Hardt Hyperloop Test Facility

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THE FIRST EUROPEAN HYPERLOOP TEST FACILITY

Hardt Hyperloop developed this first test facility in 2019 along with its partners. It has fully-functional core hyperloop systems installs, such as the levitation, propulsion, lane-switch, and the vacuum environment.

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THE HYPERLOOP SWITCH

The hyperloop switch allows the vehicle to pass from one track to another, creating a network of tubes connecting all European cities.

What makes this hyperloop switch special is that it allows the vehicles to change tracks without slowing down, decreasing travel time.

The mechanism does not have any moving parts either, making the switch low maintenance and incredibly efficient.

ELECTRO MAGNETIC SUSPENSION

Our system uses both 'permanent magnets' - magnets with a permanent magnetic field - and electromagnets.The permanent magnets have sufficient magnetic attraction and are positioned and stabilized by the electromagnets. As a result, the suspension system uses virtually no energy.

The combination of the two types of magnets allows the technology to lift more than the weight of a car using only the amount of energy necessary to turn on a light bulb.

The vehicle is suspended millimeters from a pure steel track, making the infrastructure relatively economical. 

ELECTRIC PROPULSION

The propulsion system pushes the vehicle forward using only electric energy by means of a linear electric engine, similar to that of an electric car. In the hyperloop, the motor extends across the entire track. This, in combination with electromagnetic suspension, allows the vehicles to propel forward, like surfing a magnetic wave.

After the electric motor propels the vehicle to its cruise speed, it only requires a fraction of the energy to maintain that speed.

And when it approaches a station and begins braking, the same system is used to restore a significant amount of energy, which will either be used to propel the next vehicle, or stored into a battery.

LOW PRESSURE ENVIRONMENT

The high speeds are possible due to the combination of levitation and an environment in which there is no air resistance. This environment is created with a vacuum pump that removes most of the air.

Once completed the vehicle needs little energy to move from its origin to its final destination.

THE FULL LOW-SPEED TEST

We proudly present one of our numerous successful low-speed tests that includes all the fundamental systems that the hyperloop needs to get from point A, to B, including a lane-switch that is used to create a greater hyperloop network.

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