Levitation Methods for Use in the Hyperloop High-Speed Transportation System Academic Article uri icon


  • The Hyperloop system offers the promise of transportation over distances of 1000 km or more, at speeds approaching the speed of sound, without the complexity and cost of high-speed trains or commercial aviation. Two crucial technological issues must be addressed before a practical system can become operational: air resistance, and contact/levitation friction must both be minimized in order to minimize power requirements and system size. The present work addresses the second issue by estimating the power requirements for each of the three major modes of Hyperloop operation: rolling wheels, sliding air bearings, and levitating magnetic suspension systems. The salient features of each approach are examined using simple theories and a comparison is made of power consumption necessary in each case.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Chaidez, E., Bhattacharyya, S. P., & Karpetis, A. N.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Chaidez, Eric||Bhattacharyya, Shankar P||Karpetis, Adonios N

publication date

  • November 2019