Numerical Study of High-Speed Capsular Vehicles Toward Operational Control

Yuanyuan Zhou, Tennessee State University


High-speed capsular vehicles are firstly suggested as an idea by Elon Musk of Tesla Company. Unlike conventional high-speed trains, capsular vehicles are individual vessel carrying passengers and freight with expected maximum speed of near 1200km/hour in near vacuum tunnel. More individual vehicle's speed, dispatch, and position control in operational aspect is expected over connected trains. This study mainly evaluates numerical analysis of high-speed capsular vehicles in their operations. Among many aspects of operation, inter-distance of multiple vehicles is critical toward passenger/freight flow rate and infrastructural investment. In this paper, the system’s equation, equation of the motion, and various characteristics of the system are introduced and in particular, control design parameters for inter-distance control is numerically shown.

Subject Area

Mechanical engineering

Recommended Citation

Yuanyuan Zhou, "Numerical Study of High-Speed Capsular Vehicles Toward Operational Control" (2019). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI13861016.