12 years ago
What are you going to drive the turbine with?
12 years ago
actually, i'm doing a science project...
my purpose is to build a generator/motor to produce enough voltage to run household appliances.
as you probably have noticed, i'm not very experienced
i've done a lot of research and i just keep on getting more and more confused on if i'm supposed to build a motor, generator, both, or what kind to bc there might be a better alternative than a tesla turbine
Large water reservoir + gravitational energy + turbine?
You need something to power it, hopefully not using electricity in the first place. Something's gotta put some energy into the system, before you can transform it into electricity. (There will be some energy losses, of course)
Unless you want to use it to power a drive-shaft, which could spin "something"
. Depends on which appliances you want to run. A 30W incandescent lamp shouldn't be a big problem. A 3KW reactive load is going to be a pretty big science project. Remember, you have to put more power into the turbine than you will get electrical power out.
. Use the turbine (motor) to drive a generator.
. While voltage is important, current and power are more so. It shouldn't be difficult to find/make a 120/240VAC generator, but you need to size it's output power to the load.
thanks! the more i think about it though, the more i feel i would be better off building the turbine and measuring the voltage produced and comparing to appliances that require an equal or lesser amount of volts to function... kind of making it symbolic
i also like your idea of the incandescent lamp. i'm thinking i can maybe use that for a class demonstration
You need to identify an energy source first. When you know where the energy is coming from you'll have a better idea as to how to utilise it. (A Tesla turbine is no good without something to drive it)
Wind, water, chemical perhaps?
yes, tesla's are used as demonstration power plants all of the time, notice I said demonstration. To this point I don't know of any real world power generation facilities. For a science fair project this can be a lot of fun. Check out this website, it shows an acrylic tesla turbine running from a compressor and powering a couple of high wattage lights.http://www.obilaser.com/AirPoweredTeslaTurbine.htmland yes, any rotational power source can be coupled to a generator to power house hold stuff. The more house hold stuff you want to power the bigger your tesla turbine and generator needs to be.