Monday, July 14, 2014

How a rocket scientist from Oxford University has reinvented the saucepan !

How a rocket scientist from Oxford University has reinvented the saucepan !

Telegraph - By Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent

 Dr Thomas Povey from Oxford University spent three years developing the new pan that channels heat from the bottom up the sides so that food is warmed much more quickly

Cooking might not be rocket science, but it has taken a rocket scientist from Oxford University to reinvent the humble saucepan.


 

Dr Thomas Povey, who usually works designing cooling systems for jet engines, has come up with a new pan which heats up more quickly, cooks food faster and uses 40 per cent less energy.

Dr Povey, who is a keen mountaineer, decided to tackle the problem after struggling to heat up water at altitude.

He realised that a large amount of energy is lost simply heating the pan, rather than boiling the water.

“The original idea was for the outdoor market - we wanted to improve efficiency for cooking outside,” said Dr Povey.



"But we realised it was problem that applies to the domestic market. So we worked from there."
The cast aluminium pans channels built into the side to allow heat from the bottom to travels up the sides so that food is warmed quickly from all the way around.
An equivalent pan of conventional design was shown to need 40 per cent more energy to heat up than the new ‘Flare Pan.’
"There's nothing wrong with (a usual saucepan), but it loses a lot of heat, which means it has less energy efficiency, which means it wastes more heat, energy, and gas,” said Dr Povey.
"For instance if you were boiling pasta you may think it takes a long while to get the water boiling, but you would see a significant time improvement with this new pan and it would cook quicker.
"We've done a number of test kitchens and the chefs seem to like it, mainly down to the even heat distribution. But that is down to the good casting of the pan, as well as the product."
The pans, which were launched yesterday, are sold through Lakeland.
Dr Povey specializes in the designing of cooling systems for parts of jet and rocket engines that reach very high temperatures.
He added: "The problem with the current shape of the pan means a lot of the heat is dissipated into the air.
"So, it is an aero-dynamic and heat transfer problem and we applied the science used in rocket and jet engines to create a shape of a pan that is more energy efficient.
"So, it is a very similar problem but it certainly is a different product than what we're used to working on." .
Even before their official launch, Flare pans have already become an award winning product.
The Worshipful Company of Engineers, a Livery Company of the City of London operating under Royal Charter, has awarded Dr Povey their '2014 Hawley Award' for "the most outstanding Engineering Innovation that delivers demonstrable benefit to the environment."
Matthew Canwell, Lakeland's Buying Director added: "People are becoming more energy conscience. This pan is energy efficient, it cooks quicker, and it saves gas and energy. So it ticks all the boxes really."
“We're always looking for new innovations that will save our customers both time and money.”


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Friday, July 11, 2014

Top 10 Affordable Practical Cars

Top 10 Affordable Practical Cars

You don't need an expensive SUV to be practical

Introduction :

For the weekend warriors that need to get projects done by hauling around people and cargo and generally living a productive life in society, practical vehicles are worth their weight in gold.  We've assembled a list of some of the most pragmatic and functional vehicles that you can purchase for around $20,000.  There's a little something for everyone, including, vans, wagons, trucks, crossovers and even some compact cars.  So whether you are heading to band rehearsal, doing home improvement, taking a trip or helping someone move, you'll be able to find something you can drive everyday and get the job done.

10- 2011 Ford Transit Connect

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 1- 2010 Nissan Frontier XE King Cab

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Top 10 Affordable Practical Cars in USA

Top 10 Affordable Practical Cars in USA

You don't need an expensive SUV to be practical

Introduction :

For the weekend warriors that need to get projects done by hauling around people and cargo and generally living a productive life in society, practical vehicles are worth their weight in gold.  We've assembled a list of some of the most pragmatic and functional vehicles that you can purchase for around $20,000.  There's a little something for everyone, including, vans, wagons, trucks, crossovers and even some compact cars.  So whether you are heading to band rehearsal, doing home improvement, taking a trip or helping someone move, you'll be able to find something you can drive everyday and get the job done.

10- 2011 Ford Transit Connect

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 1- 2010 Nissan Frontier XE King Cab

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Top 10 Affordable Practical Cars : 2010 Nissan Frontier XE King Cab

Top 10 Affordable Practical Cars :

 2010 Nissan Frontier XE King Cab

The Nissan Frontier is less refined than Toyota's Tacoma, but over-engineered to tackle the tough jobs both urban and rural living can require.  You can get a stripped-down Frontier XE King Cab that has no air conditioning or radio, or add both with the XE Preferred Package.  A run-of-the-mill 2.5-liter engine outputs 152-hp and 171 lb. ft. of torque. 

 

 Standard features include front bucket seats, rear underseat storage, cup holders and door storage.  There is a strong list of accessories from Nissan that can provide bed liners, dividers and extenders as well as towing equipment.  While not as sophisticated as the Tacoma, the Nissan Frontier can take a beating and keep coming back for more.


Bed Length (ft.): 6

Passenger Volume (cu. ft.): 88

Rear seat leg room (in.): 25.4

Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 19/23

MSRP: $17,450


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Top 10 Affordable Practical Cars : 2011 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Top 10 Affordable Practical Cars : 

2011 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab


When it comes to practicality, you have to give a good, long look at the modern truck.  Toyota trucks started off as cute, peppy pickups that matured into exceedingly reliable and comfortable transportation.  The Toyota Tacoma Access Cab give the basics of air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, power accessories and 6-speaker audio system with auxiliary audio input.  A sturdy, 154-hp 2.7-liter engine working with a standard 5-speed manual transmission powers the Tacoma.  

 

 Versatility starts outside with a bed liner, integrated bed rail system, and four tie-down cleats, continuing inside with rear bench seat with underseat storage and lots of cup and bottle holders.  Additionally, top safety scores, decent rear legroom and better body styling than the plain Jane standard cab make the Tacoma practically a no-brainer.


Bed Length (ft.): 6.1

Passenger Volume (cu. ft.): 89  

Rear seat leg room (in.): 28.2

Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 21/25

MSRP: $19,655


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Top 10 Affordable Practical Cars : 2010 Mazda5

Top 10 Affordable Practical Cars :

 2010 Mazda 5

As dinosaurs like the giant SUVs of North America continue to meet their demise, the case for the Mazda5 becomes increasingly enticing.  Compared to full-sized minivans,  the Mazda5 is cheaper, more maneuverable and has better MPG to move your stuff or up to 6 passengers.  The Sport trim generously includes automatic climate control, full power accessories, 17" alloy wheels, and a 6-speaker audio system with auxiliary input and steering-wheel-mounted controls.  

 

The feisty 2.3-liter engine puts out an acceptable 153-hp and nets 22 city / 28 highway fuel economy.  Dual sliding side doors open to a generous 27.6", underseat storage for the 2nd-row seats, fold-out 2nd-row center console, and underfloor storage in the cargo area give a lot of utility to this SUV buster.  The folding 2nd-row doesn't allow for a completely flat cargo floor, but the flexible passenger and cargo capabilities keeps the Mazda5 Sport poised for success now and in the future.


Maximum Cargo Space (cu. ft.): 44.4

Passenger Volume (cu. ft.): 142.1  

2nd-row seat leg room (in.): 35.2

Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 22/28

MSRP: $18,510

 

 


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Top 10 Affordable Practical Cars : 2010 Toyota Matrix

Top 10 Affordable Practical Cars : 

2010 Toyota Matrix

The Toyota Matrix is a compact wagon based on the top-selling Toyota Corolla, offering functionality, value, and reliability.    The base version treats you to power mirrors, air conditioning, tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a CD audio system with auxiliary audio input.  There is a decent 132-hp from the 1.8-liter engine and strong fuel economy of 26 mpg city / 32 mpg highway. 

 

 Some may not go for the edgy, Japan-tech interior, but you can't dismiss the convenience of hard plastic rear seatbacks, tie-downs, and a very flat cargo floor with non-slip rubber inserts.  With the front passenger seat folded flat, a maximum of 61.5 cu. ft. of cargo space is achieved.  All-in-all, the Matrix can play a myriad of passenger and cargo transportation roles that appeal to a very wide cross-section of consumer lifestyles.


Maximum Cargo Space (cu. ft.): 49

Passenger Volume (cu. ft.): 94   

Rear seat leg room (in.): 36.2

Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 26/32

MSRP: $16,700

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