ArcelorMittal: Steel Fueled Hyperloop Revolution

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ArcelorMittal and ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel are teaming up with IIT Madras to pioneer Asia’s maiden Hyperloop test track in Chennai. Contributing materials and engineering, they aid the development of cost-efficient Hyperloop technology for swift, eco-friendly transport. The collaboration with government and academia marks a significant leap toward transforming mobility, showcasing steel's pivotal role in the venture.


ArcelorMittal and ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India are collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) to construct Asia's inaugural Hyperloop testing facility in Chennai. Partnering with IIT Madras' Hyperloop Technology teams - Avishkar Hyperloop (a student team) and TuTr Hyperloop (a startup incubated at IIT Madras) - they strive to advance affordable and sustainable Hyperloop technologies for mass mobility.

Providing foundational steel materials, engineering expertise, and project management support, ArcelorMittal aids in creating India and Asia's inaugural Hyperloop test track at IIT Madras’ Discovery Campus. The initiative aims to revolutionize transportation, supported by India’s Ministry of Railways.

AM/NS India is supplying nearly 400 metric tons of steel to fabricate a 400-meter vacuum tube for testing autonomous pods at speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour. Additionally, ArcelorMittal’s engineering arm, AMDEC, is deploying experienced engineers to oversee the project's progress and provide design expertise, targeting the facility’s operation by Q1 2024.

Pinakin Chaubal, ArcelorMittal's Chief Technology Officer, expresses excitement, highlighting steel's crucial role in the pioneering Hyperloop endeavor. Aravind S. Bharadwaj, the Mentor of the Hyperloop Technology Development Team at IIT Madras, applauds the partnership, foreseeing it as a catalyst for commercializing Hyperloop technology.

This collaboration also builds on ArcelorMittal's previous work with IIT Madras, aiming to support startups focused on industrial decarbonization technologies. Through the XCarb™ Innovation Fund, the company has been investing in technologies accelerating the steel industry's transition to carbon-neutral steelmaking since its launch in 2021.


ArcelorMittal's partnership with IIT Madras signifies a groundbreaking leap into Hyperloop technology, showcasing steel's pivotal role in shaping future transportation. The collaboration not only propels Hyperloop development but also underscores a broader commitment to fostering innovative decarbonization technologies, highlighting the potential of industry-academia-government alliances in revolutionizing mobility.

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