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I did mechanical engineering, it would be a good course to start investigating. It will equip you with all you need to achieve what you want, but you will have to work away yourself too on your 'side projects.' when you build a turbine like you want, instead build 3 and ill take two of them off you please :)
With one of these you would have to try hard to make it blow up. the pressures involved are small, the only real concern would be if the bearings experienced oil starvation during full power operation for a sustained ammount of time, then you'd run the risk of the turbo "grenade-ing" but thats all part of the fun sure. Only severe negligence could lead to this happening. I've ran my turbine for 40 mins+ and idling at 40-60,000 rpm, and maintained full throttle a 156,000 rpm for minutes at a time. once you keep an eye on your oil pressure most imporantly, you will be fine. Try it yourself :)
Great build, well done. Next is afterburner..?
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I had an idea to hook up a spare turbine wheel and shaft to the outlet and use that shaft to generate electricity, but I don't have access to the equipment to make this idea a reality at the moment. Another method of harnessing the power output would be to use a coolant and oil cooled bearing journal, and use the coolant pipes to heat water but I didn't want another circuit messing up my setup. The T3 setup above is a "demonstrator". Feel free to copy what I did (at your own risk) and improve/add to the design, and post it up here when you're done :)
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