HELIOS II (2023)
This year Delft Hyperloop made large steps towards a full-scale hyperloop system. The seventh team developed a motor that had never been made before in the world. A so called LFSPM, a Linear Flux Switching Permanent Magnet Motor. This motor does not propel the pod from the track, but is located on the pod itself. As a result, there are far fewer costly materials in the track, which means that the infrastructure will be much easier and cheaper to implement. To eliminate all rolling resistance, the team made the entire pod have no contact with the track. They did this by magnetically damping the pod in both vertical and lateral directions. So, for the first time, the pod was completely levitating! This is also a necessary step to achieve extremely high speeds in the most efficient way possible in a full hyperloop system.
There are many electrical components on the pod that produce a lot of heat. Heat cannot be dissipated in a vacuum, so the team designed what is called a heat battery for this. This heat battery contains a type of wax where all the heat can be stored without the temperature increasing. This solution may seem simple, but it is crucial to protect our most complex systems
The team competed with this extremely innovative pod during the EHW in Edinburgh, Scotland, and won 4 prizes! The Innovation award, the Mechanical award, the Technical full-scale award and the Social Economic full-scale award.