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Tesla Turbine design by Phoenix Navigation.
Tesla Turbine design by Phoenix Navigation.

Directory of Tesla Turbine technologies.

Rather than using blades and friction, the Tesla Turbine uses parallel, closely spaced disks that tap viscosity. Aerodynamic skin adhesion effect resists fluid or gas flow between plates, resulting in energy transfer to the shaft. The technology has been proven to work but is yet to break into marketplace in a cost-effective version.


Tesla Turbine


  • PowerPedia:Tesla Turbine -- Bladeless Boundary Disc: Rather than using blades and friction, the Tesla Turbine uses parallel, closely spaced disks that tap viscosity. Aerodynamic skin adhesion effect resists fluid or gas flow between plates, resulting in energy transfer to the shaft.
  • Tesla Turbine: Engine of the 21st Century? - The Tesla Turbine could far surpass the efficiency of the internal combustion engine. Recuperative hydraulics can be used for low-speed, high-torque needs. (PESN; Apr. 14, 2007)
  • Tesla's Turbine - Today, Tesla turbines can be used in a number of practical settings. Co-generation of electric power uses waste heat from conventional diesel generators to provide additional energy from the same fuel, which makes the entire process more efficient. They can also be used for generating electric power from hydro, thermal solar, and ocean-waves. (Saipan Tribune; May 13, 2005)


  • Viscotherm - of Hydrostatic Slip Drives and Decanter centrifuges.


  • Plans on CD - all the information you'll need to build an industrial quality Tesla disk turbine using home shop tools.


  • Featured: Organizations / Inventors >
    Best Kept Secret: Geoffrey S. Miller's Energybat Labs - His projects include: cold electricity; crystal batteries; centrifugal energy amplification; Tesla experiments, including a Tesla turbine; magnetic rail; Bedini energizer; Enerybat alternator; Newman magnet motor; Searl motor; Hull's fusion; Joule ringer; Energybat household 10kW generator; and the Energybat rotating solenoid motor. (PESWiki; August 12, 2013)
  • Global Energy Technologies, Inc. - Dr. Frank Germano replicated the Tesla Turbine and has had a turbine in continuous operation without component failure since October of 2000. An engineering report posted on his site says that the "Charlie" replication of his company is documented as achieving a 62.2% efficiency at 13,000 rpm, with 44.8 horse power output. Germano's new design incorporates several major changes, most notably, it is now a shaft-less design featuring a hollow center shaft functioning as the main exhaust.Note: See Contacts below.

  • Centripetal Dynamics - The TurboFlux™ PGS consists of a series of flat disks mounted on a shaft and rotating within a casing. The steam [or gaseous products of combustion] enters with high velocity at the periphery of the disks, flowing between them before escaping through exhaust ports. Fluiditic properties of adhesion and viscosity literally pull the turbine rotor around.
  • Sustainable Energy Developments - Developing grid independent power systems with Expanding Gas Turbines – a Bladeless, Bearingless, Ejector Style turbine with 50% to 80% greater efficiencies than traditional turbines. The ability to use low grade ‘wet’ steam and renewable power such as solar thermal, will enable it to produce power at a price comparative to the grid. Demo Model August, 2007. Commercialisation March 2008.
  • Gyroscopes Online - This affordable production tesla turbine has been designed for educational use and also to promote Tesla turbine technology. It runs from air pressure and generates electricity from a 3 phase AC motor/generator. It has a see through design that enables visual inspection and easy explanation of the technology and forces.




See Discussion page

  • Tesla BBS - Boundary-Layer Breakthrough: The Tesla Bladeless Turbine - From The Tesla BBS. Interesting plain-text explanation with long quotes from historical sources. A few technical errors, but still worthwhile.
  • Yahoo Tech Group - Emphasis on the Tesla Bladeless Boundary Disk Turbine and Pump.


GB24001 (Oct. 17, 1910) - Improved method of imparting energy to or deriving energy from a fluid and apparatus for use therein - Bladeless turbine having disc rotors; Openings in the central portions and separating star-washers; Riveted into single, solid structure; Keyed to the shaft; Turbine or rotary engine.

GB186082 (Sept. 25, 1922) Improvements in the Construction of Steam and Gas Turbines - Two heavier end-plate; Tapered toward the periphery; Reduces maximum centrifugal stress.

GB186083 (Sept. 25, 1922) Economic Transformation of the Energy of Steam by Turbines - Improvements to increase efficiency of steam power plants and thermo-dynamic transformers; Producing motive power; Economical; Operable at very high temperature; Operable with cheap fuel; Avoids deteriorating actions previously common; System is related to the Tesla turbine.

  • Disc Turbine Rotor Assembly Feb. 17, 2004 - Guy Louis Letourneau - Turbines comprised of spaced-apart rotor discs were first described by Nikola Tesla in U.S. Pat. No. 1,061,142 and 1,061,206. For this reason, these turbines are sometimes referred to as Tesla Turbines, but are alternatively known as Prandtl layer turbines, boundary layer turbines, cohesion-type turbines, and bladeless turbines.


  • Uneven surfaces conserve fuel - Tiny regular bumps on a surface, such as the wing of an airplane, can substantially reduce total air resistance, and thereby the consumption of fuel according to wind tunnel tests at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Note: This is a corollary principle to why a Tesla turbine works. (PhysOrg; Feb. 22, 2006)



  • Building the Tesla Turbine - by Vincent R. Gingery. Review: "Travel back in time and experience the excitement of the era by building your very own model Tesla Turbine. Read along as Tesla describes in his own words the principles and incredible capabilities of his turbine. Examine the original Turbine patent descriptions and drawings for yourself and gain an even greater perspective of this amazing invention. Also included in this book are step by step instructions."
  • The Tesla Disc Turbine (also) - by W. M. J. Cairns. Published by Lindsay Publications Inc; PO Box 538, Bradley IL 60915-0538; ph: 815-935-5353; Item # 1534 ... $8.95 [contains no plans nor any drawings from which full or partial plans could be rendered.]
  • The Tesla Bladeless Turbine and Related Turbomachinery - Gary Peterson. Description: "The Bladeless Turbine" by C.R. Possell and a compilation of Tesla's original "Fluid Propulsion" patent application, including amendments. Also included is the "Valvular Conduit" patent, and an abridged version of the 1931 article "Our Future Motive Power." Twenty-two mechanical drawings of Tesla engines and pumps, plus photos. vi, 24 pages, illustrated.
  • Tesla Turbine References Expanded Edition - Compiled by Leland Anderson & Warren Rice. Description: A list of more than 240 citations spanning the period from 1911 to 1996. Most of the references before 1943 are to articles that appeared in period newspapers and magazines. The more recent references are mainly to M.S. thesis, Ph.D. dissertations, and papers that have been published in various engineering journals and conference proceedings.


Related Technologies

  • Vortex / Fuel Efficiency > Engines > Whirl Power Turbine - Using principles of a tornado or vortex, this patent pending engine is said to capture most of the energy in flowing gases and delivers power to a rotating shaft in proportion to the fuel input. This is a True Rotor Power utilizing centrifugal force as well as compression and velocity for various RPMs and torque output.


Phoenix Navigation & Guidance Inc.
E10074 Co. Rd. H58, Munising, Michigan 49862
Ken Rieli, CEO (also founder of the Global Motive Power Revolution)

Frank D Germano
Founder and President
International Turbine And Power, LLC
931 Rumsey Avenue, PO Box 550
Cody, Wyoming 82414
Former Address (company ceased operations in 2004)
Global Energy Technologies, Inc.
65 Commercial Street
Honesdale, Pa 18431

Tesla Engine Builders Association (TEBA)
5464 N. Port Washington Road, #293
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217- 4925
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