About Siddhant Shivaram

Siddhant Shivaram is a Mechanical Engineering student pursuing his Master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Apart from his course work and research at CMU, he is passionately working in the CMU Hyperloop team. He is studying the use of magnets for the levitation system, braking system and stability system of the Hyperloop pod.

Electromagnetic Braking Simulation by the CMU Hyperloop Team

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept, a futuristic train in a pneumatic tube that propels passengers across the country at near super-sonic speeds, could — if successful — revolutionize mass transportation. The Hyperloop, theoretically, can achieve fantastic speeds of up to 760 miles an hour because the train — or pod — magnetically levitates over an I-rail track inside the continuous metal tube, eliminating friction, while the vacuum in the tube itself minimizes air resistance and drag.

As a competitor in the Spacex Hyperloop pod competition, Carnegie Mellon University’s Hyperloop team is building a version of the Hyperloop pod using simulation with the theory that electromagnetic braking is the most effective way to slow the Hyperloop pod. Continue reading