Future traveling with Hyperloop tube 1,000 km / hour
Students at the TU Delft, developed a futuristic tube transport system called the Hyperloop. In future we can travel at the speed of sound.
Imagine a cross-breed between the underground and a pneumatic dispatch system such as banks and supermarkets use.
What you get is the Hyperloop: a transport system that works with pressurized cabins that speed along through (nearly) vacuum tubes near the speed of sound.
That sounds like science fiction. Until you learn that Hyperloop is a project initiated by the technological visionary Elon Musk who put the Tesla electric cars on the road and who sent SpaceX’s Falcon rockets into the skies.
Musk first mentioned the concept for a “fifth mode of transport” in 2012 as a “cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table”. A year later, he published a whitepaper inviting the best and brightest minds to come up with competing ideas for realising the further development.
The Delft Hyperloop team, has chosen for magnetic levitation to minimise drag. Once over 10 m/s, the induced magnetism lifts the cabin’s auxiliary wheels from the ground. The team’s design will have minimal drag because of the combination of induced magnetic levitation and low air pressure in the tube.
The low pressure allows for the capsule’s blunt nose. The extended tail should help to shake off the supersonic ‘bang’ when the capsule reaches Mach 1. The full-scale version is supposed to reach 1.080 km/hour (which is close to the speed of sound).
The effect of a supersonic bang in a closed tube, and the forces it exerts on the tube and the capsule are largely unknown.