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Building the Tesla Turbineby Vincent R. Gingery
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Ten Horsepower to the pound of weight!
Who could make such a claim? None other than Nikola Tesla. He was referring to his latest invention, the flat disk turbine. The year was 1911. Did he deliver? You be the judge.
Travel back in time and experience the excitement of the era by building your very own model Tesla Turbine. Read along as Tesla describes in his own words the principles and incredible capabilities of his turbine. Examine the original Turbine patent descriptions and drawings for yourself and gain an even greater perpective of this amazing invention.
Also included in this booklet are step by step instructions in the form of detailed photos and drawings showing how to construct your very own Tesla turbine. Not an exact replica of the original, but one that has been simplified, thus making it much easier to build than the original. The result is an impressive model measuring 3-1/2" wide x 6" long x 4" high. Although it comes in a small package this turbine generates impressive power. The model as detailed rotates at speeds in excess of 5000 r.p.m. at 80 p.s.i. of air pressure. And it has the capability of running either clockwise or counterclockwise at these speeds.
Because the turbine is capable of such high rotational speeds, it has been constructed entirely of stainless steel which is a stronger material than mild steel. Building the turbine requires basic metal working ability including the cutting, grinding and shaping of metal. You will need a small lathe capable of turning at least a 3-1/4" diameter, a drill press and/or milling machine, a hacksaw or bandsaw and an assortment of hand tools including metal cutting snips, screwdrivers, wrenches etc.
This is an amazing projet and one you are sure to enjoy. But be careful. Once your start you won't be able to get enough of Tesla and his amazing inventions. the more you learn the more you will realize that Nikola Tesla was truly a genius light years ahead of his time.
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