Highlights from UTHT 2020 Kickoff

By: Ruth Zachariah

12 Oct 2020

We had a fantastic turnout at this year's UTHT Kickoff with 60 attendees, from different parts of the world. The purpose of this event was to share the milestones of every sub-system, introduce new sub-systems and their plans for the year, and engage our STEM community!

Our team captain, Juan Egas, kickstarted the Zoom session with a warm welcome of team members, old and new, for joining the 2020-2021 season of UTHT. One of the key announcements was the reopening of UofT's manufacturing facility, enabling UTHT to begin construction of Pod 2 in the coming weeks!

All sub-systems delivered mini-presentations on the work they’ve done over the past year, where they want to be, and how they plan to achieve those objectives in 2020-2021.

Propulsion Lead, Javad Siahkamari, explained how their work essentially enables the pod to run, by focusing on the drive wheel design. The Propulsion sub-system aims to manufacture the drive wheels from scratch this year!

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Structures Leads, Jovan Phull and Phil Cuvin, talked about how their scope of work involves designing the frame of the pod to minimize the effects of drag and energy wastage on transport performance. The Structures sub-system is currently conducting research for constructing Pod 2 with lighter materials, and to meet a speed requirement of 500+ kph!

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Ex Braking Lead, Orest Cobani, reminded us of the importance of producing robust braking systems to ensure the pod comes to a complete stop, and withstand potential heat resistance during operations.

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Electronics Leads, Urmil Modi and Orest Cobani, gave a great breakdown of the importance of wiring and sensor installation to monitor the movement of the pod. Their focus for this year is to conduct electronics system testing based on proper printed circuit board (PCB) integration with the rest of the electronics components.

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Our Energy Systems Lead, Anaqi Afendi, discussed how their work revolves around maintaining adequate pressure levels in the pod from origin to destination as well as using sensors and controllers to monitor changes in battery performance, heat transfer, temperature etc.

Infrastructure Design Lead, Rick Schutte, gave a great insight on how to make urban transportation infrastructure inspiring, physically tangible and economically feasible to successfully integrate hyperloop systems.

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R&D Lead, Samin Parsa, introduced three hyperloop technology based projects that UTHT has been working on this past summer, and will soon be diving deep into the Hybrid Electrodynamic Wheels and Test Track capabilities for the pod.

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Stephan Yang, one of the members of the R&D team, shared the latest findings on the Linear Induction Motor project using ANSYS.

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Software System Lead, Devendra Seunarine Maharaj, shed light on the importance of using connected software networks to communicate between all sub-systems for full sensing and control of the capsule.

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Stability Lead, Fernando, focused his presentation on measuring the stability of a pod during travel in terms of structural and vibrational changes. As tracks deviate to accommodate for topographic changes, the Stability system creates simulations on how the pod stabilizes depending on variations in the potential curvature of the track.

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Six Sigma team was created to ensure that all sub-systems use resources efficiently, minimize waste, and perform optimally. Six Sigma Team Lead, George Su, gave a great insight on the Project Management tools being used to facilitate transparent workflows between sub-systems.

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Business Team Lead, Cecilia Rozario, highlighted the back-end operations to increase brand awareness and connect with students, faculty, and industry partners to learn more about UTHT and hyperloop technology.

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With diverse sub-systems at UTHT, we are excited to see what we can achieve as a student-run transport technology start-up! Join us today to go above and beyond with UTHT!

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