Avishkar Team Backed by IIT Madras Aims to Build World’s Largest Vacuum Testing Facility for Hyperloop Technology
The Avishkar Hyperloop team of students at IIT Madras has received an investment from global pure-play engineering services provider L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) to develop innovations in the Hyperloop landscape. LTTS provides funding and technical support to the Avishkar team for their Hyperloop project. LTTS will enable the Avishkar team to gain traction on its breakthrough disruptions in the emerging field of Hyperloop-based transportation solutions for futuristic transportation experience.
Commenting on this project, Professor V Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras, said: “The vacuum tube, when developed, will be the first of its kind in academia anywhere in the world and would be on par with the facility commercial entity, Virgin Hyperloop One in the United States. As such, ours would be the only one of its kind available to the public, which we intend to use to host international Hyperloop competitions. aThis facility of ours will allow us to take global leadership in Hyperloop technologies, so that we can set standards in this new and emerging field.
What is Hyperloop technology developed by Avishkar team supported by IIT Madras?
A hyperloop is a proposed high-speed transit system for public and freight transportation. The term was popularized by Elon Musk in 2013 through a white paper – “Hyperloop Alpha” to describe a modern project based on the vacuum tube train concept. Hyperloop designs consist of three essential components, namely tubes, pods, and terminals. The reduced air resistance allows the capsule inside the tube to reach speeds of over 1000 km/h.
The Hyperloop model proposed by the Avishkar team can reach a top speed of over 1,200 kilometers per hour. It is completely autonomous, safe and clean. The team is leading the Hyperloop Tube research in India and has already patented a novel and cost effective tube design. The Avishkar team is a 70-member strong interdisciplinary team, attracting members from 11 different academic disciplines.
The Avishkar team aims to build the world’s largest student-developed Hyperloop test facility at IIT Madras and hopes to complete the construction of this 500-meter-long Hyperloop facility by this year. This facility will be constructed at Discovery Campus, the satellite campus of IIT Madras located approximately 35 km from the main campus.
The Avishkar Hyperloop team is implementing a scalable levitation mechanism on its Hyperloop pod, pushing the “LIM mechanism for contactless propulsion” to its limits, and also implementing improved power and control systems. Additionally, the team also aims to design new lab-scale regenerative guidance and braking systems. Avishkar Hyperloop works with a vision to develop technologies for future high-speed modes of transportation with applications in various fields, including defense, logistics, and aerospace industry, among others.