How ANSYS Simulation is Helping Virginia Tech Team to Optimize Hyperloop Pod

After placing fourth at the SpaceX Hyperloop Design Weekend in January 2016, as well as the first ever Hyperloop Pod competition in Los Angeles, California, Hyperloop at Virginia Tech is working tirelessly toward improving every aspect of their pod. The Virginia Tech design team comprises over 60 people, branching out to all majors within the university, from business to aerospace engineering. We currently follow a tick-tock engineering cycle, innovating for one competition, then optimizing for the next using ANSYS Simulation. Continue reading

HyperXite and the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Contest

Editors Note: Today’s Guest Blog is brought to you by HyperXite’s Project Leads at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) who are competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Contest.

What if there was a system of transportation cheaper, faster and most importantly, safer than driving, flying or boating? This next evolution in transportation is the Hyperloop, to design and build a pod that can transport 840 people between Los Angeles and San Francisco at 760 mph while floating on a cushion of air. Developing this technology is, however, a huge endeavor and the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Contest was created to ‘crowd source’ the design of the vessel. Continue reading

A Brave New World – What It Will Take to Realize the Hyperloop Dream

Hyperloop – Elon Musk’s project, now venture-capital-backed, to shuttle passengers between cities via tubes at the speed of sound — is shaping up to be to the 21st century what the railroad was to the 19th century.

Both are visionary: one connected the coasts and permitted safe travel across the continent and the other could provide super-fast, efficient commuter passage between major cities. Both were rejected initially as the stuff of fiction: too theoretical to work, too expensive to build. Both were aided by the technology of their day, railways by the might of the industrial revolution, Hyperloop by the computer and simulation technology. And both, when the history of the 21st century finally is written, will be seen as revolutionary turning points in modes of transportation. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week focus on how technology is making your life easier and better, while students continue to improve their engineering skills through creative and enjoyable projects. Have a great weekend!

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Bringing the Hyperloop One Step Closer to Reality Through Simulation

It sounds like something out of Star Trek or Buck Rogers, but the notion of a super-fast (think speed of sound or faster) ground-based transportation system isn’t science fiction.

About a month ago, Elon Musk, the visionary behind ANSYS customers SpaceX and Tesla, formally proposed the Hyperloop, which would transport people via aluminum pods enclosed inside of steel tubes. These pods would travel up to 750 miles per hour, shrinking travel time between cities. (A trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco would be only 30 minutes!)

But as it often happens when a true innovator steps forward with a new idea, the critics descended. They claimed the Hyperloop was nothing more than mere fantasy, that it wouldn’t be practical. Even Musk himself admitted that prototypes were needed before he could turn the Hyperloop into reality.

I’ve been personally interested in the idea of this potential mode of transportation for some time now. In my opinion, the technologies needed for implementing tube transportation are extremely simple, compared to some of the highly sophisticated machines such as commercial airliners or spacecraft that humans routinely construct today.

So, using ANSYS technology, we put Musk’s Hyperloop designs to the test. The upshot? The Hyperloop will indeed work – with some tweaks. Continue reading