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SK CARBON PRODUCES CFRP MAIN STRUCTURE FOR HYPERLOOP

Passenger transport from A to B at up to 1,200 km/h? And that all in a single tube? What still sounds like science fiction for some has long been a reality for the students in the Scientific Working Group for Rocket Technology and Aerospace (WARR) of the Technical University of Munich. Last Tuesday, they presented their second Hyperloop capsule, with which they once again took part in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in California, USA at the end of August.

DRIVING AT THE SPEED OF SOUND

Hyperloop is the future transport vision of Elon Musk (Tesla founder), which is intended to combine the advantages of an airplane and a train. Electrically driven capsules are used as the means of transport and are shot through partially evacuated steel tubes at the speed of sound.

To promote this, Musk initiated the SpaceX Hyperloop competition, at which international teams compete against one another with their homemade high-speed capsules. The WARR team was able to claim the first prize for the fastest capsule as well as for the Best Performance in Flight prize at the first competition in January this year, thereby qualifying for the next round.

WARR TEAM FOCUSES ON LIGHTWEIGHT CONSTRUCTION AND DIMENSIONAL ACCURACY

carbon parts for hyperloop
Image: SK Carbon

For the second competition, the maximum speed is the sole decision criterion for victory. For this reason, the WARR team focused on lightweight construction and dimensional accuracy with their second Pod. 

On the basis of their expertise,
SK Carbon Roding GmbH supported the interesting student project with the construction of the main structure of the test carrier made of fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). We manufactured the structurally supporting CFRP part, 2.2 m long and weighing only 11.6 kg, in a prepreg sandwich-structured method with different insert and core materials. In addition, the main focus was on dimensional accuracy for quick, uncomplicated and functional assembly.

Now, with a total weight of 70 kg, the WARR Hyperloop team is hoping to once again win the contest for the fastest Hyperloop capsule.

We wish the students of the WARR Working Group all the best for the upcoming competition in August!

Source images: WARR  https://www.flickr.com/photos/148755431@N04/

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