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A common experimental platform.

Lots of people have built Tesla turbines and many have performed their own experiments.
They all built turbines to various designs, some of their own devising.

My idea is to standardise on one design which is based on a cheap, commonly available standard disc, namely, the humble CD.
It will then be possible for experimenters to compare like with like and discover and share successful modifications.

A primary consideration in the design is to keep the cost down. For this reason the discs are made from standard CDs,
the body is 5mm acrylic sheet and the bearings are standard skate bearings.

Using acrylic for the body allows it to be made using a paper pattern, a fretsaw and a drill.
The turbine housing (the round bit) is a 3" section of off-the-shelf 127mm OD acrylic tube.
A plastics merchant will sell you the 5mm acrylic sheet and will sell you the tube cut to size.
Alternatively the end plates could be made from 5mm plywood.

Downloadable plans for the end plate parts are here.     Just click on the picture of the part to download a pdf plan.
A video build log of this turbine is here
and a users forum is here.

For a full explanation of the physical theory of Tesla Turbines, I recommend a Paper written by Prof. Warren Rice in 1991 which can be downloaded here.


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