With the dust not quite settled in the Nevada desert following Hyperloop One's first public demonstration of its propulsion technology, thousands of miles away in Vienna, Austria, the company's chief competitor today demonstrated a new smart, synthetic carbon fiber for its capsules.
Connected Traveller Hyperloop Transportation Technologies calls the substance "Vibranium." It's not a new element on the periodic table, but rather a sensor-embedded material that is eight times stronger than aluminum and 10 times stronger than steel, the company says.
It will protect the exterior of the Hyperloop capsules, the small enclosures that could whisk humans through underground tubes linking Bratislava, Vienna, and Budapest. Each capsule will be made of two Vibranium layers, whose sensors can wirelessly transmit critical information regarding temperature, stability, integrity and more.
The idea of smart materials isn't new, but it has seen limited commercial use in the transportation sector even as more and more vehicles, including commercial airliners, eschew aluminum in favor of lightweight composites like carbon fiber.
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