Hyperloop's pods will be coated in carbon fibre material called VibraniumBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 25 May 2016 | Categories: news
Hyperloop's plans are starting to come together quite nicely. The passenger pods designs for the proposed high speed transport system between California's city of Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay have already been approved, and now the finer details are being hashed out.
One of the first bits of information to arrive sees Slovakian materials manufacturer, 2ci, develop a carbon fibre composite called Vibranium. Working together with Hyperloop Transport Technologies (HTT), the material will be used to coat both the outside and inside on the pods.
While Marvel might have some reservations about c2i and HTT calling their material Vibranium, it works for more differently from the fictional metal it draws its name from in the comic book movies.
This version features a series of sensors embedded into the material that actively measures stability, temperature and integrity. While it cannot adjust to compensate for such information, it can send real-time reports to an HQ or sorts. This continuous assessment will be used by HTT to track and monitor if one of their Hyperloop pods has been damaged and requires maintenance.
The reason for the partnership between HTT and c2i, as detailed by Engadget, has to do with a deal signed in March this year. This saw HTT work in conjunction with the Slovakian government on possibly launching a Hyperloop track between the capital city of Bratislava and neighbouring countries major cities like Vienna (Austria) and Budapest (Hungary). Whether this takes place, will likely depend on the success of the California slated project.
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