Tata Steel Europe & POSCO to Develop Tubes for Hyperloop
Steel makers Tata Steel in Europe and POSCO from South Korea will collaborate to develop and test cutting edge steels and tube designs. The
innovative steel concepts will be used to create a hyperloop, a tube big enough to carry a passenger or freight pod able to travel at more than 1,000 kilmeters per hour while using very little energy. Tata Steel and POSCO will develop high quality steel grades which are tailored for use in these large diameter tubes, up to 3.5 meters. Additionally, the companies will join their efforts in research on innovative tube concepts and designs.
Steel is an essential material in building the infrastructure needed for the hyperloop, including the tubes through which it would travel. The giant steel tubes required for the hyperloop have numerous unique features compared with normal tubes. For instance, they need to allow the passenger or freight vehicle inside to travel in a low-pressure environment, where air is removed to reduce resistance and minimise energy usage, as well as retaining straightness over long distances.