Cromax coatings used by UNSW team competing in 2019 hyperloop pod competition.
Originally developed by Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, the Hyperloop Pod Competition is one that is highly revered in the Engineering world. As such, a team of UNSW students are more than excited that they are the only Australian team selected to attend the competition finals on July 21, and Axalta is a proud supporter in the preparation of the hyperloop which will be used in the competition.
A Hyperloop is described by UNSW Hyperloop project manager, Harry Zhang as: “A vacuum train where you hop in pods, and these would be shuttling you between major cities at the speed of sound.”
The Hyperloop was made using carbon fibre and once sealed, it was then painted with Cromax Pro waterborne black basecoat with a feature yellow stripe (Y9H Lively Yellow). The yellow colour was chosen for its striking appearance, helping to make it a stand out from the competition. The impressive final exterior design will make the pods mile-long journey, down a vacuum tube, all the more impressive. During this journey, the pods are judged on maximum speed including a successful deceleration to finish within 30m of the end of the tube.
Axalta is constantly advancing products with the latest technology to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry and have been extending its innovation leadership to the younger generation through its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education initiatives globally based on Axalta Bright Futures Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) foundation.
“Our support to UNSW student team aligns with Axalta’s STEM focused CSR programs and is a demonstration of the value of the technology, engineering, and innovation that goes into Axalta and its products,” said Steven Brett, Managing Director, Axalta Coating Systems. “As the future of transport (and modes of transport) evolves, Axalta, a leading innovator in transportation coatings, is proud to be a part of the Hyperloop journey with UNSW students to embrace the exciting opportunities presented. We wish the team all the best in the competition.”
Zaman, who is a fifth year Aerospace Engineering student, sees the event as a great opportunity to apply skills learned as well as network with some of the planet’s brightest and most creative young minds in engineering. “I’m really excited to join with scientists and engineers in the making from all over the world at the frontier of innovation and see how our journeys at university have led us to this competition. A big thanks to Axalta for supporting us to prepare the outstanding look of the pod and we could not wait to race these pods and show our innovation capability.”
The team are currently in California completing technical tests prior to competition day.