[SPN-Discussion] Greentech Investors Forum: Computational Fluid Dynamics--Making Cars, Planes & Trains Move More Efficiently.

Gelvin Stevenson gelvin.stevenson at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 13:00:47 PST 2017

Computational Fluid Dynamics: Improving Energy Efficiency for Everything
That Moves

Date: Friday, January 13, 2017

Time: 8:00am – 10:00am

Organizer: Gelvin Stevenson, PhD

Host: Sidley Austin LLP

Location: 787 Seventh Ave. (AXA Equitable Building, between 51st and
52nd Streets),
23rd Floor

Everything that moves through air, water or any other medium creates
friction. That friction requires energy—and usually, more energy than is
necessary. A lot more.  So major energy, automotive, aerospace, electronic
design, chemical and pharmaceutical companies use  Computational Fluid
Dynamics (CFD) software to predict turbulent liquid and gas flows within
and around solid objects, promising to eliminate or at least reduce the
need for physical testing. For instance, wind turbine designers use CFD
software to optimize turbine blades and turbine placement in wind turbine
farms. Similarly, automobile designers use CFD software in an effort to
minimize drag forces so as to reduce fuel consumption, in particular by
large trucks, essentially replacing wind tunnels with “numerical wind
tunnels”. Yet the algorithms they use aren’t always accurate.


*Register at the GIF Eventbrite page:* Greentech Investors Forum Eventbrite

*Or contact Gelvin at **gelvin.stevenson at gmail.com*
<gelvin.stevenson at gmail.com>*.*


 The CFD market is dominated by a few large CFD software vendors, which all
- including dozens of smaller players - have the exact same public-domain
algorithm at the core of their products. Unfortunately, this core algorithm
is inherently inaccurate, requires extensive expertise and effort to
set-up, fails to predict important physical phenomena even in simple
geometries, and requires High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources.

VorCat says it has solved all these problems. Using $5.4M in Advanced
Technology Programs and other government grants, VorCat developed, patented
and is starting to market revolutionary Fast 3D Vortex Tube software that
is very accurate, easy to use, can be deployed in the HPC cloud and, as
importantly, can be deployed on desktop machines with
commercially-available hardware accelerators. As a result, VorCat expects
not only to become the #1 or #2 player in the market, but to expand the
market to small and medium-sized businesses that previously could not
afford to gain CFD expertise nor acquire the use of appropriate hardware.


*GIF thanks Investors Circle for its generous support, Geoff Miles,
Chino Maduagwu, and Gary Kier for developing and operating GIF’s video,
social media and design capabilities, Tonia Popke for her financial
expertise, and Jesse Goldstein, PhD, for his continued support.*


According to the Gartner market research firm, “*CFD has numerous
applications for a number of industries, and many of these areas remain
under-penetrated to date*.” The current CFD market is $1.3B, growing at
12-15% annually, but could be much larger once the accuracy, learning curve
and computing resource constraints are solved.


*Disclaimer: The Greentech Investors Forum (GIF) is not soliciting funds
for the presenting companies, nor is it encouraging parties to invest in
them. We try to find good companies—not necessarily good investments. They
have been advised on what is acceptable in terms of predicted results, but
GIF takes no responsibility for what they actually do, say, or how they
perform in the future.*


Indeed, the uses of CFD are vast and include such notable applications as

●  aerodynamic forces on ground and air vehicles,

●  design and optimal placement of wind turbines and hydro-turbines,

●  pollutant formation and dispersion of hazardous materials in the

●  hydrodynamic forces on ships,

●  noise generation about moving vehicles and airborne systems,

●  cooling of electronic components and efficiency of engines,

●  mixing characteristics of chemical reactors,

●  safety studies of transport air traffic and helicopters.

A main attraction of CFD is economic: CFD reduces dependence on costly and
time-intensive physical experiments so products can be brought to market
faster and at less expense; it permits exploration of a wide range of
design or performance parameters so products have higher quality; it can
often provide flow information that is too dangerous or impractical to
acquire in physical experiments, and, CFD can provide a more complete flow
description than can be obtained with physical probes. Many experts
estimate that moving to “virtual design” methods, e.g., simulations instead
of physical models, can save up to 50% in the cost of design cycles, and
considerably shorten time to market.

The company is seeking a $5M equity investment to develop cloud Apps that
will target important flow applications that are mostly utilized by the
Automotive, green/clean energy and other industries, complete
proof-of-concept evaluations with Fortune 100 companies and enhance
VorCat's intellectual property.

*Agenda:*          8:00 to 8:30     -   Networking & light breakfast

8:30 to 9:10     -   Jacob Krispin, Ph.D.

9:10 to 9:300   -   Bhargav Gajjar, MIT & founder of Vishwa Robotics
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vishwa_Robotics>, via telephone

9:30 to 10:00   -   Discussion

*Security:*        Security is tight, so please register early. If there is
a problem at the Security Desk, please contact Gelvin Stevenson at
917-599-6089 <(917)%20599-6089>.

*Fees:*               $50, payable ahead of time or at the door. Cash or
checks and credit cards accepted.

$25 for call-in. Registered call-ins will be emailed the call-in numbers
and, if available, the slides to be presented.

                             $20 for students and faculty

To register, visit Greentech Investors Forum
this Eventbrite site, or send your contact information to Gelvin Stevenson
at gelvin.stevenson at gmail.com or 917-599-6089 <(917)%20599-6089>. And
contact Gelvin If you have questions or need more information.


*Dr. Jacob Krispin, Founder and CEO* – an experienced manager and
accomplished scientist with more than thirty years of experience in
research and development (R&D), and engineering and management work at a
national laboratory (Israel), academia (University of Maryland) and
startups. Jacob has substantial understanding of the CFD market through
many years of CFD consulting.

*Bruno Dov Lerer, Esq.,* Counsel for the company, is an attorney with
Littman Krooks. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Senior Associate
Vice President at a broker-dealer-venture capital company.

Bruno focuses his practice on business tax, finance and accounting issues,
specializing in the information technology sector.

He is fluent in Hebrew and Romanian and dabbles in Japanese and Mandarin
Chinese. In his spare time, he builds high powered gaming desktop computers
(and actually uses them).

Bruno received an LLB from the Tel Aviv University School of Law in 1979
and an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1981. He
is admitted to practice in New York.

*Bhargav Gajjar* is a robotics scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_Institute_of_Technology> and
founder of bioinspired robotics company Vishwa Robotics
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vishwa_Robotics>. He is an inventor,[1]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhargav_Gajjar#cite_note-3> educator,[4]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhargav_Gajjar#cite_note-4> physicist,
electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, aerospace engineer [5]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhargav_Gajjar#cite_note-5> and an
entrepreneur. He studied theoretical physics and mechanical engineering
focused on robotics mechanisms at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharaja_Sayajirao_University_of_Baroda> and
aerospace engineering, electrical engineering and robotics at University of
Central Florida
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Central_Florida> and MIT

 He is best known for assisting the USAF
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USAF> in developing one of the first
man-made, avian inspired, drones called MAVs
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_air_vehicle> that can fly and actively
grasp and perch on a tree branch and perform local ground mobility on roof
tops, post landing for tactical perch and stare missions.[6]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhargav_Gajjar#cite_note-6> The core
technology in the artificial hawk was integrated into the MAV
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_air_vehicle> in place of a traditional
roll out landing gear and was developed directly by copying the
musculoskeletal anatomy of biological sparrow hawk (American kestrel
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_kestrel>) claws.[7]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhargav_Gajjar#cite_note-8>  As of 2014, he
is focused on developing an anthropomorphic underwater robotic grasper for US
Navy <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Navy>'s Atmospheric Diving Suits
(ADS) <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_diving_suit> and Remotely
Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV)
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhargav_Gajjar#cite_note-9> He is the
president of bioinspired robotics company Vishwa Robotics
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vishwa_Robotics> and his research has been
funded by all 3 branches of United States Department of Defense
including Navy <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navy>, Army
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army> and Air Force
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Force> besides DARPA
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARPA> and numerous national and
international private commercial businesses.
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