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Award Winning Hyperloop team reduces design time by utilizing configurable 3D Models of standard parts instead of creating from scratch.
The Ryerson University International Hyperloop Team won the sub-system design award for their hyperloop deployable wheel system or HDWS. Their design process was streamlined by utilizing native 3D CAD models of the AIA National Aerospace Standards (NAS) and SAE AS standards. Using these certified components in the design process, the team successfully reduced their engineering time, focusing more of their efforts on the core design.
Grame Klim, Team Leader of Ryerson’s International Hyperloop Team is managing the design project as well as the necessary engineering tools. “By leveraging these AIA NAS digital standards, we were able to significantly accelerate the pace of our design process, focusing on the key design components, rather than re-creating standards which already exist. This enabled our team to create a design which competed very well against much larger teams.”
The RIHT Team accessed the AIA and SAE standard catalogs via the IHS Markit “standards expert” tool to vastly reduce their design time. By doing so, the RIHT team was able to focus their efforts on their primary design, instead of re-creating component parts for use within their 3D design. By eliminating the design process for standard parts, RIHT was able to successfully compete with much larger teams, and ultimately win a Subsystem Innovation Award for their Hyperloop deployable wheel system.
What is a Hyperloop?
A Hyperloop is a pod, similar in shape to a subway tram, that travels through a low pressure, almost vacuum-like tube. With no friction or air resistance, the pod can move at speeds up to 700 MPH and allows riders to travel from place to place in a small fraction of the standard amount of time. The machine uses a linear induction motor for propulsion and a combination of magnets, wheels and air bearings to allow it to levitate in the tube.
But, trying to come to a complete stop after traveling at such high speeds requires specialized technology, and that’s where the Ryerson team found their inspiration.
The team set out to make a deployable wheel system similar to what you would find on an airplane, but able to withstand all weather conditions and natural disasters. The small team of six students, five advisors and 20 sponsors went to work to get the job done.
Just one system alone carried 260 standard parts and out of those parts, 120 had to meet National Aerospace Standards and could be found through the Aerospace Industries Association database. That covers nearly 58 percent of the parts used in one unit.
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