Mechanical Design
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Purdue Hyperloop

PURDUE HYPERLOOP DESIGN

In June 2015, SpaceX announced an open competition to design a pod for the proposed Hyperloop transportation system. I, along with two other students, contacted professors at Purdue University to spark interest in creating and running a Hyperloop design team in which students could gain Technical Elective credit. We scheduled a teleconference with said professors where a structure for the team and university affiliated course was discussed. In Fall 2015 I began my participation in the competition with a team of 50+ interested students. Listed below are my major accomplishments from the experience.

As of January 2016, the Purdue Hyperloop Team was selected as one of the few teams to build a pod and test their design at the test track in Los Angeles in August of 2016! To learn more about the competition, visit Spacex.com/hyperloop.

* Learn more about the current Purdue Hyperloop team and pod at Purdue.edu/hyperloop.


WHEEL SELECTION

  • Compared benefits of pneumatic vs. airless tires for this application
  • Sized the wheel for proposed max speed achieved in launch

SUSPENSION DESIGN

  • Compared MacPherson strut and double wishbone suspension designs to select best option for this application based on size and performance
  • Performed geometrical constraint analysis on double wishbone suspension to properly size A-arm component
    • Analysis performed for multiple instant center lengths and A-arm lengths
  • Selected coil-over shock to handle necessary loads

* The photos below show early concepts of the on-board braking systems, including the now outdated MacPherson strut design and performance specs.

EXPERIMENT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Participated in the development of a test involving a large air cannon to simulate pod stability in a high vacuum at near sonic speeds
  • Created sabot to house pods in cannon firing