The online course about Hyperloop is starting on the 5th of February! In this course you will learn from Delft Hyperloop alumni, who will teach you everything they know about the future of Hyperloop. The course consists of 5 weeks of lectures and a 6th wrap-up week, asking you to provide feedback and deliver your final assignment. If you’re curious about the Hyperloop, and willing to contribute to the future of Hyperloop, enroll in this free course!
Week 1: Basic Principles of Hyperloop & The Rise of Hyperloop (History)
During the first week, the basics of the Hyperloop concept are discussed. You will learn how the Hyperloop tackles the problems of current modes of transportation and how it can revolutionize the way we travel. You will learn what the consequences are of travelling through vacuum tubes. In addition, the history of Hyperloop and similar concepts will be reviewed.
Week 2: Levitation, Propulsion and Braking
The second week will elaborate on one of the primary features: levitation. Passive and active levitation systems will be presented. Moreover, this week will discuss the acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle. Different propulsion systems will be covered and assessed, as will be done for the braking system. Among others, a compressor and linear motor concepts are described. Friction and magnetic brakes will be considered as braking options.
Week 3: Hyperloop Passenger Pod
Week 3 begins with a description of the interior design of the Hyperloop. It shows the different design choices that have to be made in order to create a vehicle which is attractive for passengers. The exterior design will also be discussed. Topics range from material selection to shape optimization.
Week 4: Hyperloop Infrastructure & Safety
This week will elaborate on the design of the infrastructure. Think about the material of the tube that has to withstand the vacuum. But also where to construct the tube: above or underground? Will the tube be placed on pillars or on the surface? The levitation and propulsion system are important features inside to the tube to take into account. Furthermore, the Hyperloop will eventually transport passengers, it is paramount that safety is taken into account at all times.
Week 5: Network, Politics & Economics
One of the biggest challenges of the Hyperloop is the fact that it is covering multiple countries, provinces or states. This creates a complex network of stakeholders and leads to discussions about safety, cost, regulations, etc. The foundation of all of this is the Hyperloop network, which connects cities, countries and possibly even continents. To dive deeper into this subject, initial cost estimates are provided and explained.
Week 6: Final Assignment and Wrap-up
In this final week, the MOOC will come to a close and you will receive your grade. Several challenges facing the implementation of a real Hyperloop network will be listed. As a final assignment for this course, you are asked to tackle one of these challenges. This way, you can contribute to the future of Hyperloop yourself!