Mixing fluid and air more efficiently

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Jay Harman began his quest to understand vortical fluid dynamics. The result: a new principle for generating flow that has applications ranging from pump to impellers, fans to boats. All arenas offer improved energy efficiency, smaller devices, and decreased energy loss to noise and vibration. The PAX Water Mixer uses efficiencies of fluid flow to provide efficient mixing of drinking water in storage tanks. This eliminates stratification, keeps disinfectant residuals actively working to maintain drinking water safety, and prevents conditions favorable to nitrification.

Key Differentiators

Fans, impellers, and pumps have changed only incrementally in the past 150+ years. PAX technology offers a transformational leap in these otherwise mature markets. The improved performance leads to reduced energy consumption, smaller devices (ergo fewer materials), and more efficient performance.  Rotary devices mimicking this form consist of compound curves along multiple axes, differing from conventional rotors which are often planar under the long-held assumption that the path of least resistance for moving liquids and gases is a straight line. Logarithmic spiral-shaped rotary devices reduce energy requirements from 15 to 30% and noise up to 75% over conventional rotors, and have a wide number of applications across building and other industrial sectors.

Biomimicry Story

Jay Harman, founder of PAX Scientific, was inspired by spiral flows observed in nature, including how kelp move in a spiral movement in response to water movement. Harman noticed there was a recurrent pattern in nature of vortical flow. From whirlpools to kelp, Harman recognized that nature had been forced to adapt to the physical rules of fluid dynamics. By delving into these rules he codified a streamlining principle that life has worked with for millenia.Watch VideoLearn more about Pax Scientific’s innovations in Zygote Quarterly:

Challenges Solved

Efficiently generating mixing of fluid, efficiently moving fluids, managing turbulence.

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