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Further Investigations into Tesla Turbomachinery
Author: Peter Harwood, SID:3046768, Supervisor: Professor Mark Jones November 19, 2008

Submission date:10/11/2008 MECH4841 Mechanical Engineering project

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Abstract Nicola Tesla filed a patent application for a fluid propulsion device and a turbine on the 21st October 1909 to the US Patent office[8, 2]. Rather than using impellers, it used the viscous shear forces of a fluid passing near a disk on an axle to transmit torque to and from the fluid. W
Further Investigations into Tesla Turbomachinery
Author: Peter Harwood, SID:3046768, Supervisor: Professor Mark Jones November 19, 2008

Submission date:10/11/2008 MECH4841 Mechanical Engineering project

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Abstract Nicola Tesla filed a patent application for a fluid propulsion device and a turbine on the 21st October 1909 to the US Patent office[8, 2]. Rather than using impellers, it used the viscous shear forces of a fluid passing near a disk on an axle to transmit torque to and from the fluid. W

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Further Investigations into TeslaTurbomachinery
Author: Peter Harwood, SID:3046768, Supervisor: Professor Mark JonesNovember 19, 2008
 
Submission date:10/11/2008MECH4841 Mechanical Engineering project1
 
Abstract
Nicola Tesla filed a patent application for a fluid propulsion device and a tur-bine on the 21st October 1909 to the US Patent office[8, 2]. Rather than usingimpellers, it used the viscous shear forces of a fluid passing near a disk onan axle to transmit torque to and from the fluid. W. Rice published a fairlycomprehensive set of research in the 1960’s and 1970’s resulting in calculateddesign and performance data for both turbines and pumps of this nature[3, 4],however he did not study the effect of the ’star washers’ used by Tesla. Otherresearches have experimented and theoretically modeled the devices but effi-ciencies have remained below about 60%[6, 5]. Most of the experiments re-garding pumps and compressors did not have effective diffusion of the fluid[3].In this thesis, published theoretical data has been compared with Computa-tional Fluid Dynamics results for air. A CFD based performance map of Teslatype air movers, including the effect of a changing back pressure has beendeveloped. To improve performance cupped end disks are advised. Cuppedend disks reduce the outlet area in order to increase the radial velocity intothe volute, they also help to maintain optimal flow rate conditions within thepump. An experimental compressor operating up to 20000rpm is designed toget an experimentally based performance map.

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