About this online course

Overview

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Is Hyperloop really worth the hype? Is this passenger pod levitating in a vacuum tube a viable alternative to curb the environmental impact of current modes of transport?

This revolutionary and more sustainable mode of transportation for passengers or freight can reach speeds of over 1000 kilometers per hour (600mph), decreasing travel time significantly. For example, one could go from Amsterdam to Paris in 30 minutes instead of 4 hours, or from New York to Washington in 25 minutes instead of 3 hours.

Have you ever wondered how levitation works? How would passengers feel? What will infrastructure costs be? Is the Hyperloop concept technically and commercially viable?

Regardless of your background, this course will teach you how this technology works and will prove why it is worth investing in. Key topics include the core concepts behind Hyperloop, current developments in the technology, implementation, standardization and the future solutions Hyperloop will offer and the challenges it faces.

Through discussions with fellow participants and critical thinking you will form your own vision and develop your own ideas about this exciting new technology and its future.

This course is for anyone interested in the Hyperloop concept. For those seeking more in-depth knowledge, or wanting to pursue a career or conduct research in this field, the course provides additional resources.

This course, designed by the Delft Hyperloop Dream Team (winners of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in 2017 and runners up in 2018), has been recently updated with the latest research and more in-depth information about topics such as levitation, propulsion, implementation, economics, network and more. This award-winning team consists of TU Delft students, international experts and partner companies who will also share their expertise.

What you'll learn

  • Grasp the basic technical concepts of Hyperloop
  • Recognise the key hurdles for Hyperloop in the future
  • Develop your own ideas for Hyperloop
  • Gain more in-depth (technical) knowledge about Hyperloop by taking part in the extra activities or choosing the topics that you would like to learn in more detail.
  • Recognise challenges for Hyperloop implementation and develop a plan to tackle them.
  • Understand the need for Hyperloop

Details

Course Syllabus:

  • Week 1: Relevance and basic principles of Hyperloop
  • Week 2: Levitation, Propulsion and Braking
  • Week 3: Passenger pod: interior, exterior, communication and passenger experience - design your own pod
  • Week 4: Hyperloop infrastructure, safety and public acceptance, design your own safe haven
  • Week 5: Network, politics and economic potential
  • Week 6: Course wrap-up and feedback
  • Extra: Take part in the Hyperloop Challenge!

Admission

This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that runs on edX.

Prerequisites

Secondary school physics.

  • Starts: Feb 05, 2020
  • Free
  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Effort: 4 - 6 hours per week

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