On July 18, the ‘European Hyperloop Week’ will start in Delft, the international hyperloop competition for student teams from all over the world. Sixteen teams of engineering students will compete for the best hyperloop design for a week. This includes Delft Hyperloop, the student team of TU Delft. For a year, the 38-person team worked on their technology, infrastructure and designs.
Two weeks ago, Delft Hyperloop unveiled their Helios I, the latest prototype. With the Helios I, Delft Hyperloop is participating in the international hyperloop competition during The European Hyperloop week, which will take place in Delft this year.
The team made some radical technical choices this year. New to Helios I is that the model floats under the rails by means of electromagnetism. This has never been seen before by a student team. In addition to the prototype, the team has also written two scientific reports on the future implementation of the hyperloop. With these two reports, they also participate in two different prizes of the competition. “That makes Delft Hyperloop unique: we not only build a prototype, but we also look a step further, at the challenges of the hyperloop on a large scale. With our research, we want to form a bridge between the hyperloop concept on paper and the hyperloop in real life!” says Fien van Aken, Full-Scale Engineer.
The competition will start on 18 July in Delft during a festive opening in the auditorium on the TU Delft campus. The week consists of knowledge sharing and presentations. On Saturday 23 July a race will take place in Hilversum on the site of Voestalpine Track Solutions. The participating teams will demonstrate their prototypes and thus compete for all the prizes of the competition.
According to Hidde de Bos, Chief Engineer of the team, Delft Hyperloop has a good chance of winning: “With the big leaps we have made in technology this year, I am looking at the competition with a positive view. Of course, with the strong competition, profit is never certain, but we strive for a good end result.”
The winners of the competition will be announced at a closing ceremony on July 24.