Tesla Turbine | The interesting physics behind it

The maverick engineer Nikola Tesla made his contribution in the mechanical engineering field too. Look at one of his favorite inventions - a bladeless turbine, or Tesla Turbine. The Tesla turbine had a simple, unique design, yet it was able to beat the efficiency levels of steam turbines at that time. Normal turbines are complex in design, with blades of complicated geometry and stator parts. Nikola Tesla once said the Tesla turbine is his favorite invention and he even claimed an efficiency level of 97% for this turbine. Let’s start a design journey to understand this interesting piece of technology, and towards the end we will also verify Tesla’s efficiency claim.

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  1. Samuel Jones

    Samuel Jones


    "Mach 13 at the tips definitely an engineering possibility" not with that attitude it isn't!

  2. Agge bagge

    Agge bagge



  3. ShanTo Bhai

    ShanTo Bhai


    Tesla Love you

  4. Geoff Jones

    Geoff Jones

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    All based on work done by Faraday. Tesla was just a self publicist.

  5. Dremaro 29

    Dremaro 29

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    I didn't get why High rotating speed causes damage to the wheel

    • Uncle Nik

      Uncle Nik

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      @Drummer_Zay94 - I shudder to think how ridiculously tall Dremaro would become if he were to be spun at 600 million rpm. Bet he would never ask that question again.

    • Drummer_Zay94


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      @Uncle Nik ya thanks for the slap, you’re right. I was only speaking in terms of the Tesla machine here. I know that we’ve reached up to 600 million rpm. Thanks for the friendly fire lol

    • Uncle Nik

      Uncle Nik


      @Drummer_Zay94 - Thanks. It's a gift...though at times it's a curse.

    • Drummer_Zay94



      @Uncle Nik bruh wtf 😂😂😂 this shit had me dying

    • Uncle Nik

      Uncle Nik


      @Drummer_Zay94 - You're right...a better approach might be to grab him by the ankles and swing him in a circle ever faster and faster, until his eyeballs fly out of their sockets, every bone joint in his body becomes decoupled, and his balls are forced up into his kidneys. That would no doubt teach more about centrifugal force and tensile strength, than my simply encouraging him to figure it out himself.

  6. ScrewsNutsAndBolts


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    The man was a genius !

  7. Zeen Alabdeen AL Gezany

    Zeen Alabdeen AL Gezany

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    the most brilliant person in engineering, he was really in fact ahead of his time. man just think about what he would have done if he was still alive he may have just discovered another power source or an invention

  8. MrBrander


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    Why they had to have 3 meter discs in diameter in those powerhouses? Why couldn't they just use multiple tiny ones like with 1 inch diameter or something like that for the Tesla turbines? Then have tons and tons of them working in unison? That way the tip speed wouldn't have gotten so massive and materials might have been able to withstand those forces and speeds.

    • Uncle Nik

      Uncle Nik

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      That was answered in the video, stupid.

  9. cybernako088


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    He turned water into a working gear!!! WATER with the mechanism of a fucking GEAR!!! Oh my master teach me so i too may see.

  10. Jose Torres

    Jose Torres

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    This is what the Egyptians were using

  11. Ricky LaFleur

    Ricky LaFleur

    7 दिवसांपूर्वी

    *_Think this guy is smartest? Seeing as the oldest computer is over 2200 years old, which came nearly 2100 years before Nicola Tesla was even born it leads me to believe there were way more intelligent people in the world, perhaps constrained to the technology available during their time period._*

  12. Lawrence Naquin

    Lawrence Naquin

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    Nothing is said about loads... I don't think it would achieve the efficiency and speed of 10000 rpm with a load of significant size like a power generator.



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    ⭐If we connect this small box with our home water pump then that pump serves dual purpose of filing our water tanks with ground water& providing free electricity. Maybe this machine is great for home energy production & not commercial electricity production.

  14. vinod kv

    vinod kv

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    He was the greatest inventor of all time.

  15. Online Technology Today

    Online Technology Today

    8 दिवसांपूर्वी

    One of the smartest men in the world, truly a

  16. echokaminari777


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    spiral wow from 1369 how beautiful don't make everything that complex but simple and easy vibration of force of water need a stronger vessel or in this machine the iron etc that is i like tesla always thinking both side like 6 and 9 just from 3 action reaction recreation just like buying iphone always a new style ahahaha a consumptive people never ending a system of to make money product need buyers fabricating a human being to life as a competition on how you look how rich i smile seeing life not a fault and just i not find balance and equality in life of people all around the world how to change the way that already from children you are created to compete in school until professor 20 years and many money only little that are used to works the other a failed replica of education same book that have inspiration will creatively be the good i just imagine in my left brain see in fantasy and face reality with smile and tears but it's okay someday they will change i believe that i prepared the flower for the butterfly that are in proses in of learning

    • Tooley Headbang

      Tooley Headbang

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      Gabble gabble gabble...

  17. Omar Medel

    Omar Medel

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    also applies to the golden ratio



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    Real Iron man



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    But.. there was no load on the turbine when he was testing it. In a real world application.. it wouldn't spin nearly as fast.

  20. Jason Zheng

    Jason Zheng

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    Amazing explain! It explode my mind, thanks for this video

  21. Matthew Foster

    Matthew Foster

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    um, then dont do 3m disks. have multiple smaller disks. Isnt that what Tesla did with the SpaceX raptor engines?

  22. Jester Zubrata

    Jester Zubrata

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    Today if this turbine in use we can add more disk i mean over 30k rpm that crazy

  23. AJz


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    this video is like putting a script into an auto reader I'm sorry I can't watch this

  24. Tommy. Bee. .

    Tommy. Bee. .

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    Nicola..was. .very Spiritual

  25. SuDa Soul

    SuDa Soul

    10 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Very nice way to explain 🖤

  26. John Mills

    John Mills

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    why would you need a turbine 3 meters in diameter. What about a turbine less than half a meter in diameter with the same torque. But I guess harnessing 50k to 100k rpms from turbine to generator would be difcult because turning a generator at such high rpms would be ????? I don't know but something small with a reduction of rpms could produce a hell of a lot torque. Power house in a small package.

  27. Jimmy Pham

    Jimmy Pham

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    Is this the most efficient type of powered water pump there is compared to any other conventional type of pump designs?

  28. Mark Manning

    Mark Manning

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    I wonder if the blades were made thinner at the edge could alleviate the problems. Thinning the edges would allow a greater area for the fluid to flow through thus reducing the drag effect.

  29. bob thomas

    bob thomas

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    just need to synthesis a super-alloy capable of running at 100,000RPM and boom 99.99% Efficiency woo

  30. Sokwambi TV

    Sokwambi TV

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    "Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine." Nikola Tesla

  31. Islomjon Yunusov

    Islomjon Yunusov

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    When the pressure can give you more than 50k rpm but you only choose to receive less than 10k rpm, you are literally wasting the energy... which means that turbines nowadays are still very inefficient.

  32. poi qwerty

    poi qwerty

    15 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Tesla invented the flying disk he used his wireless towers to power it now they're self contained power source

  33. Philip Syili

    Philip Syili

    15 दिवसांपूर्वी

    I want to specially recommend you all to Dr Emuakhe on You tube,he cured me from Hiv.his natural herbal medicine is highly effective.

  34. N Kliesow

    N Kliesow

    15 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Why increse the diameter when you can increse the width of the turbine? I don't understand that problem...

  35. Light Touch Tuning

    Light Touch Tuning

    16 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Very nice animation and explanation! Thank You!

  36. Eric Nail

    Eric Nail

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    What if the whole system were to be placed in a vacuum or in a low pressure environment? Would this increase efficiency, as unrealistic as it sounds

    • Daniel Mullally

      Daniel Mullally

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      Check out iEnergySupply's videos, he's making a cold-steam vacuum setup with a multi stage tesla turbine. The first stage is set up as a pump to create and maintain a vacuum, second stage is the turbine, and the whole thing is contained in sealed plexiglass.

  37. Roland Gilmore

    Roland Gilmore

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    Are there not modern materials that can resist blade warping?

  38. JPA55MOR3


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    Tesla really thought he saw a pigeon with laser eyes talk to him then die in his arms.

  39. Miroslav Vracar

    Miroslav Vracar

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  40. Gee Wizz

    Gee Wizz

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    My what a great world it could of been?????????? Who changed that............🤣

  41. The Anime Homie

    The Anime Homie

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    I'm no engineer but the tesla turbine sounds extremely inefficient. I would know if it was if you bothered to say how much power it takes to get the thing running in the first place instead of focusing on what it can do during and after it has an unknown amount of power. Also if this thing is actually being used why not use a photo of a real one instead of a 3d model?

  42. VuCitation


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    Heat is another problem. Now a day, we have centrifugal pump, torque convert etc. work on such principle.

  43. Peter Archbold

    Peter Archbold

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    Reduce rotor diameter.

  44. red horse

    red horse

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    🤣🤣🤣 Every piece of technology is thanks to Nicholas Tesla. But, school only teaches about Einstein and Thomas Edison who never invented anything

    • Jared Maddox

      Jared Maddox

      15 दिवसांपूर्वी

      Edison did invent a few things, but his only deeply important one is the corporate laboratory, because it makes science & engineering more economically sustainable (he may have personally invented the record player and film projector, but both are antiquated, and would have been old versions anyways). As for Einstein, he was a scientist, while Tesla was more of an engineer- meaningfully different fields. Einstein earned his fame by devising formulas to predict observations (including quantum mechanics observations, though he was trying to _disprove it_ when he did so), while Tesla was _mostly_ focussed on applying existing knowledge in new ways. Hence Tesla invented the induction motor and an early version of the electric grid, while Einstein is distantly related to some particular aspects of modern electronics (the transistor is built off quantum mechanics). I think Einstein had something to do with improving the understanding of thermionic emissions (which were used in vacuum tubes) too, but I forget the details.

  45. Vincent Russo

    Vincent Russo

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    Can they be utilized in a Zero G environment?

  46. J D

    J D

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    sooo.. Engineering impossiblity? so that means Nikola Tesla is still way ahead of our time even at 2021. The idea and concept is sound but the engineering materials has not caught up yet?

  47. Dr. Top Hat

    Dr. Top Hat

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  48. LuckyWheelie


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    Tesla SRBINE!

  49. The_Touring Jedi

    The_Touring Jedi

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    His visions was in those days way way beyond vision that Musk has...oh btw Musk took the name of this famous engineer only to make money.

  50. John sarab

    John sarab

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  51. Timm Long

    Timm Long

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    If Tesla were alive today, we would have faster than light travel

  52. cagdas güven

    cagdas güven

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    Is this theorethical engineering lol. Mechanism would be viable with a spesific new material designed for this application

  53. Vineeth P

    Vineeth P

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    Tesla grown before science ❤

  54. mihindu1967


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    How different is this Tesla turbine different from the turbo charger in automobile engines or the modern day steam turbines.

  55. Giovanni P.

    Giovanni P.

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    How about this power generator? - 26 years after the company was closed down..? kenpedlar.weebly.com/what-has-ken-been-up-to.html?fbclid=IwAR2bn6kYH14O5h_5AKPSsBHkgPC25dW-w8iL0OVNBNM5QA6PmNC9-5DAxiM Dual axis rotor or 'inertialess' drive...

  56. Guz


    21 दिवसापूर्वी

    Why this channel name weird now?

  57. Abner Dancuart

    Abner Dancuart

    21 दिवसापूर्वी

    With Grapheno is possible to do it !

  58. Bennie Chadwick

    Bennie Chadwick

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    Tesla and DaVinci in today's world. We would be circling the sun on bicycles by now. LOL 😆

  59. Gerardo Ciprian

    Gerardo Ciprian

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  60. Ghost_user


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    I heard if you name your company after this guy, people will think you invented electricity. Not discovered, invented

  61. baguazhang2


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    How about the highest quality carbon fiber, aerospace grade ceramics, or even synthetic sapphire disks?

  62. Troy Broussard

    Troy Broussard

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  63. Annabi Mohammed

    Annabi Mohammed

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    what if the discs were made out of much stronger material? sure the cost will be unreasonable but it'll be efficient in purely mechanical terms

  64. Louie Macorncan

    Louie Macorncan

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    To add stupid but wonder in dwelling in question, what happens if you wield the disk, as in making small piller inside the tiny gap? I mean if you think about it, to stop the warping for there have to be a support beam to hold the disk in place and yes I am aware of the disk losing some power of rpm. If we can wield it and not lose rpms and able keep the flow right then it would be the best energy conducting for little tiny gizmo would power probably 2 or 3 houses.

  65. john garvey

    john garvey

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    so all we need is a 6 inch disk that can go 35,000 rpm. if only there was a round item sort of like a high speed saw bade that can spin very fast like a high speed cutting tool. all joking aside would a composite Kevlar/ceramic plate work

  66. Danko j

    Danko j

    21 दिवसापूर्वी

    100% Serbian blood!!! So small number of Serbian people in the world, but so much big individuals! For example Novak Djokovic, Mihajlo Pupin and many more!

  67. BlueNovaFlame


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    Tesla would of blue screened The Matrix

  68. Boobindar Pussiya

    Boobindar Pussiya

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    Creating such high efficiency turbines at that tim I mean if he would've got more time or other scientists would've put efforts to his turbines ,they would surely have come out with some solutions and we would be using more efficient turbines in present time

  69. Michael Pierce

    Michael Pierce

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    Does this work in reverse? If you spin the flat plates does it generate thrust?

    • Raycar


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      It can be a pump or compressor, yes It does not produce thrust it produces axial rotation, which, when combined with a generator produces continuous electricity. This video got alot of things wrong... if your really interested I'll post a link to a decent presentation of teslas work.

  70. Walter


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    When you score a strike at the bowling alley

  71. Phillip Cleaver

    Phillip Cleaver

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    Nikola Tesla , true genius & 100 years ahead of his time , a marvellous man , whose creativity became denied & abused . Men (or women ) like this never fit society , but add so much to it .

  72. Joachim Raeder

    Joachim Raeder

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    The efficiency argument is specious. Friction inherently causes dissipation. It probably depends a lot on the load, but the video does not address that. While the Tesla turbine is an interesting concept, traditional axial turbines work well enough, so the world will stick with them. The are millions of interesting engineering concepts, but the only ones that count are the ones that work in practice.

    • Raycar


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      Tesla's turbine definitely worked. There are many people still using them today. Dont believe everything you see on an animated video less than 10 minutes long.

  73. Xhing Xhau

    Xhing Xhau

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    I didn't understood shit.

  74. Xiao Luwan

    Xiao Luwan

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    Maybe steel is the wrong material for the discs. Custom made ceramics or polymer maybe more suitable. Just layman thoughts.

  75. Giorgio Tritto

    Giorgio Tritto

    22 दिवसांपूर्वी

    You for sure know how to complicate something that is basic

  76. joplimat


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    Looks like a reverse cyclotron

  77. Bueno Bueno Tv

    Bueno Bueno Tv

    23 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Thank god for the creators

  78. sive1231


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    There's a reason he didn't have to build them big to get the same power output. Check the torque those small turbines produce.

  79. Reactor XXL

    Reactor XXL

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    why am i watching this now ....i used to skip physics class all the time

  80. Lg Lg

    Lg Lg

    23 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Wast of time...

  81. Prabesh Joshi

    Prabesh Joshi

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  82. Дави Силваз

    Дави Силваз

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    Tesla was one of the smartest persons that have ever lived but he was too arrogant

  83. Pascal Gallot

    Pascal Gallot

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    Un , des Meilleur dès son temps

  84. RageNugget


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    Wouldnt the RPM go down itself by itself when hooking up a load? I get that the tubine also needs a minimum RPM to work well. Do we know how much it is?

  85. Brain Dra

    Brain Dra

    23 दिवसांपूर्वी

    golden ratio

  86. Paul Vigil

    Paul Vigil

    23 दिवसांपूर्वी

    Use titanium

  87. Paul Vigil

    Paul Vigil

    23 दिवसांपूर्वी

    My fan clutch

  88. Jerry


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    There's a reason he was discredited & attacked financially. He was too genius for being not for profit but rather for humanity. That mentality is dangerous to those in power, especially those at the time, like Edison the Thief & J.P. Morgan

  89. theawesomone


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    yo, what you doin measuring tip velocity in mach number? thats hella confusing bro. What does that even mean when the fluid is moving too?

  90. Jaap van der Velde

    Jaap van der Velde

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    It's ingenious, but in spite all the Tesla-fanboism on display, the prizes in engineering should go to the solutions that can actually be built and work efficiently. The Tesla turbine is great in theory (with currently impossible material science), but in practice only of use in edge cases (like pumping viscous fluids, or fluids with large particulate matter). In a sense, the Tesla turbine is like the space elevator: the best solution to a problem, if it weren't for the fact that we have no idea how to come up with the materials required, or if that's even physically possible under conditions on Earth.

  91. Binh Tran

    Binh Tran

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  92. Ok ಡ ͜ ʖ ಡ

    Ok ಡ ͜ ʖ ಡ

    24 दिवसांपूर्वी

    The man change the world

  93. Dave Kauffman

    Dave Kauffman

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    Mr Tesla was an electrical genius, he should have stayed focused on electrical inventions. I'm not impressed, the amount of energy required to do useful work with this turbine could be harnessed in better ways to do even more work.

  94. Tristan


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    I remember doing this as a kid with the hose. But just with the disk or wheel and the hose.

  95. Soumyadip Sur

    Soumyadip Sur

    24 दिवसांपूर्वी

    To hot to handle. ! 😂

  96. Dude Of Hazmat

    Dude Of Hazmat

    24 दिवसांपूर्वी

    This dude had an alien brain transplanted inside his skull. Lol

  97. Alex Alex

    Alex Alex

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    It's easy create Teslas turbine with needed rpm. And you dont need create 3 meter disks. Even I can create design for this turbines. Just say

  98. Dave john.

    Dave john.

    24 दिवसांपूर्वी

    due to some weird fact i had guessed the physics behind it correctly but i am not good in physics

  99. Flat Earth

    Flat Earth

    24 दिवसांपूर्वी


  100. nidal idais

    nidal idais

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    Good work, how this graphic are made