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Numerical Simulation of a Compressed Air Driven Tesla Turbine

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M. Salman Siddiqui, Humza Ahmed, Shaheer Ahmed

Air University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Paper No. POWER2014-32069, pp. V002T09A009; 6 pages
  • ASME 2014 Power Conference
  • Volume 2: Simple and Combined Cycles; Advanced Energy Systems and Renewables (Wind, Solar and Geothermal); Energy Water Nexus; Thermal Hydraulics and CFD; Nuclear Plant Design, Licensing and Construction; Performance Testing and Performance Test Codes; Student Paper Competition
  • Baltimore, Maryland, USA, July 28–31, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Power Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4609-4
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


This paper presents the Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis of a Tesla bladeless turbine using compressed air as the working fluid. Multiple flow configurations are analyzed using both Laminar and the turbulent behaviors. The loading coefficient and the efficiency of turbines is evaluated for both the 2D and 3D cases. Multiples disc is a viable option but it is been observed they result in loss in performance for the laminar and turbulent simulations. In addition the inflection point of the laminar flow vanishes in the turbulent flow; the work presented is an initial step towards the realization of Tesla turbine.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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