GF and Swissloop

This year's pod "Claude Nicollier" reached the 2nd place in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition! Congratulations on the excellent result! In 2019, GF Casting Solutions is again main sponsor of the Swissloop team.

2nd place in the Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019

Swissloop Pod Version 3 RenderingCongratulations for the 2nd place! Pictures: Swissloop, ETH Zürich, 2019

On July 21, 2019, Elon Musk and SpaceX hosted the Hyperloop Pod Competition in Los Angeles (USA) for the fourth time. Teams from more than 20 Universities worldwide prepared and tested their concepts for that most important event of this year's competition.

During the test week in Los Angeles, the Swissloop team of ETH Zurich passed all mechanical, electrical and vacuum tests as well as the External Subtrack Test. The successful test run in the Open Tube finally qualified the Pod for the final run on 21 July 2019, together with 3 other teams from the 20 qualified teams.

At the final competition, “Claude Nicollier” reached a maximum velocity of 252 km/h and climbed to 2nd place! In addition, the team received the Innovation Award for its linear induction motor and inverter. We are proud to have supported the students with the heatsink, a component that is part of the inverter.

Congratulations to the Swissloop Team for their 2nd place! 

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Pod Reveal Event 2019

The Swissloop team 2019 with their new pod, Claude Nicollier and two GF colleagues at the Reveal Event in Dübendorf, SwitzerlandThe Swissloop team 2019 with their new pod, Claude Nicollier (right) and two GF colleagues (left) at the Pod Reveal Event in Dübendorf, Switzerland. Photo: Simone Meierhofer, ETH Zürich, 2019

For this year's SpaceX competition 2019, the ETH Zurich team is working on a new pod with a new drive system. On June 12, 2019, all sponsors have met the team at the Swissloop Pod Reveal Event in Dübendorf, Switzerland. The pod again includes an important solution developed and cast by GF Casting Solutions.

Also announced at the Swissloop Pod Reveal Event, this year's pod is named after the first - and until today - only Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier.  

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Photos: Simone Meierhofer, ETH Zürich, 2019 

Our GF Casting Solutions #partofthepod 2019

Collage_Funktion_2-3The GF component is part of the inverter and cools the surrounding electronics of the new Pod "Claude Nicollier"

The heatsink is located in the centre of the inverter, where it essentially works as a thermal management system. It absorbs the heat of the surrounding electronics. This increases the thermal capacity of the inverter, which means that more power can be used for the linear induction motor for a longer period of time. In short: The pod can run faster. 

A cooling circuit out of small tubes runs through the component. On its way through the part, the water absorbs much of the heat the component has collected and cools it down very quickly. This allows the Swissloop team to do multiple test runs in a row with very short breaks - without the risk of overheating the inverter.


Swissloop and GF in front of the camera!

Flashback: Pod Mujinga 2018

Last year, the ETH Zurich team sent the Pod “Mujinga” into the competition. “Mujinga” is named after the fastest woman in Switzerland, Mujinga Kambundij (25), athlete. In the competition of the SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the Pod “Mujinga” should reach a speed of 400 km/h. For the competition in Los Angeles, more than 1.000 student teams applied to participate, but only 20 teams were qualified, one of them was Swissloop, which participated for the third time. Despite intensive preparations and a successful testing week on the SpaceX testing area, Swissloop just missed the finals. The reason was a problem with the motor controllers during the vacuum chamber test, which led to a short circuit in the high-performance battery. After several tries to repair the battery, the inner cells were still damaged.


Main sponsor - but more.

With the support of the Swissloop Team, we bring the mobility of the future into the present! The Swissloop team includes 20 physics, mathematics, electrical- and mechanical engineering students from the ETH Zurich. Together, they design and build a transport capsule for the Hyperloop of SpaceX. GF Casting Solutions plays not only the role of the main sponsor but supports the team also with know-how and experience. For the new pod generation, the Research and Development specialists at the GF Casting Solutions headquarter in Schaffhausen, Switzerland together with the Swissloop team developed an Aluminum lightweight solution for the chassis. You can find it anodized to GF blue on the front and rear axle and it is responsible for the stability of the Pod.


Swissloop Pod 2017

Augmented Reality App

Von Zürich nach Genf in 900 Sekunden

1. Download App  -  2. Scan Pattern  -  3. Experience Pod 

Experience the virtual version of the Swissloop Pod Escher from year 2017! You will find the Augmented Reality App "Swissloop AR" in the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

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