Research & Development

 

NEW FLUID TECHNOLOGY conducts ongoing research and development in areas of fluid dynamics that can be applied to entirely new or improved devices or systems. NEW FLUID creates entirely new devices with domestic and industrial applications and combines existing proven technologies resulting in commercial outcomes.
Flying Disc

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Small Prototype – disc hovercraft.

NEW FLUID developed a disc shaped hovercraft that hovers on an air cushion utilizing the COANDA EFFECT. It is aimed at the entertainment industry and might be further developed for transportation. Besides hovering in ground effect it employs certain features enabling control not achieved by others. The disc is one of the most difficult and technically challenging projects that demonstrates the level of problem solving expertise residing in NEW FLUID. A comprehensive description of how the Coanda disc works is covered in chapter 24 of “APPLICATIONS of CIRCULATION CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES” ISBN 1-56347-789-0.

Keywords that would assist further research that this disc is based on are; Coanda Effect, Circulation Control (CC), Upper Surface Blowing (USB), Stall Postponement.

 

Portable Skydiving

Another example of New Fluid’s R&D relates to the aeronautical aspects of the DROP ZONE skydiving machine. The DROP ZONE Company had an innovative idea to build a skydiving machine on a trailer thus enabling the unit to be transported to major events around the country and to very quickly unfold for use.

However the problem was that the essential compactness required an extremely short air pathway not usually successful for these machines. In fact every other successful skydiving machine has a much longer air pathway or otherwise has to be significantly overpowered. New Fluid R&D resulted in the optimum bellmouth, vanes and other geometric features that enabled the project to be a great success.

 

On Stage Tornado

Still another extremely difficult project was the creation of an on stage tornado 7 meters (22 feet) high  for the stage show “STORM” which ran 8 times per week for a year at Jupiters Casino on Australia’s Gold Coast. The tornado was generated by the same principles as found in nature. There is a reason why natural tornados do not occur near hills or mountains but over flat land. It is the same reason why man made tornados do not occur close to stage curtains and sets!

The necessity was to generate a visible tornado impossibly close to these obstructions. The visible core of any tornado is not even one thousandth of the air volume that must be set in rotation first, called the meso-cyclone. There is simply not enough room on stage for the meso-cyclone as in this case it needed to be about 16 meters (50 feet) in diameter. Part of the meso-cyclone ruffled hairdos in the first 6 rows! However the core, visualized by nightclub smoke, usually at the dead centre of the meso-cyclone was required to be only 3 meters (9 feet) from the full width stage curtain! NEW FLUID R&D solved the problem with the result being an “impossible” special effect.

NEW FLUID owns patents, holds intellectual property (IP) and has extensive knowhow which enable the company to conduct research and development into many diverse areas involving fluids such as air or water.

Some of the other projects worked on or are work in progress, are;

  • New, high efficiency vacuum cleaners employing the Coanda Effect and superior separation vortices (“bagless” concept).
  • A new type of vac pickup head.
  • High efficiency rangehoods.
  • High lift on wind turbine blades employing the Coanda Effect resulting in increased efficiency for electrical power generation.
  • High efficiency underwater thrusters with no rotating blades.
  • Bladeless Coanda ceiling fans.
  • Fluid dynamics and aeronautical development for the transportation and entertainment industries.

 

Storm-Poster
Research featured in Chapter 24. Coanda Effect increases lift by factor of 3 on wing section

 

 

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