Winner of Hyperloop Competition Surpasses Its Past Record Speed with SGL Carbon’s Carbon Fiber Reinforced Materials

August 05 2019

On July 21, 2019, the team from the Technical University of Munich won the prestigious SpaceX Hyperloop competition in Los Angeles for the fourth time. This year, the special capsule from Munich shot through the 1,200 meter long test tube at 288 mph, surpassing its own speed record of 284 mph from the previous year. The optimized prototype of the TUM uses carbon fiber reinforced material from SGL Carbon.

One component of this success is carbon materials, which the team developed and implemented together with specialists from SGL Carbon. "This year we have optimized the outer skin of the capsule", says Paloma Garcia Guillen from the TUM team. "We have replaced some parts that used to be made of plastic with carbon. This has made the shell around a kilo lighter, but at the same time extremely stable to withstand the high pressure and centrifugal forces in the tube. SGL Carbon has given us a variety of material mixes to try out. That was a very important plus point," she emphasizes. The result: a slim prototype, almost 1.70 meters long, 50 centimeters wide and weighing a total of 70 kilograms.

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