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"Capturing the Force of Nature"
"It’s all about flow," - Jay Harman (2006)
Company designs fans, impellers, propellers, mixers based on the geometries of a whirlpool. The result is an approximate 33% improvement in efficiency, reduced noise, size and cost.
- "PAX Scientific is an industrial design firm whose CEO, Jay Harman, has made a fundamental scientific discovery that leverages efficiencies in nature. The company employs this discovery to make technology more efficient and cost-effective, and licenses its patented designs to manufacturers." (PAXScientific.com home page)
- "Conventional technology creates shapes to induce flow. PAX technology employs flow to create shapes." (PAXScientific.com tech page)
An appliance evaporator fan designed using PAX Scientific geometries.
The PAX appliance evaporator fan in a refrigerator housing.
The 6-inch PAX Scientific impeller can mix 4 million gallons of water using only 150 watts.
The PAX Streamlining Principle, discovered by CEO Jay Harman, translates nature’s flow efficiencies into streamlined design geometries. We employ these geometries to significantly improve the performance, output, and energy usage of a wide range of industrial and domestic equipment, including:
• Domestic, commercial, and industrial fans • Automotive and computer cooling systems • Equipment for water treatment and desalination • Industrial mixers and aerators • Biomedical applications • Pumps, turbines, and marine propellers • Hull and fuselage design • Equipment and structures requiring drag and friction reduction
The company has filed about 13 patents, with six issued so far in the fields of impellers and heat sinks, or components that help cool PCs. (Ref.)
- "PAX holds numerous US and international patents throughout the industrialized world for its core technologies. To date, patent searches have revealed no “prior art�? or previous designs similar to the PAX geometry. This confirms that our design concept is completely novel. International examiners' reports awarded PAX patents unopposed "A" class ratings, the highest possible."
- U.S. Patent 6702552 (G.patent; PDF) "Impeller having blade(s) conforming to the golden section of a logarithmic curve" (Issued: March 9, 2004); Inventor: Harman; Jayden David
Jay Harman -- Inventor Profile
As a nature-loving boy in Australia, Jay Harman watched how fish moved through water and how seaweed undulated against the reef when a wave crashed. The shape he noticed was a simple curve that fluidly formed into a spiral. From then on, Harman would see spirals as a common design in nature--in pinecones, whirlpools, a puff of smoke. Now he believes spirals are a key to making a wide array of machines more energy-efficient. (Ref.)
“If fluids always want to follow a particular path, is there a way to design equipment that takes advantage of this fact??
— Jay Harman
In the News
- Imitation of Life(pdf) - The Pacific Sun(html), February 9-15, 2007, by Joy Lanzendorfer.
- San Rafael Journal: At This Gathering, the Only Alternative Is to Be Alternative The New York Times, October 24, 2006, by Patricia Leigh Brown.
- Gimme Nature: The bat-eared robot and the boxfish car, Slate (online publication), July 18, 2006, by Amanda Schaffer.
- Firm tries to mimic grand designs, Marin Independent Journal, June 7, 2006, by Carla Bova.
- Mimicking Mother Nature Utne, April 2006, by Andy Isaacson.
- Turning nature's design into scientific breakthrough - When Jay Harman was a skinny 10-year-old swimming off the coral reefs of Australia's western coast, he had an insight that 37 years later would lead him to invent an industrial design that could change personal computing, aeronautics and how drinking water is purified. (CNet; March 1, 2006) by Stefanie Olsen.
- "Nature may offer vital clues on rebuilding New Orleans forests and butterflies hold key to better design," by Susan Fornoff. (San Francisco Chronicle; September 14, 2005)
- Learning at Mother Nature's Knee Fortune, August 26, 2005, by John Greenwald.
- Earth's Innovators Sierra, July/August 2005, by Dashka Slater.
- The Good Ship - Utne, July/August 2005, by Chuck Terhark.
- Design for the Real World Studio 360, July 23, 2005, , audio interview by Mary Stucky.
- The shape of things to come Sarasota Herald Tribune, April 18, 2005, by Michael Pollick.
- Jay Harman: Let it Flow ODE, November 2004, by Jurriaan Kamp.
- Replicating Success - Biomimics learn from nature’s grand designs Horizons, May 2004, by Kathy Witkowsky.
- Esquire, December 2003, Janine Benyus featured in “The Best and the Brightest,? by Daniel Torday.
- PAX Scientific - Meet Viktor Schauberger - a collection of quotes from Jay Harman interviews and articles about PAX Scientific. (MERLib)
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