The Delft Hyperloop student team won the highest award for the best Hyperloop prototypes at Europe Hyperloop Week, an international hyperloop contest with 16 teams from around the world. 

The Delft team, made up of 38 students from TU Delft, competed against worldwide rivals last week after concentrating on developing and constructing a hyperloop prototype for an entire year, the Dutch university announced in a press release. 

Delft hosted the European Hyperloop Week from July 18 to July 24. Numerous student teams from around the world gathered for the worldwide hyperloop tournament to compete for several awards. 

This week, both competitiveness and teamwork were highlighted. The purpose of the week is to hasten the hyperloop’s implementation. All student teams compete in six subcategories for one overall reward to accomplish this. The “Complete pod design award,” given to the group with the greatest overall system, is the best award. 

On July 23, it was a thrilling demonstration day at Voestalpine Track Solutions’ facility in the Dutch town of Hilversum. The German, Swiss, Spanish, and Delft team had the entire day to show the jury their prototype. “It was so exciting. You’re working with the team for a year towards this moment. “It was all so exciting. You and the team have been working towards this moment for a year. You only get 30 minutes per attempt to present the prototype perfectly, really an all or nothing moment” says Patrick Sheppard, team captain of Delft Hyperloop. 

Helios I 

“During demonstrations, we wanted to show two key components: the ability to drive in both directions and braking on the motor, and a high-speed ‘run’ with an emergency stop. The first was an immediate success, but during the second run, the brakes were activated too early. Fortunately, we managed to make up for it in the last run,” he adds. 

The Delft prototype, known as Helios I, sailed across the track and persuaded the jury that it deserved to win. The unique feature of Helios I is that the prototype uses magnetic levitation to float beneath the rails. A magnetic motor is used to advance the prototype as well. By a student team, this magnetic suspension has never been demonstrated before. 


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