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Munich (DE), Buers (AT): On 14 June 2018, students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich presented the new WARR Hyperloop. It is a prototype of the transport system that will one day travel at speeds of up to 1125 km/h. The elasticity required for the system’s track comes from Austrian company Getzner Werkstoffe.
On 14 June 2018, students from TU Munich presented their WARR Hyperloop prototype – a high-speed transport system – for the Hyperloop Pod Competition 2018 in Garching near Munich. It is the result of months of hard work. On 22 July, the students will be taking their prototype to California to compete against hundreds of international student teams to set a new speed record. Launched in 2015, one thing matters when it comes to claiming victory in this year’s competition: speed.
Who has built the quickest Hyperloop prototype? A Hyperloop is the concept of a high-speed vehicle that is transported through a pipe in a vacuum, similar to a pneumatic tube. Getzner is playing its part in the project’s success by providing a vibration protection for solution for the track. The WARR Hyperloop by TU Munich – an initiative by the Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Space Flight (WARR) – is in with an excellent chance according to those involved in the project: “The TU Munich team has already been very successful. We are excited to be able to support the students in achieving their ambitious goals with our high-end solutions. It’s also our way of contributing towards this ecologically beneficial transport technology of the future. Innovations like this strengthen our economy,” explains Stefan Potocan, head of the Railway Division at Getzner. Sylomer® elastic bearings are used between a concrete slab and the central rail. This polyurethane high-tech material from Getzner introduces a defined elasticity to the track along a length of 300 m and a width of 125 mm, meaning that uniform deflection is guaranteed at high speeds. The material also serves as a compensation layer to balance out the unevenness of the concrete slab.
The original idea for the Hyperloop was first publicised by Elon Musk, founder of electric car manufacturer Tesla and the private space exploration company SpaceX. Compared to conventional modes of transport, the Hyperloop is not only more ecologically beneficial, but also safer, faster and cheaper. To promote its development, SpaceX launched the international SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition for students in 2015. The goal is to one day transport capsules, powered by ecologically beneficial electricity generated from solar power, through a vacuum tunnel at speeds of up to 1125 km/h.