Four Benefits Composites Bring to Hyperloop Pods
The modern subway and rail system are poised to get a very futuristic upgrade thanks to the world’s first composite hyperloop pod. Indeed, composite materials are bringing many benefits to the first passenger pod manufactured by Hyperloop Transportation Technology (Hyperloop TT).
Benefits of using composites in hyperloop pods
Composite materials have become a vital part of getting the world’s first hyperloop pod ready for passengers. Indeed, composites have allowed Hyperloop TT to manufacture the first operational hyperloop pod, which was unveiled in early October of 2018.
Hyperloops are futuristic transportation systems that are being designed to transport passengers and cargo through tubes. These tubes will use electrical magnetic levitation (maglev) propulsion to move composite passenger and cargo pods between destinations. The tubes would also be enclosed and depressurized to reduce air resistance on the pod and allow the hyperloop systems to use less energy to operate.
Composite materials were critical to the creation of the new Quintero One pod developed by Hyperloop TT. The pod is 32 meters (105 ft) long, weighs 5,000 kg (10,000 lbs) and is constructed using 7,200 square meters (1.8 acres) of carbon fiber composites. By using composite carbon fiber materials, Hyperloop TT was able to create a passenger pod that is almost twice as long as the subway cars currently operated by New York City. Even though the Quintero One pod is longer than a New York City subway car, it’s only about one-third the weight of a subway car.
In addition to the weight savings offered by composite materials, there are several other benefits that composites are bringing to hyperloop pods. Some of these benefits include:
- Reducing the amount of energy required to move and operate the pod
- Allowing the 72 sensors included in the pod to be embedded in the pod’s structure
- Helping to increase the safety of these pods due to high strength and sensor-embedding ability
With all of these benefits, it’s clear that composites are, and will continue to be, one of the key factors in the development and future operations of hyperloop technology and infrastructure.
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