June 15th, 2018
EuroTube develops a 3km-long European Vacuum Transportation Research Platform in Central Europe
With an R&D base at European research institutes, EuroTube rigs a flagship initiative with and for the European industry to stem existing, cutting-edge solutions and new breakthrough advancements in shared testing facilities for vacuum transportation via various non-profit, entrepreneurial and commercial incentives. The organisation consists of a professional engineering team with expertise in high-end engineering sectors. It emerges with over two years of development experience and a core team that has founded and directed Swissloop, a non-profit student engineering association at ETH Zürich.
EuroTube focuses on key infrastructure technologies and promotes a community spirit to host engineering contests that play a fundamental driving force in accelerating the advent of new innovative technologies. It is a declared priority to deploy such educational and innovation-incentivising mechanisms in the public infrastructure and utilities sector.
For this specific non-profit and public purpose EuroTube is not only developing novel materials but also inviting other teams and stakeholders in Europe to test their equipment on this neutral infrastructure platform and to launch their vehicles on EuroTube’s modular track design.
June 14th, 2018
In its latest research project EuroTube has developed together with the Structural Concrete Laboratory (IBETON) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) an unprecedented first prototype application of textile reinforced concrete for the shell of the vacuum tube, dubbed the AlphaShell.
The main advantages of textile reinforced concrete are the use of fine aggregate concrete that provides a critically low oxygen permeability and allows to create much thinner sections than are currently possible with regular concrete. Moreover, the use of a high-strength carbon mesh as reinforcement allows for great tensile and flexural strength properties. It also reduces the environmental footprint of infrastructure construction because it eliminates the need for highly pollutant clanker components.
With the use of textile reinforced concrete as the main tube material, EuroTube strives to create a high-performance infrastructure while ensuring its economic efficiency. The AlphaShell was presented at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne on June 14th as part of the ENAC Research Day.