DELO Industrial Adhesives sponsors WARR Hyperloop, the successful Hyperloop team of the Technical University of Munich. The company provides the adhesives used in the pod drive and supports the team with consulting services and training in bonding technology.
WARR Hyperloop is a working group of students at Technical University Munich, taking part in the SpaceX Hyperloop competition. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is the one behind SpaceX, which has also become known for its reusable space rockets.
Hyperloop is a transportation concept for high-speed trains, similar to the principle of pneumatic tube mail systems. Propelled through tubes, the pods are expected to reach speeds in excess of 1,000km/h thanks to the low air resistance under partial vacuum. To advance the Hyperloop idea, SpaceX launched an international student competition in 2015.
The new pod of the German team required silicate-coated titanium plates to be mounted to the one-piece CFRP monocoque. The titanium plates increase stiffness and improve transmission of braking forces to the structure. CFRP poses major challenges for conventional joining techniques because of its fiber structure. This is where adhesive bonding proves its advantages, especially with being able to join different materials. In concrete terms, DELO-DUOPOX AD840 is used for this application. The two-component epoxy resin features good adhesion on a variety of surfaces and was specially developed for structural bonding. It is well established in the automotive industry.
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