Linear Motor & Eddy Current Brake Design For The Worlds First Hyperloop Test Track

Arbi Gharakhani Siraki
EM Systems, Virgin Hyperloop One

Abstract

Last year, the first full scale hyperloop test track, DevLoop, was successfully built and tested in Apex, Nevada. By the end of 2017, a peak speed of 240mph (387kph) has been reached on a track length of only 500 meters.
One of the many challenges was to design a linear motor that could take the pod to such a speed in a short distance and later to design a fail-safe braking system, that brings the pod to a complete stop on less than 200 meters of track.
This presentation will give insight into the hyperloop system and the design and analysis of the DevLoop linear motor and the eddy current braking system.

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