Paving the way to certification

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Europe's first hyperloop

At The Green Village, on the Technical University of Delft campus, the 30 meter, 2.8 m diameter test tube demonstrates levitation, guidance, propulsion, and lane switching in a low-pressure environment.  

Propulsion, guidance and levitation tested

This test bench of 3 meters long and 1.2 meters wide proves the concept of propulsion, levitation and guidance. A carriage of 150 kg levitates with about 30 Watts of power consumption, about the power of a lightbulb. 

Prototypes preparing for high speed

In preparation of a test facility to demonstrate the hyperloop at higher speeds, Hardt has since 2020 developed different prototypes and test benches. Among them are a 36-meter piece of hyperloop infrastructure, a test bench to test magnetic levitation sensors, and a test bench to test the responsiveness of the magnetic control system on dynamic variations.

Infrastructure prototype

Hyperloop infrastructure should be built modular and fast. Therefore, an Infrastructure prototype was built to simplify the assembly of hyperloop pipes. All components have been pre-assembled before putting the system together on-site like a construction set. The lessons learned from the assembly and installation of the Infrastructure Prototype will serve as input for the next iteration: European Hyperloop Center – Phase A. Currently, the prototype is on the Zernike Campus in Groningen.

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European hyperloop center

Magnetic levitation control set-up

In this set-up, the track is shaken to simulate imperfections in the track at speeds of 700 km/h. A levitation magnet is connected to a weight simulating the vehicle mass through a secondary suspension system (a spring-damper combination). While the magnet follows the track to keep the magnetic gap stable, the suspension filters out any vibrations toward the passengers. Hence, a ride in the hyperloop will be smooth, even with an infrastructure that is not perfectly straight.

The European Hyperloop Center

Since the successful demonstrations of hyperloop at low speeds, Hardt and partners are working on the design of a next-phase test facility. From 2020, the Dutch province of Groningen and the municipality of Groningen established an open innovation center where developers from all around the world can test and validate their hyperloop technologies. Together with a consortium of many parties, the Hyperloop Development Program, Hardt is working to make that happen. Learn more about the European Hyperloop Center.