The goal of the international competition was to design and build a fully functional drilling machine capable of boring a 30-meter tunnel as fast as possible.
The TUM team developed a 12-meter-long boring machine that weighs 22 tons. This machine drilled the longest tunnel section of 22 meters.
PULS also contributed to this success by providing the following equipment to the students for free:
- Our 3-phase power supply QT20.241 was used to supply the control system of the machine. In addition the buffer module UBC10.241 was used to buffer the power supply of the control system and the peripherals in the cabinet.
- Our 3-phase field power supplies FIEPOS (FPT500.241-002-101) were used to supply the hydraulics, which are needed to adjust the drill head by +/-3°. The high protection class of IP65/67 was particularly helpful here. The students were able to use these units directly in the drill head and the dusty environment of the desert.
PULS is happy to support these young innovators with its power supplies. Especially our rugged FIEPOS units with IP67 met their requirements precisely. They worked perfectly reliable under the burning sun of Las Vegas.
About the Boring Company:
The Boring Company was founded by Elon Musk and is headquartered in Hawthorne, California, on the SpaceX site. The company builds tunnels for transportation, utility and cargo. Its mission is to solve traffic, enable rapid point-to-point transportation, and shape the cities of tomorrow.
With the student competition the Boring Company addressed two very important goals which are increasing the speed and reducing the cost of tunnel construction.