CFRP aerodynamic shell optimised through the use of a genetic algorithm
High power battery system composed of LiPo battery cells which power the motors
Low power battery system powers the control systems of the pod
Houses pod’s custom control boards
Composite sandwich structure chassis reinforced by CFRP ribs
Linear induction motors providing a thrust force of 1kN
Power redundant magnetic braking system providing a deceleration of 3g
Mechanical braking system providing a deceleration of 1g and bringing the pod to a stop
Friction suspension system dampening any lateral and vertical vibrations occurring during the run
HYPED’s fourth pod, Greyfriars Poddy, showcases a major shift from past years’ ASM propulsion system to linear induction motors, as well as significant upgrades in the braking, suspension, and power modules. We continue to develop our long term goal of designing a fully scalable Hyperloop prototype.
Our most recent technical advancements
HYPED announced significant development in technology related to the Hyperloop concept, a proposed network of near-vacuum steel tubes to transport humans and cargo in magnetically levitating pods. Such innovations bring the distant Hyperloop dream, as well as the often-quoted 50 minute Edinburgh to London journey time a step closer. The team, comprising of engineering and science students from the University of Edinburgh, work hard each year to design and manufacture cutting-edge technology and this year announced three novel and innovative designs, each of which has been the centrepiece of a thesis.
The new designs for linear induction motors, CFRP and aluminium honeycomb chassis, as well as the power redundant magnetic brakes are all bringing HYPED a step closer towards developing a full-scale Hyperloop system.
Finals of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod
Competition IV, 2019.
SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition IV
After 10 months of hard work from some of the brightest and most committed undergraduate and graduate engineers at the University of Edinburgh, HYPED - the University's Hyperloop Team flew to Los Angeles, California to compete at the fourth SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition and present to the world their third prototype The Flying Podsman. Their goal to get their pod into the vacuum tube, purpose-built to test Hyperloop pod prototypes.
The Flying Podsman was the fruit of countless hours of design, prototyping, manufacturing and testing by a dedicated team of students all of which undertook the project alongside their everyday studies. This year the team continued working on improving their unique magnetic propulsion system as well as manufacturing an all new carbon fibre and aluminium composite chassis and all carbon fibre shell. The Flying Podsman was designed to be faster and lighter than in previous years whilst still staying true to the original philosophy behind the Hyperloop - virtually frictionless high speed transport.
6th place at SpaceX Hyperloop Pod
Competition III, 2018
First British Hyperloop Pod. Finals of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition II, 2017