Rocket Scientist Designs a Better Saucepan


Mon, Jul 14th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

The LA Times brings to attention a new line of pans called Flare. Designed by British Rocket Scientist Thomas Povey, a professor of engineering at Oxford University, the pans heat up faster and use 40% less energy than conventional ones.

Povey specializes in the design of high-efficiency cooling systems for next-generation jet engines. He is also an avid mountaineer and says that this invention was spurred by the long time it takes for water to reach a boil at high altitudes. He and a group of his students worked three years experimenting with different designs before they came up with one being marketed.

Made from cast aluminum and sporting a series of “fins” around the bottom of the pan, the Flare Pan “channels heat from the flame across the bottom and up the sides of the pan, resulting in highly efficient, even heat distribution,” according to a release from Isis Innovation, which licenses technology developed at Oxford.



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