What is Oneloop?

Oneloop is the University of California Davis student design team which participates in the annual Hyperloop Competition hosted by SpaceX. Hyperloop is a new form of transportation that uses vacuum tubes to shoot a pod to speeds of up to 700 miles per hour. The idea behind this new form of transportation is to create a rapid, end-to-end way to travel between cities.


Our Team

ONELOOP is made up of 60 members in a variety of sub-teams including Propulsion, Chassis, Controls, and Business teams.

Propulsion Sub-Team:

Chassis Sub-Team:

The chassis can be thought to be the “backbone” of the pod. It connects subsystems together while providing the strength and structure necessary to absorb loading from the pod’s high-speed environment. This year we are designing the chassis to utilize highly efficient aluminum alloys and carbon composites to be as lightweight, modular, and robust as possible.

The wheels and suspension system are responsible for supporting the weight of the pod and absorbing any shocks or vibration it might encounter. A small motor is also attached to the wheels to transport the pod whenever our main propulsion system is not in use. This year, we plan on taking inspiration from classic vehicles such as monorails and cars to make our system as reliable as possible.

Controls Sub-Team:

The controls team develops a complex programming infrastructure between each of the components.

Using microcontrollers and sensor technology, the team interfaces with every subteam to ensure proper signaling between components. The team is currently using Texas Instruments Tiva modules for many microcontrollers, with almost all the code written in C.

Business Sub-Team:

The business team is responsible for outreach and business vision planning for the team.

They approach sponsors, write grants, design websites, and manage social media accounts. Their biggest mission for this school year is to write a whitepaper outlining the creation of a Hyperloop track between the UC Davis main campus and the UC Davis medical campus in Sacramento. Getting city and county approval for such a track would be a huge step for the team, and a massive step forward for the economic mobility of Yolo County.

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Pod Overview

OneLoop presents a robust pod design, weighing 350lb and capable of reaching 100 mph that was designed with safety as a top priority.

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Structural Design

Featuring a lightweight aluminum and composite structure, our 70lb chassis absorbs the harsh loading environment of the pod.

Brakes Design

Features a pneumatic circuit which supplies air pressure to the caliper brakes in order to stop our pod from 100 mph in less than 350 meters.

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Suspension Design

We utilize four single pivot coilover suspension systems to keep the ride as smooth as possible as we hit the track’s bumps.

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Control System Design

The brain of the pod is a Rockwell PLC that boasts a multitude of safety protocols and keeps a track of distance, speed, acceleration and much more.

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LIM Research Group

We are researching and developing a full scale linear induction motor separate from the competition for future purposes.







Professor C.P. "Case" van Dam

Professor and Associate Dean

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering