Munich team wins fourth Hyperloop Pod Competition - again

July 22, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Munich team wins fourth Hyperloop Pod Competition - again
The fourth Hyperloop competition in a row was won by a team of developers consisting of students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). With a maximum speed of 463 kmph, the TUM Hyperloop team left all other teams of the international competition behind.

The pod of the TUM-Hyperloop team reached a maximum speed of 463.5 kilometers per hour. This was only just below the world record of 467 kilometres per hour set by the team in 2018. At 257.5 km/h, the second-placed podium of the Swissloop team of ETH Zurich lagged far behind. The EPFLoop team of the EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland) reached 238 km/h. The podium of the TU Delft caused a communication problem and after 200 meters the team had to brake hard.

Space-X founder Elon Musk presented the concept of the hyperloop, a super fast train racing through an evacuated tube system, in 2013. To advance his idea, he launched the "SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition" in 2015. At this year's competition, a total of 21 student teams from all over the world competed against each other with their prototypes for the Hyperloop cabin capsule, the "Pod".

The Pod of the TUM team is equipped with eight electric motors which, controlled by 288 power transistors, generate the rapidly changing magnetic fields for the propulsion of the vehicle, according to semiconductor manufacturer Infineon. One already suspects it: Infineon is the supplier of these components. This also applies to the battery master switches with 122 additional power semiconductors, which switch off the high-voltage battery in an emergency or for maintenance.

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