Hyperloop Transport

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Hyperloop Transport

Transport is a critical issue, especially in urban areas. As the population grows, there is a need to rethink current modes of transportation. Most regions rely on rail, road and air transport as the fastest means to travel from one point to another. However, these modes of transport come with some challenges. One of them is environmental issues because cars, trains and aeroplanes use fossil fuels which release carbon emissions, causing climate change and global warming. As the world’s urban population increases exponentially each year, more and more people are purchasing vehicles for their personal use. In a city with millions of residents, this causes traffic gridlock that proves inconvenient. To solve the challenges associated with these means of transport, Elon Musk proposed the use of Hyperloop technology to increase efficiency in the transport system. Hyperloop is the future of transport given the many advantages it presents, including fast travel, low cost and environmental friendliness.

The hyperloop technology has been around for many years, but Elon Musk’s proposal in 2012 brought the technology to the forefront as a fifth transportation alternative. Musk encouraged innovators to come up with practical ideas on how to implement the technology to create a viable transport system. SpaceX and Tesla, both companies owned by Musk, are currently working with experts to develop Hyperloop transport systems. Hyperloop transport systems would involve capsules travelling through vacuums that would enable high speeds without air resistance (Ross 52). Air resistance is a problem in high-speed trains and aircraft because it reduces the speed of these vessels. Eliminating air in the tubes would allow the capsules to travel at incredible speeds of up to thousands of miles per hour. One of the companies working towards developing Hyperloop transport systems hopes to set up a functioning track by 2021 after completing testing on a prototype in the Nevada desert.

Hyperloop systems make use of magnetic fields created by stators fitted on the tunnels and rotors on the moving capsules. The tubes are made of steel, making the magnetic field even more efficient. The capsules levitate within these tubes because of the magnetic field, and this levitation presents the advantage of eliminating friction. The capsules can then travel at maximum speeds. The tubes through which the capsules travel have very low air pressure within them, they are almost vacuums. This low air pressure can slow the speed of the capsule, but this is remedied by an air compressor at the front of the capsule. This compressor sends air to the back of the capsule, providing even more propulsion (Abdelrahman et al. 7429). To power the system, hyperloop make use of solar power which reduces harmful carbon emissions into the atmosphere. The tube tracks can be built either above or below ground, but both ways they are immune to weather challenges and other natural conditions such as earthquakes. Hyperloops will be able to cover an average distance of 550 kilometres in a half-hour, much faster than any aircraft today.

Hyperloop transportation appears to be the future of transport because of the many advantages it offers over the other modes of transport. The first advantage is breakneck speeds of more than a thousand kilometres per hour. This will be very convenient for people travelling across long distances, for example moving from one city to another. These speeds will cut down the time spent travelling so that people can get to their destinations faster and spend time on constructive activities. The Hyperloop system also consumes low energy compared to systems that use fossil fuels. Solar systems are environmentally friendly, thus utilizing Hyperloops will help save the environment (Dudnikov 17). It will also reduce the number of cars on the road, another environmental benefit. Another advantage of the Hyperloop is that it is immune to bad weather and conditions such as earthquakes. Aeroplanes present the fastest mode of transportation, but bad weather grounds them posing an inconvenience. With the Hyperloops, travel can go on uninterrupted regardless of weather conditions.

Despite the promising outlook of the Hyperloops, there are some challenges that need to be addressed. One of these is discomfort to travellers. Due to the very high speeds, travellers in the capsules will likely experience dizziness and also feel uncomfortable with vibrations. The capsules will also have limited space inside it, hindering the free movement of passengers inside. In case of any errors or system malfunction, the cost of human life will be very high because of the high speed. The cost of installing Hyperloop systems will also be very high, although it is still lower than that of other systems such as high-speed light rail systems. Another challenge that needs to be taken care of is the fact that the tubes will be made out of steel, which changes shape with temperature changes. This could destroy the magnetic fields within the tube and hinder the efficiency of the system.

In conclusion, Hyperloop presents exciting possibilities for future transportation. The tubes travelling through vacuums at unprecedented speeds will bring new levels of efficiency that will make life much easier for people travelling, especially over long distances. Despite the challenges of the Hyperloop system, it remains a viable option because it addresses many of the transport needs and challenges faced in current times. When the technology is put to practice, necessary innovations to make it better will come up, and it will revolutionize travel all over the world. Hyperloop is the best bet for a better and more efficient transport system in the future.

Works Cited

Abdelrahman, Ahmed S., Jawwad Sayeed, and Mohamed Z. Youssef. “Hyperloop transportation system: analysis, design, control, and implementation.” IEEE Transactions On Industrial Electronics 65.9 (2017): 7427-7436.

Dudnikov, E. E. “Advantages of a new Hyperloop transport technology.” 2017 Tenth International Conference Management of Large-Scale System Development (MLSD). IEEE, 2017.

Ross, Philip E. “Hyperloop: no pressure.” IEEE Spectrum 53.1 (2015): 51-54.