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.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.