Cooperation with academic institutions and industrial companies to further the technology of the VacTrain® and its application in the SwissMetro-NG project are pursued.
Our Test Track is being designed in cooperation with the SwissMetro-NG Association and with our partners and sponsors. The main objective is to perform research on a real scaled down version of the VacTrain® system to develop and refine the fundamentals of engineering. This research will be complimentary to computer simulations in virtual reality and would serve the calibration of the results with the physical reality. This is a new field of research as little is known on the subject. The test track will permit ground-breaking experiments relating to vehicles traveling at high speeds in a low-pressure environment, eg. the aerodynamic resistance of a vehicle in a tunnel as a function of barometric pressure and geometric factors. It will permit studies of clothoid transition curves and the stability of vehicles (comfort of passengers) going into and coming out of curves (horizontal wave motion which can cause motion sickness). The results will be vital for the design of the SwissMetro-NG infrastructure in Switzerland as well as for the export of the VacTrain® system to other countries. The test track and the tracks of our clients would coincidentally be suitable to set new world speed records.