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TenCate supplies carbon fibre materials for Delft Hyperloop pod

TenCate provided Delft’s team with the supply of epoxy-based carbon fibre composite materials for the manufacture of the pod’s monocoque.

1st February 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Langley Mill


TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading composite materials company, has supported Delft University of Technology, the winner of the inaugural SpaceX Hyperloop Competition Weekend, which took place last week, with carbon fibre composite materials for the Delft Hyperloop pod.

TenCate provided Delft’s team with the supply of epoxy-based carbon fibre composite materials for the manufacture of the pod’s monocoque, resulting in a strong yet lightweight pod weighing only 149 kg. The competition follows 18 months of design, build and development by the student team at TU Delft, which was judged on speed, efficiency, safety and scalability of design.

Delft Hyperloop’s team

Delft Hyperloop’s team, who won the overall award in addition to the award for best construction and design, was one of only three teams who passed the criteria to progress to a run in the SpaceX Hyperloop test track.

Its half-scale pod, which measures 4.5m long and 0.85m in diameter, was the first pod shell to be designed using carbon fibre composites, winning the Pod Innovation Award during the competition’s January 2016 design weekend. From this milestone event, 29 teams from across the globe were selected to progress and manufacture a scaled version of their pod design, culminating in this weekend’s competition.

Materials meet innovation

The Hyperloop concept was coined in 2013, described the concept as the “fifth mode of transportation”. Combining the convenience of rail with the speed of air travel, the world’s first Hyperloop pod competition has an ethos of sharing knowledge and promoting partnership and innovation.

“We’re excited to be part of TU Delft’s journey during this historic Hyperloop pod competition,” said Steven Mead, Chief Commercial Officer of TenCate Advanced Composites. “This is a prime example of where the inherent lightweight and strong properties of advanced composite materials meet the demand for the new frontiers of mass transportation.”

The materials from TenCate have been supplied from their recently opened European Centre of Excellence for thermoset systems in Langley Mill, UK. The pod will be displayed by TenCate Advanced Composites at the composites industry key event, JEC World in Paris, which will be held from 14-16 March.

TenCate Advanced Composites

TenCate Advanced Composites is a leader in the development and production of advanced thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials.

With production facilities and operations in Europe, North America and Asia, TenCate supplies a portfolio of prepregs in fabric, unidirectional tape, bulk moulded compounds and reinforced thermoplastic laminate (RTL) formats across aerospace and industrial markets.

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