Tesla Turbine | The interesting physics behind it

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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. ShanTo Bhai
    ShanTo Bhai
    30 minutit tagasi

    Tesla Love you

  2. Geoff Jones
    Geoff Jones
    Päev tagasi

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

  3. Dremaro 29
    Dremaro 29
    2 päeva tagasi

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

    1. Uncle Nik
      Uncle Nik
      9 tundi tagasi

      @Drummer_Zay94 - Yes...and those dummies should be encouraged to think more, lest they remain stupid their entire lives. What sort of imbecile learning about a unique Tesla invention wonders aloud why things can't just go faster and faster without coming apart? There is a reason formal education starts with kindergarten, rather than just jumping into 8th grade physics.

    2. Drummer_Zay94
      9 tundi tagasi

      @Uncle Nik lol don’t be a dick dude, some people are just slow😂

    3. Uncle Nik
      Uncle Nik
      10 tundi tagasi

      Think....it's fun.

    4. Drummer_Zay94
      Päev tagasi

      Well it’s bound to get warped.. the material density can’t withstand speeds of 50000 RPM and it’s virtually impossible to engineer a machine to go the fast.

  4. ScrewsNutsAndBolts
    2 päeva tagasi

    The man was a genius !

  5. Zeen Alabdeen AL Gezany
    Zeen Alabdeen AL Gezany
    3 päeva tagasi

    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

  6. MrBrander
    3 päeva tagasi

    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.

    1. Uncle Nik
      Uncle Nik
      10 tundi tagasi

      That was answered in the video, stupid.

  7. cybernako088
    3 päeva tagasi

    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.

  8. Jose Torres
    Jose Torres
    4 päeva tagasi

    This is what the Egyptians were using

  9. Ricky LaFleur
    Ricky LaFleur
    5 päeva tagasi

    *_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._*

  10. Lawrence Naquin
    Lawrence Naquin
    5 päeva tagasi

    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.

    5 päeva tagasi

    ⭐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.

  12. vinod kv
    vinod kv
    5 päeva tagasi

    He was the greatest inventor of all time.

  13. Online Technology Today
    Online Technology Today
    6 päeva tagasi

    One of the smartest men in the world, truly a

  14. echokaminari777
    6 päeva tagasi

    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

    1. Tooley Headbang
      Tooley Headbang
      4 päeva tagasi

      Gabble gabble gabble...

  15. Omar Medel
    Omar Medel
    6 päeva tagasi

    also applies to the golden ratio

    6 päeva tagasi

    Real Iron man

    6 päeva tagasi

    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.

  18. Jason Zheng
    Jason Zheng
    7 päeva tagasi

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

  19. Matthew Foster
    Matthew Foster
    7 päeva tagasi

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

  20. Jester Zubrata
    Jester Zubrata
    7 päeva tagasi

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

  21. AJz
    8 päeva tagasi

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

  22. Tommy. Bee. .
    Tommy. Bee. .
    8 päeva tagasi

    Nicola..was. .very Spiritual

  23. SuDa Soul
    SuDa Soul
    8 päeva tagasi

    Very nice way to explain 🖤

  24. John Mills
    John Mills
    9 päeva tagasi

    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.

  25. Jimmy Pham
    Jimmy Pham
    9 päeva tagasi

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

  26. Mark Manning
    Mark Manning
    10 päeva tagasi

    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.

  27. bob thomas
    bob thomas
    11 päeva tagasi

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

  28. Sokwambi TV
    Sokwambi TV
    12 päeva tagasi

    "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

  29. Islomjon Yunusov
    Islomjon Yunusov
    13 päeva tagasi

    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.

  30. poi qwerty
    poi qwerty
    13 päeva tagasi

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

  31. Philip Syili
    Philip Syili
    13 päeva tagasi

    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.

  32. N Kliesow
    N Kliesow
    13 päeva tagasi

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

  33. Light Touch Tuning
    Light Touch Tuning
    14 päeva tagasi

    Very nice animation and explanation! Thank You!

  34. Eric Nail
    Eric Nail
    15 päeva tagasi

    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

  35. Roland Gilmore
    Roland Gilmore
    15 päeva tagasi

    Are there not modern materials that can resist blade warping?

  36. JPA55MOR3
    16 päeva tagasi

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

  37. Miroslav Vracar
    Miroslav Vracar
    16 päeva tagasi


  38. Gee Wizz
    Gee Wizz
    16 päeva tagasi

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

  39. The Anime Homie
    The Anime Homie
    16 päeva tagasi

    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?

  40. VuCitation
    16 päeva tagasi

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

  41. Peter Archbold
    Peter Archbold
    17 päeva tagasi

    Reduce rotor diameter.

  42. red horse
    red horse
    17 päeva tagasi

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

    1. Jared Maddox
      Jared Maddox
      13 päeva tagasi

      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.

  43. Vincent Russo
    Vincent Russo
    17 päeva tagasi

    Can they be utilized in a Zero G environment?

  44. J D
    J D
    17 päeva tagasi

    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?

  45. Dr. Top Hat
    Dr. Top Hat
    17 päeva tagasi


  46. LuckyWheelie
    17 päeva tagasi

    Tesla SRBINE!

  47. The_Touring Jedi
    The_Touring Jedi
    18 päeva tagasi

    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.

  48. John sarab
    John sarab
    18 päeva tagasi


  49. Timm Long
    Timm Long
    18 päeva tagasi

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

  50. cagdas güven
    cagdas güven
    18 päeva tagasi

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

  51. Vineeth P
    Vineeth P
    18 päeva tagasi

    Tesla grown before science ❤

  52. mihindu1967
    18 päeva tagasi

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

  53. Giovanni P.
    Giovanni P.
    19 päeva tagasi

    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...

  54. Guz
    19 päeva tagasi

    Why this channel name weird now?

  55. Abner Dancuart
    Abner Dancuart
    19 päeva tagasi

    With Grapheno is possible to do it !

  56. Bennie Chadwick
    Bennie Chadwick
    19 päeva tagasi

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

  57. Gerardo Ciprian
    Gerardo Ciprian
    19 päeva tagasi


  58. Ghost_user
    19 päeva tagasi

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

  59. baguazhang2
    19 päeva tagasi

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

  60. Troy Broussard
    Troy Broussard
    19 päeva tagasi


  61. Annabi Mohammed
    Annabi Mohammed
    19 päeva tagasi

    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

  62. Louie Macorncan
    Louie Macorncan
    19 päeva tagasi

    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.

  63. john garvey
    john garvey
    19 päeva tagasi

    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

  64. Danko j
    Danko j
    19 päeva tagasi

    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!

  65. BlueNovaFlame
    19 päeva tagasi

    Tesla would of blue screened The Matrix

  66. Boobindar Pussiya
    Boobindar Pussiya
    20 päeva tagasi

    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

  67. Michael Pierce
    Michael Pierce
    20 päeva tagasi

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

    1. Raycar
      19 päeva tagasi

      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.

  68. Walter
    20 päeva tagasi

    When you score a strike at the bowling alley

  69. Phillip Cleaver
    Phillip Cleaver
    20 päeva tagasi

    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 .

  70. Joachim Raeder
    Joachim Raeder
    20 päeva tagasi

    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.

    1. Raycar
      19 päeva tagasi

      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.

  71. Xhing Xhau
    Xhing Xhau
    20 päeva tagasi

    I didn't understood shit.

  72. Xiao Luwan
    Xiao Luwan
    20 päeva tagasi

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

  73. Giorgio Tritto
    Giorgio Tritto
    20 päeva tagasi

    You for sure know how to complicate something that is basic

  74. joplimat
    21 päev tagasi

    Looks like a reverse cyclotron

  75. Bueno Bueno Tv
    Bueno Bueno Tv
    21 päev tagasi

    Thank god for the creators

  76. sive1231
    21 päev tagasi

    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.

  77. Reactor XXL
    Reactor XXL
    21 päev tagasi

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

  78. Lg Lg
    Lg Lg
    21 päev tagasi

    Wast of time...

  79. Prabesh Joshi
    Prabesh Joshi
    21 päev tagasi


  80. Дави Силваз
    Дави Силваз
    21 päev tagasi

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

  81. Pascal Gallot
    Pascal Gallot
    21 päev tagasi

    Un , des Meilleur dès son temps

  82. RageNugget
    21 päev tagasi

    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?

  83. Brain Dra
    Brain Dra
    21 päev tagasi

    golden ratio

  84. Paul Vigil
    Paul Vigil
    22 päeva tagasi

    Use titanium

  85. Paul Vigil
    Paul Vigil
    22 päeva tagasi

    My fan clutch

  86. Jerry
    22 päeva tagasi

    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

  87. theawesomone
    22 päeva tagasi

    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?

  88. Jaap van der Velde
    Jaap van der Velde
    22 päeva tagasi

    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.

  89. Binh Tran
    Binh Tran
    22 päeva tagasi


  90. Ok ಡ ͜ ʖ ಡ
    Ok ಡ ͜ ʖ ಡ
    22 päeva tagasi

    The man change the world

  91. Dave Kauffman
    Dave Kauffman
    22 päeva tagasi

    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.

  92. Tristan
    22 päeva tagasi

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

  93. Soumyadip Sur
    Soumyadip Sur
    22 päeva tagasi

    To hot to handle. ! 😂

  94. Dude Of Hazmat
    Dude Of Hazmat
    22 päeva tagasi

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

  95. Alex Alex
    Alex Alex
    22 päeva tagasi

    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

  96. Dave john.
    Dave john.
    22 päeva tagasi

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

  97. Flat Earth
    Flat Earth
    22 päeva tagasi


  98. nidal idais
    nidal idais
    22 päeva tagasi

    Good work, how this graphic are made

  99. Stick Stixk
    Stick Stixk
    22 päeva tagasi

    So really he was way way ahead of his time.

  100. AUTO TUBE
    22 päeva tagasi

    Crazy awesome!