This is a post on the Tri Star Site.
Trains were once the crown jewel of American ingenuity that connected people and goods from coast to coast. Over the past century, our neglected railways have atrophied and become specters of what they once were.
In 2013, Elon Musk announced his plans to revive our transportation infrastructure by igniting the imaginations of our nation’s brightest young innovators. Musk’s company SpaceX is sponsoring the Hyperloop Pod Competition. Musk hopes that his multi-million-dollar investment will yield new design concepts that can defibrillate the dying coal driven locomotive. ANSYS is providing their robust tools, like AIM to the competition so that contestants bring their ideas from inception to fruition. The contest culminates this summer (2016), when finalists test their functional prototypes on a one-mile track.