India is getting its own Hyperloop system! Indian Railways will work with IIT Madras; Examine the specifics

Indian Railways will collaborate with IIT Madras to build an ‘indigenous’ Hyperloop system and establish a Centre of Excellence for Hyperloop Technologies at the top institute. The Hyperloop concept is based on magnetically levitating in low-pressure tunnels to move passengers and goods at aeroplane-like velocities. As per Railway Ministry, the lesser energy need, as well as the significant role that this innovation may help in creating India carbon-neutral, make Hyperloop an appealing offer for the national transporter. As a result, according to a PTI report, the Railway Ministry has been seeking possible partners as well as experienced professionals for cooperative engagement in the development of this developing and developing idea for passenger and freight transportation.

The Railway Ministry was notified that, with the goal of making India proud by displaying its innovations to the globe, a squad of 70 students, dubbed “Avishkar Hyperloop,” created by IIT Madras in 2017, has been attempting to apply adaptability and frugal conceptual representation to the advancement of a Hyperloop-based framework for transportation. The group placed in the top-10 worldwide ranking in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition-2019, and it was the only Asian team to accomplish so.

IIT Madras addressed the Railway Ministry in March 2022 with a proposal for a joint effort on the creation of a keyless pod model as well as a first-of-its-kind Hyperloop Research Station at its Thaiyur Discovery Campus. When built, the proposed facility would house the world’s biggest Hyperloop Vacuum Tube, which the national transporter may use as a test bed for future Hyperloop research. IIT Madras requested cooperation from Indian Railways for manufacturing cooperation, the development of safety norms, and access to its electrical test sites. Furthermore, the institute has sought money from the Railway Ministry to move further with this study. According to IIT Madras, the project’s anticipated cost is Rs 8.34 crore.

The venture outcomes for the national transporter also included comprehensive design specifications for the Pod, Tube, and Track, in-depth running tests as well as performance metrics for the pod prototype and vacuum tube, providing the national transporter with a Hyperloop track as a test platform for the advancement of Pod technology in the intervening period, and offering Hyperloop technology training to Railway Personnel. In addition, the institute has suggested establishing a “Centre of Excellence for Hyperloop Technologies” at IIT Madras through its existing Centre of Railway Research.

The objective, as per authorities, is to construct a 500 m tube (diameter 2 m) as well as a track capable of sustaining multiple engine and levitation system combinations to enable the fast evolution of pod technology. The tube will be functionally equivalent to the Virgin Hyperloop facility in the United States, but will greatly surpass it in terms of cost, according to the Railway Ministry.

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