Special Projects - Ixellion Hyperloop
“Hyperloop” is a proposed high-speed mass transportation system for both passenger and freight transport. The term was invented to describe the modern open-source project. Hyperloop is described as a sealed tube or system of tubes with low air pressure through which a pod may travel substantially free of air resistance or friction. The Hyperloop could potentially move people or objects at airline or hypersonic speeds while being energy efficient compared with existing high-speed rail systems. This, if implemented, may reduce travel times compared to train and airplane travel over distances of under approximately 1,500 kilometres (930 miles).
Ixellion Hyperloop Approach
Ixellion today owns many proprietary technologies that can be efficiently applied to the Hyperloop system. From the propulsion system to linear actuators, to composite and innovative materials for the construction of both the capsule and the tube, up to the Artificial Intelligence system capable of managing the system with particular attention to energy management. For this reason Ixellion considered it interesting to approach this initiative and start the development of an integrated proprietary system
Ixellion also owns the specific know-how for the production of plasma actuators that will make the use and interoperability in support of both magnetic levitation and through the redirection of air flows controlled by plasma actuators much more efficient.
Advanced nano-structured composites can also be used to reduce air friction. Ixellion has engineered a highly innovative composite material to increase security level of hyperloop infrastructure .
The basic configuration of the system has three major components: a tube, pod, and terminal.The tube is a large sealed, low-pressure system that can be constructed above or below ground. A coach runs inside this controlled environment and is often referred to as a pod. The pod employs magnetic or aerodynamic levitation along with electromagnetic or aerodynamic propulsion to glide along a fixed guideway.
Through Aeronautical Service, the group’s Advanced Research Center on Materials, Ixellion develops nano-structured composite materials using algorithms that generate high-quality solutions to optimize materials with specific characteristics. Ixellion is targeting Hyperloop as best implementation of proprietaries developed materials.
The savings in weight granted by composite materials make their use vital in the transportation industry, particularly in aerospace and rail. Environmental standards on greenhouse emissions, especially in North America, Europe and China, are the major driving factors behind the introduction of more lightweight and fuel-efficient vehicles. For example, Ixellion is developing the car body of a subway train that will be lighter, with reduced power consumption, gaining space on the inside albeit maintaining the same external bulk.
Ixellion would like apply these materials and transfer owned know-how to Hyperloop technology , this experience puts Ixellion one step ahead of all other competitors.
In the capsule manufacturing, the use of composite materials reduces weight, which means that more equipment can be installed without compromising on roll stability. Advanced composites, such as carbon, epoxy, and different foams are already used in the rail field.