Tesla Turbine runs on Steam

Tesla wrote, “This turbine is an efficient self-starting prime mover which may be operated as a steam or mixed fluid turbine at will, without changes in construction and is on this account very tesla-turbine convenient. Minor departures from the turbine, as may be dictated by the circumstances in each case, will obviously suggest themselves but if it is carried out on these general lines it will be found highly profitable to the owners of the steam plant while permitting the use of their old installation. However, the best economic results in the development of power from steam by the Tesla turbine will be obtained in plants especially adapted for the purpose.”

This turbine can also be successfully applied to condensing plants operating with high vacuum. In such a case, owing to the very great expansion ratio, the exhaust mixture will be at a relatively low temperature and suitable for admission to the condenser. Better fuel has to be used and special pumping facilities provided but the economic results attained will fully justify the increased outlay.

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  1. This an amazing turbine which can run at 10000 rpm for 2-3 bar input pressure. The only downsize is the low torque, thus requiring extra gearbox to actually convert efficiently steam/water/mixed energy into electrical energy. After some studies, I recommend using it with a doubly-fed electric generator, because you can adjust via electronics the efficiency of the generation to take out the maximum of the high rpm-low torque configuration.

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