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Project: Design and Testing of a Subsonic Magnetic Levitation System for the Hyperloop Transportation System


Field of research
Electrical Machines and Electromagnetics (EME)

Jonas Kristiansen Nøland

Co supervisor(s)
Frederic Maurer,,

Shift Hyperloop, Alva Industries (prototyping),

Specialization Course
ELK22 – “Design of Electromagnetic Devices”, ELK21 – “Electronics for Power Conversion”

Associated projects
HyperLEAP - Hyperloop technology for Low-Emitting, Efficient and Affordable Propulsion (ES679622), SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition & European Hyperloop Week

Individual / joint project
Collaboration with another Hyperloop propulsion project at IEL

The Hyperloop is a proposed transportation system for the future (i.e., “the fifth mode of transport”). It is currently seen by the EU as one of the game-changing mobility technologies to cut 90% of travel-related emissions by 2050, and it is a promising alternative to short-haul flights in trafficked areas.
It consists of moving capsules inside a sealed tube with very low air pressure. The vehicles are floating on magnetic suspension (maglev) and propelled by electromagnetic thrust. The moving pod can travel at very high speeds (subsonic, near-sonic, or even supersonic), taking advantage of very low air resistance, clean electric propulsion, and energy-efficient magnetic levitation.
At NTNU, a student organization called Shift Hyperloop develops scaled-down versions of these pods to compete in the European Hyperloop Week competition in Spain. There is also ongoing research at IEL on what is needed to improve the affordability and scalability and lower the infrastructure needs of the technology, i.e., to make it cost-effective and environmentally friendly [1].
The suspension system should be fail-safe at high speeds and assisted by auxiliary landing wheels at low velocities. Therefore, an electrodynamic suspension (EDS) system has been one of the proposed solutions at Shift Hyperloop. The objective is to maximize the magnetic levitation force per area of the lift skis and, at the same time, reduce the magnetic drag to lower the size of the electric propulsion system. The project will involve the design, testing, and analysis of such levitators to end up with an optimal design for use on Hyperloop pods and support future R&D. A test rig will be prepared and constructed during the project.

Reference: [1] J. K. Nøland, «Prospects and Challenges of the Hyperloop Transportation System: A Systematic Technology Review», IEEE Access, vol. 9, 8. February 2021, url:

The project continues as an MSc project during spring 2022

Supervisor: Jonas Kristiansen Nøland,, Department of Electric Power Engineering (IEL)