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Friction Brakes

The friction brake team is responsible for building a mechanical, caliper based braking system to slow the pod down from 10 miles per hour to a full stop.

Additionally, the friction brakes are responsible for stopping the pod when the eddy current brakes fail. Unlike a car’s friction brakes, in which the brakes slow down a rotor that is connected to the wheel, the friction brakes clamp down directly into the I-beam, the large aluminum beam within a Hyperloop track that the pod operates on.

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