if the pod is always in a safe condition.
Maximilian Springer and his team design the structure of the pod, as well as the integration of all subsystems. Using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and by high-level interaction with all subsystems they achieve a modular and scalable architecture, which is key in being able to adapt to ever coming changes.
In order to be eligible for the SpaceX competition, we must first prove the safety of our design. This team, led by Thomas Ruck, is here to not only design and build the braking system, but also to demonstrate that the overall system can deal with a potential emergency situation without crashing the pod.
The SpaceX competition has a world wide press impact and we are so proud to be part of it! Please don't hesitate to contact us by email if you would like more information about our project.
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