Team Vegapod Hyperloop Prototype 2024

Team Vegapod Hyperloop is a student-driven team from MIT World Peace University, working towards the scalability and development of hyperloop technology. The team consists of about 40 students from varied fields like Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering along with students from Business Administration as well.


Team Vegapod Hyperloop recently represented India at the 2023 edition of the European Hyperloop Week, which was held at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Here they demonstrated a fully operational hyperloop prototype which showcased a contactless lateral stability, braking strong> propulsion system. Their hyperloop pod also had a completely recyclable mechanical subsystem and a completely in-house manufactured quasi-z-source three-phase inverter.

 

Team Vegapod Hyperloop also achieved an impressive feat of securing a position amongst the top 6 teams globally and being the sole Asian representative to successfully pass the rigorous Testing and Safety Documentation Stage (TSD).


A link to our team's achievements in the European Hyperloop Week 2023 is : https://www.instagram.com/reel/CyN_QcAo7Y4/?igshid=ODhhZWM5NmIwOQ==


The team is currently preparing to participate in the 2024 edition of European Hyperloop Week to be held at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The team also aims to include technologies like vacuum compatibility, magnetic levitation and advanced cooling systems along with an advanced and resilient power electronic subsystem this year. Moreover, their upcoming pod would also encompass a Linear Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (LPMSM), for the advancing the application of contactless propulsion.

In order to achieve these technologies, the team needs Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) for distribution and control, ensuring a stable power supply throughout the system. The Sense and Control strong> Power Electronics subsystems in the upcoming hyperloop prototype necessitates the usage of PCBs.


Within the Sense and Control domain, the primary objective revolves around the design of Electronic Control Units (ECUs).

ECUs are pivotal in governing the pod's operations and facilitating interconnections among various subsystems, thereby functioning as the Central Control Unit. Moreover, they are tasked with managing the pod's navigation system. A critical aspect of these ECUs involves incorporating robust safety protocols and sophisticated algorithms to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the pod.

The power electronics subsystem majorly encompasses the levitation power units and the inverter units. These provide the necessary power to the EMS and Traction System respectively. They are an extremely integral part of the pod since they provide power to the critical subsystems. They are also used to ensure the safety of other power systems by protecting against over currents and short circuits.

 

The team firmly believes that the invaluable support from PCBWay will not only enhance the efficiency of their project but also propel its advancement to new heights. As a student-driven team in India, Team Vegapod Hyperloop operates within a stringent budget, significantly less compared to the international teams they compete with. The potential sponsorship of PCBs by PCBWay would undoubtedly play a pivotal role in enhancing the team’s capabilities, fostering enthusiasm, and aiding their preparations to represent India on the global stage. The team would kindly like to acknowledge the collaborative opportunity with PCBWay as a humble yet impactful catalyst for the success and seamless progression of our groundbreaking developments in hyperloop technology.

 

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