EuroTube launches 'Digital Hyperloop'

EuroTube built a digital twin of a hyperloop transport system designed to enable transport planners to comprehensively assess hyperloop for their operations.

Online PR News – 14-October-2022 – Zurich, Switzerland – Researchers of the Swiss EuroTube Foundation today launched a new digital platform that allows the simulation of Hyperloop transport systems. Intended to serve as a “digital twin” to physical infrastructures the “digital hyperloop” simulates the effects of, and optimal network design for vacuum transport in an existing transport environment. It covers both transport demand simulations as well as the energy and resource consumption of building and operating the infrastructure.

Hyperloop is a high-speed and rail-guided transport system that is being developed by different companies across the globe as a new mode of transport. With the hyperloop infrastructure, so-called pods for both passengers and goods travel in a network of vacuum tubes. The vacuum strongly reduces air drag, and a magnetic levitation drive removes friction, allowing ultra-fast travel at airplane speeds of 1000 km/h at the energy used in conventional rail.

Starting from the available data, EuroTube’s digital simulation platform for hyperloop can provide studies on passenger and freight transport in a future multi-modal network.

Demand prediction, network design, market estimation are covered, with special emphasis on the analysis of competition and cooperation schemes with other transport modes. Furthermore, with this tool, EuroTube can model and plan the schedules for future operation of hyperloop systems based on designed infrastructures and vehicles.

The “digital twin” also models the resource and energy consumption and subsequent emissions from all materials used in the construction of the infrastructure and vehicles, as well the energy needed for the operation.

The Digital Twin simulation platform can help traffic planners, logistics companies, rail and airport operators to comprehensively assess the benefits and business cases for including hyperloop in their operations.

Initial studies calculated with the digital twin show that a hyperloop system could replace parts of the continental feeder flights along the most important routes and thus relieve the airspace and airport operations. Especially compared to these flights, a hyperloop can save emissions to a large extent.

“We took the digital twin approach to take the guesswork out of the planning of hyperloop infrastructure. With more and more data available now, we can assess the business cases and environmental benefits of hyperloop infrastructures,” says Dr. Lorenzo Benedetti, Research and Development Director at EuroTube.

The EuroTube Foundation is a Swiss non-profit research organisation for the development of hyperloop. The organisation was recognised by the Swiss government in 2021 as a research institute of national importance.

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