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A novel pumping concept which uses low-pressure gas to induce an in pipe vortex, without internal moving parts, using optimized orifices to induce fluid propulsion.
This UK engineering design company (previously manufacturer) seeks a commercial technologically based Joint Venture partner or Licensee to invest in:
- Prototype development (scale/deployment)
- Materials choices (metals/polymers)
- Research in various applications (Fluids/mixed media/gases)
- Manufacturing options
Traditional mechanical pumps use electricity or other drive-trains to power an impeller. They can suffer from mechanical wear and failure, blockages, power supply issues and are typically limited to pumping gases and liquids. A novel approach developed in the UK has no moving parts and as such can overcome many of the traditional failures of impeller based pumps. It uses low pressure, high volume air to induce physical propulsion and mixing within the pipe. The computational fluid dynamics have been validated by University research. The technology is scalable and can be manufactured in a range of materials including 3D printed polymers and sinter. The potential application of this technology is vast and the sources of pressurised gases (or waste gases) has yet to be fully realised but offers an opportunity to capture/utilise potentially wasted energy sources.
The unique integral design, developed by a UK based Design Engineer of 30 years standing, utilises low-pressure compressed air to rotate wet or dry materials during movement, making devices multi-functional and multi-purpose. The IP will be licenced to the partner.
Functions include driving (propelling and pumping), mixing (and agitation), reacting (dosing) and spinning (centrifugal action) that can be applied for numerous industrial purposes. Alternative, low-pressure gases, e.g. nitrogen; can be used as a power source.
Devices can be manufactured from different materials to suit media being handled and they are scale-able from microbore size to large bore pipe sizes; they can be fitted into pipework or situated in tanks and lagoons to handle water or fitted to hoppers to transfer loose granular material.
Designs include submersible and borehole pumps, multi-stage pumps, a combined agitator/aerator, dosing units, mixers, pipe bore scourer and cable cleaner, plus a loose granular materials conveyor. There are additional schematics for mounting devices in series or in parallel, to cater for combining different fluids or media.
All devices are quiet and vibration-free, self-cleaning with virtually zero maintenance.
Although devices are stand-alone products, by combining with a pneumatic control system, a tailored self-contained pneumo-mechanical assembly can be configured and delivered for use on land or water to provide a complete solution / package.
The involvement of a partner, either through a joint venture (JV) or other licence option, seeks to satisfy challenges on:
- manufacturing in various materials to make the pump suitable for various applications
- obtain the best cost per use
- exploration and proof of efficacy in a range of different applications.
The potential partner will be able to obtain certain rights to exploit the final application in a given sector and further development will be conducted on a partnership basis with the ongoing involvement of the original developer who has a strong desire to leave an engineering legacy.
Cooperation is envisaged to take the form of commercial agreement with technical assistance, joint venture, research cooperation which can be negotiated.
The device has no moving parts
The energy source (air/gaseous pressure) is universal, variable and flexible regardless of geographical location.
Can utilise wasted energy sources (exhaust gases)
Reduces maintenance costs
Reduces electrical costs and reliance
Can be installed in-pipe / low profile
Uses less embodied resources
Can be 3D printed
Can be configured to reverse flow to release upstream blockages or condition (mix) the media
Several prototypes are available and scaling is now sought as well as R&D into additional material types.
Extensive Doctoral research has been conducted by a UK university into the computational fluid dynamics to explore the optimisation of the concept.
Sector application and broader media testing is now required.
There is an opportunity to discuss other IPR issues and joint development rights with the developer.
The ideal partner will have research/engineering/manufacturing capability to further develop, test and assess commercial viability for a range of versions of the product for application in a range of different scenarios. These could be realised either as joint ventures, through a commercial agreement with technical assistance, research cooperation or simply through a licence agreement.
They should have existing knowledge of some markets ready for adoption of the new pumping methodology.
The partner will have research aspirations and test capabilities to help achieve accreditation in various sectors applications (Food, Bio-chem, water supply and waste management applications)
The partner will be expected to have aspirations beyond the initial research and be willing and able to negotiate a commercial strategy to further develop and commercialise the product in other areas.
The partner will retain the involvement of the original innovator in developmental programmes.