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How Does the Hyperloop Train Work?

How Does the Hyperloop Train Work?
Written by Shikha Mehta

Will you believe me if I say that you can cover a distance of 230 miles in just 30 minutes? Well, if you learn how does the Hyperloop train work, you’ll realize it’s possible.

Hyperloop is still constructing the fastest vehicle you can travel in – faster than an airplane! If you take 2 hours and 8 minutes to reach LA from Vegas, you’ll take only half an hour by the Hyperloop capsule.

This looks like a train, but it doesn’t need tracks. So, you must be wondering about the medium for this mode of transport. Let’s take a look at this creation by Elon Musk closely.

How Does the Hyperloop Train Work So Fast?

Well, starting from roads and waterways, transportation started becoming faster with technological advancements. Railway tracks made travel faster on land and air is so far the fastest.

Now this train has no tracks, neither does it fly. What is possibly faster than air? It is something a lot emptier – vacuum.  Yes, hyperloop trains are capsules that travel through vacuum tubes.

Let’s see how.

Concept

  • The vacuum tubes will be built either underground or over the ground.
  • It will be a partial vacuum with a thin layer of 0.5-13 mm of air at the bottom.
  • There are no wheels on the capsule – the concept is to glide across a vacuum. This maximizes speed.
  • You’ll be moving at a speed of 670 miles per hour.
  • Since the speed is super-fast, it will be used to travel across cities. For the time being, construction is going on in the UK, USA, Canada, Mexico, India, and many other countries.

Structure

  • The linear electric motor consists of 2 parts – the stator and the rotor.
  • On top of the tube, there will be solar panels or any other source of energy supply.
  • This energy is for the stator in the tube.
  • The capsule has the rotor that moves in a straight line when the stator in the tube receives power.
  • There will be linear induction motors in the tube to control the speed of the capsule in the route.
  • An electrical ducted fan and an air compressor will be placed at the nose of the capsule. Since there will be a thin level of air, these will help to control the building up of air pressure.
  • One pod has a diameter of 7’4”, enough to carry 28 passengers at a time.
  • The system is designed to draw energy from any source of power.

Why Use Hyperloop?

There are several advantages of using Hyperloop, not only for you but also for the environment:

  • It will be faster than any other mode of transport.
  • Since it can draw energy from any source, you don’t have to depend on anyone.
  • This vehicle travels in a vacuum tube and so doesn’t produce direct carbon emissions even if it uses a conventional source of energy.
  • The tickets will be priced reasonably enough for the majority of the population to travel.

Routes of the Hyperloop Train Across the World

Plenty of potential routes have been discovered by the team. Following are some of the routes being made across the world in different countries:

Canada: Toronto to Montreal

Mexico: Mexico City to Guadalajara

India:

  • Bengaluru to Chennai
  • Mumbai to Chennai

UK:

  • Edinburgh to London
  • Glasgow to Liverpool

USA:

  • Chicago to Pittsburgh via Columbus
  • Miami to Orlando
  • Cheyenne to Pueblo via Denver
  • Dallas to Houston via Laredo

When Can You Use Hyperloop?

Virgin Hyperloop One estimates some of the initial projects to complete in the mid-2020s. In fact, if possible, they aim to open by 2020-2021. Once it’s open for all, you can make your decision to go to another city even at the last moment!

Now that you know how does the Hyperloop train work, all you probably are doing is waiting for it to come to your city. Isn’t it?

About the author

Shikha Mehta

I discovered my talent in writing while I was in high school. Since then, I discovered the joy of sharing your knowledge with people around you. This is the reason why I love making my contributions to Insights of Technology. Being a certified content writer, I have been writing on several topics, science & technology being one of my favorites.

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