A ten year struggle


– against bureaucratic indifference and two-dimensional thinking

the trade-off between power and speed

Vorticity vs. Laminar flow: the struggle for support and overcoming bureaucratic indifference

The fastest way to get something from A to B at a given speed is to push it in a straight line! A smarter way is to use a wheel.

“A propeller is a proper airscrew, something we can deal with, but a jet is strange and just not right for us” (Frank Whittle confronting the indifferent “propeller-heads” Aircraft Ministry Officials with his jet engine proposals in the late 1930s, into WW2 – reading his biography helped me keep my head and patience and was an encouragement and inspiration to keep pursuing support for my thankless task)

A submersible vortex engine or ‘smoke ring blower’ will improve thrust from a compact propulsor with its improved push or reactance, whereas a laminar flow generator has other advantages including maximising through-flow speed.


Back in 2002, the editor first took his vortex engine invention to JPL at NASA, but they weren’t interested at the time. It comprised an oscillating vane held in a manifold with flap-valves on the side, and looked rather weird like a shark’s head and breathing gills. He then had an inspiration in 2009 and subsequently developed his vortex engine into a patented simplified raster-scanning “VRCP” propulsor rotor system which you can see at http://www.rsvrcp.com

Prior to conceiving the braked / collapsing vortex flow electricity generator and developing it in the US with US partners, the editor collaborated with another US company in Maine to develop his ‘low head’ submersible flow generator in around 2004. We did not win a bid for funding from the US DoE at the time, and the company got bought out surprisingly by a British company whom I used to work for. Interest in the ducted VRCP rotor as a replacement for propellers in ships was not shown in the UK and once again, interest came from abroad. Vortex engines are of interest now.

In 2012 I took my ideas (back) to Hamburg to show a large ship builder there, and lo and behold, they also got bought-out immediately afterwards by the same company!

It’s not just about numerical competency, it’s about creativity, enthusiasm, inquisitiveness, craft and love of constructing models – however flimsy!

If I hadn’t been making and constructing models as a creative didactic with vortexes (vortices), I would not have been able to conceive the successful flow generator!

Having been dismissed – presumably as a dreamer and a crackpot by local business and academia, the editor decided to work directly internationally and independently and to avoid further local confrontation. Further to having disclosed some of his early ideas locally, he was then excluded from obtaining regional development funding – which was being systematically diverted into the coffers of others – who considered themselves to be ‘more suitable’ but who were ultimately unsuccessful.

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