1. Overall Design:
The design of the Tesla Turbine Prototype involves a compact structure with a size of 6in x 6in and a small diameter of 4.5in, making it convenient for handling and operation. The turbine is designed to be a single-stage version, with provisions for future upgrades to a two-stage version using a forthcoming add-on package.
2. Main Components:
Polycarbonate Casing: The casing of our turbine prototype is made from high-grade polycarbonate. This material is chosen for its strength and durability, as well as its transparency. This allows users to observe the turbine's operation and internals, providing a more immersive and educational experience.
3015 h13 Aluminum Disc Stack: The turbine contains a disc stack made from 3015 h13 aluminum. This particular type of aluminum is known for its exceptional strength-to-weight ratio and excellent resistance to wear and abrasion, ensuring the longevity of the turbine.
Stainless Steel Shaft: The turbine uses a robust 1/2in stainless steel shaft designed to resist rust and corrosion, contributing to the turbine's durability and reliability.
Metal Shield Bearings: The bearings are made from high-quality stainless steel, providing smooth and efficient turbine operation.
3. Operational Specifications:
Max Operational Temperature: The turbine is designed to operate up to a maximum temperature of 85°C. Exceeding this temperature can lead to risks of overheating and damage to the turbine components.
Max Safe RPM: The turbine is capable of achieving up to 30,000 RPM safely with the aluminum discs. Running the turbine beyond this speed can lead to potential safety hazards and damage to the turbine.
Power Output: The turbine has demonstrated the capacity to produce up to 1200 watts of power under dyno tests with 30-40 psi of compressed air. An upgraded generator package has shown a consistent power output of 250 watts electrical load on just 15 psi of compressed air.
Inlet: The turbine comes with a dual 1/2in NPT nozzle inlet designed to connect to a variety of mediums, including compressed air, water, or low-temperature vacuum steam.
4. Upgrade and Maintenance Provisions:
Cooling Ports: The turbine is equipped with ports for cooling water, allowing for continuous operation. However, customers will need to purchase a separate water pump and cooling water system.
Upgrade Capacity: The turbine is designed to be upgraded to a 2-stage version with a future add-on package. This gives users the flexibility to improve and adapt their turbine as desired.
Please note that these are prototypes designed for compressed air tests and DIY testing. They are not complete turnkey or operational turbines. The turbines are sold as working copies of our prototype and users need to be aware of safety guidelines and limitations on usage. All users assume all liability from damage or injury that may occur from use. The turbines should not be used as a substitute for a fully operational turbine.