The Tesla turbine is an original expander working on the principle of torque transmission by wall shear stress. The principle - demonstrated for air expanders at lab scale has some attractive features when applied to two-phase expanders: it is suitable for handling limited flow rates (as is the case for machines in the range from 500W to 5 kW), it can be developed to a reasonable size (rotor of 0.1 to 0.25 m diameters), with acceptable rotational speeds (which range from 500 to 10000 rpm). The original concept was revisited, designing it for two-phase operation and considering not only the rotor configuration but the whole machine. The flow model was developed using complete real fluid assumptions including several new concepts such as bladed channels for the stator, labyrinth seals, and a rotating diffuser. Preliminary design sketches are presented, and results discussed and evaluated.
|Journal||E3S Web of Conferences|
|Early online date||16 Feb 2021|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Feb 2021|
|Event||2020 Applied Energy Symposium (ICAE), 100RES 2020 - Pisa, Italy|
Duration: 29 Oct 2020 → 30 Oct 2020
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was funded by DIMI (University of Brescia) under the TEC (Tesla Expander Chiller) project.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Science(all)
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)