Essay about Hyperloop Report

7175 Words Mar 31st, 2014 29 Pages
San Luis Obispo, CA 93410

David Ripplinger
TRF Program Vice President
Dept. 2880, P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

March 08, 2014

Dear Mr. Ripplinger,

The report following this letter is intended to inform the reader about the current CA High Speed Rail project and the more recently proposed Hyperloop project by Elon Musk. We also compare the two after giving the information and allow the reader to decide which they think is the better option.

The report is split up into four main sections. The first section consists of the civil aspects, followed by the energy required for each system to run, then the third section explains the environmental impacts and finally the fourth section compares the pricing of both high
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It was also found that the Hyperloop will consume around .43 MJ per passenger per kilometer travelled, while the California HSR will consume .7 MJ passenger per kilometer travelled. But the Hyperloop loses its advantage when considering the fact that it can only transport 10% of the total passengers the California HSR is capable of, which could result in fewer energy savings for the Hyperloop than the HSR. When evaluating the effects on the environment, the two systems draw even in pros and cons. The California HSR will reduce traffic and dependency on oil, drawing travelers from less efficient means of transportation, but requires more land and environmental disruption than the Hyperloop. In terms of safety, the HSR systems in place in the world have a very safe track record, and the Hyperloop is theoretically very safe, but needs to still be proven. So while both systems have their distinct advantages and disadvantages, both still need much more extensive research and analysis before a conclusion can be reached regarding which would be better for the state of California.

Table of Contents

List of Figures v
List of Tables v
2.1 Tesla Hyperloop 2
2.1.1 Tube Construction 2
2.1.2 Pillars and Tunnels 3
2.1.3 Hyperloop Route 3
2.2 California High Speed Rail 5
2.2.1 Vibrations of HSR 5
2.2.2 Earthquake

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