Dynamic amplication in a periodic structure subject to a moving load passing a transition zone: Hyperloop case study

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Hyperloop is an emerging high-speed transportation system in which air resistance is minimised by having the vehicle travel inside a de-pressurised tube supported by columns. This design leads to a strong periodic variation of the stiffness (among other parameters) experienced by the vehicle. Also, along its route, the Hyperloop will encounter so-called transition zones (e.g., junctions, bridges, etc.), where the properties (e.g., support stiffness) are different than for the rest of the structure. In railway engineering, increased degradation is seen in the vicinity of these transition zones, leading to increased frequency of maintenance. This work investigates response amplification mechanisms in a Hyperloop system that arise due to the combination of a transition zone and the structure having a periodic nature. The amplification mechanisms investigated here can help prevent degradation of the Hyperloop tube close to transition zones as well as fatigue and wear of the vehicle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Trends In Wave Mechanics and Vibrations
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of WMVC 2022
EditorsZuzana Dimitrovová, Rodrigo Gonçalves, Paritosh Biswas, Tiago Silva
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-15758-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-15757-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameMechanisms and Machine Science
ISSN (Print)2211-0984
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0992

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  • Hyperloop
  • Periodic Structures
  • Moving load
  • Transition zone


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